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From the Editor

Well it's nice to be writing another Editor's Column! After our Data Disaster I wasn't sure what the future was going to be: it was a very long month while we waited to see what, if anything, was recoverable. But it turned out that you get what you pay for and the company we used was really, really good. They managed to recover all of our information and although we're discovering quite a few corrupted files as we work through things, it's a helluva lot better result than it could have been!

Christine and I would like to offer a million thanks to everyone who bought a book from us in the Data Recovery Sale. We couldn't have done it without you. Australia Post and Fastway Couriers should also be thanking you - there was a veritable flurry of activity with parcels going here, there and everywhere for several weeks!

We'd like to also offer a huge thank you to everyone who called, emailed or mailed their messages of support to us. It was incredibly heartwarming to know how much the magazine means to you all. And thank you, too, to the people who shared their own data disaster stories - whilst I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it did feel better to know we weren't the only ones!

Now that we've got everything up and running again, we're back in full Price Guide mode. The new book is scheduled to come out in the middle of next year, but we'll tell you more about that in the Summer 2019 magazine. What we can tell you is that we've decided to add 64 more pages (so the book will be 608 pages) and the price will be quite a lot cheaper than the RRP for the 2017/18 edition. Yep, more page and less cost - we spent our aforementioned spare time wisely, negotiating with printers! Anyway, more on that next issue.

In this issue you'll see we've managed to include a bumper four pages of What's it Worth. Our experts worked their fingers to the bone getting the queries answered, which was just as well as some of you have waited quite a long time. And that's not the only bumper feature this issue - we also have 10 pages of Paraphernalia, so if you're up for a spot of shopping without leaving the comfort of home, we've got it covered!

Before I go I'd just like to mention the cover image for this magazine. It's an absolutely stunning brooch by Rene Boivin in the form of a Labrador retriever. You can't really see it in all its detail from the cover image, which is why we've included a photo of it in its entirety on the Editor's page in the magazine. Isn't it gorgeous - and that ruby studded collar can be removed and worn separately as a ring. Now that's innovative jewellery.

Julie Carter
Editor, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit