So A Long Lost Customer Walks Into My Shop

…he doesn’t come so often, now that him & his partner have bought a place, their first, on the other side of town…

…great to catch up, news, rumours, appraisals of the quality of the stock…

…he’s  a customer who I wish could afford a few luxuries on top of servicing his mortgage…

…how long is it since I last saw you?…

…just over a year…

…which is about the length of time it takes to fill a plastic aeroplane full of your daily pocket change…


…which I’d forgotten he’d done last time…. till he pulled it out from under his coat.


…(over $100 bucks worth of new records once a year…take note folk who say they “can’t” afford vinyl…there are savings plans to suit all budgets!).


Signs Of An Improving Economy

…to protect his identity the customer who came in with this beautiful example of a plastic money box shall be here in referred to as “B”….

….customer “B”….IMG_1822


…encouraging news on the financial front, folks…

…the economy has lifted enough so that, not only can customer “B” afford to buy a house, but he can also squander the remainder of his life savings on records…..


IMG_1824…or is that… now that customer “B” has bought a house he is reduced to cat burgling children’s money boxes to support his record buying habit?…

…(and yes , this is really how customer “B” paid for his latest vinyl fix…and as far as I’m aware, no children were robbed in  the making of his purchase).

Wigging Out

…Arno is from Liechtenstein… he visits NZ whenever he can…he likes Dunedin music…before he came to visit me he dropped in on the venerable Roi Colbert and as Arno had a bit of a cold he decided to wear a mask so as not to infect the vulnerable old fellow  with his nasty bugs….the mask was still round his neck when he arrived here…IMG_1525

…and you just know I’m gonna use my powers of persuasion when confronted with stuff like this….

…and I did.



…in other news…


…anyone able to explain why three people in purple wigs need to climb a tree with a giant rubiks cube, please inform the proper authorities.

Helpful Tips For Steve

1. Wear dull colours so you don’t stand out in the crowd .

2. Do Not make any sudden movements that might draw attention to yourself.

3. Try not to engage the record shop guy in conversation above monosyllables… he’s very fond of the sound of his own voice but is no match for your superior intelligence.

3.Brush and /or tie back your hair… neither the record shop guy or his other customers want those dreads dangling on the stock.

4. Don’t forget your glasses… squinting like that can only make your eyesight worse… if those wrinkles get much deeper your forehead will collapse behind your cheekbones and your mono brow will become a moustache.

5.  Carry a hanky… that is a booger… right there dude… it’s huge!….no wait… it’s a spider…nope …just nose hair, but carry a hanky any way.

6. Never threaten to sue the record shop guy for doing a caricature of you in a student newspaper in the late 80s…he’ll never let it go.

7. And, finally, never, ever, ever… give the record shop guy permission to print this photo on his blog…. thinking that no-one will see it.


…Hi Steve…. miss you.