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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Tuesday, January 10, 2006  
    Finished stacking my new bookshelf today.
    It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be as I had to struggle with the age old dichotomy and dilemma of choosing whether to stack them according to genre (more methodical) or according to size (looks neater).
    I went for the later and now have a rich mixture of neat and orderly lines of books – the randomness making it all the richer and more colourful like a box of assorted chocolates.

    Now that I a have proper ‘’homeland’ for my books I’m on a Munich-style hunt (a la Mossad’s relentless hunting down and killing of all those involved in the kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics) for all the books I’ve lent to people over the years that haven’t been returned (and there are enough of them).
    Although I’ve borrowed many books myself, I’ve returned every one of them – evidenced by the fact that there is not one book on my bookshelf that is of doubtful provenance.
    There’s only one book that I’m not one hundred percent sure of - Dale Carnegie’s ‘’How to Win Friends and Influence People’’ that has my good friend Will Minchin’s name on it.
    Suffice to say, I never read it (everyone I know can attest to that) so I couldn’t possibly have pilfered a book I didn’t care for.
    So if any of my friends and family see me eyeing their bookshelves, I'm not admiring their superb taste in literature but am on a covert mission to ‘’bring them home’’.

    My bookshelf’s main source of amusement for my young cousins appears to be the John Updike novels.
    They’ve all separately, at one stage or another, looked over my books and laughed at the name which they think is ‘’up dick’’.

    8:00 pm

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