Sunday, 4 December 2016

The Unknown Figure in the Shop Doorway c. 1943

For immediate sale in the tattered cardboard box of old catalogues and ephemera which dwells on my website in the section called 'Under the Counter, Madam' an original black and white Royal Canadian Air Force Crown Copyright photograph of the Hardy Bros. shop in Edinburgh taken in 1943.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016


Go through a door in Arcadia to the year 1960 a.k.a as the space on my website known as "Just in Sir!" where without delay for a bundle of old fivers a lady or gentleman may buy the last dozen Alfred Morriss "Dauntless" Quill Minnows on the counter and chase a salmon before the season ends in the far western county of the kingdom. 

Thursday, 1 December 2016


As is customary on each day, with the odd exception, throughout the month of December until the Feast of St. Nicholas a.k.a Christmas lunch, I list one thing a day for immediate sale on my website and send out a thumbnail photograph of the item to my mailing list by way of an Advent Calendar.  If you are not already on my mailing list and would like to be added to the Advent-in-Arcadia list or to my mailing list in general please send me an electronic mail at  All electronic mails are sent out on a blind copy. Advent-in-Arcadia opens with three Allcock's "Fishing Gazette" Pike Floats which passers-by will find waiting to go under behind the window marked 'Just in, Sir!'. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Back from Kempton to the song of the Knife Sharpener echoing around the block, 'Knives to Grind, Sharpening Knives'.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

An Antidote to Indifference - Winter 2016

Published this week in the new Antidote to Indifference - Winter 2016 (A Tributary of Caught by the River) a re-print of my review of my old mucker Dexter Petley's seminal memoir 'Love Madness Fishing' which was Caught by the River's Book of the Month for April.  You can buy Antidote in the Caught by the River Online Shop and whilst you're lingering there, if you haven't already done so, buy one of the few remaining 1st Edition's of Dexter's book.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair - Sunday 14th May 2017

Chipped Coronation Mugs from Mr. Charrington's shop are filled to the brim with Victory Gin and raised in thanks to those good members of the press who gave us the oxygen of publicity, the sterling work of Samuel Guyatt's Tea Van, stallholders staunch and true, punters glorious, and most noble and hard working staff at the Kingsley Sports Centre in Woodrow (District B98, Redditch) all of whom without exception made Sunday's National Vintage Fishing Tackle Fair a most enjoyable and convivial affair. The next one is on Sunday 14th May 2017.  Handbills are available by calling Field Telephone 07980 274 383.  I will also have them in my bag at forthcoming markets, auctions and evenings in the snuggery of The Red Lion Public House.  Thank-you.