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SF, fantasy and detective fans set your bookmarks here!
As many of you will already know Marion was taken ill in early October and taken by ambulance to Dumfries hospital with what turned out to be pnuemonia in both lungs. She was very ill at first, then in intensive care at one point but seemed to be getting gradually better, going first to an ordinary ward then three weeks ago to a local community hospital at Newton Stewart. She wanted to come home for Christmas and our GP agreed, arranging for oxygen, special chair, etc. Marion came home on Christmas Eve and was enjoying sitting in front of a log fire and chatting to several friends who phoned up.
Unfortunately she had a relapse in breathing on Christmas Day morning. I phoned our GP, who had given me his home number, and he came at once and gave her something to help with her breathing. Unfortunately, Marion's breathing became steadily poorer, with her slipping into sleep and coma and she died on the evening of the 26th of December with me, Jamie and two nurses present. She had told the Doctor she wanted to stay home, come what may and he supported her completely. The nurses, Doctor, local friends and people have been very supportive doing everything they could to help.
Marion is being cremated at her request on Monday the 7th of January at 1pm in Dumfries. It will be a small, private ceremony for family and close friends. Regarding flowers, apart from those closest to us could you give a little money to charity instead? Marion's own favorite charities were the Lifeboat Institute or a charity which helps disabled service men and their families. If you live outside the British Isles, a local equivalent or your own preference would be just as good.
The business will be closed until after the funeral. Thereafter I will carry on as well as I can.
Richard Van Der Voort
If any of you have comments on the site, or suggestions, just let us know. David Sattar, we've taken to heart your request to see a picture of the old shop window in London, and we are looking round for one that shows the dragon clearly.
Don't bother to comment on the colour. As far as we can see half of you like the green dragonish colour, and the other half think it reminds them of blotting paper.
We hope that all our problems with our Customer Information Form are now at an end. If you have submitted a form, and had no answer, please contact us again. You can always just use the form for a question or comment.
We are beginning to list all our stock on our web site. We do have some items on both AMAZON and ABE, but eventually we intend to have both back stock and newly in items on the web site. We also intend to send out annotated catalogues regularly by either email or post, as in the old days, so please let us know if you want them.
Our first catalogues are appearing now, so take a look at the ONLINE CATALOGUES page. These will be divided into crime, magazines, media and SF (which will be divided into authors with more than half a dozen books in stock and authors under the initial letter of their surname). This will obviously take some time to do, as we have thousands of books, both new and second hand, so if you are looking for a specific author please ask us directly. Please tell us what you think of these and we welcome any suggestions for further stock lists.
This is our new house, the only modern house in Wigtown, although there are more newer ones.
For all those of you who wanted to know if Jamie was like Robbie, here he is. He is darker, but just as cheeky, and has the usual wicked look that all Cairns have,
St. Ninians, New Road, WIGTOWN,
Scotland DG8 9JL
Tel: +44 (0) 1988 403 446 Fax: +44 (0) 1988 403 446
Hello. We are Richard and Marion van der Voort, and we have been selling books at the Sign of the Dragon for 35 years. We specialise in Fantasy and Science-Fiction (including magazines, videos, CDs and DVDs), Detective and Mystery (including True Crime) and Children's books, especially fantasy, but will be happy to accept an order for anything you want. We can obtain most English books and many American books on any subject, as well as magazines, videos, DVDs etc, and can send them carefully packed almost anywhere in the world.
In 2002 we moved from South West London to Wigtown, South West Scotland, where we carry on our mail order business, as well as keeping a good stock of our specialist books and many others.
AT THE SIGN OF THE DRAGON is located at St.Ninians, New Road, WIGTOWN, Scotland DG8 9JL. Just turn left at the border and take the road (A75) along the Solway Firth to Newton Stewart, turn into the road to Wigtown,(A714) and we are the first house on the left hand side as you enter the town, just past the 30mph limit notice.
We look like one shoebox placed across another, white painted, and apparently the house shocked the people here when it was built in the late 50s, as we are the only modern house here.
We deal with people here by appointment preferably, but there is nearly always someone around, either at the house or the annexe, to the left of the house, to buy books or sell them.
We are not in partnership either with AA1 Books or Ming Books and have not been so for some years