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Posted on Jun 23, 2008 in meme, zeitgeist | 9 comments

The Amazon Desert Island Challenge

I was wandering the aisles of a record store on Saturday looking at how cheap all the great albums I already own are. It occurred to me that you could get pretty much everything you really needed by way of entertainment for not very much these days.

So, I dreamt up this challenge. The rules are very simple, viz:

You are about to go to a desert island forever. You have £50 to spend on Amazon. You can only buy books, CD’s or DVD’s (assume that you can play such on this mystical isle). This will be all the entertainment you will have on the island for the rest of your life.

What would you spend it on? You can make use of any available offers at the time of purchase and assume free postage. You must provide links to the items and their prices.

So, Dear Reader, I look forward to your answer…

*** Edit *** Here are my choices ( 24/06/2008 ). It’s not as easy as I thought, I would change this daily I think:


The Big Lebowski 3.97
Aliens 3.97
Apollo 13 3.97
Goodfellas 4.97


Suede – Dog Man Star 5.97
Radiohead – OK Computer 4.97
Smiths – The World Won’t Listen 4.98 ( a compromise based on the prices available )
Debussy – Best Of 4.97


HG Wells – Time Machine/Invisible Man 2.50
Zola – Germinal 3.59
Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose 5.59

Total: £49.45


  1. Can you buy stuff from Amazon Marketplace?

  2. And what about those fantastic books which – for reasons beyond human ken – need a £1.99 Sourcing Fee? Do you need to count the £1.99 into your total?

  3. Just for being awkward… no Marketplace…

  4. Not very scientific, and very rushed. Tomorrow’s list might be very different.


    Dexys – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (£3.98)

    Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (£4.98)

    Hank Williams – The Best Of (£4.98)

    Nick Cave – Murder Ballads (£4.98)

    Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers (£5.98)

    Fatima Mansions – Viva Dead Ponies – 2 CD Edition (£8.47)


    Annie Hall (£5.97)
    Mulholland Drive (£5.98)


    The Works Of Oscar Wilde (£3.99)

    TOTAL: £49.31

  5. Bugger dvds – I’ll just look at the sea.


    Grace, Jeff Buckley £5.47
    No More Shall We Part, Nick Cave – 4.98
    Blood on the Tracks, Dylan – 4.98
    The Dreaming – 4.98


    From Hell, Alan Moore – 15.99
    The Lord of The Rings, Tolkein – 10.71
    Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne – 1.80

    Total Cost: £ 48.19

  6. I need to change mine – I’m dropping Grace and replacing it with

    Must I Paint You a Picture – The Essential Billy Bragg

    An entire evening obviosuly wasn’t long enough to make this kind of list!

  7. Who knew Amazon sold hardcore lesbian DVD’s?

    I’m liking 1984 too, good shout…

  8. Why would WDG feel the need to bring a copy of that tedious sounding “Why I’m not a Christian”?

    Does he think that the wee insects and funny noises at night would have him on his knees seeking help from the Lord unless he had access to a book that’d tell him not to be so silly?

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