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Not a new story. It has been taken from "The.PowerBook" (pg 202,
Jonathan Cape, 1st ed, 2000) and has been adapted and abridged. There
are a couple of rather noticeable changes (apart from all the cuts)
-- the platform number has changed from 9 to 7 and the Walkman boy
has become an iPod boy.

Gael says:

a good demonstration of textural familiarity and close reading skills, Ms D : )

EDIT I like that passage in the book.
Seems a bit cheap to have filleted it like that : (

I do like the intertextuality of your title...

Mine's got a pic of Langdale, and a sarky version of the Country Code - right to roam do what you want/where you want and trample over everyone else, etc. etc.

16th May 2007, 22:52

Gael says:

You're in big trouble now.

*goes upstairs to get my copy*
*stays up all night reading*

will blame Helen for my general grumpiness in the morning...

16th May 2007, 22:58

Helen says:

Can't beat the intertextual. Can't really avoid it either.

Maybe Beth can be persuaded to give hers up (she was going to give it to me if I hadn't got the JW)? I don't think you've got the best swap there though...

(Oi, mum, have you got yours yet?)

I do love The.PowerBook.

16th May 2007, 23:01

Gael says:

I'm not fussed. I only sent off for one to send to papers4ink.
Now if Ali had done one well, that would have been a whole Other Story...

16th May 2007, 23:05

Helen says:

I'm sure you would have found a way to get hold of one of those.

16th May 2007, 23:06

Gael says:

I love the cover on my copy of the Powerbook
(Vintage paperback, 2001)
Sophie Dahl look-alike reclining on a bed of tulips...

16th May 2007, 23:08

Helen says:

I bought that copy for Beth from a charity shop, couldn't leave it there.

16th May 2007, 23:11

Viv says:

no not arrived yet!

17th May 2007, 02:16

Geodyne says:

That's quite something, isn't it?

I need to go and find the book, now...

(Bugger. More books. And I had a whole pile more creep out of their boxes last night!)

17th May 2007, 08:20

Helen says:

There can never be too many books.

17th May 2007, 08:28

Geodyne says:

No argument from me!

I'm also coping by sending handsful of them to Manchester for perusal. ;-)

17th May 2007, 08:30

Gael says:

Tee hee! Between us we'll get Geo to read all of them eventually : )

I love the line "What does anyone need in this life except a roof, food, work and love?" Only she forgot "books." Silly JW

17th May 2007, 10:15

Geodyne says:

That comment gives me licence to blame the two of you...

I like that line, as well.

17th May 2007, 10:19

beth says:

and rocks.

You can have my JW Gael if you like. But I don't want to swap because yours sounds rubbish. I want the Tracey Emin ooonnnnee ! I
WANT the kitty!!

17th May 2007, 11:27

OJ says:

Ah, I've got one of those. Mine's by Tim Etchells and is rather well used.

Don't tell me I was meant to keep it in pristine condition and eventually sell it on Ebay or something.... Not that I would ever do that sort of thing.

17th May 2007, 12:04

Helen says:

Geo has to read them all : )

JW is dedicated to redheads.

Books are food, work and love, of course (she didn't forget them).

Beth, if you keep your eye on eBay, it may become flooded with the things. They're already beginning to go for a tenner rather than thirty quid.

OJ, I think you are using it as the Arts Council intended. I want to use mine, but I am scared that the writing will rub off.

17th May 2007, 21:27

MaggieD says:

Thanks for giving us a readable version of the last post, I was going a bit crosseyed trying to read it :) .... I would insert 'friends' into any list of 'what anyone needs in this life' .....

17th May 2007, 22:17

Helen says:

Books are friends too.

She should have just put books.

17th May 2007, 22:22

Geodyne says:

I'll agree with you, Helen.

17th May 2007, 22:29

Gael says:

Beth - thanks, but I'm fine. You sell it!

17th May 2007, 23:11

OJ says:

Mine's been in and out of my handbag and up and down the country filled with tickets for the last couple of months and the text hasn't rubbed off. Just sayin'. . . How many designs are there? I'm just using the one I was given which has a Sheffield connection and thought no more of it.

18th May 2007, 00:57

Helen says:

The Arts Council have taken down the web page, which showed all the wallets in detail.

This page names all the artists, but doesn't have individual photographs of the wallets. Looks like there are ten artists.

I might very well use mine then, when I get my student rail card (big grin). I did visit Leeds Station three times on the day that they claim to have handed out wallets -- commuter arrival time, lunch time, home time... but there were never any wallets. Maybe Sheffield got them all. I just wanted to read the new Winterson story (a little disappointed that it is not really a new story, but it fits nicely, and is a good bit of writing). And I wanted to try and nab Beth an Emin cat. That may have been a tall order.

18th May 2007, 07:38

OJ says:

I have to admit, mine came via the usual handout-to-press route - though I wasn't reporting on this story. No hanging about it stations....though I do that a lot clearly and haven't seen anything being given out!

I sort of guessed that they'd chosen artists for regional significance, but it must just be coincidence that Tim Etchells did one. Thanks for the link :)

18th May 2007, 11:38

Gael says:

We need to add "chocolate" and "cake" to the list of life's little essentials ...

18th May 2007, 15:16

Helen says:

...and alcohol.

18th May 2007, 16:53