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As one of only six or so people left on the planet who hasn't read The Da Vinci Code, I decide it's time to bite the bullet and find out what all the fuss is about. The website says Amazon.co.uk has copies in stock right now, so I place the order. Then, while the order is processed in cyberspace, I head north to see what happens once the order appears on screen in the Amazon.co.uk distribution centre.
10:15am Just off Junction 13 of the M1, a few miles outside Milton Keynes, is the vast Marston Gate distribution centre of Amazon.co.uk. Arriving by taxi I can see the building from about a mile away, which eases some of my concerns about whether I'll be able to find the place.
10.20am This is one of three distribution centres owned by Amazon in the UK. Two new buildings have been opened in Scotland on the outskirts of Glasgow and Edinburgh. They will handle predominantly electric goods, such as cameras and DVD players, while the Marston Gate centre will continue to offer all of Amazon's goods as well as housing the company's DVD rental business.