2005-09/September 1, 2005
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ONE MONTH TO CAPE COD 2005 !!!
The conference happens in early October but its not too late to decide to
This month we were saddened to hear of the death of long time Shutist
Richard Leger. Richard, who was 59, was killed in the crash of his ultra
light hybrid boat/plane.
Richard's wife Hisa writes:
I wish to inform you that my husband, Richard Leger, passed away on July 3, 2005. He enjoyed being a member of your society. I wish to thank you all for being his friends.
Dan Telfair writes:
Richard and his mother, Sue, attended the Centennial. He was one of the original clan of Shutists that became the members of the Foundation. Apparently, it was his mother who led him to Nevil Shute. She had a daughter - I assume it was Richard's sister - who lived in the Australian Outback. Thus, her interest in Nevil's writing.
This month we also lost Charles Richmond who died after a short illness.
I am sure you all join me in extending our sympathy to Charles' wife, La
La Velle Montgomery writes:
Charlie and I had been to all the Nevil Shute conventions, New Mexico, Australia and England. The Shute gatherings were a high point in our vacation plans and we enjoyed the great mix of people attending. Charlie and I were both pilots and, of course, assumed this would be a 'flying' type convention. It has been so much more. We enjoyed the many Nevil Shute friends and would ask that you remember us to them.
HERON COLLECTION VALUE / TRUSTEE CASTING
J.B. Robert email@example.com of The USA writes:
To the lady who would like to sell her late father's collection: I purchased a new (Heron?) 22 volume set about 5 years ago on eBay for somewhere between $250 and $300. Do you know that it fits perfectly on one shelf of a 30" bookcase (a standard American size)? Coincidence? I think not.
Editor's Comment: As I recall Keith Stewart was Scots so an accent would be
E & R Shanahan firstname.lastname@example.org of Queensland, Australia write:
Wouldn't it be great to see a film of Trustee from the Toolroom, unless the producer decides he 'has a better idea' and hacks the story into an unrecognisable form.
BETTER AIRPORT FOR CAPE COD
Nedra Mathis email@example.com of Georgia, the USA writes:
As a devoted fan of Nevil Shute and annual traveler to Cape Cod I suggest an alternative airport to Boston is the one at Providence,RI. Our friends who live on the Cape always travel via Providence which is located much closer to the Cape. Rental cars are available. Southwest Air flies into Providence.
A second alternative to Boston's Logan Airport is Manchester, NH [ MHT ]. It is located less than an hour from Boston and Cape Cod. -OMW
AN UNDISCOVERED SHUTE INTERVIEW ?
Steve van Dulken
emailed me that he had located some interesting documents in the catalogue
of The British Library. They include the information that Shute had
researched the India Office Library and Records for information about The
Bengal Uncovenanted Family Pension Fund for use in his book The Far Country.
Readers will remember that Jennifer's grandmother starves to death because
her pension ran out.
ROYAL FAN / TRUSTEE CASTING
Johan Bakker Johan.Bakker@unisys.com of The USA writes:
Royal Readers - I can't speak for the UK Royal Family but can advise you that HRH Prins Bernhard of the Netherlands is a big fan.(Click the following links to see the actors Johann mentions ≠ Editor)
Keith Stewart? Bob Hoskins would be a fine, fine choice.
I'm 99% certain that 'boffin' appears in Landfall, but will check tonight. I would also suspect that it's in Pastoral, maybe also in Most Secret.
Editor's Comment: In the online resource, Wikipedia, it says: Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (June 29, 1911 ≠ December 1, 2004) was Prince Consort to the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and father of the current monarch, Queen Beatrix. Bernhard was a charismatic and popular figure among the majority of the Dutch people for his service as a pilot during World War II and his efforts at rebuilding the war-torn nation afterwards. So far, no one has been able to absolutely confirm whether or not Boffin appears in Landfall.
wrote a flattering email saying that because of the newsletter she feels connected with all the other NSN lovers all over the world.
MOST SECRET CONNECTIONS
Alison Jenner firstname.lastname@example.org of The UK writes:
I've been doing a bit of looking into Most Secret and found out about a special operation, which used French fishing boats, and Breton volunteers to run in and take off agents. It really does sound like a Nevil Shute story.
WAS SHUTE AT THE FILMING OF ON THE BEACH ?
Philip Davey email@example.com of Melbourne, Australia, who has written a book on the filming of On The Beach (1959) writes:
Whilst we are not absolutely sure that Shute did not attend the filming of OTB, Donna Anderson does not ever recall seeing or meeting him, nor do any of the behind the scenes people I have interviewed over the years. Interestingly though, a caller to radio 774 earlier this year, reported that he had seen Shute at Phillip Island. (where they shot the racetrack scenes ≠ ed.)
Editor's Comment: Just imagine having Fred Astaire take the trouble to come and visit you at your home !
BOFFINS, BAFFINS AND PUFFINS
David Dawson Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org of The UK writes:
With reference to the item in the last newsletter, the Cassell 'Dictionary of Slang' defines BOFFIN as:-[1940s+] any form of scientific expert, originally those RAF scientists who were working on radar (ety. unknown), although according to Robert Watson-Watt (1892-1973), the inventor of radar, the term 'has something to do with an obsolete type of aircraft call the Baffin, something to do with that odd bird, the Puffin'.
