If my mood wasn’t bad enough after receiving that unwelcome email from Amazon (see previous post), Dave Lull has sent me a link to one of the silliest, most wrong-headed and obtuse articles I’ve read in a long while. (See Librarian’s Place post at link above.) So the "ban Harry Potter movement" is not trying to ban the books from bookshops or libraries, just from the school classroom. Oh, that’s OK then.
Amazon has joined the (soft) p*** brigade. I was not impressed to receive this email from them today (from which I have removed the product links):
Dear Amazon.co.uk Customer,
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I wouldn’t complain if I was in fact "a previous sex and sensuality or erotica customer", but I am not. Just as well I am not a sensitive little old lady or a Church of England vicar, though.
The last 200 or so houses on the Tavy Bridge estate in Thamesmead, south-east London, are being demolished. The estate is famous (or according to the Times, infamous) for being the backdrop for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film "A Clockwork Orange" — you remember the scene where Alex and his droogs beat up the tramp? That’s the place. Again according to the Times, "some locals think that the film’s depiction of youth disorder tainted the area’s reputation". The houses are being demolished, it is said, as part of a regeneration project. (I’ve lived and worked in one of those for almost 25 years and it isn’t by any means finished yet.)