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Jon Carpenter
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A week in the (extreme) southwest
A week in west Cornwall (Penwith) staying at Sennen Cove for a friend's 60th birthday party. That took up the weekend when several other people descended from London and elsewhere, and just 6 of us took a week off and enjoyed a few more lovely sunny days, o...

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More wine bargains at the Co-op
I really know next to nothing about wine, but I know what I like. Here are two wines from the local Co-op. Les Crouzes is made from the Carignan grape, an old grape of the western Mediterranean less widely grown than it was, being rooted up in the 1990s aft...

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Sale day
The sale has begun! Five people in here by 9.30, by 9.35 I can't see to the front of the shop. A woman has gone off in a temper because she can't read the location maps on the backs of the OS maps to work out where Charlbury is. Two customers tried to help ...

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Blue remembered hills
So wrote A E Housman: Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot c...

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Scanning one's customers!
A couple of years ago a friend who then managed the Blackwell's flagship bookshop in Oxford told me how he had to restrain his staff when they found customers scanning books. If you are not up to speed with such things, let me explain that what students (an...

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Wolves in sheep's clothing
A former manager of Blackwell's in Broad Street told me how he sometimes had to restrain his staff when they caught 'customers' scanning the bar codes on books in the shop. For readers who don't know, anyone with a smartphone (like an iPhone) or an iPad can...

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The bookshop, internet culture, and change
I've been asked by Lynette, who edits the redoubtable quarterly magazine The Charlbury Chronicle, if I would like to write a piece for the next issue on the ending of an era at the bookshop. Of course the answer was 'yes', and I realise it gives me a chance...

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