Sunday, October 24, 2010

A busy day

While most of us have been out enjoying the late October sunshine, our hero has been busy. No Sunday dallying in the autumn leaves for him, oh no, the game is afoot.

Not one, not two but three posts came from his pen today. Read them if you wish. For us here at CoatesWatch the most interesting feature is the addition of a new category to our hero's extensive demonology, the Quackle, which he defines as a Quasi academic librarian [sic; the idiosyncratic use of upper case is as he gives it]

Tim's always had trouble understanding that librarians work in lots and lots of different places, as well as public libraries. Odd, though, that he should harbour this particular hatred for university librarians. We wonder if a sexual partner left him for one in his youth? CoatesWatch is a family publication, so has avoided speculation on our hero's private life, but if any readers can shed any light on this, e-mail


  1. The task to hand is simply to ask what our values are.

    You really don't have to go to all this trouble otherwise. And besides which you are heading for stalking and harassment litigation I would guess.

    Gareth Osler
    Library Web

  2. Thanks Gareth. Is Tim stalking people too? Let us know. You can post in a comment here, or e-mail us at

  3. You know publishers I've recently found myself tentatively arriving at the conclusion are very powerful people, you could well do yourself some good by turning your attention to this lot (this is following the recent e-book debacle). Tim Coates is a bookseller though, I don't think he is stalking anyone. If I may venture a definition:

    Stalking and harassment: (It sometimes takes people a few seconds to realign to this concept for some odd reason.) Any kind of stalking behaviour the end result in which the stalking will be instrumental is a violation of essentially the human rights of the person being abused.

  4. We at CoatesWatch understand that Tim hasn't sold a book to anyone for many a year. It hardly needs saying that bookselling's loss is the public library's gain.