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IMYoung
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Exciting news about this advance - Well done to NARGS for grasping this opportunity.  8) 8) 8)

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Booker
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Hearty congratulations to NARGS on this wonderful innovation ... but please resist any temptation (much further down the line) to replace the splendid Quarterly with a solely electronic format - or not (at least) until I have departed to that great rock garden in the sky.  Polemonium heaven.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

McGregorUS
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Great reception for the Digital Quarterly - the response has been unprecedented and all in favor but there have been various points in various emails and other contacts:

1. This will NOT replace the paper edition - it is a free bonus

2. Access is available to anyone at the moment and will be to the next edition (which is being worked on at the moment) after that you will have to be a NARGS member to get access.

3. NARGS members will have to register their email address with NARGS (email <[email]NARGS@nc.rr.com[/email]> subject "NARGS email address") if they have not already - if you had an email notification of the new Digital edition of the Quarterly from us, then we do have your email.

As I say, I'm working on the next edition at the moment but have hit a holdup getting the proofs from our printer in Kansas. With Memorial Day last Monday and then the Queen's Jubilee holidays on Monday & Tuesday this week the proofs which would normally have been here last Friday did not make it and were delivered yesterday - unfortunately the Fedex driver managed to deliver them (and get them signed for) by someone unknown to us, and we don't know where (although we're hoping Fedex will be able to find out). So I'm currently waiting for Fedex to retrieve them and then try again.

Still hoping that we'll be able to finalize everything by the beginning of next week, uploading any revisions over the weekend. So still looking at a dispatch in the last week of June with the Digital edition online around July 1.

Fingers crossed...

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

Fermi
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Malcolm,
as much as I love to have the paper edition in hand, I really see the advantage of having the electronic version as well. For one thing, no more complaints of how long it takes to get to the other side of the world ;D
Perhaps more non-members who see the quality of the mag will opt in to become members once the "free veiwing" is over!
Keep up the great work,
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

McGregorUS
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NEWS

1. The launch of the digital Quarterly seems to have gone very successfully with great enthusiasm only tempered with the worry that there might be a move to stop issuing the paper version. As is made clear in the upcoming issue (Summer 2012) this is not the plan. The digital Quarterly has been initiated to offer members an extra format in an age when this is becoming much more popular. The hope is also, obviously, that we can attract new members.

2. The Summer 2012 issue of the Quarterly has been printed and is in the process of being dispatched. Lots of exciting stuff in this issue which has a one-off extra 32 pages - 128 in all

3. The digital version is scheduled for release on July 1. And having announced it I'm now going to be keeping my fingers crossed that we keep to schedule.

Very best to everyone

Malcolm

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

Cockcroft
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Joined: 2010-01-27

Having traveled with Kim Blaxland in China in 2007, I was very distressed to read of her death in the Spring Quarterly.  Kim was a great travel companion, thoughtful, upbeat, and generous with her knowledge.  She was also something of a pied piper -- by the end of the trip, my son and I were both spotting violas that we might have overlooked before we met Kim.  :-)

The tribute to her in the Summer Quarterly was a spirit lifter.  Thank you for it!

Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

McGregorUS
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Summer Edition of DIGITAL QUARTERLY now online

www.nxtbook.com/allen/roga/70-3

Pleased to say we've met the deadline (which was pretty tight) and the new edition is now up and running - have fun - and do try the USER OPTIONS in the toolbox - you can turn sound and shadow on and off, and you'll also find the archive section (as yet of course with only two issues in there.)

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

IMYoung
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Paper version of the Quarterly is here in Aberdeen as well, Thanks! Super issue and we love the chance to see it online as well.

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

McGregorUS
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So pleased your paper issue got through so quickly this time. Much quicker. I usually get my copy the same day as you but not this time.
Yes, I think the Digital Quarterly is really nice as an extra - in the long run all sorts of possibilities open up - extra pictures which space prohibits in the printed version, extended articles with extra material and so on.

Malcolm McGregor
Global Moderator/NARGS Editor
East Yorkshire, UK

Fermi
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The paper version is yet to reach here so it's great to get a look at it on-line
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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