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Catalogue 196

Posted On Oct 12, 2016 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue 196, October 2016. Spring is sprung here in lovely Perth after a considerable rainy winter (not complaining mind!). Hyde Park, which is literally our back yard, is pristine and the lakes are full. Our resident swans have again produced a brood of three and are very protective. Last years teenagers have taken to wing and spend a lot of their time doing take-offs and landings like navy pilots on an aircraft carrier. Ah, it’s good to be alive. The football season is at an end (thank God she says!). What a fairy tale with the underdogs getting up in both Aussie Rules and Rugby League. It’s good for the morale of people in straightened circumstances to occasionally taste the fruit of victory. My game of choice, Rugby Union, leaves a lot to be desired. The All Blacks are now so far ahead of the rest of the world it’s unlikely anyone will beat them any time soon. We couldn’t beat time with a stick at the moment (although the Wallabies beat Argentina in London on the weekend). We win the odd game against lesser mortals but when the whips are cracking we seem to ‘lose em ting-ting’. Not sure I will see an Australian team hold up the Bledisloe Cup again in my lifetime. And the weekend saw the great Bathurst show-case on again. As I went to school there I’m always interested in Mt Panorama. Great race marred in the end by foolish driving on the part of a couple of drivers with Will Davison doing a Stephen Bradbury and slipping through to win by the smallest of margins. Needless to say a lot of whinging ensued. Suck it up princess is all I can say. The centre piece of this catalogue is SIMMO—the biography of one of our greatest soldiers, Ray Simpson, VC, DCM. We had 1,000 produced and have so far sold 780. As soon as we sell the remaining 220 we can distribute the proceeds to our chosen veterans-based charities. I’ve reduced the retail price by $10 to $55 plus postage. I’d like to think that everyone on my mailing list has a copy gracing their book shelves. They are of very high quality and all signed by both Pete Lutley and my good self.  It’s been a 5 year project with one year of sales. While we’re on the subject of raising money for charity, we can’t go past the efforts of Laurie ‘Truck’ Sams, a one-legged SAS veteran, who is riding a push bike from Hanoi to Sydney raising awareness and money for the anti PTSD cause. He’s currently in Port Augusta and his son William, a NZ army officer, has joined him for the ride to Adelaide. So if you see the Truck convoy, please slip them a few quid to go on with. His support team consists of the cream of SAS veterans, John Matten, Trevor Gunning, Bryan Kelly and Troy Lockyer who have given their time and effort in a totally voluntary capacity. Well done boys! Hope to be there when you arrive in Sydney. So…about books! Not a bad list this one with a few new titles and many that have been listed in the past. It’s always gratifying to sell a book and then find another copy of the same book to relist. I’m working on a couple of new projects as we speak, mostly revolving around bibliographies. More info on these as they develop further. And as usual I dedicate this list to veterans and serving soldiers who may not be travelling too well. Vaya con Dios.  Mick & Jo