Besides the other previously recognized advantages of the long player, I discovered yet another the other night close to midnight when I jumped up off the couch in the ‘man-cave’ (aka the home theatre) after watching Isabelle Huppert in the Piano Teacher. There in front of me was a little garden snake squiggling its way under the furniture. Having seen Marianne wizz by me in a blur, screaming like a banshee up the stairs (was that the 9:15 to Paddington?), I quickly went to the record collection and pulled out the first LP that came to hand and deftly scooped it under the snake and dropped it off in the garden (just the snake). Try that with a CD case!