31st January 2011: One can probably
surmise from the accumulation of vinyl on the JB / JB page that
yours truly was a great fan of John Barry - and still is. Already
plenty of obituaries on the web, thus proving how popular a person
he was. -- I wonder how the James Bond films would have fared without his
contributions in the scores?....
28th January 2011
European Union policy ~ we will fix it even if not broken
Regulations stipulate that where payment is received in advance of
the dispatch of goods, a geographical location ('physical' address -
no, not a massage parlour) is to be employed. Therefore, the
PO Box 218 address that has been in operation since October
1994 is to be phased out, but not until October 2011, so that persons
unaware of the change of the mailing address will be be able to
receive a reply to any correspondence.
18th November 2010: Now that it is
chilly weather out there, once more back to spending time processing
and uploading acquisitions from the past few months. As there quite
a few pages on this site, some, if not many, will not be as prolific
as those submitted within the subject pages that are highlighted on
the notable updates information page.
27th July 2010: A wad of Music Library LPs that have been in limbo since prior 1995 have finally
been sorted and uploaded onto this site. So many of artifacts
awaiting same treatment one could acquire a headache just thinking
about it! However, must carry on regardless...
1st June 2010: Some additions to
the site pertaining to the sales policy, in particular ' returns'.
By law, this has to be clearly set out. Nothing has changed here
though. Everything is still guaranteed, along with the promise of
all merchandise being of good standard, be it 20 or 60 years old.
The actual cost of postage is beyond my control. Royal Mail is
employed for all standard orders. However, if the package is over
2kG and is destined outside of the United Kingdom, a price comparison
is conducted on the Parcels2go website to see if a reasonable saving
can be made for the client. Ironically, this can sometimes result in
the services of Royal Mail's Parcel Force. Strange how it can be
£40+ less to have the parcel collected than to take it to a Post
22nd February 2010 One question that I
can never give a positive answer to is "how long did it take to
make your website?"
The thing is, it is never finished, due he fact of the stockpile
that is in 'limbo' awaiting to be processed and submitted to the
site, recent acquisitions, pas well as the attention given to stock control
of the site's current inventory. Therefore, not even
including the correspondence and process that is involved with sales
and enquires, the number of hours spent attending to the site is
something one does not bear thinking about.
However, to give one an idea what is entailed, the now expanded Film
Magazines collection that has been submitted on film2 and film3
pages has just taken three full days to set out. Checking each issue
to determine what is to be mentioned within the listings, along with
typing the information with one's index fingers, having to correct
this as sometimes one hand can react too early (how do dyslexic
persons manage?), and then ensuring things appear as expected in a
Browser. The latter courtesy of the FrontPage programme, as this tends to have a mind of it's
own. Ariel all of a sudden changes to Times Roman is a common fault
- you might have noticed this annoying FP attribute within other
Then, it is decided what to photograph. And whatever images are
eventually used, they still have to blend in with the site.
Sometimes there are several changes to the layout before one is
comfortable with the finished (for now) product!
All this can be labourious at times, but receiving positive comments
from people's astute attention to the website is reward in
itself. Those who place a firm order with a retailer, but do
not follow through with payment, probably have no comprehension, nor
what is involved?
In due course, a page will be set
up that will contain some of the kind comments and feedback that
have been received. This will be an undistorted affidavit of past
sales and service!
18th January 2010: Interestingly,
Internet sales here are buoyant; whereas several fairs attended in
the past few weeks have been poor to say the least. This, I am sure,
is attributed to 'cash flow'. So
even though one has to pay for the privilege of accepting payment
via a credit or debit card, on a business point of view, this facility
can be a godsend!
I do not feel sorry for anyone who has had their wallet cleaned out
because he or she has been fleeced on a scam, particularly when
their eyes were bigger than their belly, and think they are getting
something for (virtually) nothing! However, one does need to
be aware of the current and latest scams doing the rounds. There is
a page on this site that was set up sometime ago that outlines the
basics, but this would need constant updates to keep in touch.
