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I "subscribe" to a number of on-line newspapers and e-zines, newsletters and the like in an attempt to keep abreast of what is happening in the world of books.
Two of my on-line newspaper favourites are the New York Times and The Guardian while the IIML e-mail newsletter is my favourite New Zealand inward communication.
These three "publications" all require registration but it is free.
Here is a piece from yesterday's IIML newsletter for your interest:
Evil advice (for tourists)
As we head towards our 100th newsletter, and towards the summer tourist season, we thought it might be fun to run our first ever competition – yes, with a prize, too. Some time back The New Statesman asked its readers to submit examples of ‘evil advice for tourists in Britain’. This yielded some wonderful recommendations, including the following:
* Be sure to try the famous echo in the British Museum Reading Room
* On entering an Underground train, it is customary to shake hands with every passenger.
* London barbers are delighted to shave patrons' armpits.
* Bus conductors like to be paid in 5 and 10 pound notes as they hate carrying heavy coins up and down the stairs.
* Never attempt to tip a taxi driver.
The four readers who send us the ‘best’ pieces of advice for tourists in New Zealand – as subjectively judged by a panel of IIML staff members – will each win a $50.00 book token. The competition is open only to subscribers to this newsletter, and the result will be announced in Newsletter 100, just before Christmas.
Entries to email@example.com
Two of my favourite regular columns in the IIML Newsletter are Recent Web Reading and Great Lists of our Time.
Register now, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
P.S. The drawing at the top of this item is by artist,poet,curator,and art historian Greg O'Brien. I love it.