2005-07/July 1, 2005
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ONLY 3 MONTHS TO CAPE COD
It's time to register and get all your planning done as time is flying.
REQUIEM PLAY AT EXBURY
On the 61st anniversary of D-Day Jenny Knowles finished a heroic many-months-long job by staging a wonderful play based on Requiem For A Wren.
Editor's Comment: Shutist Susan Batross, who attended the event, met some Wrens who worked at Exbury in WW2. Susan was shown a photo of one of the Wren's dog called Mick which may have been an inspiration for the fictional Dev the dog in Requiem.
Susan Batross writes:
I think the Play was fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather could have been a little better, especially for the cast, but many people at Lepe Beach commented that this is how the weather was that day. I felt more in touch with the period of time, than I might have on a beautiful sunny day.
Editor's Further Comment: I found myself unexpectedly moved just by seeing some photos from the play. Stephanie Gallagher is hoping to organise a page for the website about the play. I will let you know when it is up.
SHUTE VOICE RECORDINGS LOST / NO DECENT FILM EITHER
David Argent of Australia writes:
Having re-read all of Nevil Shute's books, I have just read James Riddell's Flight of Fancy, mainly to pick up any references to Nevil Shute.
SHUTE'S HEALTH AND HIS CAUSE OF DEATH
wrote asking about the cause of Shute's death.
MORE ON SMOKING
Regarding a comment in an earlier newsletter that said:
In the early books I've noticed how frequently Shute refers to cigarettes (they sat smoking in silence).
W. Mills Dyer, Jr of Kingsport, Tennessee, The USA
Editor's Comment: I think Mills is right. I find it a fascinating indicator how some things change in society. I suspect that in a modern novel they would sit silently sipping a cappuccino. However, having a cappuccino isn't half so visual an image.
RUNAGATE SEARCH CONTINUES
Joost Meulenbroek from Holland
is currently trying to trace the last known (2002) owner of Runagate but keeps getting an answering machine.
Lillian Ruiz from Colorado USA has written:
I have been reading Nevil Shute books since I was 12 when my grandfather (Art Cornell) started the chapter in Denver. My two favorites are Pastoral and Round the Bend.
Editor's Comment: Lillian will attend Cape Cod and will speak about Shute and young readers.
STINSON RIDDLE BOOK AND WEBSITES
Nick Yarrow of The UK writes:
The Riddle of the Stinson relates to O'Reilly's in the Lamington National Park on the Qld/NSW border (in Australia).
Editor's Comment: More information about the real crash can also be found at:
R100 RECORDS TO BE COMBED
John Anderson of The UK has written that he and his band of archive pirates will soon comb the records of the Vickers-owned Airship Guarantee Company who made R100. They hope to uncover any Shute-related material. John writes that they expect to go through the following original documents:
I am sure John will welcome any volunteers to help with the research.
LITERARY INSPIRATION FOR YOUNG AVIATORS
I've worked in aviation all of my life and still do part time.
BEACH BOOK NEEDS A NEW NAME
Philip Davey has written a book about the making of the 1959 film of On The Beach and writes:
As regards "WHEN HOLLYWOOD CAME TO MELBOURNE - the Story of the making of Stanley Kramer's On The Beach", I'm currently undertaking a number of revisions and rationalising photos.
Editor's Comment: Philip will soon be self-publishing this book for around US$25- to US$30- (plus postage I assume). He will take advance orders so contact him now.
Robert King writes:
In the May newsletter you quote a fellow saying it's a crime for Shute books to sit idle on library shelves.
EARLY SHUTE HOME NOW A YUPPIE HAVEN
My sister is visiting Dublin so naturally I got her to take time out of her precious holiday and visit 91 Mount Merrion Ave in Blackrock where Shute's parents lived from 1912. The house was called South Hill. 10 miles south of Dublin, the house was set in 13 acres, had a walled garden, stables and greenhouses.
GETTING TO CAPE COD
Stephen Smith of Sydney, Australia writes:
I am interested in attending the CC2005 in October.
Editor's Comment: I went to Mapquest http://www.mapquest.com/main.adp which is a fantastic site full of maps and driving directions and found that Cape Cod is only 90 minutes drive from Boston Airport or 4.5 hours from JFK New York Airport.
ALICE TAPES CAN BE COPIED BUT KEEP IT QUIET
Since the ATLA video tapes are getting hard to find, and I'm on my third one (NEVER Loan these things, they evaporate) I talked my husband into burning a copy on DVD. Amazingly, my VCR tape didn't have copy protect and it worked! Of course, it has the same fuzzy, jumpy character of the original. I hope this is not illegal -- we are not planning to sell copies. I'm still hoping to live to see a film production of Trustee from the Toolroom. What are the odds on this happening. Thanks, Kate Jones
Editor's Comment: While I am sure the copyright holders would say it is illegal I don't think you will be considered worth prosecuting especially now that VCRs are not worth repairing anymore and they haven't bothered to bring out a DVD version.
1930s AIRCRAFT CARRIER SEARCH
In preparation for my talk at the conference in October, I need some information on 1930s vintage British aircraft carriers and the airplane they carried. If anyone can help it would be appreciated.CAPE COD NOTES / THEATRICAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
This month the Cape Cod 2005 Gathering hosts have three things to report.
We are holding auditions by e-mail. We need people who can speak loud, clear and with dramatic flair.
The characters will receive their scripts before the reading and there will be one rehearsal before the great event. No memorization will be required! For those who do not have Vinland the Good, all the Viking saga characters, except for Thorgunna, are in An Old Captivity. However, Hekja is Haekia in the screen play.
Winter is upon us here which meant 3 cold days with rain this week with some flooding after a long drought. It's sunny now again.
That completes this month's newsletter.
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