Although this site can be deemed as an information station,
primarily it is a retail site! So please be careful what you
click onto, and hopefully you will have money in your bank account
to purchase something from this site that you really wanted!
19th December 2009: Each retail page indicates when the page was last
updated. This has always been the practice on this site.
By update, this equates to deleted items that have recently sold, and/ or added
From now on. pages that have recently had merchandise added that are deemed as
'interesting' because of the quantity or rarity, will now be highlighted on a
new page called Recent.
1st December 2009:
sail, with VG- minus covers.
Well, if that is the way the records were handled, it is of no
surprise that's they way the cookie collection crumbled! Never
mind though; if you missed that first album by David Bowie, Mike
Read's example will probably show up on the 'e' word site for sale
as NM/NM !
29th November 2009: Mmm. appears there
is a new record grade in town - it's called Bad Minus. Really?...
Per chance I was in London the weekend, so called in to the Record
Fair to see the 'state of play', as have not been on that circuit
for several years. I spy in the front of a sellers' box an original
'THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN;
for £100 stated as EX++ . "Oh, I would have bought
that" I hear you crying out. Cover has a few light creases
so benefit of the doubt a VG+. Remove record from jacket.. err.
where are the grooves. .totally wrecked, or are my pupils hallucinating?
Perhaps record fairs should be vetted by the organisers prior to
opening. After all, good quality Antique Fairs boast of this
Just in is a collection of Rolling Stones memorabilia. Hopefully,
will be added to the site next
Boring subject middle of November, but just to inform that if you
require something from this site in time for Christmas, the final
day date this year for any orders to be accepted and processed is
December 18th. This is because I will be selling in Torquay as from
the 19th to the 24th. Business will resume here on January 2nd.
December 6th marks 25 years in this business. A few changes since
then, with the obvious one being the evolution of the Internet. I
predict that within the next few years there will a lot more
regulations and rules for sellers on this concept. Thus, hopefully,
will sort out the men from the boys!
19th September 209: Here we go again -
new rules , directives, must comply, blah blah
As from October 1st, all Barclaycard merchants receiving card payments that
involves receiving and or handling client's data must be PCI DSS (Payment
Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliant.
If an online computer is employed in receiving and / or passing on
the data, it involves
quartley checks by scanning (probably forced to purchase useless
software), filling in (or is out?) declaration forms, bottom
inspectors freely permissible to inspect the premises, etc, and
having to pay a third party for the privilege of. There are books
and services advertised that are a total waste of money as
information is freely available. But whichever way one decides to
look at it, as from the 1st of October the merchant that is
selling via mail order and or a website where a shopping cart is
incorporated is going to have to pay more
for the privilege of receiving money via credit and debit
cards. How this extra cost is passed on is up to the individual.
Having spent several hours researching and reviewing all this,
have 'got you by the .... ! Thus, as with immediate effect, payment with a credit or debit card will be
accepted via the telephone, or via PayPal who have a secure server
One will not have to be a member of
PayPal to pay via this facility.
So that I am able to stay on the lowest level of validation, this does equate to no longer being able to accept payments via
the email system. Information is on the Ordering page.
26th August 2009:Just when one
thought our English Summer season could not get worse than the previous two
years... lo and behold ..!
Just when you thought it could not get better on this site... it has again !
The Purchase Tax information has been expanded to included all date
changes, stamps, etc.
The Gerry Anderson / Barry Gray Recordings page now has many
of the records for sale, with many additions to the Mini Album inventory
22nd July 2009: Sometimes one
wonders why bother making the effort.
Some years ago i was at one of the largest ever Record Fairs with my
wares when, on opening the doors to the public, a frenzied mass
swooped upon the stall opposite, and for a duration of 2 hours or
more virtually threw money at the vendor for a 10" bootleg of a
just-knocked-up record by a band that had some sort of following -
at that time!. Was this Normal? Possibly. We, that is, the
adjoining stallholders and I, stood back in amazement and mumbled
(or was it grumbled?) about standing with original choice records
and memorabilia, yet…? I
had, and never since, witnessed the likes!
