I am in Tyne and Wear . . . . (South Shields, but still applies since there is nothing up here!) a) Yes b, c, d) Maybe. FLO Would always be my first port of call due to the absolutley fantastic service. That said, if they either didn't have in stock, or did not sell, I would of course look elsewhere. e) Depends on the item I would be after. Something like a major scope purchase, I would choose to see it in person. So around 45 miles I think would be fine. Its not too far without being out of the way. Same as if I needed anything in a hurry or something specific!