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So long | 4 November 2006

Last month I moved to a new house. As you will know moving house is both a stressful and a sentimental time.

In August and September you could find me browsing through dozens of old cardboard boxes. The contents sometimes were bizarre. One of the things I found was a pile of about 600 letters received between 1984 and 1989. And it's all about collecting ABBA records. Lots of swap lists and offers from ads in the Record Collector magazine.

I decided to throw them all away. They were put away four and a half years ago in a huge cardboard box and I didn't even know I still had them. So what's the point in keeping them anyway.

Will I regret this decision? Probably not, but the more "history" boxes you see, the more sentimental you get. However, I simply do not have the same storage facility in the attic of my new home as I had in the old house, so some stuff needed to go.

I know that these letters were a piece of my history as ABBA fan, but I'd rather look forward to the future. Swapping ABBA records by corresponding is a thing from the past for me. I'm very glad I did it, because that's how I built my ABBA collection, but it's ancient history now.

Long live the digital era with email, auction sites like eBay and Tradera and payment methods such as PayPal. I'd love to see all those goodies and true memorabilia in my face on my computer screen. Now all I need is some money, money, money
         

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