Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hay-on-Wye

oken by cow trying to butt its head through my bedroom window.

Ross had to travel into nearby Brecon this morning to have some new tyres fitted. My car-battery had failed last night, so I came in too to get a replacement. While waiting for that to be done, we took the dogs for a long walk along the canal path.

Took Bondi into Hay-on-Wye to have a quick look in a few bookstores. Picked up
  • Humphrey Carpenter's collective bio of literary Angry Young Men: Amis, Colin Wilson et al
  • Beyond Beyond the Fringe - a critical bio of Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Alan Bennett.
  • Gloriana - Michael Moorcock's fictional homage to Mervyn Peake. I have his critical/bio effort on order. [Still on order in January 2007!]


Stopped in Talgarth on the way back, where the town festival was underway. A cover band was delivering (Show me the way to) Amarillo to a street full of revellers. The town's mayor (or a collector of gold bottle caps?) welcomed Bondi.

Over dinner, Ross mentioned that the previous tenant of this lodge (subdivision within the farm) was writer Jasper Fforde, and that I was sleeping on his office floor.

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