Waterstones points card

Having collected 10 stamps on your Waterstones Plus reward card, here’s a handy tip for spending the £10 you’ve earned.

The Waterstones FAQ states the following:

“When a Plus balance is redeemed as part of a transaction, stamps will be awarded on the eligible cash balance.”

In other words, using some or all of the Waterstones Plus balance doesn’t earn reward stamps on that part of the transaction. However you can optimise the use of the Waterstones Plus card by paying cash or using a debit / credit card to pay £5 of the total bill (if less than £10) or £10 of the total bill (if £10 or more) and paying the remainder of the bill using the cash on your Waterstones Plus card. That way you earn a half-stamp (or full stamp) as normal as well as using up some of the cash you’ve earned on the Waterstones card. Every little bit helps towards being able to afford your next book purchase!


Calibre is an extremely taut and tense film set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands. At the first major scene I wondered whether I would be up to dealing with the shocking development, but my motto is “it’s only dots on a screen”, so I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. A terrific, tense thriller, though not suitable for all.

I viewed this on Netflix using my free, 1-month, introductory offer. Thank you Netflix.

Cold War

We watched the 2018 award-winning Polish film, Cold War, via Curzon Home Cinema, a first for us. Shot in black-and-white, it’s a visually stunning love story inspired by the director’s own parents. It looks and sounds great and well worth a viewing.

My small but not so smart phone

My phone

It’s small; it’s not smart; there’s no Internet constantly pinging notifications; no one’s going to steal it; it was cheap; it’s a social embarrassment; there’s no Internet to look up mapping, bus / train times; it’s not big.

Face-Time – Erik Tarloff

What a terrific novel this is – I raced through it in a couple of days.
A first novel, written 20 years ago, it’s the story of a US president’s extra-marital affair involving a young couple working in the White House. It’s about power rather than politics and is an easy, well-written tale. Fabulous.
I’m on the lookout for his two later novels – I think I’ve tracked down one of them.

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