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Neil Gits A New Printer

5th May 2024
Posted by Neil Matthew

Back about 6 years ago when my “Retro Quiz Nights” business was probably at its peak, I did a LOT of printing, getting through reams of A4 paper and spending a fortune on ink cartridges. I also managed to exhaust a number of printers too, having to replace about three or four machines after things really started to take off around 2010, as I began to move away from running mobile discos towards hosting quizzes. The wear & tear on them used to result in death by failure to feed the paper through or various types of erratic print quality issues making them unusable and with the high amount of use I was getting out of each one, their life cycle was only about two and a half years on average !

Now here we are in 2024 and my life has completely changed, I haven’t run a quiz since March 2020 (I was often putting on up to 5 per week then!) and my printing activity has decreased dramatically, although obviously for certain things I still use and need one at home. So when an ominous warning box kept appearing on screen this year, telling me about an “ink absorber being almost full” and to “consult my dealer for repair” (never financially worth pursuing !) I feared it was nearly time to buy a new one. That got me thinking – how long have I actually had this current model ? It turned out I bought it in February 2018 … so it has lasted over six years, three times the previous norm !

The other week, the inevitable happened, my trusty Canon MG3600 refused to print anything else, indeed it shut down so fatally, that I couldn’t even liberate the expensive half used cartridges trapped inside !! So off to Argos I went, with my ‘flexible friend’ in my pocket and shelled out on a brand new similar but slightly updated version which “only” took me just over an hour to unpack and install – it has been longer before ! – and I was back to being able to print out my two sheets a week … the information about new releases sent to me my my buddy Gary and of course the all-important playlist for the show. On a ‘busy’ week I might double that workload by producing a handy map for one of my footy road trips or maybe a knitting pattern that A13 Annie’s ordered online but either way at this rate Printer No: 5 could last me till I die !!

Talking of busy, I really need to crack on and plan tomorrow’s Monday Night live show (and then print off the playlist!) so while you wait patiently for that, why not visit our “Listen Again” page and check out any recent good stuff you may have missed in the last 28 days ? Here’s the latest selection ….

The Tunes – Monday 29th April 2024

O’Jays – Put Our Heads Together
Tavares – Whodunit
Cool Million ft Matthew Winchester-Keep On (Boogie Back Remix)
Philly Cream – Jammin’ At The Disco
Philly Cream – No Time Like Now
Jeliz – Good Old Fashioned Love
Freda Payne & Lenny Williams-You & I (Gimme A Minute)
Billy Brown – You’re So Fine
Barry White – I Don’t Know Where Love Has Gone
George McCrae – Rock Your Baby
LAX – Dancin’ At The Disco
Light Of The World – Check Us Out
Sam & Dave – I Take What I Want
Kenny Thomas – Thinking About Your Love
Skipworth & Turner – Thinking About Your Love
Sister Sledge – Thinking Of You
Confunkshun – Smooth
Vince Broomfield – Falling To Pieces
Ruby Winters – Come To Me
Angela Bofill – Holdin’ Out For Love
Manhattans – You’re Gonna Love Being Loved By Me
Shakatak – Invitations
AC Soul Symphony – Metamorphosis

Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – put a post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook, text (01268)833978 or message me via e-mail : [email protected].

The Old Gits Soul Show is broadcast LIVE from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm, on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and available nationally via the Radio Player at Sky TV as well as online via You can listen on your smart speaker or your phone too … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – just search “Cool Soul” !