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And yet more quotes - 21st Dec 2017

And yet more quotes "I may be drunk, madam, but I will be sober in the morning and you will still be ugly."

In case you didn't know, that one comes from one of the best providers of quotes ever, Winston Churchill himself; the next from another quotable great, Mark Twain:

"Get your facts first and then you can distort them as you please."

And here are a few more greats: try and guess who said them and then check your Dictionary of Quotations to see if you were right.
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much."
"If you have nothing good to say about anyone, come and sit by me."

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort"

And more quotations - 20th Dec 2017

And more quotations Just in case you haven't been in to buy that book of quotations yet, I thought I'd give you a couple more from one of my own favourite people to quote. 

Dorothy Parker
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."
She can speak 18 languages but can't say no in any of them."
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."

(She might not actually be responsible for this last one but I couldn't resist including it). You can all comment and tell me who it actually was. But you can no doubt see why she is one of my favourites. Get that book of quotes in time for Christmas

Quotations continued - 19th Dec 2017

Quotations continued With apologies to Martin Luther:

"Whoever drinks wine, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters heaven! Thus, let us drink wine!"

In Martin Luther's version it was beer and not wine - but the substitution suited me and I am sure that anyone responsible for such a sentiment would forgive me.

It is marvellous how much can be said in so few words. Get yourself a book of quotations and enjoy other people's wit; especially useful if, like me, you don't have that gift yourself.

John Jones of Otago - 18th Dec 2017

Anyone looking for a unique copy of John Jones of Otago: Whaler, Coloniser, Shipowner, Merchant by Alfred Eccles and AH Reed need look no further.

We have an Association Copy which is inscribed, dated and signed by the author Alfred Eccles to his fellow New Zealand historian F.G. Hall-Jones. Some correspondence of John Hall-Jones (the son) is also loosely enclosed. You will never find anything like this anywhere else. A very special item with a not unreasonable price.

Just in case you are interested, the book is in pretty good condition and the dustjacket less so. There is moderate browning to the page edges, annotation to fep & to half-title page, and very slight foxing to the eps. The dustjacket has moderate browning to theedges, spine & flap folds, a 2cm closed tear to the upper spine, small nicks to the spine head, some small closed tears to the edges and moderate tanning inside.

Quotations - 15th Dec 2017

"Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack"

Virginia Woolff

Lovely, isn't it? Why not give a gift of lasting pleasure this Christmas - a book of quotations. You can't go wrong.

Rugby experts - 14th Dec 2017

Rugby experts Have you ever sat in the pub watching a rugby game watching a rugby game and been afraid to say anything in case you looked a bit of a fool? Would you like to sound as if you know what you're talking about without spending the next few years laboriously studying every game instead of just enjoying it? Would you like to sound well informed when drop-kicks, fly-hacks and punts are being discussed? Are you bemused by the difference between reverse passes, scissors, loops and spin passes? Then you need a copy of this book because it will allow you to sound erudite without doing more than enjoyably perusing this little volume:

Bluff Your Way in Rugby
by Alexander C Rae

You could browse in our sports section while you're here picking up a copy of the aforementioned!

Puzzles and brainteasers - 13th Dec 2017

Arrange six matches so that each match touches all the others.

A man went to a river to get 4 litres of water. He had only two containers, one 5-litre tin and one 3-litre tin. Neither of the tins was marked for smaller measures. How did he get exactly 4 litres?

A and B ran 100 metres. A won by 10 metres. B then raced 100 metres against C, and B won by 10 metres. If A and C race 100 metres, by how many metres would A win??

Whether it's sudoku, word play, crosswords, riddles, brain teasers, mathematical puzzles, geometrical tricks, logic tests, or any other variation on mental recreations or diversions, you need a book or two for the holidays. Avoid turning into a complete beach blob by giving your brain a little exercise. You can also torture friends and family with them once you know the answers. Come in and get a book or two for fun.


Holiday time for many - 12th Dec 2017

With summer holidays approaching for many, it is time to plan an outdoor project to keep you from getting bored with all that free time (who is that lucky?).

Have a look out into your garden and see if it would benefit from some paths or steps. Maybe a revamped patio or courtyard would bring a bit of new life. Some new outdoor furniture is always a winner at this time of year. Well placed fences and screens can entirely transform an area. You could make a bit of a feature out of pergolas or shelters. These days you probably need some decking and stairs to put your bbq on (along with that nice new outdoor furniture you've just built for yourself). And don't forget the pond or pool for the perfect finishing touch.

Whatever you are thinking of doing, a copy of Better Homes and Gardens The Complete Backyard Book will tell you exactly how to do it with easy step-by-step instructions. Come in and get yourself a copy (or better still buy it as a present for your wife/husband/partner and give them a few ideas). Make sure you pick up a book on the perfect bbq while you're here!

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