Zavvi has been reborn, with a "bounce back" sale, I learn via an email alert, of books, CDs, games et al., special discount prices and all of that. According to the Bookseller.com, the company was bought by the Hut group last week. They've lost no time in setting up their stall, but what I, and more particularly my younger daughter want to know, is will she get her £20 back from her useless voucher? We don't even have the voucher any more to try to spend it at the new site, because the auditors advised creditors to send their vouchers in to them in January with a claim for a refund. Of course, we have heard nothing, not even a receipt. Interesting that the new company has retained my email address in order to suggest I spend more money on its goods, but has not written to say what is going to happen about the sum they owe us. I suppose it is a bit like my "bank". When I log on to my account now, I have to click through an interposed web page that suggests I take out a credit card with them. They did not think instead to write an apology page for all the money customers like me (taxpayers) are having to give them to bail them out. Maybe I should start charging them interest at their credit card rates?
Daniel Finkelstein reveals spin cycles of at least two kinds. Alistair Campbell publishes his diaries, including accounts of tensions in his domestic life. His partner retaliates with complaints on BBC radio about how he can't load the dishwasher properly. Now he has written a counter-attack to her on his blog. I ask you, could you make this up? Do Mr and Mrs Campbell-Millar think people can't see that this unsubtle public airing of the dirty laundry is simply to boost sales of both their books?