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This past month, I received an e-mail to the Letters to the Editor section of the Web Site/Newsletter. It was sent from DANTELFAIR@mapough.freeserve.co.uk, which is an entirely fictitious address, and it contained a virus laden attachment. The subject line was JULY NEVIL SHUTE NEWSLETTER. The text began with:
NEVIL SHUTE NORWAY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER 2002-7/July 1, 2002
As you can see, the dastardly villains are harvesting subject lines and text from our website, and using them in an attempt to convince recipients that the messages are genuine. They have yet to break into our address book, so if you receive anything like this, it will be because they obtained your e-address from another source. However, there is a chance that could occur.
ONE MORE TIME: WE NEVER SEND MESSAGES WITH ATTACHMENTS. IF YOU RECEIVE ANYTHING PURPORTED TO BE FROM A NEVIL SHUTE ADDRESS OR FROM ME CONTAINING AN ATTACHMENT, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY!
Greetings from The Land of Enchantment:
UK2003 has come and gone. It was indeed a stellar event. Steph Gallagher did a wonderful job. Everyone was quite pleased with the schedule of speakers, the outing, the dinner speaker (Alice Springs Mayor Fran Kilgariff), etc. Past participants compared the gathering favorably with the Centennial and OZ2001, and first time participants were awe struck, as might be expected.
We had a number of repeat speakers, including David Vaughan, David Weir, Beall Fowler, Laura DiSalvio and Fred Erismann, who took leave from his position this year at the Smithsonian in order to join us. New speakers included Richard Michalak (The Mad Australian), Shoshana Milgram (who wrote the introduction to The Seafarers), Margo Ganster (filling in for Zia), John Anderson, and me. Additionally, Gerard Martin, a local Shutist, led two evening walks around SouthSea/Portsmouth, pointing out all the areas of interest to visiting Shutists.
The outing was particularly well planned. We had a visit to Pond Head, where Nevil Shute and his family lived for eleven years; stopped for tea at a very nice little pub adjacent to the Langston Mill, where Flora Twort made her home; and finished the day at Exbury House/HMS Mastodon, where Edmund De Rothschild very kindly hosted us, and where we were treated to an analysis of events that transpired when the famed JU188 was shot down under mysterious circumstances over HMS Mastodon.
All in all, a very fine time. Those of you who could not make it were sorely missed.
THE FILM COLLECTION
All ten of the films in the Foundation Archives have now been converted to DVDs, thus ensuring that they will be stored in the best possible condition. Eight of the ten were converted from either commercial videos or from first generation video tapes made directly from the films. They are the best quality available. The remaining two, Pied Piper and Crossing to Freedom, were made from poor quality video dubs. Our next film related project will be to search for better copies of these two with which to upgrade our collection. Both of these films have been shown on late night television. Does anyone know how we could go about getting copies from the sources of such television films, or from any other source?
This edition begins our third full year of publication. Circulation remains at around 500, with new subscribers just about equaling those lost through closed e-mail accounts, etc.
The most recent vote received brought our total voter population to 100! A Town Like Alice is far ahead as number one, with Trustee from the Toolroom and Round the Bend second and third place respectively. Interestingly, twenty-two of Nevil's books are on some Shutist's top three list. The only ones that are missing are Marazan, So Disdained, and the recently published The Seafarers.
HOUSE OF STRATUS
House of Stratus has terminated their relationship with NETPUB, their previous distributor in the US. They are establishing a relationship with another distributor. Until that is finalized, books may be ordered directly from the UK. (See House of Stratus listing on the Resources page of the Web Site. Also, see correspondence from Gary Levine and from Tom Baldwin in the Letters to the Editor section below.)
NEWS FROM RUSSIA
Nikolay Fedorov, a Russian Shutist and a recent addition to our group, has been very active in his first month among us. His latest letter is posted in the Letters to the Editor section below. Additionally, Nikolay has written a review of On The Beach, and brought a small omission in the Aviation section to our attention. Welcome Nikolay!
Webmeister Jack Calaway has brought another website/organization to my attention. It is Book Crossing at BookCrossing - Home - FREE YOUR BOOKS!. I strongly encourage everyone to check it out. The idea behind the organization is to share books by either loaning them to a friend, or simply leaving them laying about somewhere that another person is likely to find them. Book Crossing cover stickies, book plates, and book marks are available to be placed in the books you leave lying about. They explain that the book is not lost; but deliberately left there in the hopes that it will be enjoyed by another reader. Those who leave the books, and those who find them, are encouraged to visit the Book Crossing Web Site and leave a message concerning the book, where it was found, readers' comments, etc. What a great way to share Nevil Shute with the world!
Since the Foundation Lending Library now has all the books we require, this seems to be an excellent way to dispose of your extra paperbacks. Also, the next time you visit a used book store and find Nevil Shute editions for a few dollars or less, why not buy them and leave them in your local coffee shop or on your favorite park bench?
Cover stickies, book plates and book marks with Book Crossing logos and information may be obtained for a very modest price through the Book Crossing Web Site listed above. All purchases go to support the Book Crossing organization.
As an added incentive, we will have a number of book marks and/or business cards made up with information on the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation and the Web Site. Any Shutist wishing to have a dozen or so of these to add to the books released into the Book Crossing program may write, and I would be happy to furnish them at no cost. This may be a great way to increase our numbers for the Newsletter, the Web Site, and for the 2005 gathering.
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.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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' 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 name and country/state/region.
From in the UK:
(John was one of our speakers during the outing at UK2003. While we were at Exbury House/HMS Mastodon, he presented the results of his seven year investigation into the mysterious downing of the JU188 there.)
Dan, Richard:NOTE: I replied to John suggesting that Heinemann was probably the most likely source for the information he needs. However, it occurred to me that one of our readers might have information regarding the artist in question. Any ideas?
From in Russia:
Dear Mr. Telfair:Note: Nikolay's review of On The Beach will be posted on the Web Site within the next few days, as soon as Webmeister Jack returns from his UK2003 travels.
From in the UK:
Dear Sir:From in Bethlehem, PA.:
Dan:From: in Clarkston, GA:
Dear Sir:From in Cumberland, MD:
Dear Sir:And another letter from in Canada:
Dear Dan:From An update on Stratus from
Greetings.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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