Holiday reading from Borders

Click to see ‘Holiday reading from Borders’ in a variety of different sizesIt’s a holiday ritual. An over ambitious trip to the bookshop, returning home with some extra luggage, secretly knowing much of it will return sadly unscathed.

Normally we’re Waterstones or Amazon people (mainly Amazon), but this year made a trip to the out-of-town-ish Borders at Manchester Fort, Cheetham Hill (you need to be in a fort to be safe in Cheetham Hill).

The first Borders I visited (he says posing) was in Boston (a city I recommend to anyone) in the late 1990s. Here I paid with with my (this is important) green Egg credit card. The bookseller looked at the card suspiciously and exclaimed: ‘I’ve never seen a green credit card.’

‘Oh,’ I said. ‘It’s from a British internet bank called Egg.’

His jaw dropped: ‘A British internet bank called Egg?!’

‘That’s right. And it’s got a microchip so you can use it in France.’ This kind of floored him.

‘Hey Hank,’ he called to his manager. ‘Have you seen this? It’s issued by a British — get that ‘British’ — internet bank called Egg. Egg: how cool is that? And its got a microchip — look right there — so that — get this — you can use it in FRA-ANCE!’

You know, they still don’t have chip and pin in the USA.
This posted via mobile via Flickr and so not so closely proofread. Click the pic to see it large (there’s an ‘all-sizes’ tab for really large).

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