Moving forward, in time that is, the scenario with Michael Jackson
tickets being sold as fast as they could be printed, for as many
appearances for the duration of the end of the world – as we know
it - , and yet he was being pushed around in a wheelchair prior to
this. So now many of these redundant tickets are being retained for
their investment value instead of being returned for a full refund?
But each time I become dazed and confused by such scenarios, my mind
bounces back to reality, and I remember how the mail order side of
the business has always kept me in steadfast all these years!
18th May 2009: A good selection of
7" singles added to the Reggae and 1970's Soul pages,
plus a random assortment of
records and memorabilia throughout the site, to include probably the
best accumulative collection
of pre CBS output of David Essex that you will ever find for sale!
Wealth warning: am stalling out at the Sandown Park Toy Fair on May
30th... last attendance at this
event was in 1994!
26th March 2009: There are additional
listings, but apart from the new Noddy page, are interspersed within
listings, hence might not be that noticeable!
Century 21 EPs MA 100 to MA 126 inclusive acquired. The Gerry
Anderson Recordings will be revamped
soon, with the inclusion of this collection.
Have acquired a large amount of Francis Coudrill story boards that
appeared on BBC Television in the
1950's. Some (too many to feature all) will be included on the
Coudrill / Hank The Cowboy pages soon.
Links available to all via the Contents + Index pages within this
29th January 2009: So as to spend less time
monitoring emails, etc, the minimum order policy is to be reviewed
adjusted accordingly. Any changes will be take effect sometime next
There are some more interesting Gerry Anderson artifacts for sale
that have been added to the site!
4th December 2008: Just acquired a 'modern'
Doctor Who collection of Daleks, etc. Worth checking out,
as most are no longer available from the original
manufacturer / producer.
19th November 2008: Sorted out the TV
Related Annuals that were in limbo, and these are now on the site,
along with some
other television memorabilia, including a good selection pertaining
to The Man From UNCLE.
15th October 2008: Am in a vinyl LP mood at
present, so new additions to the Rock and Pop LP pages are currently being inserted. As promised, Bee Gees coming
8th October 2008: Hollies albums uploading
now. Bee Gees to follow next week
Links to images are now in the form of underlining (in most
instances, the price), as opposed to the small icon.
6th September 2008: At last ~ the John Barry
Soundtracks have been added to the JB page, and the LPs to the
Walker Brothers listing. After the labourious cleaning and playing,
quite a few were discarded due to their poor playback! As with some
of those of the opposite sex variety, looks aren't everything !
23rd August 2008: Never has there been
such a damning indictment besieged upon a rock star as Mr. Paul Gadd,
aka Gary Glitter, has encountered. Therefore, it has been decided to
remove from this site forthwith any records or memorabilia that
state his stage names: Paul Raven / Rubber Bucket / Gary Glitter.
8th July 2008: All pages are gradually
being changed to being standard Arial font and of good size, so that
everything is much easier to read, especially for the short / of
Just went onto a
Ticket agency website. There cannot be any 'recession' if people are
willing to fork out £65 to £100 a ticket PLUS BOOKING
FEE, and travelling
expenses (not forgetting incontinence if using Britain's public
transport system) to see someone on stage for an hour or two? I
suppose one has to blame the minority for this hike - the ones who
pay any price to a tax evasive ticket tout.
24th June 2008
Short and sweet : some
very nice Corgi die casts added: Chipperfields and TV
Oh... and a Dalek
7th June 2008 Cinema buffs are
being spoilt. The Film Annuals
inventory has just been expanded to include some quality books!
so many records have been added to the site lately.
I am sure that you can appreciate the
intensity of the cleaning, playing, and grading of each disc,
particularly albums, thus I have taken a break from this side of
24th April 2008 Wrappers and packets
pertaining to bubblegum and sweet cigarette cards have now been
collated and are now on this site. Can get back to adding to
some vinyl.. soon...
