Want a good scare?

Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk Philip.Belben at powertech.co.uk
Wed May 16 06:47:07 EDT 2001

Melissa wrote:

> Check this out:
> http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23370-2001May13.html
> It's talking about Americans, but I wonder how other countries stack up when
> it comes to reading.  Now go find someone to give a DWJ book to.  You could
> be saving a life.  :)

Consider me well and truly scared!  I think it's the same over here, or going
that way anyway.

Two more pieces of evidence:

My mother goes to the hairdresser every week or two.  She undergoes one of the
hairdressing processes that ends with her sitting under the hairdrier for a
sizeable fraction of an hour, which she often spends reading (of course).
Universally "would you like a book?" is an offer of a colour-supplement-style

And several years ago, I was asked "What do you do in the evenings if you
haven't got a telly?"

FWIW it is a very rare week in which I don't read a whole book, although it has
been known to happen.  Two books a day (at the weekend, anyway) is more typical,


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