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Friday, July 06, 2007

Report of Meeting held 3rd July 2007 and Newsheet

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In the Chair: Dave.

Apologies for absence were received from Morag, Alex and Zoe.

In attendance were Dick, Tony, Trish, Kay, Rosie, Liliane, Barry, Peter, Ken, Ruth, Liz and Dave. With so much recent inclement weather, the evening was greeted with thunderstorms, torrential downpours and flooded roads so a sincere thankyou to everyone who attended what turned out to be a very interesting meeting.

Scribblers News:

Morag had a long arranged ‘date’ with a certain Rod Steward who was performing at Portman Road, Ipswich and, hopefully, she didn’t get too wet in the heavy downpours that covered the area.

Alex texted to say sorry that he could not attend once more but he had a conference to attend. On another note, and well done to him, he had some work performed at the recent refugee event in Ipswich. Good to hear that his talent has been recognised.

Dick has recently returned from a cruise and enjoyed the delights of the onboard facilities almost as much as he enjoyed Norway! He has some excellent news that his book of the film, ‘The Lost Sock’ is soon to be published and includes some cartoons from Mrs Aimee Fairburn, wife of Scott.

Talking of Aimee and Scott, it was a wonderful day for their celebration as Alex said ‘Their wedding was great, I was almost moved to tears by it. I am so happy for them.’ A sentiment shared by all the Scribblers who know them so well.

Can you believe that on the day of the wedding, at precisely 08.54 Dave received the following email:-

‘I will be back in late July until September when it will start again for another ten weeks and then it will finish due to the dance teacher being pregnant. So I will see you in around a month and yes I am sending this on my wedding day as I’m trying to waste time as I woke up early due to all the excitement. See you soon Scott’

Looking forward to Scott’s return to the Scribblers.

Thanks go to Ken for bringing along a healthy supply of his home baked brownies. Went down a real treat at coffee break!

Noticed last week in the Ipswich Evening Star mention of Belinda’s win in the Bill Budner competition together with other familiar names like Ruth as runner up and Rosie as junior winner. You’ll find it posted on the weblog at http://nar8or.blogspot.com You can click on the image to increase the size to make it easier to read.

Had a few words with Kate last week to find out how she is. Kate says she is slowly getting better but still has a long way to go before she will be able to drive again. Our best wishes and kind thoughts to her as well.

Best wishes as well to Kay, who had to leave the meeting early with a migraine. It is a horrible debilitating condition which can be extremely painful. So get better soon Kay and Kate.


Chris Shaw will soon be jetting into England and confirms that he plans to attend our meeting on July 17th when he will read his first ever short story ‘Happy Anniversary.’


Hoping for warmer and drier weather this year the beach party will be held on Tuesday 24th July at 7.30pm on the beach next to Ruth’s hut situated between the Spa Pavilion and The Alex. Those attending are asked to bring along some Light refreshments, nibbles and similar will be the order of the day so please bring something along if you can. It would be nice if any musically talented members would bring along a guitar for a sing song, or bring along some written work if you wish, and perhaps we will try building a story.


Don’t forget to keep an eye on our weblog at http://nar8or.blogspot.com and our website at http://felixstowescribblers.com.

Don’t forget the Online Scribblers site at http://onlinescribblers.com, essentially for those unable to attend meetings, free membership is necessary to use the site. Details can be obtained from Vincent West organiser@onlinescribblers.com

The 1,500 Word Homework Assignment:

Liliane: Thirteen of us and Elsa: A lookback at the first in the family series that leaves ‘Dallas’ trailing in its wake! Great Uncle Jan, single but father of an illegitimate son, resembled Buffalo Bill complete with the hair! A drinker, Jan was known to tell naughty stories. Humorous, well written and a must for a book on Liliane’s family tales.

Tony: Sword of the Kings, a spoof by Perry Trachett: Chapter One ‘The Pedals of Power’: Such an enjoyable opening to a mind blowing set of circumstances that only Tony can create in his inimitable and humorous fashion. Opening with a swimmer and not a drowner the story washes swiftly on, describes in detail an arrow dropping downwards onto the word ALL and landing in L. There’s a good kicking from a woman and an exercise bike that provides electricity to the world…And the story is only just beginning….!!!

The 500 word homework assignment on ‘Rain/Rein/Reign.’

Liz: A Lovely Day at the Beach: A story of Ellie who finds the shelter on the promenade from the falling rain. She makes her way to a café and is disturbed by the stranger, a man, who disturbs her peaceful enjoyment of the beach scene. Anger wells up… An enjoyable atmospheric story that leaves a real cliff-hanger - why the anger? What happens next? Perhaps the story will be developed and all will be revealed.

Trish: Three Steps: A search for eternal life. Step One, Never have any other god; Step Two, never doubt; Step Three; Never go back on an agreement. The man in the hospital bed was a medical mystery, had a fall on the steps and ended in a coma, his life in limbo or is the coma eternal life itself?

Kay: Raindrop: A beautiful but very short poem based on a single raindrop that could be prehistoric water. Short but very thought provoking. No doubt a single raindrop started the deluge that has hit the UK over recent days.

Rosie: Shadow: The proud King rode his blood stained carpet through the crowds and a warrior in front of a statue in the Church. The King thrust his sword into the ground signifying the end of a 47 year war. A lone soldier holds up the multitude and the proud king died a death. This is part of a story that Rosie and her friend are writing between them, each providing an addition to the story in turn.

Ruth: Blackbirds: The beginning of a re-write of the Woman Before Me: This provides the comparison between blackbirds building their nest despite the rain, and a sick mother in her bed, her own nest. The blackbirds have their chicks, whilst the sick mother has her schoolgirl daughter, her own chick. Downstairs her husband provides the meals but there is more to be heard of him later. Well written and very imaginative - those publishers don’t know what they are missing!

Barry: Conflict: Seven year old Barry being driven out of London into the country in a sidecar with his sister, dreaming one of his dreams of a Sherman tank moving through the thick French mud - driver ordered to slow down - then, reverting to the sidecar, jumped off the saddle and fell face first into the mud. One of a series of chapters all with a single word title.

Peter: The Rain of Life: A gentle country account of how the countryside is refreshed and invigorated by the spring rain. So well written it was easy to visualise the images and the sweet fresh scent of the country.

Ken: Rain: A tale of an Irish funeral that took place in the rain. Rain splashing down, umbrellas raised shielding all the black fineries in competition with others at the ceremony. Those in mourning probably ignored the deceased when he was alive.

Dick: Cruise ship: A well written rhyming poem with a verse for each deck of the ship from the very top by the funnel to the depths where the engine room and crews accommodation is located.

Dave: It Never Rains but it Pours: A late running train, a rollicking at HQ and the reasons for not driving - all because the wife overspent when out shopping. Read and comment on the whole affair at http://onlinescribblers.com in Your Work.

Our next Felixstowe Scribblers meeting is set for Tuesday 17th July at 7.30pm in the Café Libra at the Library and will be chaired by Dick

The homework assignment is to write 500 words maximum on “BRIDGES”. Could this be a railway bridge, the Orwell Bridge, a bailey bridge, Mrs Bridges or something else? This may be a subject to get the old (and not so old) brain cells working.

The 1500 word open themed topics will feature work by our guest Chris and our newest member Liz.

So until next time,

Keep Scribbling!


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