Geoff Matthews was certainly very early in the Uk retailer line up, in fact Geoff was the first ever Naim retailer I visited in the Uk 1980 I think. Not sure he was before the others as he would or should have been listed in the ad.
A serious question for you Clare – are you saying that an old ad from the 1970s (let’s say it would be regarded as sexist today) cannot be reproduced here, even with context? It seems to me a perfectly legitimate thing to show, say, an old ad that pictures a girl in her undies draped over an amplifier in a discussion about old advertising, particularly if it is an exemplar of the kind of advertising then current.
If your answer to my question is “yes”, that seems to me to be a rather slippery slope; old books, ads, films and TV shows from the past which might not live up to today’s standards of acceptability exist, they cannot be made to un-exist, whether you or I or anyone else likes them or not. Pretending these arefacts or attitudes don’t exist, or shutting your eyes or putting your fingers in your ears does nothing to repair the injustices and mistakes of the past, nor does it further debate or inquiry, no, to be frank, does it do anything to allieviate (say) sexism or racism today. And who, without debate, gets to say what is or what is not “pushing it”?
It was photo something. It’s been Soundcraft for as long as I’ve been a customer. And yes, Geoff is still there. Tinkering with LP12s, but more than happy to sell naim to me and a number of other SE England ( forum and non forum) types.
It’s nothing to do with “culture wars” and your suggestion that people want to see women objectified demonstrates that you have not understood my question; your arbitrary ending of the discussion kind of proves my point.
Anyway, happy 2022 Clare, I wish you a happy, peceful, prosperous and Covid-free year ahead. I appreciate your great work here, even if we disagree on this matter.