This blog was established to help get to the bottom of how the Collins & Bone Partnership reached the very sad situation it is now in, with its partner Liam James Collins having a bankruptcy hearing on 25th January (postponed)15th March 2012 (ditto), and finally bankrupted on 9th May 2012 (case # NEWC 1517 of 2011 BKT 3472187, Newcastle County Court, The Law Courts, The Quayside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 3LA), and David Bone Jnr declared bankrupt on 31st May (case no 100 of 2012 Wigan County Court). The partnership used the following addresses:

25 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2 H9HW, UK

Eastern Villa, Station Rd. North, Forest Hall, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 9AE (owned by Liam Collin's parents, and now up for sale)

There are 3 specific goals of this blog:

• To find out what happened to the 1m+ GBP monies that C&B raised via PNs in late 2009, 2010 & 2011. I am excluding PNs issued to ex-CBS investors, but that said, this blog will be of interest to ex-CBS investors, and there is information that needs to be obtained from this set of investors wrt when PNs were issued to them, and their duration.

• To determine what, if any, criminal charges should be brought against the partners.

• To warn other investors off doing any business with the partners, their equally inept/unscrupulous extended family members, and supportive cohorts.

When you look at the PNs, there are no specific statements on the documents that specify how the monies were to be used - how you believed they were to be used is based on whatever e-mail/phone call foreplay you had beforehand with Liam Collins. That is why it is so important that the following information is collated for this category of C&B investors on an individual basis:

1) What did you believe you were investing in, and what was your basis for believing this?
2) What investment risks were you informed of?
3) What was your understanding of the purpose to which PN monies could be put?
4) What brochures and documents were you furnished with as prt of your due diligence?
5) What due diligence did you do?
This blog is being operated completely separate to Sally & Jasmine's blog (, although we share the common goal of getting to the bottom of this mess in a professional manner. If you don't want to post anything on the blog in person, you can send an e-mail to me at - information conveyed in any such e-mails will only be posted on the blog on your behalf after any editting/your specific consent.

Ewart (The Editor)

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Winter Olympic dreams

Simon Cowell referred to Faces of Disco ( as a "5 billion trick pony". The Editor doesn't have any time for Simon Cowell per se, but he was right about Liam Collins being full of tricks.

Liam Collins & David Bone Jnr, the partners of the bankrupted Collins and Bone Partnership, have accepted the Official Receiver's findings. Given the very serious nature of these findings, and that Liam Collins' goal was to represent Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Editor felt it necessary to register the seriousness of the findings with the British Bobsleigh organisers. The organisers informed me yesterday that Liam Collins is not training with them any more, and has not done so since the 2011/2012 season. As such, if you should encounter Liam Collins and/or David Bone Jnr doing their "Faces of Disco" routine under the pretence of raising money for:
  • Liam Collins to represent Great Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics: they are committing fraud.
  • The Great Britain bobsleigh team: they may be committing fraud if the monies collected are not actually going where they say. So, before making any donation, ask:
  1. What percentage of the takings are going to the team?
  2. What measures are in place to ensure that the monies go where it is claimed they will?
  3. In what timeframe will these monies be donated to the British Bobsleigh team?
Best to be on the safe side and give nothing - make donations to the British Bobsleigh team via their website instead.

The Editor

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