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fortean moment in the bookstore

This summer my newsagent closed and never opened again. The newsagent where I bought everything. There isn't another one in the area, not with any decent choice of magazines anyway. So now I have to get my copy of The Fortean Times (which isn't as good as it used to be, but still a lifestyle necessity, for me) from (acketty-thpt) Borders.

Odd aside; when I decribed a Grail theory Pat Mills was holding forth on as having "been in The Fortean Times" he took it as an insult, which wasn't my intention at all. What I meant was it was well-regarded enough to have been featured in what I use as a sort of research digest and alerter to all the unusual, extraordinary, controversial and contested theories, proposals, ideas and incidents circulating in the world. Like zines, it's had to redefine its position a little since the mainstreaming of the internet ... perhaps he was thinking of a Fortean Times that was ...

Anyway, monday night I put a scoot through Borders into my walk home, wriggle through the magazine section (also picking up a missed copy of 2000AD which is similarly good but not as good as it used to be) and stride straight to the till where a box of cut-price videos and DVDs suggest to me that they deserved 30s, which I duly give. At the box's farthest corner is an anatomy lesson on videotape from the Jewish Medical Foundation featuring the dissection of a real human cadaver. For £2.99.

The box claims it's a dissection of the upper extremity, the label on the tape says lower extremity. The leaflet is even vaguer. What I actually have is a dissection of the human hand, in extreme, thorough and highly educational detail. I now know more about the insides of my hands than ever before; the latin names for the tendons, convenient short reference terms for bones and joints, and how the thumb is attached to ... well, actually it would be shorter to say what it isn't attached to.

The strangest thing was that the video ran from bones to skin, giving the odd impression that the corpse was reconstructing itself, all the way from magnolia bones to discoloured fingernails.