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21 Jul 2021: Richard Published in

Railways Illustrated Magazine

Here’s the story Richard Holdsworth referred to at this week’s meeting (click on the picture). It’s about “Puffing Billy”, the preserved narrow-gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges. This was a pre- publication proof and Richard warns that there maybe typos, etc, in it. He hopes the errors were corrected before it got to print (July issue).

27 Jul 2021: Summer Homework

As is our tradition during the August break we will have summer homework to keep us going. Your summer creations can be read at our first meeting (on Zoom) on 7 Sept. This is not a competition - but it is a chance for you to show off your creativity. This year the short story has a word limit of 1200. There is no theme but the following six words must be used: frontage louse squirt spanking roasting plastered.
Once upon a time…

7 Aug 2021: Book Printers for Self-Publishers

News from Richard, down under - I think he’s filling his lockdown time by having a sort through his archives. In his words: “The reason for writing is to forward this note from a printer who specialises in self-published authors. We have used them somewhere along the line. I thought rather than bin the note - it might be of interest to any members who might - one day - go down this route.” The “note” consisted of an email newsletter to past customers, updating them on their improved web site services. Based in Bedfordshire, Print2Demand Ltd offer printing services to authors going down the self-publishing route. Interestingly, they offer a variety of book formats, including paperback and hardback, and colour printing. For more information, see their web site. There is also a link to Print2Demand on our Links page.
Richard and his wife Heather in Melbourne have very generously converted some of their unused BA airmiles into wine for us to enjoy. Now, with a lovely selection of Aussie reds and whites to choose from, we should have some fun evenings when we eventually get to meeting together again! Many thanks to them both for thinking of us, and cheers to them (literally perhaps).

7 Sept 2021: A Gift to TVWC from Down Under

Neil is celebrating the publication of his latest book, The Cycling Puzzle Book. Published by Summersdale, it contains a splendid mix of puzzles as well as draws on some historic and amusing cycling incidents.
You don't need to compete in the Tour de France to appreciate the wonders of two wheels, and you don't need to be a genius to enjoy this book. So when your legs deserve a rest after you've been out on the bike, how about a puzzle or two to exercise the mind? From quick quizzes to riddles to more leisurely crosswords and sudoku, whether you're a cycling superfan or just enjoy the occasional ride, there's plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and get your brain into gear.

29 Sept 2021: Neil Tests Cyclists

14 Oct 2021: Rob’s ‘Cracking China’ is Published

Rob’s efforts to bring us enlightenment on China’s history and culture have borne fruit. Volume 1 of Cracking China is now available on Amazon’s Print on Demand service. In his own words: “I have wanted to write a book on China for many years. I wanted to somehow shed some light on the differences between our cultures. I tried various approaches and with the feedback from the writers’ group decided to go for a set of short, fairly light-hearted entries containing little known information. This approach avoided writing yet another Chinese history book and should shine a light on the less well known traditions and customs. To add to the feel of informality I devised an illustration for each entry. I agonised over the title for the book as I wanted it to clearly indicate it was not a textbook and ended up after several changes with ‘Cracking China’. There is a web site for it. Click on the book cover to read more about it and order a copy.

19 Oct 2021: A Tribute to Mojib

It was with great sadness that we learned recently that Mojib died following a period of heart troubles and Covid19. Here is Les Cooper’s tribute to a long-standing, valued member of our Circle.
It was one of those memorable moments in life when a few weeks ago I rang my friend Mojib. During the months of lockdown, we had got into the habit of speaking to each other most weeks and as I hadn’t heard from him, I thought I would give him a call. A young woman’s voice answered. I asked to speak to Mojib. “He died last Friday,” she replied. It was his granddaughter and I was taken aback and so didn’t ask as many questions as I should have done but I gathered that he had died in hospital after a heart problem followed by corona virus. I had known Mojibur Rahman from when he joined the writers circle which was, I guess, well over ten years ago. We got along well although we disagreed about a whole number of things. I think he really enjoyed trying to put me right during our discussions about topics such as writing styles and poetry. He was born in India but came to England in the 1970’s where he completed his degree and established his own computer company. A devout Muslim and Labour supporter he was very caught up in local affairs or as he put it “being involved in activities for the good of the common people”. He published two books of poems and one novel. He was married with four children. Unfortunately, in latter years he suffered with heart troubles and two years ago his wife died. The covid lockdown undoubtedly did not help as his health slowly deteriorated but we enjoyed our weekly telephone discussions. I will miss him.

26 Oct 2021: Halloween/Bonfire Night Short Story Competition - Results

The results of this year’s competition were announced at last night’s Zoom meeting, and the stories placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd were read. The winners were:
1st Les Williams, with ‘A Night to Remember’
2nd David Baldock, with ‘More than We Bargained For’
3rd Sarah Flint, with ‘A Malady Unmasked’
There was general acclaim for the high standard of entries to this event. The stories will remain on the Library 2021 page, together with the authors’ names, for you to read at your leisure.
Krystal, the company that hosts our web site, has made a pledge to plant one billion trees by the year 2030, funding it from their profits. That means planting over 100,000,000 trees per year! The details are contained in an email to us, an extract of which you can read by clicking here. Most of the links in it, are to publicly available information, but the link to ‘our own virtual forest’ is password protected. As it also gives access to make changes to our Krystal account, I will not be making that public, but I will try to keep members informed of how ‘our forest’ is growing. Currently, TVWC’s virtual forest is little more than a copse - ten trees.
3 Nov 2021: One Billion Trees by 2030!
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21 Jul 2021: Richard

Published in Railways

Illustrated Magazine

Here’s the story Richard Holdsworth referred to at this week’s meeting (click on the picture). It’s about “Puffing Billy”, the preserved narrow-gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges. This was a pre-publication proof and Richard warns that there maybe typos, etc, in it. He hopes the errors were corrected before it got to print (July issue).

