Girls, put your records on…


If it sells out this evening, I’m almost too late to tell you about this – but I’ve had so much fun with it I just had to hope you see this blog in time! Or perhaps there’ll be a few left tomorrow.

Neil Hinde is with us at 7pm and 10pm this evening (Wednesday 22nd) with his brilliant GPO Attaché record player and also a new model, the Jive. I have the Attaché in the Brown antique leatherette, and I love it! It has a great look and takes up hardly any space when you’re not using it, but what I love best is the fun I’ve had playing all my old albums.


In fact, I love it so much I bought one last week for a friend’s 50th birthday present, and since digging out all his old music albums from the loft he hasn’t stopped grinning! At under £70 it’s a great way to play all those records you haven’t heard for years and bring back memories of your youth. I’ve found a supply of old records at a regular antique fair near my home and at £2 each I’ve been buying loads!

From Supertramp to Bob Dylan, The Eagles to Neil Young and Led Zeppelin to Marvin Gaye, I’ve been reliving my musical past. When I hear ‘Brass in Pocket’ by The Pretenders I’m back in the room I lived in for my final year at uni; the Beatles’ classic ‘Hey Jude’ takes me to a long slow dance with one of my first boyfriends; and ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ by Boney M – rather bizarrely – to the after-party when I was competing in the World Modern Pentathlon Championships in Poland!

Have you got a box of old LPs gathering dust somewhere? Want to bring those memories alive again? The reminiscing will begin as soon as you have one of these!

Try to catch Neil this evening to have a closer look – both GPO models play at 33, 45 and 78rpm and also allow you to record onto a memory stick so you can listen to your records when you’re out and about. If you want even more oomph than the built in twin stereo speakers give you, perhaps for a party, you get the lead you need to attach a bigger speaker. And the Jive plays FM radio, CDs and MP3s as well, although it costs a bit more.

The only problem is that the last time Neil showed us the Attaché design it sold out. Hopefully he’ll have more this time, but don’t risk missing the chance to have a stroll down Memory Lane!

Let me know which track evokes memories of the happiest times of your past…

Take care

Kathy x


  1. jilly July 22, 2015 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Loved reading your blog Kathy, listening to music certainly transports you back in time to the years gone by, both good and bad. The soundtrack to my past began listening to the music my older brother played on mum and dads old radiogramme ! for thoes under 40 (a rather large coffin like sideboard) that took up the whole of one wall in the sitting room. He was a fan of The Drifters, Four Tops and Motown. My own collection began with The Jackson 5, Dianna Ross, and a record I found in a box entitled “A windmill in old Amsterdam”? I have no idea how old it was or who it was by..Ha
    As I began to buy records my passion was for Northern Soul, I was just too young to go off to the famous all nighter but I loved the local clubs that played Frank Wilson- “Do I love you” The Flirtations ” Nothing but a Heartache” Dean Parish “I’m on my way”, and my absolute fave Jimmy Radcliffe “Long after tonite is all over”
    Great times. Over the years I have bought albums from Bon jovi “Slippery when wet” and have great memories of their concerts, Simply Red and their concerts too hold the greatest memories. In the 90’s my daughters and I saw Celine Dionne at Murryfield Stadium in Edinburgh, such a thrill for them.
    Recently I am a big fan of Rebecca Ferguson, her album Heaven is a real fave of mine. Sadly over the years, and a number of house moves my album collection has gone missing, however I’m enjoying collecting the back cattalouge on CD.
    Loving the GPO record player and have great fun reliving all the old tunes and keeping the memory alive.
    My daughter is getting married soon and included in the invitation was a card asking each guest to suggest music and a fave dance tune for the evening reception. Should be a good night!
    Loving the Morning Style new series too Kathy.

  2. martin forbes July 29, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    hi kathy hope you are well and your family i am not bad i still have my hifi record player double tape 5 cd multi change 5 cds still play lps and singles occaionally had it 20 years still working it is akenwood .

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