2004-12/Dec 1, 2004
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We have a shorter newsletter this month.
Mike Meehan of the UK writes:
Just got back from Singapore a few days ago.
Elspeth practices the piano.
When he's happy Jack Dorman whistles the song 'She's Too Fat For Me'.
Sixpence sings 'Body & Soul', one from 'Bitter Suite' and discusses various songs and airs and their rhythms for dancing.
'Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' also an AC2 was whistling 'Daisy Daisy' .
Alix plays in an orchestra, talks of playing a Symphony and 'The Sibelious Thing'
Noel Strachan takes Jean to the opera several times at Albert Hall.
'Stonecutters Cut It On Stone' from Carousel used as preface.
Songs included:- 'South Of The Border', 'Music Maestro Please',' I Like To Dance & Tap My Feet'
An Italian song 'I Am Not Of This Earth' & 'It Ain't Going To Rain No Mo' No Mo''
Rainbow & The Rose.
Brenda liked 'Lilac Time'. Johnny took Peggy Dawson to a few concerts.
Singing of 'Land of Hope & Glory'
Finally, if you are still with me the most musical of all the novels:
Peter Moran constantly played and went into great detail about his piano music for 'A Play For The Cinema'.
What amazes me is that many of the lyrics are written out almost in full for many of the songs. Having been brought up in England at about the same time his children were I know that music within our family was an integral part of our everyday lives. Our family get togethers always included plenty of singing and music. It was just something people did in those days.
Editor's Comment: I always particularly liked Maurice Lenden in So Disdained accusing Peter Moran of playing his piano at him.
Sadly, we heard this month that Sydney Hansel, who worked with Shute and Sir Dennistoun Burney on the Toraplane and Doravane in 1939-40 and then with Shute at the DMWD, had died earlier this year.
Like most of the most famous English and Americans he was actually an Australian.
BEACH MOVIE BOOK
In spite of some very generous and enthusiastic support from participants and reviewers, Philip Davey is having trouble finding a publisher for his book about the shooting of On The Beach in Melbourne in 1959. If anyone knows a publisher I suggest they hunt them up a tree using a sharp stick and urge them to get this book in print.
Although I gave Julian Smith a merciless hammering in the last newsletter regarding his interpretation of Shute, I avidly admired his research. After all his exhaustive work, Julian suffered a house fire in the 70's and all his research papers and materials, which were stored in his attic, were destroyed in the blaze.
TILTMAN AND SHUTE PATENTS
John Anderson writes:
The Airspeed Patent for the retractable undercarriage is GB Patent Number 397964 and is dated 7th September 1933. Interestingly only Tiltman is named as the inventor - no mention of Shute. This tends to confirm that Tiltman was the technical brain in Airspeed. Shute's only patent during his time at Airspeed was GB 483583 of April 1938 for an instrument for recording air density. Tiltman received a patent for the rear cockpit plane - the AS33 project that was never built. This is GB Patent 470650 of August 1937. You can view and search for patents using l2.espacenet.com/. The link below is for the undercarriage patent. Patent descriptions and drawings can be downloaded in Acrobat PDF format.
BERT JUDGE BY PHONE
John Anderson also writes:
I have just been in contact with Bert Judge who lives down in Kent.
Editor's Comment: I can't wait for this interview to shed more light. Somehow, regardless of how much more we seem to learn, I never really feel we have any real idea what Shute was like to actually meet. It's very strange and part of the fascination.
Dan Telfair writes:
We are sad to report that long time Shutists Jim and Jerre Schermerhorn lost their daughter Julie on November 26, after a long battle with cancer. Julie wrote her own obituary, and indicated that it was all that she wanted to be said:
Editor's Comment: Jim and Jerre Schermerhorn have made many huge, and much appreciated, efforts for the Nevil Shute Foundation. I am sure that all our readers extend their sympathy at this very sad time.
Elizabeth Richardson writes:
My husband and I have just become aware of your web site. My husband started his apprenticeship at Airspeed in 1946.
Editor's Comment: I directed Elizabeth to the Gatherings Page on our website where the Chapters are listed.
CAPE COD 2005
Art Cornell writes:
Plans for the Cape Cod Nevil Shute Gathering (CapeCod2005) to be held on Cape Cod on October 2-6, 2005 are continuing at a feverish pace. About 100 people have expressed a desire to attend. We are hoping for 125 to 150.
A WEALTH OF DETAIL
Dougal deHavilland writes:
I have been reading NS for over 60 years - I'm now 73 and the great thing is that as one's memory dims, the novels (I have them all of course) are like new, even though I've read them probably 15 to 20 times. I remember some of the themes but the wealth of detail never ceases to amaze me.
The next Newsletter will appear between Christmas and New Year so let me wish you all an early Happy Holidays.
That completes this month's newsletter.
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