Most of us would have at some time spent an hour or two using the Search Engines to seek out web sites that are of interest to our vocation and pastimes. It is only through trial and error and "wasting" time that we get to learn how Search engines and the persons who attempt to grab everyone's attention work.
Companies pay quite a lot of money to be at the top of a
search results list, while others employ what I term as
"spam or spoof search". This latter practice
works on the principal that if one includes a date, a
catalogue number, or similar data within the search, those
bright sparks have a programme that will bring up the
exact figure you typed. In other words every permutation
under the sun ~ or is it space? I do not see the
point of this exercise, as it is 95% guaranteed that if
one clicks onto their link, there is nothing whatsoever on
their site that pertains to the search! It's
annoying, frustrating, as well as boring! The same applies
for sites that do sell the type of merchandise that is
being sought, but attempts to list every item on the
planet to draw one's attention to their site, but low and
behold, it's "out of stock". Okay, going
on a bit here, but it's leading into..
If you discovered this site by way of a Search Engine, it
is highly probable that what you were seeking has been
found! Much time has been spent to hopefully make this
site interesting and user friendly. The basic ingredients
for this is to offer for sale original memorabilia in
clean, presentable condition, backed up with a courteous
and efficient service. all by way of a web site that
avoids employing clever gimmicks that only work with
certain browsers, and emails that do not include
backgrounds so as to make the text illegible!
However, nothing in this world is perfect 100% all of the
time, including here. So, in the eventuality that
one does encounter a problem or glitch, the following are
a few of the more common occurrences that can arise.
Note that unlike some sites, you will not get redirected
to countless other windows only to come back to where you
started ~ here!
section (direct links to
subjects set within this page)
"I have not received a reply to any of my emails
If you have not received a reply to an email within 2 working
days, the reason for this could be:
did you send the
email with an unrecognized subject heading?
can you help * I have a question * I have
not heard from you for a while * Please email me!
* do you have..
Please call *
please help * Good day * re your web site
* can I ask a question ... and any of similar.
Please use a suitable, specific subject title, As well
as the Ordering page, all the sales pages on this site should have a
live link to send an email, with each having a pro-forma subject
matter pertaining to the page in question. This is so that a genuine
email is recognised and opened.
If you are quite new to all this, and would like further
easy-to-comprehend information on this matter, including how to
(hopefully) avoid opening the undesirable emails, please visit the Spam
2) is your ISP down or
Run a test by sending an email to yourself. See how long it
takes to come back to you. On normal running service, it should be
back with you within 3 minutes, and no longer than 20 minutes. Make
sure type something (anything) in the message box.
3) does the Home page or
Contents page state that the office is closed for a set duration? ~
not at this time
If so, you should receive an automated reply to this effect.
If you do not receive a personal reply within 2 days after the
specified time, please then resend your email.
4) did you place an order for multiple items, but details sent were
If you did not copy and paste, or type out each line as set out on
the web page/s, it could be that time has to be spent searching the
site for your specific requests. As there are 1000's of items
listed, you can appreciate that this can sometimes take a little
while to execute!
5) email service providers own filters
Because of people abusing the email system by clogging it up with
spam, most Internet Service Providers have now placed filters within
filters on their email facility. Although disclaimed by them, it is
inevitable that this will, and does, prevent genuine emails from
being received. If you think that this might be the case, please
telephone. The answer machine is always on out of office hours. All
contact information is on the Ordering
6) the email provider changed Feb 2008 ~
are you using an old book-marked address?
ntlworld.com has not been valid since
this date! Please use this site's internal email address as provided
at the foot of each sales page, and as also stated on the Ordering
page under 'Contact' Information
7) Did you read the details regarding
'minimum order processed' on the Ordering
If you enquired about one item that is of nominal value, you
should receive a reply directing (once only) you to the Ordering
If you enquired about one item that is of nominal value,
and wanted detailed information (e.g. what pages feature whoever
within, etc.), you most probably were informed of the minimum order
processed, and ignored this stipulation, hence no further replies
will be forthcoming!
8) You sent a begging letter.. example
We are holding a 40's/50's dance on the 13th December 08, we
decorate the hall as authentic as we can get it, we encourage
traditional dress, and we hold a prize for the best male and female.