Please excuse if one or two pages appear to be slightly different in
appearance and some of the fonts have changed. I am experimenting
with various tools to attempt Front Page stop controlling things,
and for myself to be in charge! It's a slog, but one has to
4th April 2008 The Trade Cards have
been updated. Had some 'lying around' awaiting process! There are
some wax wrappers
and sweet cigarette packets to submit to this site within a few
The stock-holding have Jig-Saw puzzles have been assembled
(literally!), and this category will feature soon.
4th March 2008 Just updated the jazz
albums listings by including some interesting British Jazz.
Been 'half-promised' a collection of this genre by someone who
collected from new.
Fingers crossed this will appear sometime!.
Phew! Just got round to including the rest of the album images
within the Pop and Rock LP pages!
1st February 2008 :On the Cultural (Spoken
Word) page you will find a just acquired wonderful collection of
albums / box sets
pertaining to English Poets, William Shakespeare, and the arts, all
in as new condition!
Just received notification from the bank that the paying in of
cheques over the counter is to increase (again).
Therefore, the minimum order processed with payment by this mode, as
set out on the Ordering page,
is strictly rule!
18th January 2008: Trying to keep the
..new page of Female Jazz Vocalists added, along with additions on
the other Female Vocal LP pages..
..and just uploaded some more original Gerry Anderson toys...
28th November 2007: Acquired some
interesting Experimental Electronic vinyl. The EPs are now submitted
on the Sound page. The LPs to follow asap. (3 Dec. now
Christmas nearly upon us once again, although one would think that
it would have been and gone by now, what with the big stores and
hotels trying to outdo each other, and beat one to the punch! That
aside, if anyone wishes to purchase something from this site that is
intended as a Seasonal gift, be assured it will be dispatched
post-haste! However, if you are concerned about delivery times, as
in all other instances, do not hesitate to enquire!
28th October 2007:: One always tries to
avoid talking in the 'negative' turn of phrase,
but have to stress here that not following through with payment and
any response when a firm order has been placed is downright rude,
and very frustrating. So much time and energy is continually put
into setting up this site, as well responding to specific requests.
In the past 12 months a larger percentage of persons have ended up
in the 'idiots' mail box folder. This is not pleasant, and it is
hoped that 2008 will see a scale down of this practice. Thank you
for your consideration in this matter!
18th August 2007: We plough the
fields and scatter..." Additions within the site that may not
appear much, but as there are over 200 pages...! Once again on
another (new) server. Site had not been updated for a while as could
not access the files. Hopefully is sorted now, and normal service is
April 2007 The store's attic has
been rearranged somewhat. Amazing what one can find that was forgotten
about. Hence the 1990s consignment of Gerry Anderson merchandise has
now been processed, and just been uploaded to the site. Oh, and the
remainder of the Doctor Who stock that was in limbo has also now
March 2007 Old shop stock of Gerry
Anderson model kits now sorted and listed.
1st February 2007
Most of the 1950s
10" albums have now been submitted. All the bad sounding
examples have been discarded.
There are now two new pages pertaining to Television Related Toys.
The stock of Annuals will follow... soon?
7th January 2007
he toy department was
looking a bit stale, so have added a Gerry Anderson collection to
the DINKY page.
Cleaning and grading the 1950's 10" LP inventory, so should be
4th October 2006
Phew! Been busy adding
new subjects so a to broaden the scope, with a view to making this
site EVEN MORE interesting!? Advertising records, including those Lyntone
flexi discs, are now seeing the light of day, and a collection of
early Record Promo Cards are looking good.
Eventually 'tackled' the inventory of ATV / ITC Scripts that have
been held over since the year dot! Some choice items on offer. Be assured they are not
Internet Auctions, and the suchlike.
Dennis Waterman has sneaked in on this site, insisting on having a page all
to himself. Well, he is an okay geezer! Hope he behaves himself.
