My plan for today was to get up early (for a retired septuagenarian), then drive into the city to get the two WordPress books I wanted from McGills in the CBD.
I didn’t get going quite as early as I hoped, so by the time I got to the city, or to be more accurate, the Arts Centre carpark at Southbank, with a 20 minute brisk walk to McGills, it was well after 1.30pm by the time I got to McGills book store.
As I approached the store, two questions were running through my mind. Was I too late to browse and buy the books I wanted? Or were the books still in stock?
The answer was not what I expected.
The McGills store was a gutted shell. The workmen on the site told me that many people had come in from afar in the countryside, and were shocked to find that the store has closed. They commentd that at least I had a sense of humour about it.
I then tried Angus & Roberstson. They didn’t have any WordPress books in their Melbourne stores. So I then set out for Reader’s Fest in Swanston St, as they have a good range of books of all kinds, including computer books.
When I got to the escalator leading down to the Reader’s Fest store, I was blocked by an old dear who stood unmoving at the top of the escalator.
She was stunned to see, looking down the escalator, that the Reader’s Feast store is now just an empty dark shell.
Note: Since writing that post I later learned that Reader’s Feast had suffered a power outage for a few hours that afternoon. That’s why it was dark (it’s a basement store) and none of its fittings could be seen.