2002-1/January 1, 2002
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Happy New Year!
To sum up our activities for 2001 in a few paragraphs would be difficult.
It has been a banner year for the Foundation, beginning with the very successful OZ2001 celebration held in March this year in Frankston, Victoria. About 70 Shutists and guests attended the celebration, and a grand time was had by all. A complete report on OZ2001 is available on the web site at nevilshute.org under the Gatherings page.
Shortly after OZ2001, Jack Calaway came forward and volunteered to take over as Webmeister of the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation web site. John Henry graciously agreed to transfer all files from the previous site, which he had run for almost three years. Jack began adding his own innovations, and the new web site was born. Over the past seven months, it has grown into a very professional, interactive site that receives an average of over 1,000 visits per day.
John Henry also turned over the dormant Nevil Shute Newsletter to the Foundation, and provided his mailing list of previous subscribers. We melded that list with our Centennial and OZ2001 mailing lists, and began publication in July. Our subscription list now exceeds 600 members, and grows each month. We are also receiving an average 30 to 40 letters to the editor per month. Between the web site and the newsletter, more and more Shute related information is being gathered, shared, and archived.
The Library has continued to grow both in quantity and quality of holdings and in number of borrowers. During 2001, our patrons went over the 100 mark, reprtesenting over a dozen countries. We now have multiple copies of all of Nevil's books, most in both hardbound and paperback, all of the films based on his books, 22 of his 25 books in recorded book format (all that have been recorded to date), copies of all his unpublished manuscripts, and an assortment of related books, audio and video tapes. The only item in the library inventory that is not available for loan is the video of the film Lonely Road. That is available for private showings. As always, there is never any charge other than postage for borrowing anything from the library.
In addition to servicing our Nevil Shute community at large, the Foundation opened a branch in Australia which may be found on the Library page of the web site, and donated a complete set of Nevil Shute books on audio tape to the Nevil Shute Memorial Library in Alice Springs.
The only area in which we have failed to progress as promised is in pursuing federal tax exempt status for the Foundation. I will take full responsibility for that, since it was up to me to get it done. Hopefully, I will be able to get that process underway in the coming months. Any CPAs and/or Attorneys out there who would like to help?
MORE ON THE WEB SITE:
A Thumbnail section has been added to the Bibliography page of the web site. There have been repeated requests for a list of titles with one paragraph descriptions to help those of us with failing memories recall what we have and have not read. A short time ago, Mike Weum submitted a thumbnail list that, with a very few minor corrections, was incorporated into our Bibliography section. Mike tells me he believes that the list was originally on John Henry's site and was developed by a lady Shutist whose identity is lost to history. In any event, if the lady in question is reading this, please accept my apologies for not giving credit where credit is due.
Also on the web site, we have updated information on the Resource, Bibliography, and Library pages. Please check out the What's New section for the latest progress.
Andy Burgess, has submitted another review of a nevil Shute related book -
this time of Airspeed. Zia is
still working on Flight of Fancy but won't tell me
when to expect the finished product.
One new character analyses this month - Jack Dorman from The Far Country, also submitted by Andy Burgess. (Isn't he making some of you feel just a little guilty?) I am staking claim to Keith Stewart, The Trustee from the Toolroom, but haven't made any progress so far (OK, now I feel guilty).
Favorite (favourite) book votes come dribbling in - mostly from the UK. So far, A Town Like Alice, Round the Bend, and Trustee have firm hold of the top three slots. Check out the latest results at Favorite Books Score Card at What's New or under the Bibliography page on the web site.
There have been no new Nevil Shute book releases of which we are aware during the past month. However, I was overjoyed to find that Chivers has released an unabridged recording of Marazan. I just received my copy in time to listen to the opening chapters on my annual New Year's Day run. That brings to 22 of 25 the number of Nevil Shute books that have been recorded. All 22 are available on loan through the library (or will be, as soon as I finish listening to Marazan).
PROGRESS ON UK2003:
This from HREM (Her Royal Event Manageress) Steph Gallagher
UK 2003 Planning UpdateLETTERS TO THE EDITOR:
In the past, we have tried to include the majority of the letters sent to the newsletter in this section. However, success has caught up with us. The current volume of correspondence, although very welcome, precludes publishing more than a fraction of the letters received. Our policy will be to include those letters of the most general interest, and those in which the writer has asked for opinions or information from the membership at large.
This from in Cape Cod
My wife, Joan, and I moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts two years ago. It is unique with respect to Nevil Shute because he wrote two books, An Old Captivity and Vinland the Good, where the setting, in part, was Cape Cod. We did not realize until recently that the setting was only about two miles from our house.From the in the UK
As a Shutist since the age of nine, I must say great site. I live in Portsmouth UK and would like to know where NS lived in the Airspeed days.From in Canada
Greetings.From in Argentina
Hi!From in Australia
G'day DanThat is it for now folks. Keep those cards and letters coming.
Regards from TLOE&E (The Land of Enchantment and Extraterrestrials),
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