2003-8/August 1, 2003
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Greetings from The Land of Enchantment:
This from HREM Steph Gallagher:
I (Dan Telfair) have it on best authority that the Photo Albums, courtesy of Foundation Historian and Photographer/Cinematographer Extraordinary Richard Michalak, are on the way. Richard will bulk mail those going to Shutists in the UK and US to Steph and to me, respectively. We will handle distribution in our respective countries, and will get them mailed out to everyone as soon as they are received. In any event, all who attended UK2003 should have their copies within the next two weeks, all free of charge!!
Also, Jack Calaway has informed me that the tape sets of the UK2003 presentations are on the way to me. The sets cost approximately $41 to produce. To that, we must add postage, packaging, etc. Rather than trying to anticipate individual postage, we will charge $45 for each set mailed to an address in the US and £33 for each set mailed to an address in the UK. Other locations will be charged at actual cost.
Anyone desiring a set of the tapes (especially all who raised their hands at UK2003), should respond by e-mail to both Steph and me (so we won't have to be constantly comparing notes.) as soon as practical. Then send a cheque/check for the correct amount to either Steph Gallagher or Dan Telfair as appropriate.
Steph GallagherBased on the show of hands at UK2003, and on other known requirements, Jack made 20 sets of the tapes. When those are gone, there are no more, so please get your order in early. Orders will be accepted through September I, 2003, or when all sets are gone, whichever occurs first.
There may be a slight delay in deliveries to UK addresses, since I must first bulk mail the correct number of sets to Steph, before she can distribute them to UK residents. Please be patient though. Once you have placed an e-mail order, and your order has been acknowledged, you are assured one of the tape sets.
The Foundation Board of Directors is happy to announce the addition of two new members to the Board. Steph Gallagher has agreed to be the UK representative on the Board, and Richard Michalak has agreed to be the representative from OZ. Suggested titles for their positions are (for Steph) Her Majesty's Representative for Nevil Shute Norway Activities in the United Kingdoms, and (for Richard), Keeper of the Keys at Her Majesty's Former Penal Colony. Suggestions for alternative titles are welcome so long as they remain in keeping with the required dignity of the positions.
In addition to respective duties in their homelands, it is hoped that both will step forward and volunteer to take over some of the duties currently borne by Webmeister Jack Calaway and by yours truly. It is not that I do not enjoy spending several hours each day answering letters, doing research and accomplishing other Nevil Shute-related duties. It is just a matter of wanting to share the pleasure with others.
We have received another very generous donation from one of our Board members, which has allowed us to fund another year of the Nevil Shute Norway Excellence in Aviation Scholarships. Last year, a single $1,500 scholarship went to an aspiring commercial pilot in Australia. This year, we will be awarding two scholarships, one for a commercial pilot and one for an aircraft mechanic/ground engineer. No decisions have yet been made as to where the scholarships will be awarded. We will keep you informed on further developments.
Webmeister Jack Calaway has been especially busy this month. A cursory check of the What's New Section and other appropriately referenced sections on the Web Site will reveal the following July additions:
Nevil Shute's Engineering - John Anderson's UK2003 paper.BOOK CROSSING
Last month, we mentioned Bookcrossings: www.bookcrossing.com. I encourage everyone to check this site out. The idea behind the organization is to share books by leaving them laying about somewhere 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!
I have released ten books into the wild this month, nine by Nevil Shute, and one by Jack Higgins. It beats dusting them off in the book shelves every month, and may actually bring a few more aficionados to the fold.
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, e-address and location of the writer, unless the writer specifically asks that this information not be published. We like to list letter writers' locations, just to give our readers some idea of the areas of the world covered by the Web Site and Newsletter. When writing, please include name and country/state/region.
More from in Russia:
Dear DanThis from near Portsmouth:
The Nevil Shute timeline contains the following entry:From in Toronto:
Re: Edgar Westbury and the Shute site. I don't believe that Edgar Westbury was ever Editor of the Model Engineer. But he certainly wrote a column for many years.From in the UK
Dear DanFrom in the Netherlands:
Dear Nevil Shute admirers:Note: We referred Mr. Timmer to A. P. Watt for information on Dutch editions. However, I am sure he would welcome input from any of our readers who might have first hand knowledge of Shute editions in Dutch.
From in Kingsport, TN:
In case others might be interested: I found a source for new copies of A Town Like Alice video (Masterpiece Theatre / Helen Morse / Bryan Brown) - the version on 3 standard-play VHS cassettes - through an Amazon.com affiliate (Videoattic) for $39.99 + shipping ($2.49). It was sealed with no evidence of wear on the box so that it does appear to be new. This tape was copyright 1997 by Anchor Bay Entertainment. My only adverse comment is that some of the scenes appear to me to be very slightly faded so that I wonder if the video was made in 1997 from film that had faded slightly. (However, it is impossible to remember what the original looked like 22 years ago.) I checked with Videoattic and they do have a few more copies available. You can get these through Amazon.com - you have to check several of the affiliate entries to find the right one (new / Videoattic / $39.99 / "Brand New and Factory Sealed, 3 Tape SP version"). If you want to contact Videoattick, their Email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.Note: This is good news, as all our known sources for the ATLA tapes have dried up.
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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