I particularly liked the bit that said 'hire out your shop for other activities'. The idea is that people being filmed etc like the literary backdrop of a bookshop, and that a bookshop is seen as a place where well learned ( i'm well learned, me) people frequent.
So this is something that we do.
It doesn't cost much, and so far we've had management seminars and club meetings amongst other things in the shop.
Next Sunday the shop's being hired out to hold a debate about Barack Obama. For those of you who don't know, he's the New President of the United States of America (that's that big place a long way left of us geographically, and a long way right politically). Here's a picture of him
Anyway, after all the hoo haa, and the furore, and the hype, and the bells and whistles,this debate will centre around what he can do for us in the UK (and even Wood Green). Should be a cracker. It's a fiver on the door, and no doubt there'll be refreshments.
I only mention this as an example of the things a bookshop can do to earn some extra dosh.
One of the things Patrick should think about adding to his next speech is to have Thomas the Tank Engine train track running above the kids section in the shop. Imagine this...
... going around and around on a track on see-through plastic above the heads of enchanted little people. Oh, it's lovely. Folk come from miles around to see its wonders.
I'm off for a week, but that'll probably mean i've got more time to do this kind of nonsense. I'm spending a week with the gorgeous Katie and our incredible daughter Freya. Yes, she's standing up in the bath.
Great product placement here. And yes, Greg, I am 'punching above my weight'. Thanks.
We were in the Guardian today. Look a doodle do. Hello new readers.