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Thursday, June 05, 2008




In the Chair: Ruth.

Apologies for absence were received from, Morag, Debbie, Ally, Scott and Peter.

In attendance Ruth, Alex, Di, Barry, Dave, Dick, Les, Tony, Liliane and Jane.


Main news this meeting is that Scott has now taken on a Karate course in a bid to keep himself fit and gain another black belt. The downside is that the classes are held on a Tuesday and it means that in the foreseeable future ge will be missing from Scribblers. We hope, just like Arnie, he’ll be back!

Ally was unable to attend having suffered a very temporary bout of writer’s block with the homework theme. Quite understandable following three weddings in quick succession.

Dick was really thrilled to have won the Bill Budner trophy and immensely proud to have had his name engraved on it. Just goes to show that some folk deserve an award for their creativity and Dick is certainly one of them! Thanks to Scott for the engraving.

The Committee meeting due for Tuesday 10th June has been cancelled but with no demanding issues outstanding this does not pose a problem. The meeting will be rescheduled in due course.

Dave is likely to miss a few meetings over the coming months as he moves home and waits for an eye operation. This has put a new spin on his understanding of downsizing for a three storey house plus loft, garage and shed somehow have to be cleared quite quickly… He will attend meetings whenever he can but currently cannot plan too far ahead.

One thing he has done is to order a ticket and a reading slot at the Writers’ Café @ Starbucks in July with fingers crossed that he will make it. Hopefully there will be other Scribblers represented there.

An Experience…..

A family trip to London and a theatre booking to see The Phantom of The Opera was brilliant for Dave and family. He says,

“If you haven’t seen it then this show really is one not to be missed. Events after the show though were quite frightening. Following a declaration by Boris Johnson, the new Mayor of London, to banish alcohol in public places and on the London Transport system, protesting hordes of drinkers spent their time riding round the underground’s central line and causing mayhem on stations, fighting, swearing, throwing bottles, spilling beer and being sick. Some stations were closed and some services ceased running on safety grounds. Public order disappeared and attempts to get to Liverpool Street for a train back home were almost thwarted but quick decisions to use alternative routes sufficed. Eventually we made it to Moorgate then a few minutes walk to find Liverpool Street only to find it swamped by the marauding masses and closed off by scores of police. Thankfully we got home safely in the end!”

The platform:

1,500 word open themed assignment:

Tony: Honian’s Travels.
Dave: Lady.

500 word assignment on “Industry”

Liliane: The Aviary
Jane: Postcard from the Front Line
Les: Industrial Waste
Dick: The Fate of St Hughes
Barry: What Industry?
Di: Industrious Hands
Alex: Boat Train
Ruth: Family Snap

A smaller group than usual allowed more time for feedback and discussion on all work again. Very interesting and diverse they were too.

Once again there were some problems with security as the other group using the premises left windows open. Always worth checking before locking the premises!

Next meeting, to be chaired by Peter, is on Tuesday 17th June at 7.30pm in the Café Libra at Felixstowe Library.

The homework assignment is to write up to 500 words on ‘Suffolk’, an easier subject this time with endless possibilities for creativity.

The two 1,500 open themed work will be provided by Alex and Barry.

Forthcoming Social Events: Put these in your diaries - It is the Beach Party on 8th July at a Beach Hut near the Spa Pavilion. Full details will be given nearer the time. It is on a Tuesday evening and will start at 7.30pm. All Scribblers are welcome!

The Pulse Fringe Festival in Ipswich is already under way. Go to their website for details and how and where to order tickets. http://www.pulsefringe.com/home.htmAlso coming up is the Ipswich Arts Festival and their programme of events is now online at http://www.ip-art.com/ with workshops and the Writers’ Café @ Starbucks included.

Until next time,

Keep Scribbling!


The Ads:

A message fro Rexie and Gordon

Our Charity – the Children of Pulilan Foundation has booked a trip to Belgium on Saturday 6th of September. We leave Ipswich Crown Street layby at about 6AM. Those who wish to stay at Citie Europe can be dropped off and those who wish to go to Adinkerke can go directly to Adinkerke then go back to Citie Europe to meet the rest of the group then back to the ferry.

Cost of the trip is £30.00 per person

Those who wish to stay at Citie Europe will then have a longer time to shop around.
If you are interested to book please let me know so that I can add your name to our lsit.
We need a deposit of £15.00 and the rest of the balance is payable at the end of July.
Should you have any further queries please let me know.

Telephone number 01473 273500 or 01473 729103


pick up at Crown Street layby, Ipswich at 6.00 am and to travel to Dover for 1005 P & O ferry to Calais which arrives 1235 local time and then droff some passengers at Cite Europe before going on to Adinkereke and returning back to Cite Europe before catching the 1945 ferry from Calais to Dover which arrives at Dover 2015.


We are hitting 123.9 a litre in some areas now, soon we will be faced with paying 2.00 a ltr.. Philip Hollsworth offered this good idea:

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the 'don't buy petrol on a certain day campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy petrol. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.

Please read it and join in!

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market place not sellers.. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their Petrol! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP.

If they are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of Esso and BP petrol buyers. It's really simple to do!!

Now, don't wimp out at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it... ..



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