Category Archives: Personal rant

After caring – 2. house clearance

Following on from the piece about being a carer with a ‘power of attorney’ this is the first part of an account of the house clearance of my uncle’s home in Oulton Broad after he went into residential care. My … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Electoral Commission

As one who had voted to remain I was disappointed with the result in June of the UK referendum to leave the European Union (Brexit) but was philosophical enough to accept the opinion of the majority and was prepared to … Continue reading

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After caring – 1. enduring power of attorney

Bookselling, blogging and maintaining websites have had to be placed on the back-burner since late November 2014 when my uncle, the last remaining member of my mother’s generation and who lived about three miles from me, was admitted to hospital. … Continue reading

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Let’s abolish stock images

The older I get the more grumpy I become about ‘stock images’. When buying second-hand books on the internet I like to be able to read an accurate description, which includes details of all the faults, and also view an … Continue reading

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Lost in transit – to track or not to track?

Richard Moffatt, of Poor Richard’s Books just ‘down the road’ from me at Felixstowe writes in this week’s Sheppard’s Confidential: “I recently sent, by surface mail, two modern first editions, signed, and collectable, to a buyer in China. They never … Continue reading

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Royal Mail – Visible economy shipping please!

Booksellers (and book-buyers), do you have customers (or relations) in Iraq, Iran, India or Pakistan? If so when you agree to ship using Royal Mail’s ‘International Economy’ (the old Surface mail), look up the rates on Royal Mail’s ‘Price-finder’ and … Continue reading

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Primary Source Edition

I recently bought a book on Ebay which the seller had described as a ‘primary source edition’. In the area of military history it was a well-known title, ‘The Secret War 1939-1945’ by Gerald Pawle, an account of a department … Continue reading

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Plus ça change

Happy New Year! The French have a much more picturesque and simpler way of saying ‘the more things change, the more they remain the same’. I was sorting out some ephemera and this Emmwood cartoon depicting Ike and Kruschev in … Continue reading

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Political confusion

This is NOT a political point but despair at a further example of the misuse and confusion about our language. One of our up and coming politicians, in quite an important and powerful government position as Chief Secretary to the … Continue reading

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The sad shorthand in our evolving language

I need to catalogue some stock that I have been passing over for some time and this morning I was flicking through an early edition of Byron’s ‘The Bride of Abydos’. I found that one of the leaves was marked … Continue reading

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