PRAISE FOR SHUTE MOVIES
John Lorenz email@example.com of Maine, The USA writes:
My father was at Balliol College with NSN.....I still have his Register (Alumni Directory) published in 1933.
Editor's Comment: John kindly contributed the website photo album photo of Shute at Balliol College.
NO 1981 ALICE DVDs OR VHSs ON PAL
I have had many emails asking for PAL VHS and DVD copies of the 1981 A Town
ALICE ALTERED / MOVING MUSIC
Bob King firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
In the last newsletter there was some discussion of a DVD of ATLA. We first heard/saw the story on PBS and had the good sense to record it, even tho it was a poor transmission. Later I was able to buy it on a new on VCR which we have enjoyed many times.
Editor's Comment: See the previous article re DVDs. The music for the 1981 Alice Miniseries was written by Australian composer Bruce Smeaton.
Recently Shute was accused of caricature in his Australian characters. This
comes up occasionally. These accusations seem mainly to come from
Australians who think they are all being characterised as grass chewing
outback types. In Australia we call this reaction 'The Cultural Cringe'.
I was having a cranky day when I saw the email and wrote a rather hot reply
which I now regret but I would like to make the general point that those who
feel this are probably only remembering Joe Harman squatting on his heel and
chewing grass and saying 'Aw Look' and 'Crikey'. In this he is reminiscent
of modern day Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter, who, even if he is real,
always seems like a cartoon character.
DH53 HUMMINGBIRD G-EBHX
Recently I looked up this plane for which Shute designed the propeller in
NEVIL SHUTE'S R100 TICKET FOR SALE
Website Manager Steph Gallagher Writes:
Shutist Sean Minogue is wanting to sell his Nevil Shute R100 ticket, a picture of which can be seen on this website.
Editor's Comment: I love a mystery. Heather Mayfield (Shute's daughter) said that, apart from a family holiday to Ireland in 1947, she had no suggestion how a suitcase of Shute's belongings would end up there. Hopefully one day all this Shute memorabilia will end up in one place. Maybe by 2060 they will finally all be collected in a little glass display case in The Alice Springs Nevil Shute Library.
A BLUE PLAQUE FOR SHUTE
When I complained that Shute was Blue Plaque-less I had rather foolishly forgotten that Shute has a Blue Plaque in Howden where he worked on R100. See it at: http://www.historicalhowden.co.uk/
A NEW SHUTE CHAPTER YOU PROBABLY HAVEN'T READ
Recently John Anderson sent me a chapter that Shute wrote in Sir Dennistoun
Burney's 1929 book 'The World the Air and the Future'. The chapter is called
'Heavier Than Air Craft' and describes the main issues of aeronautical
design as they stood in 1929.
SHUTIST RECOMMENDS FOLLETT
Andy Banta email@example.com of The USA writes:
If you enjoy Nevil Shute's novels about World War II, particularly 'Most Secret', you might enjoy Ken Follett's book 'Hornet Flight'. While the writing style is different, the story is very much in the Shute style. The story concerns a group of young people involved in the Danish resistance movement during WW II and is complete with suspense, daring undertakings and an exciting ending. The book was published in 2002 and is available in paperback from Signet; it should be easy to find at a used book dealer.
A NEW FAN
Jim Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
So glad to see that there is a Nevil Shute Foundation. I have just started reading his books (I have read two of them many years ago), but my wife inherited a complete collection (almost all paperbacks from her aunt) and I started in on them and now cannot stop. I have read about 8 of them ≠ just finished Trustee from the Toolroom. Absolutely first rate material.
VIDEO OF EXBURY PLAY
Jenny Knowles Jenny@DKFilms.co.uk writes:
You may like to know that we are editing a video on the Exbury Veterans day (June 4th 2005) that will feature excerpts from the 'Requiem for a Wren' play. I think the video will turn out to be around 25 minutes long and we can supply copies on VHS or DVD.
Editor's Comment: I look forward to this video. Especially seeing Jenny covered in mud.
BACK AGAIN / APPRECIATIVE AUDIENCE
Alan Beggs email@example.com who has written to get back on the newsletter list writes:
I am one of the older Shutists - 91- and have now moved into a retirement canter 150 miles from my previous home after cracking a hip and busting a wrist last fall. And I have a new computer. Also it seems that age has brought on a lot of laziness. But I DO miss you all! Incidentally, I am doing a bit of reading aloud to a small group of residents (mostly female) here, some with very poor eyesight. Just finished reading Pied Piper, and we're about to start on Chequer Board. They seem to like it!
THE CAPE COD 2005 CONFERENCE / NEVIL SHUTE AND CAPE COD
Art Cornel GAC29@aol.com writes:
The Nevil Shute Foundation has chosen the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, Massachusetts as the site of its next literary conferencečOctober 2-October 6. The conference will celebrate the life of the widely read author, Nevil Shute, who wrote On the Beach and A Town Like Alice, both of which were made into major motion pictures. Art Cornell of Osterville, president of the Cape Cod Nevil Shute Society, says he 'is proud to host this biennial event and welcomes all Nevil Shute readers.' Previous Gatherings have been held in Australia, England and New Mexico.
This newsletter marks 2 years that I have been editing the newsletter. I
have had a lot of fun.
That completes this month's newsletter.
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