Joke shopping

One of the most predictable things about Christmas is the indignation of so many people that the shops stock up earlier each year.

But they would be better off saving their distaste for the quality of what is on offer. The picture shows the lone rack of books categorised as humour in Waterstones in Broad Street. Two sides of one set of shelves at a time of year when people can’t wait to spend their money.

Take out those by Jeremy Clarkson and the really naff picture books of crap this and crap that and what’s left is truly dire.

It will be interesting to know just what people are buying because there seems little I would buy anyone.

As soon as someone thinks up a really good idea for a gift (not vouchers since retailers are dropping like flies) they will have a grateful market.

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About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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