Thursday, September 25, 2003

Went to teach at Bridgewardens College at the old dockyards at Chatham in Kent. I had read the biography of Samuel Pepys by Claire Tomalin over the summer so I got there early and walked round for a bit trying to work out where he had lived but couldn’t, so I went to the new outlet shopping centre instead, feeling like a failed culture buff. Then I ended up buying so many cheap chocolates from the Cadbury’s shop there that the bag split in the car park and people had to help me scoop them up. An appropriate quote arrives through the internet – ‘A writer is like a bag lady going through life with a sack and a pointed stick collecting stuff,’ Tony Hillerman.

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