27 Jul 2021: Summer Homework

As is our tradition during the August break we will have summer homework to keep us going. Your summer creations can be read at our first meeting (on Zoom) on 7 Sept. This is not a competition - but it is a chance for you to show off your creativity. This year the short story has a word limit of 1200. There is no theme but the following six words must be used: frontage louse squirt spanking roasting plastered.
Once upon a time…

7 Aug 2021: Book Printers for Self-

Publishers

News from Richard, down under - I think he’s filling his lockdown time by having a sort through his archives. In his words: “The reason for writing is to forward this note from a printer who specialises in self- published authors. We have used them somewhere along the line. I thought rather than bin the note - it might be of interest to any members who might - one day - go down this route.” The “note” consisted of an email newsletter to past customers, updating them on their improved web site services. Based in Bedfordshire, Print2Demand Ltd offer printing services to authors going down the self-publishing route. Interestingly, they offer a variety of book formats, including paperback and hardback, and colour printing. For more information, see their web site. There is also a link to Print2Demand on our Links page.
Richard and his wife Heather in Melbourne have very generously converted some of their unused BA airmiles into wine for us to enjoy. Now, with a lovely selection of Aussie reds and whites to choose from, we should have some fun evenings when we eventually get to meeting together again! Many thanks to them both for thinking of us, and cheers to them (literally perhaps).

7 Sept 2021: A Gift to TVWC from

Down Under

Neil is celebrating the publication of his latest book, The Cycling Puzzle Book. Published by Summersdale, it contains a splendid mix of puzzles as well as draws on some historic and amusing cycling incidents.
You don't need to compete in the Tour de France to appreciate the wonders of two wheels, and you don't need to be a genius to enjoy this book. So when your legs deserve a rest after you've been out on the bike, how about a puzzle or two to exercise the mind? From quick quizzes to riddles to more leisurely crosswords and sudoku, whether you're a cycling superfan or just enjoy the occasional ride, there's plenty in these pages to tickle your fancy and get your brain into gear.

29 Sept 2021: Neil Tests Cyclists

14 Oct 2021: Rob’s ‘Cracking China’ is

Published

Rob’s efforts to bring us enlightenment on China’s history and culture have borne fruit. Volume 1 of Cracking China is now available on Amazon’s Print on Demand service. In his own words: “I have wanted to write a book on China for many years. I wanted to somehow shed some light on the differences between our cultures. I tried various approaches and with the feedback from the writers’ group decided to go for a set of short, fairly light-hearted entries containing little known information. This approach avoided writing yet another Chinese history book and should shine a light on the less well known traditions and customs. To add to the feel of informality I devised an illustration for each entry. I agonised over the title for the book as I wanted it to clearly indicate it was not a textbook and ended up after several changes with ‘Cracking China’. There is a web site for it. Click on the book cover to read more about it and order a copy.

19 Oct 2021: A Tribute to Mojib

It was with great sadness that we learned recently that Mojib died following a period of heart troubles and Covid19. Here is Les Cooper’s tribute to a long- standing, valued member of our Circle.
It was one of those memorable moments in life when a few weeks ago I rang my friend Mojib. During the months of lockdown, we had got into the habit of speaking to each other most weeks and as I hadn’t heard from him, I thought I would give him a call. A young woman’s voice answered. I asked to speak to Mojib. “He died last Friday,” she replied. It was his granddaughter and I was taken aback and so didn’t ask as many questions as I should have done but I gathered that he had died in hospital after a heart problem followed by corona virus. I had known Mojibur Rahman from when he joined the writers circle which was, I guess, well over ten years ago. We got along well although we disagreed about a whole number of things. I think he really enjoyed trying to put me right during our discussions about topics such as writing styles and poetry. He was born in India but came to England in the 1970’s where he completed his degree and established his own computer company. A devout Muslim and Labour supporter he was very caught up in local affairs or as he put it “being involved in activities for the good of the common people”. He published two books of poems and one novel. He was married with four children. Unfortunately, in latter years he suffered with heart troubles and two years ago his wife died. The covid lockdown undoubtedly did not help as his health slowly deteriorated but we enjoyed our weekly telephone discussions. I will miss him.

26 Oct 2021: Halloween/Bonfire Night

Short Story Competition - Results

The results of this year’s competition were announced at last night’s Zoom meeting, and the stories placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd were read. The winners were:
1st Les Williams, with ‘A Night to Remember’
2nd David Baldock, with ‘More than We Bargained For’
3rd Sarah Flint, with ‘A Malady Unmasked’
There was general acclaim for the high standard of entries to this event. The stories will remain on the Library 2021 page, together with the authors’ names, for you to read at your leisure.
Krystal, the company that hosts our web site, has made a pledge to plant one billion trees by the year 2030, funding it from their profits. That means planting over 100,000,000 trees per year! The details are contained in an email to us, an extract of which you can read by clicking here. Most of the links in it, are to publicly available information, but the link to ‘our own virtual forest’ is password protected. As it also gives access to make changes to our Krystal account, I will not be making that public, but I will try to keep members informed of how ‘our forest’ is growing. Currently, TVWC’s virtual forest is little more than a copse - ten trees.
3 Nov 2021: One Billion Trees by 2030!
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