I'm pleased to say that what was Box Mountain has become Box Pile now. For newcomers, we moved house a few months ago and I've been trying to sort out the collected ephemera of thirty-five years; before that, Mum had a marvelous system which involved giving things away or putting them out for the dustman, a habit I never picked up. I had some serious misgivings about moving to a smaller house and trying to cram everything in but it actually seems to be working. The unpacking has taken months (for reasons explained in past columns); during the early days it was really just a case of wrangling shelves into place and throwing books onto them and it was only a few weeks ago that I really started to get to grips where everything was going to fit. A bit like a house-sized 3-D jigsaw puzzle.
Neil Gaiman's shelf porn. Oh, to have fitted shelves! But as we've always rented it's something we've never had. Nice to see he has to double stack everything, too!)
I'm going to wrap this up as time is creeping on and I still have things to do. It's the wee hours of Christmas Eve and I still have a couple of things to wrap... I don't usually leave these things to the last minute, honest!
Today's random scan is a bit of a cheat: it's the latest issue of Dodgem Logic (issue 7), which arrived in the post yesterday. My little contribution to this issue is a look at the books of T. Lobsang Rampa, Tibetan lama, a.k.a. Cyril Hoskin, former surgical goods salesman. There's some better and funnier articles as well (and I'm glad I wasn't the only one to ignore the brief to write something Christmassy). The thing I originally planned to post I'll post during the week.