Friday, July 18, 2014

Another Financial Bond

Last week I posted an entry about a finance magazine one of my workmate's had received in the mail that included some photos of Sean Connery as Bond. The article discussed financial bonds, thus the link.  Now strangely in the same month I've found another finance magazine with a link to Bond.  This time the cover of "Self Managed Super" (Issue 007 nonetheless!) features one of the most famous Bond motifs... a scene from the opening gun barrel sequence.  Here's a photo of the cover:

Ps.  I've checked the entire magazine and there's no acknowledgement of copyright of the cover image.  That seems strange.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Visit To Camberwell Market

On Sunday I visited Camberwell Market with my wife to check out a Bond paperback.  I knew I'd probably already have the book but I had to check it out anyway.  So I arrived with fingers crossed !

The week before I'd visited Sainsbury's Books in the same suburb.  I checked out the well stocked shelves but unfortunately found only one Bond - "Carte Blanche" by Jeffery Deaver. 

As I was leaving I got chatting to John behind the counter.  After a few clicks he checked the store inventory on the computer and then told me they definitey had no Bond hardbacks in stock. 

John then told me he thought he had a Bond paperback for sale.  I was a bit confused, but he explained he had a stall at the local market every Sunday "rain, hail or shine" and thought there was one in a box.

So on Sunday we visited the market.  We walked up and down each of the long isles, weaving through the large crowds looking for John's stall.  After 15 minutes we found it and I said "Hi" to John again.  He found the Bond book in one of his boxes and while my crossed fingers hadn't worked I still snapped a photo.  I also took a photo of John and his stand.  As you can see he has plenty of books so be sure to check out his stand sometime.

I also snapped this photo as I was leaving of another stall selling books.  There were plenty of other stalls selling books too.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yarragon Book Fair & Red Door Book Shop Again

Today my wife and I attended the annual Book Fair in Yarragon, as we have for the past three years.  This year we were also accompanied by her parents for the hour-and-a-half drive to the small country town situated on the Princes Highway.
When we arrived it wasn't hard to notice the fair was on, so after an early lunch at a bakery cafe on the main street we made our way by foot to the hall.
Inside as usual there were hundreds of books for sale with prices from $1 to $4 each.  All books were second-hand or remainders and the majority were in great condition.
Unfortunately we found no Bond paperbacks or hardbacks in the main hall, however while in the adjoining building containing almost as many books my wife noticed two copies (shown below) of Sebastian Faulk's "Devil May Care".
We also discovered what happened to all those copies of Dan Brown's novels that were highly popular back in the noughties!
After spending over an hour in the book fair we found no Bond's to purchase, however in total we bought 11 reading books at $1 each.

Then it was time to visit Peter at the Yarragon Book Shop.  We walked past the old steam train as we made our way to his store...
... and then to our dismay we discovered it was gone.  Yarragon Book Shop is no more.
Here's a photo of the store just a year ago.  And this is the blog entry I wrote at the time.
We made our way back to the car and on our journey home stopped at the Red Door Book Shop in Warragul.
Wayne was behind his counter covering a dust jacket with plastic film as I entered the store.  He imediately asked if he could help and when I mentioned Bond he smiled as he recognised me and asked how the PizGloria website was going.  His store is so well organised and well stocked and he is also very knowledgeable about books.  We talked about the Yarragon book fair, Yarragon Book Shop, books and Bond and then he apologised because he didn't think his Bond stock had changed since last visit.  I had a look anyway and snapped these photos:
He was right, no new Bond books in his store, but it was great to briefly catch up with Wayne again.  I bid him farewell and told him I'd be back again next year. 

And if you're travelling along Princes Highway past Warragul don't forget to visit this great second-hand book store.  It's just on the left as you enter the town with the tall red door, has a big selection of titles all reasonably priced, and a friendly Wayne behind the counter.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Financial Bond

A copy of the financial magazine "In The Black" landed of one of my workmate's desks today.  And after Sharon had flicked through a couple pages she said she'd found an article I might be interested in.  Now I'm not normally one to pick up magazines about finance but the article she pointed out was about financial bonds, and accompanying the text were some photos... of Sean Connery as Bond.

Now I know we've all seen photos of James Bond in a book, magazine or on TV where there was little relevance to the character himself (in this case the only link was the word "bonds" and "Bond"), however this article featured three photos of Mr Connery.

So I was wondering, as three photos were included in the article, does this mean stills from early Bond films are now cheaper to purchase as stock images? Perhaps there was an offer at the time: buy one... get three?  Or finally is there a Bond fan at the "In The Black" offices?  Regardless the article got my attention.

Here's some photos:

Monday, July 07, 2014

U.S. Copy Of Solo Arrives

I received another copy of William Boyd's "Solo" in the mail today.  This edition, published by Harper Perennial in the U.S., is the fourth copy of "Solo" I own in paperback form.  It's also the first addition to my collection in several months.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Free Trip To Piz Gloria

Recently I was contacted by a James Bond fan after he visited the website.  Tony told me he enjoyed the site, and also that he has been a Bond fan since first seeing the movies and reading the books as a teenager.

Last year he travelled to Europe with his wife and while there visited Schilthorn and Piz Gloria.  Fortunately for us he took a video of his trip and has just added it to YouTube accompanied by his own music.

With Tony's kind permission I have added the clip below.  So sit back, click on the play arrow below (or here), and get ready to travel the cable car to Piz Gloria (for free).