We run a raffle and we are always looking for donations as authentic
as possible to make the raffle more interesting. If you feel that
you can help then please contact me at ************ or call 01**
********* We would like to thank you for your cooperation, and
look forward to hearing from you.
9) You sent an email using trash
abbreviations (i.e. U instead of you; 4 instead of for)
that: "working days" excludes weekends and UK Bank
Do not attempt to copy / paste
the email address at the top of this page, as this is an image!
have not received a reply to my message left on the telephone
1) Did you order an item that has a
small retail value stated?
Please remember that the minimum order processed is £20 +
post if paying with a c a r d . As there are several thousand
items on offer for sale, there is sure to be something else to make
the order up to this amount?!
Did you leave a land number?
Sorry, mobile numbers are not acknowledged: No exceptions Ray
(that's my brother!).
Did you leave a clear message?
If the message cannot be understood after 4 times of
listening, you will not receive a reply! Do make sure that the
number you leave is correct, and has been not been read out in 0.5
of a second!!
If you telephoning to pay with a c re d i t or d e
b i t card for an order that has been confirmed, the duration
for this is (usually) 1 minute only.
Sometimes we do take too much for
granted. If you ran on Windows 95 years ago, just think of the
progression in recent times. Computers now 10 times faster, with a
memory that far exceeds what most of us will ever require. Millions
more computers logged onto the Internet at the same time. If you get
"Not Found", "timed out", or similar:
is your own ISP's server functioning okay?
Open a new
Navigator Window, and see if you can log on to any other
sites within your Favourites or
If this is okay, it is possible that the host server for this
site is temporarily down (unlikely), or just very slow. All the
pages on this site have been tested, and are functional. This
page should be one of the most easily accessible, as it contains
2) did you type in a
page address or jpeg image url from memory?
If you received a message 404 Error / Not Found / or
similar, this indicates that the page or image has been removed, or
had it's name changed, or most likely you typed in the address from
memory / guesswork. All url's begin with
http://www.peterice com/ ,
followed by the extension name. On this site, upper or lower case
lettering could have been used, so if you type in by guesswork the
address, you could receive the 404 message.
As an example, this page is titled Help. Therefore, the
extension address is /Help.htm (all pages end with .htm). So if you
type in www.peterice com/help.htm within the address bar, you will
receive the 404 message because h was used instead of H,
Tip: If you cannot find the page or image you thought existed
on this site, go onto Goggle's
Advanced Search, and search within this site from there. Within
Note that "Server Error" is not the same as the 404.
In other words, "404" is not a server error!
3) did you attempt to jump
around this site like grease lightning?
Sometimes a computer gets upset by the user for being too
hasty. Even though you might be able to get onto some other sites,
the cache memory can become corrupt by this action. It would mean
that the computer has to be restarted, with the cache being cleared
(Edit ~ Preferences).
Also look in the Cookies
folder (type Cookies under Find or
and delete anything unnecessary in the main Cookies folder.
However, a quick and easy way to conduct this and more on one's pc
is to install the free programme CCleaner.
Click download, then either PayPal or Alternative Download.
Note: most cookies do not need to be accepted anyway. One can choose
to be selective, or refuse them altogether; un-check the accept
cookies box, or similar (Internet Explorer has a slide bar
under Tools ~ Internet Options ~ Privacy).
Not on www.peterice.com
it doesn't! You must be on an unaffiliated external site.
There are no files or programmes on or for this site that need to be
downloaded, or saved on one's computer.
If you are on such a sight, and the message will not go away (i.e.
you cannot close the Window), you must reboot your pc now, before
anything disastrous can occur! More info if required on the Spam
"Some of the listing on a
page and (or) one or more of the JPEG images are not being
As above, this can be caused by
not allowing the said page to fully load.
Select "Refresh" or
""Reload". If this does not solve the problem with
images showing, be patient. Sometimes the host server could be
over worked, and the JPEGs will take a little longer than usual to
Tip: if you right click on an image block (link) that is not loading
and select View Image, it should display on it's own in another
blank white window / page. If not, server has most probably gone on
a tea break... Well, not really, but please be patient!
