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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-22 10:14
Subject: Sic transit Glory Monday ... Wednesday ...
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After my two days at Wembley stadium, we took time out last night to go to the cinema: the Vue at the Grafton Centre in Cambridge.

We arrived in plenty of time, and had a meal at the Peking. Afterwards, we wandered back into the centre, which was doing its Wednesday late opening, so all the shops were still open. And we decided to wander over to the Heffers in the corner.


By the time you see this, it will no longer be there. Last night was its closing down sale. This is annoying, because I like bookshops (if there was one here in Royston, I'd actually get to one occasionally). And this particular branch was the one where we met Mike Carey, and Neal Asher, and various others including jemck (not that we hadn't met her a number of times earlier, but I'd not want to leave her out).
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User: sphyg
Date: 2008-05-22 12:53 (UTC)
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Annoying, isn't it? I visited a Californian mall recently, only to find the last book shop closed down and I had to make do wandering round a Hallmarks.
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Muninn and Huginn
User: muninnhuginn
Date: 2008-05-22 13:03 (UTC)
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There's almost no Heffers left anywhere in town now. Very sad.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2008-05-23 14:59 (UTC)
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Well, there is the Cave Shop, which actually have an interesting albeit eclectic collection of history/archeology/mythology/spiritualism with some fantasy and SF for good measure, but it just shows that Sturgeon was too generous.

Much as I'd dearly like to see a proper bookshop in town, I have a feeling there's still too much of a resigned working class/chav taint to persuade anyone.

There's an interesting social divide in where people go to shop, by the way, as Stevenage attracts the lower classes and Cambridge the upper.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-23 15:27 (UTC)
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I'm really not quite sure I'd call much of what the Cave Shop sells as books, so much as woo propaganda tracts!

(Oh, so there are some local interest books mixed in. But when I want to buy fiction, I don't want it sold as fact.)
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