The Feasts of the Sea Fest was was on down the seafront when I went pars and ought to be worth a visit if you are wondering what to do today.
The Manston issue does seem to be moving forward, with the cpo by TDC I am reminded of the person with the hammer and the screw, where having banged in the screw with a hammer they are now looking at the slot in the screw where the screwdriver goes and the hammer and trying to make some sort of connection.
What about our Labour PPC then? Well frankly he still seems pretty convincing to me and I guess UKIP must be only too aware of how he beat them in the county council elections. In with a chance do you think? Personally having voted for both Labour and Conservative PPCs in previous elections, the deciding factor for me is will they make a good constituency MP? I don’t consider my own solitary vote makes any difference to the national political result but do what I can to help select an MP who is at least going to answer my emails personally and perhaps have some sort of input on local issues.
On to the latest Manston auction, how much did the stuff fetch? Well as you can see from the link the fire engine made £7,450 and if you click on the green arrow buttons you can see what the rest of it made http://www.ppauctions.com/lot_closed.php?l_id=52251&id=126&search=chocks&cat=all&perPage=20&sort=2&thisPage=1&account=no one way to spend your evening I suppose.
On the bookshop front we are still fairly busy at the moment and have seen a definite improvement in book sales so far this year.
I was sitting sketching the ceiling and drinking a coffee in Waterstones the big chain bookshop at Westwood Cross yesterday trying to ponder where UK bookselling is going.
The physical book as opposed to the download, E-book and so in has definitely not had its day, but a lot of what the big chain booksellers and publishers are doing at the moment suggests a bit of a misunderstanding about what is actually going on.
On the one hand in my bookshop, the non-fiction books that are selling are the ones least like websites, where either the information contained in them just isn’t on the internet or the formatting of the book is not like the formatting of websites. On the other hand a great many on the new non-fiction books coming out, when you open them up and look inside seem to look more and more like websites.
I guess the key issue here is the manufacturers, publishers in this instance, but I guess it would apply to a lot of products, need a way of getting their products on to the high street so people can handle them and compare them with similar products made by different manufacturers.
The rub here is that it has become cheaper for the retailer to have products on a warehouse and sell them via a website.
One of the up and coming shop businesses at the moment are art galleries and what they do is to charge artists a fee to display their work for a period of time and take a percentage of the selling price of what actually sells.
There may be lessons here to be learnt by the retail world, as far as I know the only general independent bookshop that is much larger than mine, Baggins in Rochester, does this.
Though honestly when it comes to new books selling at what in the rather crazy modern retail world I can only describe as the full price, I would say with the very large W. H. Smith and Waterstones at Westwood Cross Thanet has more retail space devoted to sales than is warranted.
Looking at the two relatively small Albion Bookshops and Geerings that closed when they opened and considering that my own sales, where the average book price is probably around an eight of theirs, I haven’t seen a very noticeable change in the demand for books in Thanet since they opened.