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CSK founder chairman, the late Bill Brooks, often stood at the front door in a proprietorial/welcoming stance and was there one day when I came out to find a parking ticket on my car. I spoke to the warden responsible who immediately removed the ticket. “I’ve never seen that before,” said Mr Brooks, somewhat amazed.

What he didn’t know was that 10 minutes earlier, the warden had given me 10 minutes to fetch my stuff, but had forgotten.

I still miss those visits to CSK in the 1970s and ’80s, followed by a turkey and pastrami sandwich in the café opposite, and possibly a visit to Librairie Francaise round the corner, where under-priced antiquarian French literature could occasionally be found tucked away.

Graham Weiner

(retired antiquarian bookseller)

London N10