If an image link is invalid or similar, please email. This will be
corrected, and / or specified image will be forwarded to you via
Any preset external links
within this site for web sites that are deemed to be
interesting, having useful information, are included as
'good will'. They are of no affiliation, and no
responsibility can be accepted for their performance.
Please remember that their server could be temporarily out
of action. However, it would be appreciated if an email
was sent if a site appears to be consistently inoperative,
so that the link can be removed. Thank you.
"The sale listings are overrunning
on my screen, and I have to keep scrolling right to read
It is most likely that you're screen
is less than a 17" model. By now, there should be nobody using
those dreadful 14" monitors?! Laptops tend to have the
obligatory 15" screen, so:
There are two main options available to adjust the view.
1) under the View tab, select Decrease Font,
or Text Size, or similar.
2) click on Monitor icon (or go in Control
Panel ~ Display ~ Settings) and select (experiment
fir) a different size view setting.
3) stating the obvious... if you have an ISP task bar
open on the left (err. aol for instance!).. close or minimize
Note: this web site is set up employing FR0NTPAGE. It's programme's
characteristics can affect the display view in varying ways based on
one's own pc and ISP Browser. However, this is no excuse for
displaying a sloppy website, so if you experience any abnormal
problems - please email !
"I cannot find what I am
looking for using Google's search
facility as directed.
Is it still possible that the item is listed on the
Merchandise that has
been uploaded to this site within the past 1 ~ 3 weeks will most
probably not show in search results, as the service company that
submits web sites to 100 search engines states that it will take
several weeks to be included. Also, on tests this facility has
found to be inconsistent in it's results.
An Index page
has been constructed..If this is not helpful for you, please
email to enquire as to an availability
of specific item/s.
****************** printing "I want to print out one of
listings to refer to at leisure, but the data overruns
over the page,
and/ or takes up too many sheets of paper "
principle should be applied when printing any emails, letters,
essays, information, or anything else that does not necessitate the
duplication of colour fonts, logos, photographs, etc
files =File ~ Page Set Up ~ adjust Top, Bottom,
Left , Right to 1.3cm ~ OK (if message states margin might be
outside printable area,select Ignore as should be no
problem); then : File ~Print ~ Properties
~ on Set Up tab select Draft ~ on Advanced
tab select Print in Grayscale + Black only ~ OK ~ OK
Printing web pages = although the following settings are
given, most modern browsers and computers now have their own setting
facilities for printing web pages. Much of this is trial and error
to find what is the most suitable for you, but at the end of the day
it all is much the sameness as below. However, if there are images
that do not want to be printed, look for this option on the web
File ~ Print ~ Properties ~ on Set Up tab select
Draft + Scale To Fit which in turn will open a
new option for you to select: Resize % . Take it down to 80%
~ OK~ on Advanced tab select Print in Grayscale +
Black only ~ OK ~ then before you click OK ( to print) you might
want to select to have only 1 page printed initially( Print range
- pages select 1 to 1 ) to assess the end result. You will
see that now all the data across the screen fits onto the width of
the (portrait) page without having to print landscape, thus avoiding
using up a whole tree trunk of paper! You can now judge the
percentage that is most appropriate, and adjust the % accordingly.
Following the above advice will save a fortune on ink costs!
**************** printing "I wish to
place an order. I have a problem with the Copy
& Paste into the email box
Copy & Paste is
requested so that it is clearly understood from the initial email
exactly what items are required, and from which page on the site. If
your pc will not paste the relevant copied information into the
email box in an orderly fashion, please type the relevant
information, including the grade and price.
Tips: 1) On-line, select File
- Edit Page. This will open a new Window of the viewed page.
The data can now be copied and pasted.
if you paste the data and then find that the frame has extended
downwards somewhat, you should
be able to reduce this by clicking onto the frame at the bottom and
dragging back to the top.
or 3) try: Copy the
info (line), then within the email box right click and select 'Paste
Then you can bring each section of info within one line by
if the font copied is in various colours, paste into the email box,
click Ctrl + A to select all,
then choose black on your colour chart.
