February 16, 2013
Russia to purchase the English public library service for one hundred million roubles
The Russian ambassador in London has expressed 'absolute delight' at the progress of talks aimed at selling the English public library service to Russia
"It is the price that the English Government find particularly attractive", he said. "I think they need some roubles into the Treasury Bank. So we offer hundred million. No problem. "
"We have known for a long time that English Government has no great interest in book literature - they not ashamed to say that"
"However in Russia we like it often" he added
"Of course all library workpersons who are not already Russian citizens will become so. But I tell you many are already in."
"Libraries will stay open- exchange visits will be arranged - books will be coming and also Russian computer machines and cats for library"
"It is obvious cultural beneficial . International." - He finished
Posted by Perkins at February 16, 2013 2:01 PM
Might be fun if this was true! Russians love their poetry (Dr Zhivago)...
Posted by: James Christie at February 17, 2013 11:25 AM
James - it is true - we sold the Electricity Board to France .. why not sell the libraries to the Russians?. They already have the Premier League and they like living here
Posted by: perkins at February 17, 2013 1:05 PM
I can't wait for Putin Week, from early January till late December! Are in-library vodka sessions now OK?
Posted by: PutinFan at February 17, 2013 8:17 PM
Devotees of Perkins may laugh because they think she is making a joke about Russians - but here is a prediction which is probably correct.... it will be the American public library service that will successfully offer ebooks to library users in the UK and quite soon.
Posted by: perkins at February 17, 2013 8:53 PM
Is it really true?? Im a skeptic!
Posted by: recruitment in manchester at February 19, 2013 10:24 PM
"Russians" have run Lambeth Council for many years getting ever closer to a "sans books" libraries policy to ensure the administrative staff weren't overworked or underpaid. The DCMS has always given a nod and a wink to such flouting of the '64 Act so would welcome a way of spreading the Lambeth ethos throughout the Land.
Posted by: No Brain at February 23, 2013 11:08 PM