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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary, should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf.
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day

Leslie Monk, the long suffering.

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Mrs Monk’s

Would-Be Diary

The Economics Of E Bay

18 March 2005

I got an E-mail from E bay informing me that I had sold my third used LP, John Cooper Clark’s, Disguise In Love  The irrational joy of selling is tempered  by the realisation that there had been only one bid of £2 and that there had been no bidding frenzy as anticipated..

Seconds after I got the news of “the sale,” the computer screen went dark and had permanently crashed with terminal hard disc failure. I spent the next two days trying the usual recovery processes but to no avail. Important stuff, is backed up, so I was not too concerned, but the all important address book is lost forever it seems so I now have to find some new friends and family.

3 April 2005

I have struggled for two weeks making do with temporary set up involving lap top but eventually I got myself a replacement desktop, and I am just about back to normal. E-mail is all over the place and the phone has been utilised more than usual. I try not to consider the cost of lost eranings and replacement hardware. New Computer plus software.

The first e-mail I received on the new set up was from the buyer of the John Cooper Clark’s, Disguise In Love LP, complaining that I charged him too much for the postage. I charged him £3 but he complained that it was only an “88p stamp and a jiffy bag”.

I wrote to him and told him that the jiffy bag cost £1.50 from Staples which is almost as much as he paid for the LP.

My buyer was from Manchester

I may not be cut out for this E-baying caper.

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