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NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:27:36 AM »
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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2019, 08:12:36 PM »
Certainly some strong opinions shown in the newsletter!  :-\

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2019, 09:23:26 AM »
I thought the standard of the magazine had dropped this month, my layouts in it!

 

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2019, 09:39:40 AM »
Certainly some strong opinions shown in the newsletter!  :-\

Mmmm, just what I was going to say, and the editorial content in the magazine too!

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2019, 09:46:59 AM »
I thought the standard of the magazine had dropped this month, my layouts in it!

Congratulations! I'll look out for it when my copy arrives here in Oz.  :beers:
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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2019, 07:26:40 PM »
I found the account of the A4/A5 debate in the newsletter hilarious. Just when I thought there couldn't be another twist, there was. Several times.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2019, 08:07:58 AM »
My membership comes up for renewal next year. I won't be.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2019, 06:54:15 PM »
Why?

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2019, 08:55:57 PM »
Why?
I believe it has lost it's way.
I have made offers of help over the years and apart from one holding reply (And then nothing) it is only the e-mail read receipts that have confirmed my messages have been seen at all. As a result my enthusiasm and interest in the club has waned. I've not even read the past two journals.

Have no fear though, I shall still be active here.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2019, 09:07:18 PM »
That is a shame, sounds like the society is missing out. From my point of view it only costs £20 for membership & we have more than got that back with the stock purchased. The journal, for me, is just a bonus.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2019, 09:51:00 PM »
To some extent I can see why people feel the society has lost its way but then I look at the RTR stock I have bought and think of the Hunslet and I soon remember why I renewal my membership each year and the last two issues of the journal have been good with plenty of articles on layouts to be enspired by. 

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2019, 06:31:39 PM »
I'm quite sad and puzzled by what I read with regard to the size issue and how it now ends.
It's a mess. ("Quel g‚chis !" in French)

There's something I don't understand in terms of process.
I would have expected that the decision on the journal size would only rely in the hands of the editor and his team.
Why a vote at the board level ?
Even more when the editor already proved how professional he was.
I thought the board would act only when a major problem occurs.

Since all the involved positions are renewed, I hope everything will go right again rapidly.


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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2019, 05:50:37 PM »
I would have expected that the decision on the journal size would only rely in the hands of the editor and his team.
Why a vote at the board level ?

My reading of the Newsletter (as opposed to the Journal) suggests that the board didn't object to going to A4 at some point, but the practicality of changing at once was the problem. Other items, such as the Handbook, ordering form, and the Newsletter itself are all A5. Hence the need for a Board, rather than merely Editorial, decision.

Having two different sizes of paper in one package means the smaller items are at risk of sliding about in transit, which damages them. Sure, you could wrap the A5 bits in cellophane with a piece of card for protection, but that increases costs. Other costs would include new A4 binders, and of course the A5 binders in stock would become redundant. While not necessarily an expense, adverts, for example, would need to be re-sold at different rates if advertisers still wanted to buy a full page (which would now be twice the size of an A5 full page, and could potentially hold a lot more information too).

I feel that the Chairman has been very fair to all sides in his write-up in the Newsletter. With a 50/50 split on the board, and no strong consensus either way among the Society, sticking with the status quo -- for now -- seems to be the sensible decision. The Editor's response in the Newsletter is similarly fair, given his strong advocacy for a switch to A4, and speaking personally I have a great deal of sympathy for both his and the Chairman's points of view.

So I don't think it's a mess at all, at least from my reading of the Newsletter, but a studied decision to hold fire with any changes until all the implications are fully investigated and costed. What there has been is disappointment that the current Editor felt he couldn't carry on with the Journal any longer, and no one is more disappointed than me. Grahame has been an outstanding Editor, and even his critics would admit that the Journal is as good now as it has ever been, perhaps better.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2019, 11:49:53 AM »
Itís sad to hear that some of you are not impressed, I personally thinks itís got better as I donít buy any other model magazines now but the NGS ones. The articles have been good to date, should see my layout in the next copy, call in and see it at the Scarborough Model railway show on the 4th of May in the community hall in the station car park. If youíd like to give me a hand as Iím operating it on my own ! Drop me a line please.
A4/A5 does it really matter at the moment, I would like to see it in a larger format, but itís the other members, Iíd like see write their modelling experience which is what the NGS is about, no matter how short or long the article is.
Please donít drop out, keep it going for your sake and others ! Ive had a good response from the new editor and wish him all the very best, Graham Hedges had done well too, so give the new Editor a chance to find its (Rail) feet. It can only get better hopefully.

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Re: NGS Journal Issue 2/2019 (Mar/Apr)
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2019, 11:57:16 AM »
...It can only get better hopefully.

You're definitely not alone in that hope  ;)

 

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