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What to do with unread copies of A Brief History of Time? Geoffrey Langley suggests sawing hardback copies in half diagonally to make gnomons for sundials. Andrew Moyce says: "Many a sage has learnt his onions from a brief history of thyme over his morning borage. The more sparsely talented have sent the paper back to Dillons and lost a mint."

Sian Cole has sent us some most attractive illustrations of ladies' curvy bits which she says would "spice the book up". Allan Smith suggests taking one large lump of Semtex, as many copies of the book as you can find, an electrician to wire it up and you have your very own Big Bang. "Remember," he warns, "you may need planning permission which God didn't."

Bruce Birchall suggests giving the text to Douglas Adams to adapt under a new, snappier title such as: So Short and Thanks For All The Fission. It could then be serialised in Time magazine, he says.

Several readers suggested lining the floor of the Millennium Dome with them, though Duncan Bull prefers the idea of lining them up domino-style in the Dome, for Peter Mandelson to knock over. "He excels at stage-managing flops," says Mr Bull. Mr C Cripps wants to use hardback editions "to fill in all those black holes and ensure a smoother ride for all astronauts".

"As time is curved," Mollie Caird thoughtfully points out, "I could use the hardback as a boomerang." Then as an afterthought, she adds: "Oh, but then it would come back to me. Bother."

Ron Griffiths would have read the book, but didn't have Time. Mary Flaving would have told us what to do with the book, "but briefly, there wasn't enough time, and now it's history."

To be continued on this page tomorrow ... when we shall also announce winners' names and ask you for ideas for things to do with bulldozers.

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