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The Bibles have arrived…

November 29th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image After a fair bit of toing and froing with Pickfords they did manage to get both lorries of Bibles - and other paraphernalia - safely to our new premises (even if the larger lorry did have to wait for 3 hours to get back out of our little road because of a car parked in a rather unhelpful place on the corner!)[gallery link="file"] Here are some pictures of the boxes, our little 'ribbon-cutting' ceremony with the children around, just before Nicholas and Stephen left to head back to Glasgow, having helped us get everything ready the past couple of days -

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The first photos are in…

November 29th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image After a few adventures along the way the lorry arrived at the back of M&S just before 10am this morning, and we had lots of fun running around knocking on doors to find various car owners down our little cul-de-sac so we could get our removal van down to our entrance! Anyway - we have now worked out how to add photos, so here are a couple of the newly refurbished premises, all ready for everything to arrive. We'll share a couple more of the moving mayhem shortly. [gallery link="file"

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We have moved!

November 29th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image R. L. Allan has now moved from its old home in Glasgow to our new premises in southwest London. We will be unloading the Bibles after their long journey down from the north over the next couple of days and are hoping to resume trading on Monday 2nd December – please bear with us as we get everything set up and running, no doubt with a few hiccups along the way... We have some photographs of our new home and the new team to show you, including Ferdie, the office dog - but we're having a little trouble loading them at

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R L Allan Celebrates 150 Years of Bible Publishing

November 11th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image R  L Allan & Son Publishers will move to London to begin a new chapter at the end of November In 1863 Robert Allan established his publishing company in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and 150 years later R L Allan & Son Publishers remains true to the vsion of its founder, publishing perhaps the world's finest leather Bibles and distributing them around the world to our many thousands of committed customers. In 1922 John  Gray of Pickering & Inglis Ltd, another well-established Glasgow Christian publishing enterprise, licensed the rights to two hymnbooks from R L Allan & Son, which was the start of

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Feeding the Multitude

February 27th, 2013 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image Why are there so many versions of the Bible?  Good question!  Time was when the King James Bible was The Bible, no doubt about it. Actually, there has never been a time when there was just the one version. The KJV Bible had to compete with the Geneva Bible and the Bishops Bible and the Douay Rheims Bible 400 years ago. A multiplicity of translations is as old as the hills. Talking about hills, the feeding of the five thousand on the hillside is told in three different Gospels;  Matthew, Mark and Luke. Wouldn't it be simpler if we just had the

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Chinese Whispers

October 26th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image You may have noticed that many (particularly US) Christian publishers print their Bibles in China. This seems to disturb some readers who feel that China may be an enemy of the West. I wonder how God may view this?   The co-operation between the Bible Society's Amity Foundation in China  - who print 10 million high quality Bibles every year for their home market of 90 million Christians  - and  the main Christian publishers round the world has been a feature of Bible production for a decade now. Chinese print and paper is of consistently high quality; that is why the main  Christian publishers use

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Who was Mrs McCrindle?

August 23rd, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I love that word serendipity. Something like happy happenstance. When good things happen unexpectedly in a beautiful way. One of our Allan customers recently bought an old book at a local auction entitled 'On the Voyage' , published by R L Allan in 1883 . The fly leaf is signed by the great man himself and it was clearly a gift to his friend, Mrs McCrindle. Who was she and why did Robert Allan give her a copy of this book? I'm delighted that our kind customer's lucky find at auction will be a blessing to us. She is sending me this precious volume to

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Gold Rush – Allan style

August 10th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image After seeing Usain Bolt's magnficent sprint double triumph at the London Olympics we can understand better what Paul may have felt when he wrote  "I have finished the course with joy!"   The London Olympics have enraptured audiences as never before and the fastest man on earth has given much pleasure to sports fans around the world. In the year ahead R L Allan have much to be joyful about too. Our Diamond Jubileee Longprimer Bible will soon be unveiled celebrating 60 years of this beautiful KJV setting. ( watch the website for this gray and silver volume). And in 2013 we'll be celebrating 150 years since Robert Lightbody Allan

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Diamond Jubilee for Longprimer Bible

March 13th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image I guess most folks will know that Britain's Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 60 years as Head of State in June this year. Her Diamond Jubilee will bring joy to a lot of people around the world and an excuse for a party or two. My son will get married in London on the same day that the Queen will be riding in her special barge on the River Thames a bouquet's throw away. R.L. Allan will also be celebrating 60 years since the beloved KJV Longprimer Bible was first published in 1952 by both Oxford and Allan. Its beautiful setting was

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So What’s New?

February 20th, 2012 | By Ian and Dominique Metcalfe | Category: Bibles Direct Latest
Default Image When I first published the British edition of  the New King James Version way back in 1984 under the venerable Samuel Bagster imprint, we struggled to come up with the right British name for this fresh revision of the AV Bible.  How could you simply add New onto the KJV ?  So we decided on the 'Revised Authorised Version' ... and it sank like a stone. Fact was that New King James Version filled the bill nicely and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. So I'm delighted that Thomas Nelson have now given their blessing for R L

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