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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, March 15, 2004
    The day I didn't buy a DVD player
    Today was the day I didn't buy a DVD player. Not because I haven't decided what I want; not because I have any great ethical concerns (except the concern that maybe I should have ethical concerns); mainly because it all rested on being able to spend the ninety quids worth of WH Smiths vouchers I've accumulated recently from generous people, on a good batch of DVDs. And finding that our biggest branch of said store has a paltry selection.

    None of my first choices were there - Apocalypse Now (greatest ever film), Everton-Rapid Vienna 1985 (the beginning of our years of Euro triumph tragically stolen from us by events later that month at Heysel), Dinnerladies and Peter Kay Live at Bolton Albert Halls (great northern comedy), oh and something religious I guess, erm - U2 PopMart Tour. All absent.

    No point buying the hardware if the software's not there. I'll be back at Smiths with a wants list soon; unless I find tomorrow that their London shops satisfy my consumer demands ... (cue Lent guilt for even thinking these thoughts)