A bad night. Not only did I spell apostrophe wrong, which is a careless thing to do, but I have got spots all down the side of Petrona which clash into the text in the most horrible way.

I was trying out some of the kind suggestions about how to tag in response to my recent query on Chicken Yoghurt’s site. Naturally this involved a bit of editing in the html. I have obviously inadvertently told the html to make all these bullet-points, but I cannot find out how. I am going to give up now becuase it is late, but if anyone is reading this, apologies for the messy look. I sure hope that one of these days I will be able to fix it.

I am going to find an html textbook and see what codes for bullet-points, then try to remove that code from the Petrona template. Unless a better idea occurs to me.

Returning to the apostrophe, Dave Lull, who is a serious source of information for Books, Inq, not only let me know I had spelt the word wrong (twice), but kindly offered me a let-out by demonstrating that Shakespeare spelt it with an "a" (and a few other letters mixed up too). However, although I am very touched by Dave’s chivalry, Shakespeare was a notorious poor speller, so I don’t let myself off the hook for that. Shakespeare was a writer, and writers are allowed to spell badly as they are creative geniuses. (Especially Shakespeare.) Editors aren’t, or they’d be out of a job.

So I am not doing well tonight. Maybe things will look better in the morning, and I’ll be able to get some time to address those bullet points at the weekend.

Hoarders’ reward

mediabistro: GalleyCat: Borders To Reward, Er, Hoarders (of Books)

"Earlier this week, the Borders book/music/video retail chain announced a new customer incentive program called Borders Rewards. Apparently, if you’re a card-carrying member, and you spend more than $50 any given month, you’ll be granted a ‘Personal Shopping Day’ where you can go in and claim yourself a 10% discount.

Even more appealing, though, is the ‘Holiday Savings Rewards’ account, into which five percent of all your purchases is deposited for credits that you can use on purchases from mid-November to mid-January.

Of course, I remember when that sort of thing used to be called by a different name, and I’m betting Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly do, too — so it’s probably for the best that Borders waited until after last year’s fake ‘war on Christmas’ faded into oblivion before announcing their program."

Good idea. I have an Amazon Mastercard becuase you get 15 UK pounds for every (?) pounds you spend. Unfortunately they give you this as Amazon gift vouchers. Every time you try to spend the vouchers the 15 pound discount disappears between invoice and amount being debited, so you have to go rounds with Amazon’s pretty labyrinthine customer service pages, which are designed to put you off from ever being able to send them an email. Then when you finally do find the one way through to click and send an email, you get a meaningless reply from a no-reply account and have to go through the whole thing again. After a few rounds of this, each time being replied to by a different customer services adivsor (from India I assume, as the names are invariably Indian names), they sort it out, but it does take persistence.

So if Borders "rolls out" this incentive to the UK, I’m all for trying it!

British Book Awards

British Book Awards

The nominations for the WH Smith book of the year have been made at the link above. You can vote on that site. Predictably, "Extreme" is on there (Frank Wilson of Books, Inq. will be pleased). So are some other books, but there is only one that deserves to win — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I haven’t read any of the other 5 books on the list and can’t imagine ever wanting to. What on earth is up with whoever chose the shortlist? (Apart from the Osbourne, there is Piers Morgan’s "autobio" – ex-Editor of the Daily Mirror; a Jamie Oliver cookbook; an autobio (?) of recently deceased DJ John Peel and "the world according to Jeremy Clarkson" — a TV personality (he does not seem to be that rude interviewer*, but nevertheless some a sort of TV personality).

Well, can there be any shadow of a doubt? No contest. They might have thought up a bit more decent opposition — what a feeble selection. JKR should win as the book of2005 whatever else is on the shortlist, of course, but winning might mean more if there were some other good books for her to be up against.

*Have remembered, his name is Jeremy Paxton. See earlier posting on podcasts.