Let’s all meet up in the year 2000!

Wow. Do you remember when you first heard those words some sixteen years ago, the millennium seemed oh so very far away at the time and you thought it would all be okay and would never come and we would all stay young forever?

So I saw Pulp live in Hyde Park this weekend as part of Wireless Festival and it must be said that upon hearing Disco 2000 again live, is still sounds so full of promise to this day, eleven years after we partied like it was 1999. And in other Pulp news, Faber announced last week they are going to be publishing a book of Jarvis Cocker’s collected lyrics, due for release this October. I for one am massively excited about this as I regard him to be my Bob Dylan. *Writes on Christmas list*

And with festivals happening left, right and centre, I sure hope you’re checking some of them out. As we speak Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Manchester Children’s Book Festival are going very strong, and Friday sees the start of the London Literature Festival, as part of the Festival of Britain, at the Southbank Centre. There really are some top authors and poets that will be in attendance, so log onto http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/literature-spoken-word and see how you can take part and enjoy what’s in store. Another ‘scribe very close to my heart is TS Eliot and his life and works are being celebrated in a two-day event in Little Gidding, Cambridgeshire this weekend. Log onto http://littlegidding.org.uk/eliotfestival/ for more details on the sixth annual event of the man Andrew Lloyd-Webber owes a great debt to.

The Tour de France is most certainly underway and to coincide we have a special selection of books and DVDs for you to read and watch whilst enjoying the world’s most famous bike race. Oh how I envy them all travelling through France and all its beauty right now! And also to mention Nigella has finally come to eBook. You can download the first books of hers in the series to be released, Nigella Express and Kitchen, right now and right here http://www.hive.co.uk/discount/nigella-on-ebook/93/ for all your Nigella-culinary needs.

So I leave you once again just for seven days.

Try not to miss me too much.

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