I got me a Chrissy pressie.
I put up a post a short time back, telling you all of my love for Thomas Grays Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes.
Anyway, To His Coy Mistress. I hadn’t read that for simply ages darling, so I did a quick Google, and came up with the Wikipedia page. It looked worth spending some time on, with a whole load of good stuff about the poem, but I was a bit busy at the time so I stuck the link into my Must Read Later list and got on with my life.
So, later finally arrived yesterday and I had a read.
Now, bear with me, this is going somewhere. Causality can be a long chain and a wonderful thing.
So, To His Coy Mistress, under Allusions in other works Wikipedia made a reference to a work by the sainted but sadly ill Sir Terrence Pratchett; a sort story called # ifdef DEBUG + "world/enough" + "time", which seems to make some sense – if you are familiar with the various BCPL derived programming languages where that is a valid statement. I have never read that one,or, at least, I had no memory of it, so I did a quick Google again.
Seems the story was published in a book called Once More* With Footnotes. Now, the book was a limited edition, only 2,500 in the first printing, and that ten years ago. What are the chances of getting hold of a copy? Pretty slim I guessed.
I went and had a look on Amazon, and there it is all right, as at today prices for an as new copy ranging from $386 to $949.
That’s pretty much it, isn’t it? Unless the book is republished, after ten years out of print, or Sir Terry sticks its contents up on the net, I can kiss goodbye to reading it.
What to do but have another look at the Amazon page? See what others have to say maybe? I have a few minutes so lets look around I sez to myself.
Then I have a good look at the cover illustration…..
“Hel…lo” I sez. “Wot?” I sez. “No. Can’t be” I sez.
I look at the illustration a little more.
“Nah” I sez again. “Can’t be” I sez again.
Then, I get up and go to my bookshelf, piled with books, literally thousands I have bought over the decades, and rummaging through a pile I haven’t looked at for years I pulled out a slim volume, dusty, but in pristine, I mean first class, mint condition. There it is – Once More* With Footnotes.
I remembered the book, just not its title. I must be getting old.
See, stick up a posting and who knows where it will lead you.
If Permanentexpat ever turns up here again I must remember to thank him.