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Title: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Michael Heatley on December 14, 2017, 11:17:03 AM
After very nearly 30 years, Northdown (founded October 1988) is closing for business on 31 December.

If you need Deke books for Christmas presents, etc, please get in touch. There will then be a pause before Mary takes up the reins.

Thanks for all your support over the years, and here's hoping for a long retirement!

Michael and Helen
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Dave Bardsley on December 15, 2017, 11:14:52 AM
Thanks Northdown for keeping Michael in work (and thanks Michael for keeping Northdown afloat). As someone once said, "Live long and prosper".  Happy retirement.  Cheers...
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Andrew P on December 15, 2017, 02:35:31 PM
Seconded. Your mercy stall at Man (and SoM) gigs has always been welcomed by me. Time for a rest now, so best wishes to you both.
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Olly Goodwin on December 15, 2017, 03:05:13 PM
The end of an Era!
We Manfans and Dekefans have been uniquely lucky that Northdown has existed all these years, with the Welsh Connection, the merchandise stands at the gigs, and Deke's books, which, as Deke was always quick to point our,  would never happened without Michael.
I make that approximately 20 years of dedicated service to all things Man Band.
I hope next year's  SoM gig celebrating 50 years of Man will also have a spot to commemorate  20 years of Michael and Northdown.

Best wishes to Michael and Helen, and see you at the gigs!
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Allan Heron on December 16, 2017, 04:26:10 PM
Many thanks to you, Michael.  Our little apocalyptic community was built around The Welsh Connection.  Without it, so much of what we all have enjoyed and appreciated over the years may never have happened.  Well, it may have but loads of us would never have known about it.

A long and happy retirement for you and Helen is the very least you deserve.
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Rob W on December 16, 2017, 05:58:36 PM
My very best wishes to Michael and Helen, and thanks for everything they have done.

Possibly confirming Allan's words, I do believe quite a few of us were alerted to the post 76 Man with Michael's article in the Record Collector.

Does anybody know the date The Manband Archive started? Presumably Jules? In my opinion, that date should also be remembered because it's the forum which brought us lot together. Thanks to Jules also.
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Jules on December 17, 2017, 01:59:07 AM
A well earned retirement Michael (and Helen).

I can't thank you enough for everything you've done to keep our heroes in the public eye. 
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Michael Heatley on December 17, 2017, 03:46:25 PM
Thank you all.

And return thanks and respect to Jules, who took the baton and ran with it - as someone  8) once said, where would we be without you?
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Barry Island on December 17, 2017, 10:15:20 PM
Well done Northdown and those heroic figures who sailed and steered her so wonderfully. Thanks for everything!
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Colin Salter on December 18, 2017, 05:40:56 PM
So, farewell then,
Northdown Publishing,
You've gone south.

Sadly you're no longer printing.
But keep on crinting,
Man.

E.J. Thribb (17 1/2)
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Nick Nation on December 19, 2017, 08:38:01 AM
Sadly you're no longer printing.
But keep on crinting,
Man.

Ha Ha!
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: happytrails on December 19, 2017, 11:53:48 AM
Now you can take all old retired Macs to the dump....don't forget to take the HD's out....thanks for all the years ,never forget how chuffed I was to discover Northdown with you and Ian.
Happy Trails mate.
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Jon M on December 19, 2017, 02:41:41 PM
Enjoy the retirement, perhaps by reading other peoples books rather than writing your own.
thanks for publishing four of the funniest books that I have read and then re-read.

keep on crinting

Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Jules on December 22, 2017, 09:42:49 PM
So, farewell then,
Northdown Publishing,
You've gone south.

Sadly you're no longer printing.
But keep on crinting,
Man.

E.J. Thribb (17 1/2)

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Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Tel on December 24, 2017, 08:38:16 PM
Michael

Along with Jules, you have done more to keep the name and legend of the band than seemed humanly possible.

I suspect that your efforts and work kept the band going during the 80's and 90's when many others would have thrown in the towel, giving a point around which we could all rally and show that the fans were still out there.

You deserve to put your feet up and enjoy your life and family and I wish you all the best.

Circumstances have kept me away for a few years - (but as a wise man once said - Circumstances get you every time), but I hope our paths do cross again. There's probably some retirement club for Bass Players out there.

Always remember the good times many of which were as a result of your tremendous efforts.

Good luck my friend.

Tel

Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Rob the Organ on January 17, 2018, 12:03:43 AM
Michael,

I could not agree more with the various comments made here that the lasting nature of Man and offshoots, or at least the support of it, must surely be down to your efforts, especially during TWC's "magazine years".

I remember as if yesterday - it wasn't yesterday, it was somewhere between 25-30 years ago - seeing a copy of the BGO reissue of Maximum Darkness in The Record Shop, Fife Road, Kingston and spotting Cipollina's SG on the cover. Wondering who the fuck this lot were, this lot who could magic Cipollina over the ocean, I kept an eye out and sure enough as if in answer there was your excellent Record Collector piece - the one that had the Rhinos band pictured with Morley's award winning denim turnups - and the die was well and truly cast. By you, my friend.

Sure enough, TWC magazine was mentioned in the closing overs of the piece and I subscribed (I took the luxury upgrade of buying issues 1-5 and starting properly at TWC6), set about RC for every last album, spending a fortune even then on vinyl copies of Padget, Patti and GTP, and after consulting the gig listings of TWC, going to see the band on that tour with TYA and Wishbone Ash. It was a pitifully short set, so we were delighted when the next TWC announced a London date at the Royal Standard, Walthamstow. That was it. I met Deke at the very first gig and he was so gracious to chat to two stoned teenagers who had just discovered the band.

I can still remember wholesale chunks of TWC editiorial. Ten questions was great. Micky: "What do you enjoy most?" - Sleeping. "What item(s) do you always carry?" - a pillow. Clint: "What would most improve the quality of your life?" - An enormous bank balance, dick and line of coke....

Deke spoke, Tweke Lewis wore a traffic cone on his head and Will Youatt looked stupidly heroic on the cover of (I think issue 7) in a bandana, US military shirt and toting a gorgeous stereo Gibson ES345. And who can forget the heart-rending saga of the perpetually unsold TWC hardbacked binders....

What a ride. Putting up for the night with Clive when I couldn't get a hotel... the Royal Albert Hall fiasco... those fantastic Feltham conventions where we were treated to Clint, Tweke, Iceberg, Gary and Taff...and the sight of Spunk Rock with Ray Williams on bass. Cooking Sunday lunch for Ace after the 40th gig at Herne Hill. Walking downstairs to find Ace sitting in the kitchen, bleary eyed because a VERY young Olga who'd he'd bought over with him decided to wake up at 5am and have a sing song...

Forging a very good friendship with Phil Ryan and ultimately wishing I was playing organ and electric piano in Port Talbot for any other reason at all than his passing.

All this for reading that bloody Record Collector article and subscribing to the Welsh Connection....

Bless you mate. I won't hold it against you that you went gallivanting off around the world and didn't see me play C'Mon...
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Michael Heatley on January 17, 2018, 01:12:01 AM
I'm going to cry in a minute. Millis, you are an absolute b@stard! 😘
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Rob the Organ on January 17, 2018, 03:05:59 PM
I'm going to cry in a minute. Millis, you are an absolute b@stard! 😘

Try not to get run over, I'm not writing another...
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: Pete T on December 30, 2018, 01:53:39 AM
..you still selling cheap CD's?!!..
Title: Re: Northdown Publishing Ltd
Post by: jamesglas1234 on February 15, 2019, 06:37:33 PM
Gutted michael whos going to publish my book now!