15th September 2006
Over 200 albums have been added to the site this
week. This is predominant in categories
Folk / Singer ~ Songwriter, Rock/ Prog/ Psych, and Monkees (new page).
At last ~ record covers requiring the disc, and
records needing the jacket are now available on
an exchange basis. There are more album covers to list. This will be added
in the next week or so!
Please refer to the Contents or Index page.
16th August 2006
Offered by direct sale elsewhere on the Internet
by an established company, are some fake Beatles Handbills (Fliers).
These are reprints 'doctored' to give the
appearance that they are of original printing, priced well in excess of £500
each. Whether due to their ignorance or
otherwise, it is hoped that this practice does not reflect badly against the likes of myself, or fellow trader Paul Wayne.
he Kinks LP inventory now
'Just' purchased a one-owner-free-new Traditional Folk Music collection of
LP's. In the process
of adding to the listing... several Shirley Collins EP's are also in the
12th July 2006
Frank Zappa and his Mothers Of
Invention albums compiled and uploaded.
Walker Brothers to follow.. soon.
3rd May 2006:
The stock of reissue albums of 1960's /
70's pop, psych, etc, has now been compiled. If you do not want to fork out
three figures for an original issue of the Chocolate Watch Band and the
suchlike, this is where it's at!
23rd April 2006:
The minimum order value+ processed
(accepted) is still £14, assuming payment is now received within the
specified time. That is, on receipt of notification of 'Total To Pay' email:
CARD within 48 hours; CHEQUE 5 working days within the UK, 10 working
days the rest of the world.
If this request cannot be fulfilled, then the minimum order processed is £20+.
Problem arises locating stock reserved for extensive periods. Assessing this
situation, the time spent does not justify the small profit. Thank you for your
consideration in this matter!
+ plus the appropriate postage.
1960's / 70's Rock / Progressive/ etc has now been set on 6 pages, with some new
additions that have just been found whilst having a bit of a 'sort out' in the
store. One day will be totally organised....? These include some 1960's USA only
issues that were part of a collection purchased in the 1980's from a widow who's
late husband was a avid collector of Progressive, Psychedelic, and the Pretty
Things (hence the P. T. library records featured on this site. Having only now
got round to processing many of this assembly of curio's, it's another step
forward to attempting to get oneself totally organised!? Please be patient
in the awaiting of the images to accompany these additions!
ps. the stock holding of repressings of this genre that were issued predominantly in
the 1980's will be compiled and uploaded within the next 4 weeks. Many of these
are from the Destiny One shop, being new ( unsold) stock.
18th March 2006:
This page is new!
Ken Dodd and the Diddymen + Sooty constructed. This is to expand the 1950's ~ 60's Juvenile theme, that is
taking shape now that the construction of Francis Coudrill / Hank
The Cowboy project has been added to the site.
Beach Boys UK albums are now portrayed, and
includes information as to date of issues, which is incorrectly stated in nearly
every case elsewhere.
Neder Pop/ Beat albums are now listed ~think it is it all double Dutch to
you and will most probably not be interested in this category? Apart from
the generally recognised groups (due to their 1970's international
exploitation), such as FOCUS and GOLDEN EARRING, there are some very collectible
artists that produced some interesting and very listenable music; Cuby + The
Blizzards, JayJays, Motions. Outsiders, Q65 comes to mind...
Pink Floyd LP's. Phew! Inventory whittled down to
40 or so units after listening arduously to 70 plus. However, this is the rule
rather than the exception. Records that have been accumulated over the years
that are now receiving undivided attention, are duly being segregated between
what is and what was believed to be....!
Listings readjusted! Many of the frames on the sales
pages have been adapted using 'Autofit',
with the remaining to be adjusted in due course. Although depending on type of
Browser and size of Monitor (anyone still using a 14"?) employed by
viewer, in most instances the information set out within each
frame should now display as actually set out!
Standard issue of a Mono Sgt Pepper UK LP tipping the scales at £1000 on the Internet ~