Tuesday 5 May 2015

I should have been invited to the book launch...

You would imagine, wouldn't you, that if one member of a household is quoted* in a new book, and he appears prominently in one of the photos in that book, then it would be that household member who would be invited to the book launch party?

Whether he is a human or a dog should be immaterial, yes?

It would not seem fair, I'm sure you would agree, for the dog to be left at home while his human, who does not appear once in said book, goes swanning off to enjoy sweetish white wine and a modest offering of sandwiches at Waterstones book shop on Friday night and to listen to her friend, the author Diane Morgan, discourse in engaging fashion on the history of Union Terrace Gardens, the topic of her latest book.

I suppose it is some small compensation that Gail's copy of the book does contain a signed message from author to yours truly.

On Saturday afternoon, Gail and I went for another sniff around Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens, pleased that this unique and historic feature of Aberdeen's city centre has been saved from the developers.

*The quote is from my blog post 'A visit to Union Terrace Gardens', 16 February, 2012, written at the height of the local controversy about the Gardens' future.


  1. Ya shoulda at least gotten some of da sandwiches.

  2. My goodness Bertie, immortalised in print forever, what a treat! Gail was only saving you from the sweetish wine - she's a saint...
    I'm pleased that the gardens were saved, although I recall one of the plans looking rather nice. But agreed that they are best left well alone.

  3. No doggy bag?? sigh......

    Of course she included a pic of you-- sure to rope in more dog luvers dat way....

  4. absolutely... this book becomes a bestseller because you are in that book ....probably you will be invited to the walk on the red carpet when you get that pawlitzer prize :o)
    easy rider

  5. We remember that post. We can't believe you weren't invited! You should have been right NEXT to the author so you could pawtograph books!

  6. While it is very exciting that you are in the book, it is outrageous that you weren't invited to the party. I hope they at least sent home a doggie bag or paid you in treats!

  7. Bertie - Demand royalties !

  8. OMD the author used YOUR WORDS.... and then didn't INVITE YOU to the Pawty???? This is an abomination !
    We are PROUD to see YOU and your words in that book... you are even MORE famous, now.

  9. Hari OM
    This is scandalous - you could have worn your best jumper and posed with the author, thus enhancing the desirability of the tome.... Never mind eh? Fame via the six degrees and all that... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  10. It should have been your book signing
    Lily & Edward

  11. BERTIE OMDs you were quote in that wonderful book...you do realize only the very scholarly and best spoken are quoted. Bravo bravo bravo!! Boy do we love those yellow flowers!!
    Hugs madi proud to be the bfff of a scholar!

  12. OMD, Bertie, you're in a book!! That's SO exciting! I agree that totally wasn't fair about the pawty, though. I hope Gail makes it up to you.

  13. OMD, Bertie, you're in a book!! That's SO exciting! I agree that totally wasn't fair about the pawty, though. I hope Gail makes it up to you.

  14. Wow, you are a contributing author! You are famous! Yes, you should be giving out paw printed editions!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. Go Bertie, how awesome to be immortalized in a book!! We think you may have to have words with Gail for not bringing you to the book party, though!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. Shocking oversight. You r clearly the best part of the book
    Retro rover

  17. Wait. You're saying you got NOTHING? That's just wrong. Just plain wrong ...

  18. You are in a book why you are immortalized for eternity Bertie. Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
    You will put more light into someones world.
    Thanks for being my famous friend
    Sweet William The Scot