Close friends will either be astonished at my hitherto hidden literary appreciation, or note the complete randomness of the selection. There is some logic to it though - I am trying to broaden my reading away from politics, science (OK, not completely), and computing, but sticking to subjects with some interest for me - and there was a narrow escape for Antony Beevor's Stalingrad (I am presently about two-thirds through his Berlin), as it was significantly more pricey and you only get the cheapest book of the three for free.
Oh, and I popped into HMV to get Yann Tiersen's excellent soundtrack for Good Bye, Lenin! (did I mention anywhere how much I enjoyed the film <g>?). It fits comfortably alongside soundtracks by Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, particularly in places The Draughtsman's Contract.
Of course, the two things I actually needed - a new jacket and a frame for my signed copy of Martin Rowson's Britannia's Suitors 2001 (after Gillray) - are things I still need. In the first case, because I am in the usual position of finding that my requirements are impossible to fulfil (i.e. it should be warm, machine washable and have inside pockets of a decent size - hardly unreasonable I thought), and in the second, because apparently frames don't come in A3 size, so I have to figure out whether to trim the border, or get a much bigger frame.