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This Blog is dedicated to making public some of the business activities and methods of Liam Collins, David Bone Jr and their associates. In the spring of 2010, the present authors invested in Collins & Bone (C&B), who were offering an enticing 8-10% interest on the basis of buying houses for cash, renovating them and letting them out to students. We were assured that our money was secured against houses that they owned, including their own homes and the properties held by their associated company, Castle & Gatehouse (C&G). We have emails and brochures that confirm these details, as do others who invested on this same basis at around the same time. The idea worked for us for over a year, then in November 2011 they told us they were insolvent. They refused our every request for clear accounts, which led us to suspect wrongdoing. We began an investigation and then started this Blog. We found our suspicions confirmed: other investors had lost sometimes quite large amounts to C&B and its predecessor CBS, and all requests for repayment were adamantly refused. These people use and have used so many names that we found it necessary to compress them into CoBo (for Collins & Bone) and Coboco (for the whole bunch of them – there are quite a few!) Note that there is an index in the margin at the right hand side.

Thursday, 30 May 2013


This message has been sent to us from Italy by Andrea Nova, the man who partnered Liam Collins to reach the finals in the TV show Italia’s Got Talent.

“I am a professional dancer and used to run a dance school in Italy. I came to London last year to do something new and I encountered the worst person I have ever met in my life - Liam Collins. In May 2012 I began performing Faces of Disco (FOD) in the street with him.

“Problem: Collins and his girlfriend Beata Jambor, have been writing malicious stories about me to everyone I know in Italy, including the press, my agent and teenagers picked at random on Facebook, alleging that I am a fraudster, have broken a contract with him and have 'stolen Faces of Disco'. But at no time did I sign any contract with Collins or FOD. Further, dancing with a mask cannot in itself be subject to copyright. People have done it for many centuries.

“Partnering Collins in dance shows, I soon realized that he was not a well-balanced person and as an Italian, I was shocked by the rough way he treated people. I had already entered Italia’s Got Talent (IGT) with Collins before I came upon your Blog and there discovered the extent of his bankruptcy and the way he had consistently deceived his investors. I thought it would be best to dissolve our FOD partnership there and then, but everyone I knew in Italy, including my solicitor, advised me not to lose such an opportunity but to stick with Collins until the show finished.

“As it was, continuing with Collins turned out to be a big mistake. My brother Alex, who works in television, gave us a new idea for the FOD act: instead of masks we could use live TV screens. He provided the technology at a cost of £1,000 and gave of his time without charge. Collins agreed FOD would pay this sum but in the end, he paid less than half.  He is now sending out malicious messages about Alex, because he has danced wearing a mask with me. Collins has written that he wants to bury us both. He also threatened to break my leg. When IGT was over, Collins and I went our separate ways and I did not contact him again.

"Many people in Italy watched IGT and now, when I do a performance, they always want me to do a piece from that show, wearing a mask. I did a lot of work on the IGT competition over a five month period, working on the choreography and the music scores and I'm not keen to just throw it all away. Much of it was my work because Collins is not a professional dancer and doesn’t know many moves.

“Collins is writing foul-mouthed, abusive messages to me and threatening to come to Italy to sort things out. I fail to understand his aggressive behaviour and how he can destroy eveyone’s trust —for example, owing £800 to the man who made the masks for FOD.

"I would like to warn everyone to stay well away from Liam Collins and his associates. His utter dishonesty and habit of lying should be evident to many by now, as he tries to muscle his way through life with a cynical disregard for others. This needs to have all the publicity it can get. Thank you."

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