Your basic Keyboard Shortcuts:
Ctrl + A =
Ctrl + C =
Copy (area selected)
Ctrl + V =
Ctrl + P =
Print (don't forget
settings prior to OK)
Ctrl + F =
Find (with in a web page, or on your own pc's current page
If there are any images included in the copied information, it is
advisable to delete these, as some programmes will have the
facilities to forward images via another source. If a message states
that not all components can be forwarded, and asks if you want to
send anyway (or words to this effect), select Yes, as this will
indicate there is an image within the email.
The only site on the
World Wide Web where items are Free???
"Why is an item listed as
Any item that is offered as Free is
of a lesser grade than if a Price was stated.
(1) VINYL: would have
been purchased by yours truly with the belief that the record was in
good order -
either visually at a shop or fair, or by a seller via mail order who
stated the record as EX or similar.
Therefore, expect that the disc will most probably have some
'annoying' surface noise, and / or the
label is damaged. Worth a chance... after all - it's FREE!
(2) PRINTED MATTER: usually a
more easy-to-find item, so being of low grade is of no significance.
Obviously, to acquire a 'free' item, the minimum value order
must be placed. There is no limit as to how many 'free' items that
are listed on this site can be requested at one time, but do not
expect much if the value of order being paid for is deemed as a low
If several records are being paid for and you would like to receive
one or more extra (my discretion) at no charge*, please request this
when submitting your payment. The free records you receive will be
from the same period (decade) as your paid order.
* = any extra costs in posting will have to
be paid for - International clients please bear this in mind!
Any items listed as ''free' are
not for sale!
nb. If a question (email) is received regarding any item that is
listed or offered as 'free', it will be filed on the distant planet
If the order is of significant value. Payment to be received
prior to collection. Rendezvous is at one of my outside venues. Due
to stipulation of terms within the nsurance policy, there are no
facilities available for personal collection of goods at the
There are several thousand images
already included within the sales listings of actual products that
are for sale. One can appreciate that the time involved in this
provision is somewhat time consuming! It is just not feasible
to supply a photograph of each and every item listed. Anyhow, low
priced items does not justify this exercise.
It is possible to supply, on request, images of specific items that
are of notable value. However, unless one is an established client,
it might be requested that a 'firm' order (min. of £14) is
to be received prior to this service being furnished. The judgment
of this will be based on the content of the email, and what and how
many images are being requested!
"Why is the amount of
currency requested more than the calculation on the site
Contrary to what some believe, banks,
travel bureaus, etc, are not there to provide services for free. As
a general rule, their commission charge is 12%. Yes, if one shops
around, it is possible to save a bit on this charge, but unless it
is a large sum, it is not worth the effort. Where a place states.
'no commission', their exchange rate will be higher than elsewhere.
Ironically, banks that accept foreign cheques for negotiation (i.e.
in a currency other than that of their own country), charge less on
the currency exchange (usually around 8%), but there is also a
charge for the process of the cheque itself.
Applicable to non-UK
s web site! "Is it better for me to send
an International Money Order (IMO) to pay for my order
Conditions do vary from country to country. For instance, in America
one has to go to a Post Office and order a MO, then wait at least 10
days, and pay around £40 for the privilege! In Japan it is
much easier to execute.
Please consider the main options:
1: C r e d i t or D e b i t C a r d (
2: Cash**, in any currency as stated on the Ordering page
** not recommended for large amounts
If you want to know a breakdown of exchange rate costs*** involved
in purchasing, this can be emailed on request after a 'Total To Pay'
has been received by yourself. Please state how (method) you are
considering sending payment.
*** if paying with a c a r d, please contact the company concerned.
of item on this web site! "Can I have information on or about an item I have?"
If one is undecided on a purchase on this site and wishes to ask about it, then of course, are welcome. However, there is no time or even interest here for social networking, so if the question is to be about something seen or purchased elsewhere, please do not ask your truly. Even though it appears that I am a mine of information and an ever-so-kind-a-person, I will not get drawn into correspondence, or conversation, that is deemed as am being 'used' for another person's
monetary gain. There is so much information out there on the Internet to borrow or steal. Sorry for the negativity on this last posting, but all stated on this site has its reason and purpose!
Your question / problem solver not here? ... please email