I began giving only books as presents a few years ago, and in return I tend to get a lot of books as gifts. So it’ a win/win situation.

This Christmas, I received some great books*, including an anthology of articles from The BBC Today programme, which shows what The BBC can do, when they’re not preaching, and a battered copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

They should be teaching that stuff in school.

On that topic too, I was talking to Lewey who commented that schools should teach money management.

Wouldn’t that be good – teaching inter-personal skills and how to look after your money. They’re such good ideas that you can guarantee they won’t be taught, or if they are it’ll be watered down to the point of irrelevance.


*Jas bought me a collection of 1950s ‘kitchen sink drama’ novels. So, along with the ones mentioned above, I’m all good right now.