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2004

January

  • Underground meeting

    I met the PR woman in the Cellar Bar at the Merrion Hotel at around 4.30pm. She’s young and bright, and invites me to chat about the book for a bit - what was the scariest moment? how did I decide to do it? where did you stay? which place did you like the most?

    After a while it dawns on me that she’s interviewing me as journalists will be doing. Apparently I did OK, because she told me that I’d be grand with the media interviews, and that the hacks would be as likely to write about me as the book, so I better be ready for that.

  • The proof’s in the proofs

    Just delivered the edited page proofs of The Accidental Pilgrim (very minor changes, thank goodness).

    Despite having seen the whole book printed out many times, there was something very strange about looking at the proofs - typeset as the finished book will be, with crop marks and the French stuff in italics and all that mullarkey. Suddenly it looked like a book.

    Cover design is now sorted, and publication’s set for third or fourth week in Feb, with publicity to follow immediately thereafter.

    Should be talking with the PR folks next week, so prepare for a media blitz. You can never have too much coverage of bicycles and sixth-century saints, that’s what I say.

  • Sick Boy

    I’m struck down with a cold, blurggh. That’ll teach me to go to the Botanical Gardens in the middle of January. Until normal service is resumed, here’s an article I wrote a while ago, about a similar predicament:

  • Tabloid Broadsheet

    In the UK, broadsheets are now tabloid, and I’m not just referring to their editorial policies.

    Late last year, first The Independent and then quickly The Times started producing issues of their papers on tabloid-sized paper, specifically aimed at commuters struggling to turn broadsheet pages on a crowded train.

    I got the chance to check out a copy of the Independent while I was in England over Christmas, and I think it’s great - much more manageable even if you’re not hemmed in on the 7.45 to King’s Cross.

    There’s obviously a design overhead in laying out two versions of the same paper, and the smaller size performs so much better from a usability perspective, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the broadsheet version was rapidly phased out.

    Which leaves us with only one question - what do we use instead as a derogatory term since we can’t just slag something off as being ‘tabloid’ any more.

    - Guardian coverage of the Independent’s switch

  • Conversion course

    So I’m converting my old tapes to digital format in preparation for the arrival of my iPod (which is somewhere between LA and here, most likely in the corner of sorting office under a pile of other forgotten Christmas presents).

    I’ve got a tape player downstairs, but for some reason the tapes were lurking upstairs in a dusty box. I think it was an attempt to forget the wayward music tastes I enjoyed in secondary school.