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Poor old Tandy has disappeared from our high streets forever, as Kieren McCarthy reported in Tandy is dead, long live Tandy.

This caused some - but not much - unhappiness among our readers, Paul Reeves included:

It is a shame that Tandy is on its way out, but it has been replaced by a far better chain of stores. (No, I'm not talking about Carphone Warehouse). Haven't you found Maplin's yet? I've lost count of the number of stores they now have, but if you are in W1 head over to Holborn and check out their branch there. More than enough resistors and capacitors to satisfy any man.

Quite so. P. Flinders also reckoned he has a suitable replacement:

This is truly a sad day for our nation. Where, O Lord, shall we buy our capacitors, our resistors, our police scanners, our little bits of cable and our childhood toys? Who shall we turn to for disjointed conversations with odd men that know only acronyms? Radio Spares, you say? Oh, okay.

How short our memories are. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.

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