Saturday, 29 May 2010

The Power of Fopp

Everyday I pass a branch of Fopp and do not go in, with very good reason: it is far too easy to spend money there.

Yesterday, however, I had some time to kill, so I went in... and, quelle surprise, I spent money! Now, the thing with Fopp is that there are so many bargains it can get easy to get carried away. A bit like when you're at IKEA and you keep adding little things to your yellow bag because they're only a couple of pounds.

In the past (before they were rescued from administration by HMV) it was the cheap art books that were my biggest weakness. Now it can be almost anything! I've previously mentioned Paolo Nutini on this blog - his album Sunny Side Up only cost me £5.

Yesterday I succumbed to purchasing Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, which has been on my reading list for ages. It's 1000 pages long, and cost me a whole £2!!

Not content with that, I then found Annie Lennox's Songs of Mass Destruction which is her only solo album I didn't yet own - £3 and it was mine!

Now £5 may not be a lot, but I could have spent a lot more - there were a series of re-issued Eurythemics albums with bonus tracks at £3 each, for example - and I could easily spend that and more everyday if I didn't have the willpower to walk past.

So, I look forward to reading my book in due course and reviewing it here, and I'm sure Annie will get another mention too!


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