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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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This mission was inspired by a suggestion from enn, who requested shop windows, but I ended up taking it in a different direction. The post is image-intensive since I put all eight of the final selection behind the cut. I would have used a gallery except that I wanted to write a better story to weave them together.


When it's busy on Charing Cross Road (read: the weekends) I nip in the side entrance. In the lower right corner of the photo, you can see a parody of the tube map. Gifts and Stationery radiate from the big underground symbol in the middle, like the Pocket Book Light (£5.99) and the Penguin Mug (£8.95).


The contents list for the five floors of bibliophile heaven, clearly posted by the stairwells and lifts. You can find it all here. ALL. Observe:

BasementGround FloorFirst FloorSecond FloorThird Floor
BiologyBestsellersBusiness & CommerceArchaeologyGay & Lesbian Interest
Food & DrinkChildren's BooksComputingArtHumanities
GardeningDrama & FilmEarth SciencesEducationMind, Body & Spirit
MedicalFiction & LiteratureLawEnglish & Foreign LanguagesMusic Books
Natural HistoryGifts & StationeryMaths, Physics & ChemistryHistory & PoliticsPrinted Music
MagazinesSport & LeisureReference
Popular BiographyTechnology & Engineering
Travel & GuidesTransport



The first floor houses computer geek section. Here, my favorite geek can be seen making his pilgrimage to the hallowed bookcase of Perl, where we recently determined my own future lies. It is said that "He who teaches himself has a fool for a pupil," which makes me glad that first of all, I'm a girl, and secondly, that Marco agreed to be my instructor.


At the antipode of the first floor, the diligent pilgrim can find the Transport section. This humble journaller begs the reader to forgive her for the ludicrous number of daylight hours she has spent curled up in its aisles instead of prowling the streets.


From my cross-legged position on the floor, back resting against the opposite shelves, I gaze reverently up at my favorite bookcase.


My eyes automatically turn to the shelf of plenty.


At long last, I found a use for this book. (I tried to read it, I really did. But it annoyed me. It meandered. It rambled. It obfuscated, by the power of verbosity, the delineation between supportable data and anecdotal evidence.)


This series, on the other hand, is both beautiful and informative. Someday I will read them all.
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From: ripperlyn
2005-04-29 10:49 (UTC)
Those tube history books in the last photo look completely enthralling.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:35 (UTC)
Lack of bookshelf space is the only thing that keeps me from taking all of them home. Well, that, and it's more fun to go back to Foyles and read one at a time.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:43 (UTC)
Charing Cross Road is the place for you when you visit London.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-05-01 22:29 (UTC)
Oh yeah. The place where I got the chicken tikka on your mission is about two blocks away.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-04-29 11:23 (UTC)
That series is like porn to the anal-retentive in me.
Oh, look how it all matches and would sit neatly on my bookshelves.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-29 12:45 (UTC)
Shiny rainbow candy-like books. Mmm, lickable.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-04-29 14:44 (UTC)
That was biblio-tastic. I think that last photo was the money shot.

:o)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:21 (UTC)
Forget the Library of Congress classification system. It's time to start sorting books by color.
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[User Picture]From: elleclectic
2005-04-30 23:54 (UTC)
Here, here!
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[User Picture]From: tharine
2005-04-29 15:25 (UTC)
best bookstore ever!
i love these photos,
they make me so happy to see.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:22 (UTC)
I'm sorry we didn't get to explore the rest of it while you were here. Guess you'll have to come back.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2005-04-29 16:40 (UTC)
*cleans drool off desk*

Er. So. When I finally manage to visit, you're at least giving me directions there, right? Nnnnnnnnnngh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:23 (UTC)
Uh, I never miss an opportunity to go to Foyles. I'll give you directions, but I'm most likely to attempt to escort you there myself. :-P
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2005-04-29 16:43 (UTC)
Mmmm, five floors of booksess, we loves it.

An entire archeology section...sigh...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:24 (UTC)
You can lose days in there. I have.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2005-04-29 20:07 (UTC)
Have you read "King Rat" by China Mieville? It's his contribution to the "Underground London" genre of fiction. I enjoyed it. He's got a thing for trains and stations....I'd mention others but they are more well known.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:25 (UTC)
Yes, I have. "Neverwhere" is usually the Underground book that most people seem to think of straightaway, as I think it's a bit more accessible than "King Rat," but I like them both.
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2005-04-30 19:54 (UTC)
Yeah, that's what I meant, Neil Gaiman is a bit more popular, so I thought I'd skip to my favorite author....
;^)
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-04-30 00:54 (UTC)
ooo..
candy books. yummmmm m!
it has been too long since i have just spent hours in a bookstore...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:26 (UTC)
This one has free wireless access and a cafe. I'm afraid to bring my laptop there. I'd never leave.
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[User Picture]From: enn
2005-04-30 12:48 (UTC)
mmmm... i need more photos of the peoples inside!

..i happened to read the comment next, & it is funny, when i was reading the post, the shoppe i was reminded of was, in fact, powells. when i lived in portland i would just daze around there. i met some fantastic loons in there, to be sure!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2005-04-30 02:30 (UTC)
Wonderful. You'd like Powell's in Portland, OR. you need a map to navigate its irregular layout and half levels. And there's an espresso bar in there in case you get really lost and need sustenance.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-04-30 12:27 (UTC)
Yes! I loved Powell's when I was living in Washington. My parents used to drive down there on my breaks when I was in high school and I'd spend most of the day in Powell's while they went shopping elsewhere.
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[User Picture]From: katyakoshka
2005-05-02 20:23 (UTC)
1. It seems likely that one must have been in London long enough to use the Tube to truly appreciate the contents of the latter picatures.

2. Foyle's is awe-inspiring. Side note: 5th Ave. Books expanded, with an additional room in the back for the genre fiction (well, SFF, horror & mystery). It is now competing with Adams Ave. Books. To which I will drag the quasi-infamous D. (BTW, you'd like him, really, you would -- he's One of Us) soon enough.
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