Disappointments Diary 2013 is a pocket-size (125mm x 85mm), week-to-view diary with a series of disappointing twists.
As well as functional information about notable dates, the diary includes a series of ‘Notable Deaths’, acting as a depressing reminder of the great people who have already left us. Sunset times are given in the ‘Onset Of Night’ section, while conversion charts include information on the relative weights of lead balloons and damp squibs.
Each week comes with a demotivational proverb, including ‘Genius is 99% perspiration and you’ve mastered that bit’, ‘There are plenty more fish in the vast, implacable ocean’, and ‘Another day, another net loss’.
A contacts section includes 'People Who Never Call', 'People You Owe Money', 'Imaginary Friends' and 'Imaginary Enemies'. Blank sections include 'Notes toward a dull novel' and 'Pointless doodles'. There are also maps of the London Underground (unhelpfully in black and white) and the M25.
Disappointments Diary 2013 is available in a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies from disappointmentsdiary.com Advance orders are being taken, with first copies shipping on 14 November.
Sales are moving surprisingly non-sluggishly, so it's worth ordering soon if you want one. The more likely scenario is that you'll ignore this, have a change of heart in a couple of weeks, go to order one and find it's sold out because you were too slow as usual.