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NO CHANGE GIVEN

Nick Hornby July 23, 2008 at 2:56 pm Uncategorized

Once a week, I walk past an Italian restaurant that has a printed sign in the window saying NO CHANGE GIVEN. And then, underneath, in felt-tip pen, one of the staff has added the explanation ‘For Parking Meters’. What I love about it is the argument you can imagine might have preceded the handwritten addition: […]

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The Hornbys

Nick Hornby May 16, 2008 at 3:28 pm Uncategorized

I grew up with the impression that Hornby was not a common surname. There were no Hornbys at my school, nor at college. Twiggy’s real name is Leslie Hornby, but not a lot of people know that, and there were no other famous Hornbys. Later, when I became a teacher, and met hundreds of kids, […]

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Unpleasant smell

Nick Hornby February 27, 2008 at 3:35 pm Uncategorized ,

On her chat show last week, Lily Allen told a story so hauntingly repellent that I feel compelled to share it. At a fashion show with a friend, she remarked on the pervasive and unpleasant smell around the catwalk. “Oh, that,” said her friend, who was clearly more used to it. “It’s the sick on […]

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Self-portraits

Nick Hornby July 27, 2007 at 3:59 pm Books, Uncategorized ,

One of the joys of my job is the unpredictability of some of the requests received. To my great delight, I have been invited to draw a picture of my own a***ehole, as an appropriate way to mark the passing – as it were – of the great Kurt Vonnegut, who drew his own in […]