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1. I may need to buy a suit - and no, it's not for any Weddings, Funerals, Job Interviews or Court Cases.

2. I may have found a very cheap place to print Hardcover books. China-cheap but without involving Asia. This could be a very good thing.

3. I still have a nasty cough and annoying sneeze. Due to a combination of these taking me by surprise I also now have a fairly tender chest.

4. Mika (singer) is Lebanese/English. Not sure why this is of real interest to me but it's another bit of useless information that might come in handy during a pub quiz (and as I don't do pub quizzes I thought I'd share it :p).

5. Rosie and myself came up with the *PERFECT* (tm) name for our new project. Hopefully we'll be able to unveil it onto the unexpecting world over the summer.

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replicantlizard
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
get better soon, and good luck with your new project!

The suit is for..?
angusabranson
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
If the suit is needed I'll unveil the reasons why then. It's all good though :)
carbonel_
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
You've got a role in a Blues Brothers musical? ;)
mrwarfrog
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:37 am (UTC)
http://www.lulu.com/uk

Dunno if this link is any use. Allows you to publish as many or as few as you like. in hardcover or softcover. Prices depending upon print runs (obviously)
angusabranson
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
Lulu are good and I've generally only heard good things about them but their Hardcover prices still make it expensive to use when you want to sell Hardcovers to retil stores (and keep the price down).
mrwarfrog
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
yes....depends on the quantity printed I suppose
mrwarfrog
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Just out of interest are the discounts expected on books by distributors and retailers the same as we would expect to give in game publishing?

angusabranson
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Generally speaking distributors buy at 60% off RRP (plus possibly prompt payment discounts schemes, etc). Thus is the RRP is £10.00 a company would be selling the product (if it non-VATable) to the distributor for £4.00.

Then out of that £4.00 you've got to deduct all your costs - printing, shipping, writing, art, editting, layout, advertising, agents fees, etc.

Retails generally buy from distributors at anywhere between 25-40% off RRP. In the States this can rise to 50% off for some stores.

...and people wonder why the games business rarely makes the people working in it rich!
mrwarfrog
Apr. 4th, 2007 08:34 am (UTC)
Same then!
ffutures
Apr. 4th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
Someone at work got a suit in Marks & Spensers sale yesterday - for eight quid! Didn't look too bad, as far as I could tell. Wool-acrylic mix, I think, seemed all right.
smescrater
Apr. 4th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
Suits
Well, it all depends on what you want it for and how much you want to spend.

You *can* get a suit for £40 from tesco for instance, it'll do for one or two wears, but it looks a bit shiny since it's mainly man made fabrics. After that Asda and their George range do some nice wool mix suits for £70-80, they look a lot better, and still won't break the bank. After that you have burtons who will do you very nice suits at the £100-200 range, these *do* look lovely IMHO. After that, well, you can go M&S as previously stated, or you're looking at specialist menswear/bespoke tailoring.

Personally if you need a general suit, I'd go down the Asda/Burton route, get a good one, and then you're set. Every man should have at least *one* suit in his wardrobe :).
suewilson
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
John uses Brigdens, a tailors based in Derby
- the suits are made to measure and very very nice
- might be a bit of a long journey for fittings though :)
felineparadox
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Suits can look fine, I got me a nice black wool italian suit, add a decent pair of boots and a black shirt and it looks great ;)
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