Friday, 20 January 2012

Sackcloth, Ashes and Penance

No, that’s not the title to the follow up to Hatred, Ridicule and Contempt (then again, there’s an idea…). It’s simply a reflection of the dismay I felt when I reviewed my Kindle version and found that “rogue italics” had inexplicably crept into the text in a few places. Not enough to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, I hope, but enough to annoy me for not picking it up before.

So by way of contrition on my part after correcting the error, for this weekend, I am making Hatred, Ridicule and Contempt available for a free download. Yes, that’s right, a free download. Just hit the Amazon link: Amazon UK, Amazon USA.

Another salutary lesson hit home when I realised that my use of an auto-correct function in relation to an item of computer periphery had also produced the word “diskomfort”, no doubt a description of the physical unease felt when overwhelmed by technology. Oh dear. At least it’s a happy reminder of that old urban myth of the newspaper subeditor who was led to understand that Princess Diana’s former lover James Hewitt never in fact achieved the rank of Major, inspiring him to set about the task of an electronic demotion. Which accidentally led, in the same edition, to the then Prime Minister being renamed John Captain.

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