Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Giving it away...

We're good at giving things away here. I've never sold a thing on eBay; I've given away so many copies of my book I'll never get to buy that yacht, and my one experience of car-booting will definitely be my last. Sally's had a sort out recently and - as soon as my weight-training programme takes effect - I'll be hauling these sacks of her old toys to the charity shop.

I think she's making room for Christmas!

Anyway, you didn't come here today to read this prattle did you? No. You came to see who'd won a hot date with Stewart Copeland('s book) and bagged the little people's gardening kit. Well, I won't disappoint you. In true time-honoured fashion, the lucky winners were drawn at random from a Tombliboo truck and then stuck to Charlie's t-shirt.

And the winners are (in case you can't see properly - Charlie stuck it upside down)...

GoonerJamie (Strange Things Happen)
Catharine Withenay (gardening kit)

It might not be the £90 million Euro-lottery, but hey - congratulations anyway!

I'm going to call a halt to giveaways for a while. (I've nothing left!) But before I do, a plug (and a giveaway) of Marsha Moore's new book 24 Hours: London, the book that lists what you can do in London hour-by-hour and day and night.

But who would want a guide to the capital that tells you what you can do at five in the morning?

That's right, folks - EVERYONE with young kids! I've been that parent, wandering the streets at first light with a pushchair in order to give the other half a bit of sleep. If only I'd known that Bar Italia was open, or that Smithfield Market's buzzing from 4a.m., that all the park gates are unlocked at six, or that the Woolwich Ferry's plying back and forth from seven every morning. The book is packed with things to do in London. And there really is something for everyone, at all hours of the day and night. I thought New York was the city that never sleeps. Well, Marsha Moore has proved that London's right up there with the Big Apple. And... she has very kindly donated a signed copy of '24 Hours: London' to readers of this blog. All you have to do is leave a comment, saying what you're favourite London destination is before midnight on Thursday, after which one lucky entry will be drawn at random. Only, I think I'll do that job myself this time!
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