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Sunday, 30 November 2008



My friend Anthony North at Beyond the blog! has passed on the following Reader Award:

Rules: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 46. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The closest book, not the coolest, or the one you think will sound the best. THE CLOSEST.

The closest book to my desk is called I'm Saying Nothing by Eric Topp ISBN 1-903160-07-3. Eric was a friend of ours from the Manchester Writers Group, sadly he died when he was 34 having completed thirteen novels. Three of them are in this collection.

"Nice to hear from you, can't hear you, sorry. Bye!"

There is an earthquake: I thought it was imaginary, a sympton of my over indulgence. But actually it's Janine, slamming cupboard doors.

"Shit!" She goes, "Shit, shit, shit!"

Please don’t feel pressured to take part, I'm not going to pass this on to you, but you can have a go if you like!

Hey Anthony, I'm putting a link to you in my sidebar because I'm sick of looking you up all the time...


  1. Such a tragic age to die. That's terrible.
    Thanks for the link. I did link to you on my Eye On the world blog, but seeing I hardly use it now, I've done the same on Beyond ...

  2. Hi everybody, there's a little piece here in Nicola Batty's Newsletter, Raw Meat. The main story is about Eric Topp but you might have to scroll down the page a little. Here's the link: http://rawprintz.blogspot.com/2007/03/march-2007-issue-78.html

  3. Hi Anthony, yeah Eric was a good friend of ours, he died from an asthma attack, he phoned the ambulance but they didn't get to him in time.

    Thanks for the link.


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