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Stirrings folk magazine

r.padgett 10 Jan 09 - 12:43 PM
MC Fat 10 Jan 09 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,JM 10 Jan 09 - 01:04 PM
GUEST,Joe G 10 Jan 09 - 01:19 PM
Malcolm Douglas 10 Jan 09 - 06:16 PM
r.padgett 12 Jan 09 - 05:45 AM
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Subject: Stirrings folk magazine
From: r.padgett
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 12:43 PM

I believe Paul Davenport (Stirrings editor) has been on a tour with Crucible in Canada

Just wondered what the state of play is regarding new Stirrings copies?

Ray


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Subject: RE: Stirrings folk magazine
From: MC Fat
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 12:59 PM

Believe things have been delayed due to Malcolm Douglas's illness Ray


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Subject: RE: Stirrings folk magazine
From: GUEST,JM
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 01:04 PM

Gavin Davenport is the editor of Stirrings. Paul is his dad!


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Subject: RE: Stirrings folk magazine
From: GUEST,Joe G
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 01:19 PM

Hi Ray and all

I have recently received a message that Stirrings is not being published this time as, when he recovered, the data on Malcolm's memory stick didn't!

A shame as the Queensbury Music Festival advert was going to be in this issue and I was keen to publicise it in S.Yorks as we have Crucible, Skyhook, CBS & John Tams & Barry Cooope as guests from your neck of the woods.

Hope a few of you can make it up this way on 7 March.


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Subject: RE: Stirrings folk magazine
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Jan 09 - 06:16 PM

On the whole, the best way of finding out what Stirrings is is up to is not to start a thread here but to ask Stirrings directly. Gavin is overall editor, and Raymond (the previous editor) now handles advertising, finance and distribution; while I deal with layout, final subbing, pre-press and other technical stuff. Full contact details for all of us can be found not only on the website at  http://www.stirrings.org.uk/, but also on page 1 of the magazine, along with lots of other useful information. We have taken to sub-titling it 'the page that nobody reads'. Gavin is out of town, but Raymond and I are not.

Since we're here, though, here is the current state of play.

I was within a couple of hours of finishing number 138 when I collapsed and was carted off to hospital. Fortunately, Ron and Jenny Day were there, or I'd have been in real trouble. It was a week before I was allowed home. At some point during my absence, the USB stick on which the files were stored became unreadable; we still haven't established how or why. In the normal run of things there would have been a back-up, but being stuck in bed I had been obliged to work on the laptop as and when able, with no LAN connection available in the bedroom. The one time you go out without an umbrella will be the time it rains.

Having tried the stick on several machines without success, I sent it to a data recovery agency. Since Christmas/New Year nowadays has turned into a single extended holiday for many people, it has taken them some time to decide (yesterday) that, sophisticated gear notwithstanding, they can't recover the data either.

These various delays mean that the only viable option now is to abandon issue 138 altogether. Not something we are happy about, but there are times when one must accept what fate decrees. Raymond is in the process of contacting our advertisers and subscribers to advise them of the situation, while I will be placing relevant material on the website (I run that, too).

The next issue will appear as planned, with special features such as the interview with Steve Turner carried over from the 'lost' edition. Although I am regaining strength, it is unlikely that I will ever be able to handle as much work as I used to, so Raymond will be re-assuming some of the prep duties for the time being. In the long term we will be looking to expand the production team and spread the workload more evenly.


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Subject: RE: Stirrings folk magazine
From: r.padgett
Date: 12 Jan 09 - 05:45 AM

First and foremost is the fact that you are alive and kicking Malcolm!

I feel that it is a very big job doing the magazine anyway.

However I do believe in the power of the mudcat as a communications device and I am positive that if I am unaware of what is going on that someone will and that that information as you lucidly put above tells not just little me but everyone subscribers and others what is going on and why as the traditional copy will not appear now until another 3 months

yes Jim I know Gavin is Paul's son and me not being too well at the moment and the pc too handy let the fingers go

So sorry to Paul Gavin Malcolm Raymond and anyone I have upset

All the best fortunes to Stirrings in the future

Ray


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