Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Knowledge is power


Dave W goes to the library


I bloody love libraries and have done since I was about seven, when I rented Alvin Schwartz's In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories every fortnight without fail, despite knowing exactly how 'The Green Ribbon' ended (chilling).

So, naturally I was excited to visit the site of the most famous library in the ancient world, even if this new institution - opened in 2003 - won't contain all the sadly lost, endearingly wrong ancient knowledge that was destroyed all those times the original Library of Alexandria caught fire. Apparently, papyrus isn't fire-proof, however much the street wranglers in Cairo boast of its indestructibility.


Bibliotheca Alexandrina




I was pleased to see that the modern library is comparable to its historical counterpart, and contains the very finest examples of contemporary literature:




This undisputed modern classic, in which you can Choose Your Own Adventure for Colin Baker's rubbish incarnation of the Doctor (and which Amazon chooses not to sell any more - presumably just to give other books a chance?) contained a note stating it was:

A gift from Mohammed M Aman, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
School of Library and Information Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Cheers, Prof! I'm sure the Alexandrian scholars greatly appreciate your contribution to the fountain of knowledge. You fool. Their English Literature section doesn't even have Hitchhiker's Guide, but it has this shit.



That's what I call a library. Edinburgh Central Library, eat your tartan hat



It even has an arachnobot. Does your poxy reading room have an arachnobot, Edinburgh Central Library? I think not!

Actually, is this supposed to be here? I didn't see it on the way --
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More from Alexandria tomorrow!

7 comments:

  1. hahahahahaha~!!! This really entertaining!!!
    You did it,Dave! Like these photos~ :)

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  2. I like that in the picture of you with the Dr Who book it's quite possible that you're wearing a Dr Who T-shirt. Good photography or serendipity? Let me know, I have praise to give someone.

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  3. Good spot! Unfortunately I'm too cool to buy and wear a Doctor Who T-shirt. It's a Who Is Virgilio Anderson T-shirt (http://www.richardherring.com/warmingup/warmingup.php?id=2418)... because that's obviously much cooler and not at all the nerdiest thing I own.

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  4. is this Bibliotheca Alexandrina the only palce u visit in Alexandria? i wish to see more :(

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    1. I saw a few more things, which I talk about here:

      http://freelanceflaneur.blogspot.com/2010/12/well-that-about-wraps-it-up-for-egypt.html

      The library and Qaitbay Citadel were my favourites. I liked Alexandria.

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    1. I know, I've been working freelance for seven years and travelled non-stop while doing it for a long time, but thanks for caring. And spamming.

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