EDIT: IT APPEARS THAT ELY IS CANCELLED
This week I shall be scurrying around the near South of England giving amusing and almost informative talks at lots of beautiful bookshops. These shall be:
Mostly Books in Abingdon on Tuesday night at 7:30.
Blackwells in Oxford on Wednesday at 7:00.
Heffers in Cambridge on Thursday at 6:30.
And whilst we're on the subject of Cambridge, here is an entry from a dictionary of C18th slang that is included in The Horologicon:
(Cambridge.) To renounce acquaintance with any one is to cut him. There are several species of the cut. Such as the cut direct, the cut indirect, the cut sublime, the cut infernal, &c. The cut direct, is to start across the street, at the approach of the obnoxious person in order to avoid him. The cut indirect, is to look another way, and pass without appearing to observe him. The cut sublime, is to admire the top of King’s College Chapel, or the beauty of the passing clouds, till he is out of sight. The cut infernal, is to analyze the arrangement of your shoe-strings, for the same purpose.
And finally Topping Books in Ely on Friday at 7:00.
Ely has a claim to being one of the greatest places in the English language for reasons to do with sex and monks.