2002-12/December 1, 2002
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Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc.
After much insomnia induced pillow wrestling a few nights ago, I finally gave in and got out of bed around 3:00 AM. There not being a lot to do around Casa Telfair at that hour of the morning, I went to the computer, logged on, and accessed the web site. The next two hours were likely the most enjoyable and productive I have spent in a good while. Due to a rather hectic schedule, I usually only go to the web site to review some particular point or accomplish a particular objective. Spending two hours, going from top to bottom on the site with no particular objective, reminded me of how much I had been missing. Those of you who have not perused the web site at leisure recently should make the time to do so. I expect that you would be delighted with the experience.
One of the really great things about the web site is the extent to which it is built on member contributions. The recently completed Aviation and Photo Album sections are two prominent examples. Others include book reviews, character analyses, and related articles. All help to paint a picture of our favorite author, and also to characterize our membership.
While on that subject, it has been a while since we received any new submissions for the Characters and Book Review Sections (Other than Maggie Gluntz' excellent report on "Pied Piper " last month). We are especially in need of more Character analyses, but we also welcome additional book reviews. Please visit these sections soon and consider making your own contributions.
As usual during this time of year, I spend a little time reviewing the many things for which I am thankful. This year, my thoughts turned to the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation, and the great pleasure it gives me. That led to a realization of how much is owed to those who have made the Foundation what it is today. Because many of our contributors prefer to remain anonymous, the following list does not name specific individuals. However, many of you may recognize yourselves as well as several others on this list.
I am very thankful:
For Nevil Shute's daughters for serving on the Foundation Board of Directors, attending and speaking at our gatherings, and taking time from their busy lives to help us with our many projects.
For the other members of the Board of Directors, all of whom donate their time and efforts.
For our many financial supporters.
For those who have donated books to the Foundation Library.
For those who assisted the Foundation in obtaining copies of all films based on Nevil Shute books.
For those who have authored/created major sections for the web site.
For the many who have provided book reviews, character analyses, and related articles.
For our chief typist, scribe, administrator, and all around support person.
For all the others who helped make The Seafarers a reality.
For those who served as speakers and panel moderators at the Centennial and OZ2001.
For the many volunteers, both Shutists and non-Shutists, who worked so hard to make the Centennial and OZ2001 successful.
For the organization that provides free web site hosting to the Foundation.
For the individual who is currently providing pro bono legal support to the Foundation.
And for many, many others.
Good On Yer!
A frequent question on the Nevil Shute List (NSL), and in letters to the Foundation staff, has to do with the meaning of certain terms and references in Nevil Shute's books. Because of the differences in English as it is written in different parts of the world, and because the usage changes significantly over time, many unfamiliar terms and expressions may be encountered. This has resulted in several suggestions that we assemble a glossary of such terms, and provide a place for it on the web site.
There are several ways to go about creating such a glossary. Perhaps the least demanding on any one person would be to have one Shutist coordinate the effort, and a number of others volunteer to review particular books and create glossaries of unusual/potentially unfamiliar terms and expressions therein. Then the coordinator could design a format to bring the various individual book glossaries together. The site and the newsletter could be used to seek volunteers to review individual books, and to ask for assistance in defining the really difficult terms. (Did anyone ever figure out the meaning of "Atap"?)
How about it? Anyone out there who would like to volunteer as coordinator? This sounds like a fun project.
We have received several requests to provide a venue for trading Nevil Shute books. For the present, I think we will limit it to a paragraph in the Newsletter. Anyone having books they would like to trade, or in search of particular books, can write to the newsletter, and their information will be listed under this paragraph in the next issue.
As a start, I have an extra Cassel first edition of So Disdained that I would like to trade for a Cassell first edition of either Lonely Road or Ruined City. I also have a lead on an extra Cassel Marazan for the same purpose. Any takers?
Zia Telfair, who presented a talk on Connie Shak Lin at OZ2001, and provided a Character Analysis on the same subject for the web site, has begun another project - this time developing a talk and/or paper on "The Appeal of Nevil Shute". She is asking for input from fellow Shutists to assist with the new project. Please refer to her request in the Letters to the Editor Section.
Along the same lines, if anyone else is working on a Nevil Shute related project, such as a talk for UK2003 or anything of that sort, please feel free to seek assistance from fellow Shutists through the newsletter and web site.
From HREM (Her Royal Event Manageress) Steph Gallagher:
Donations to the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation, either through the PayPal button on the web site home page, or through firstname.lastname@example.org are always appreciated. Also, anyone interested in leaving a bequest to the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation is encouraged to contact the Foundation Secretary at email@example.com.
Note: Letters to the Editor are published, complete with the name and e-address of the sender, unless the sender specifically asks that his or her name and/or e-address not be published. Also, we like to list letter writers' full names and locations, just to give our readers some idea of the areas of the world that the web site and newsletter cover. When writing, please include full name and country/state/region.
From in the Land of Enchantment:
From in Warrenton, VA:
I have just found your web site. Great job. I have been a Nevil Shute fan for years and have many (17) of his books. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter and get more info about borrowing books/vidoes. I saw in the aviation section, very interesting by the way, reference to titles with Roman numerals after. Does this designate later editions or revised editions?
From in the UK:
From in CT:
I'm reading The Seafarers... very slowly. I think my pace is about the same time frame as in the book... Usually I devour novels, but this time, I've decided to read no more than one page at a time.. and I'm enjoying it. Instead of saying I will read it "when I get time," I just pick it up on the odd spare moment at my desk, and read enough to satisfy myself and to form a cohesive mental image, then I put it down.... It is a wonderful little story.. I figure it will take me another month to finish it..<g>..
From in the UK:
Thanks to Mr Backshall for his mention of Pandora Inn in the Foundation Newsletter. For further information, see www.tamariskwest.co.uk
That's it for this month folks. Please keep those e-cards and e-letters coming.
Regards from The Land Of Enchantment,
Nevil Shute Norway Foundation
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