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Oh, boy! I used to go in that shop on every visit to London. Tottenham Court Road had loads of shops selling tech with Silica Shop being the one I bought most stuff from.

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I seem to remember buying a US Doubler for my 1050 from them, and possibly an RTC cartridge for my ST later on. Always had an ad in either Atari User or Page 6, from what I recall.

 

Never got to visit their shop any time I was in the UK, though. Would love to see some photos of it if anyone has them floating around, though I imagine it mostly looks like a late-1980s computer store on the inside ;)

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Sorry folks, the best Silica Shop was its original shop in Sidcup Kent, for an Atarian it was a piece of heaven..

 

And for trivia, Silica has more ties to Atari, Noel Daniel who was one of the programmers of Sidewinder and the sole programmer of Thunderfox worked in the Tottenham Court road branch, really nice guy and a good friend back then. Also in the same shop was Eroll Elliston who co-wrote Foundations Waste on the ST. But on the dubious side was a guy nicknamed Splatt (I could be mixing the name up with another BBS guy) who ran a pirate BBS selling access to Amiga software.

 

Yep, all true...

 

Sadly Silica in Tottenham Court Road went bust and pulled the firm down because some staff later on were selling stock out the back door to order when it was already struggling with the huge number of other computer sellers in the same road.

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i loved that catalog, still have it..

i used to mail order games from it back in the 90es

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Silica shop in Sidcup is where i got my 1050 drive from then a month later some bastard broke into our house and stole my Atari gear

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Not the way I'd want to remember the shop but sorry to hear...

 

Many of us have our sad memories of losing our Atari gear, mine went when stored in my mothers house when she died, others have suffered break in's like Matt on here when people stole his stuff from storage..

 

Some heartless gits out there that care nothing about other people, be it stealing, trashing the place or just destroying memories for fun or gain....

 

At least we can get back the material stuff....

 

Paul..

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Did anyone here ever take that "100 Free Programs with any Atari 400 or Atari 800" promotion that Silica Shop used to promote every month back in 82/83?

 

Often wondered what those 100 free programs were. Probably type-in listings on a cassette tape.

 

Here is what I am talking about:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/andysretrocomputers/3311860691

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Yes and yes....

 

User club stuff, nothing 'amazing' but it was free, aimed at the brand new users to give them something to play with after that big splurge of cash....The hardware was already top dollar let alone getting a few games :)

 

More of a "Shut up (insert name), we got you something to play with as well didn't we!"

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Wow. I was training on the job at SDL Silica Distribution Ltd which was just down the road from the Sidcup retail shop.  I remember taking helpdesk calls for Atari support calls.  We were also known as the Amiga Helpline.  😉

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I managed to visit the Silica Shop in Sidcup once in my mid-teens and it was simply the best Atari place I had been too.  There weren't many places that were true Atari supporters in the UK but they were and for many years I recall.   I originally had an Atari 400 16K and I posted it to them for a 48K upgrade.   I remember as they got bigger they started having branches in department stores like Debenhams, and although from the ones I saw they were good, none of them seem to match that Aladdin's cave in Sidcup :).

 

 

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That PDF is like opening a treasure chest of great memories, its from a shop I spent a LOT of time in, has a genuinely lovely time period in my life and just the look and feel of the booklet just screams joy to me...

 

I look at it and wish I could go back and get all those titles again as new, sadly my Delorean does not hit 88mph any more and Doc Brown just isn't around...

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The moment I saw this, I remembered seeing it before, I'm pretty sure thats where I bought my 520STM 😍

 

Brings back fond memories (I still have the ST, working too)

 

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I remember being sent these inside my New Atari User. I always wanted to go, but I was a kid and my Dad wouldn't drive that far without a really good reason.

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SDL (Silica's distribution company) was one of my main suppliers when I ran Computer Cavern in Reading.

 

The store started out as ORDEM and were Atari only for the first couple of years (up until 87)...

 

     sTeVE

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13 hours ago, snicklin said:

I was a kid and my Dad wouldn't drive that far without a really good reason.

But what better reason than to drive to "Aladins Cave" :))

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Wow, that brings back memories, 1st floor they had an excellent Atari 2600 kiosk. 

Later I was miffed when I saw Amigas displayed in their store.

 

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I worked for Silica when they opened a store in Debenhams Glasgow.  Excellent company to work for and getting to see all that lovely hardware and software up close... well I might well have paid them to work there!

 

Great memories :)

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