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Random acts of extreme irritation

By CAR Hills   April 2001

A few months ago I bought a book called The Idler’s Companion at a remainder bookshop near Victoria station. Most of the time I choose to be as idle as possible, so the book appealed to me. I got on a bus, and for the first time in my life read a few passages of Montaigne. I was thrilled and moved.

The following afternoon, again with nothing to do, I went into the huge Borders bookshop in Charing Cross Road. I spent a pleasant hour in the cafe, then decided to look for more Montaigne. I approached the girl at…

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