Barbarella: That?! But nobody's done that for centuries! I mean, nobody except the very poor, who can't afford the pills and the psychocardiogram readings.
Mark Hand: Why not?
Barbarella: 'Cause it was proved to be distracting and a danger to maximum efficiency! And… and because it was pointless to continue it when other substitutes for ego support and self-esteem were made available...
Mark Hand: And now, Barbarella… don't you agree with me? That in some things, the old-fashioned ways are best after all?
Barbarella: What? Oh, that. Yes, I must admit it was rather… interesting. Still, I see what they mean by saying it's distracting.
Read-ins are planned across Lewisham libraries on February 5th as part of a national day of protest against threatened library closures.
The demonstrations will occur between 11.30am and 1pm at libraries including, Sydenham, Crofton Park, New Cross, Blackheath and Grove Park. Lewisham is trying to identify suitable not-for-profit partners to take them off the Council's hands.
See the Save Crofton Park Library group for details.