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Happy 30th Birthday

If you are reading this it means that the scheduled publication has worked. The reason I’ve done it is that I am currently on holiday exploring the coast of Dorset for a couple of weeks. On the day this is be published I  should be at the premises of Henry Ling Printers, Dorchester, where I’m booked in for a guided tour with the Chairman. The PAN connection is that they printed the ‘Invisible Ink Puzzle Books’ which turned out to be a bit of a nightmare but Tony Kennett has promised to tell all. The reason I put ‘Happy Birthday’ as the title is that it is actually 30 years to the day yesterday, June 8th 1984, that the first invisible ink puzzle book ‘Ball Games’ by Tom Case was published.

After seeing a signed copy of Johnnie Johnsons ‘Full Circle’ with dust jacket appear on eBay several times I was waited until the price dropped again on relisting but someone bid on it. I wasn’t going to bother until I saw the name in the inscription and then decided I had to have – and pretend it was for me!