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Thought I'd get this in before someone accuses me of not doing my job properly. :yes:

As things stand at the moment there will be no journal this year. To date I have had precisely two articles - neither even from CPS members! Very generously I have been given some previously published material by Stewart McPherson and while I am happy to use a couple of Stewart's articles I am not going to pad out an already sparse journal with these.

If anyone has anything they'd like to be published please send it to me via the email link on the CPS website. You don't have to be a genius or an expert to write for the journal. You just need to have something to say. I can help with layout, construction etc. I'll even re-write the thing for you if you ask me nicely! Photos with your article are desirable though not essential strictly speaking. If you do send any images they must be high resolution. Not my fault - the printing process makes standard low-res images look horrible!

Ideas for articles can include cultivation techniques, travelogues, your favourite plant/species/hybrid or construction of your growing area. Just to name a few.

Regards,

Phil

CPS Journal Editor

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That's disappointing, but I guess there's only so much you can do if you haven't got the material...!

How is this going to effect entry to the Wisley open day?

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Sad news

Sorry to hear this Phil as would be the 1st time this in the history of the society.

At the start of the society we had more then one a year.

It's may help if news for shortage of items was put on the site of the society half way through the year as even if you got too much they could alway put to the next one. And a posting on this good forum with closing date and asking for more items would may help.

If I done a write up like did many times for the newsletter, but bigger & photo's would I waste my time as I may not be able back in the society after putting my dismay of lack replie to re joining member?

As I would not like the society to drop this item even for one year.

Yours

Alan

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I guess journals and newsletters are being naturally replaced with articles in forums on the internet. Years ago, when I was a member of the CPS, journals, newsletters and books were my only sources of information on CPs but now I turn to the internet every time I'm looking for such information.

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Phil

I should be able to do a short article, when is the deadline?

Hi Stephen,

The deadline is any time you choose though the sooner the better. :-) How about a cultivar description of that wonderful Cephalotus you have too. :-)

Phil

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I guess journals and newsletters are being naturally replaced with articles in forums on the internet. Years ago, when I was a member of the CPS, journals, newsletters and books were my only sources of information on CPs but now I turn to the internet every time I'm looking for such information.

To a certain extent this is true of course and it is one reason for the general decline in membership of the CPS - and pretty much every other CP society worldwide for that matter. The Internet is very easy to access of course and there is a ton of information there. In fact one of the projects I have on a very low backburner is to get some of the past journals on line.

I do think there are still advantages with info in print though. One very definite advantage is that you almost never get high res photos on line. But also there is something about handing the printed product. How many people can read a book on a computer screen? Not me for one. And of course the other advantage is that you can put a printed journal on a bookshelf and then re-read it ten years later. Try that with some Internet sites!

Phil

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Sad news

Sorry to hear this Phil as would be the 1st time this in the history of the society.

At the start of the society we had more then one a year.

Actually it's happened once before when Alistair Culham was editor. I've threatened a few times but usually things have turned up in the post or my in box to save the day.

It's may help if news for shortage of items was put on the site of the society half way through the year as even if you got too much they could alway put to the next one. And a posting on this good forum with closing date and asking for more items would may help.

I thought it was going to be okay but a few people I've nudged for contributions have had other priorities. This happens of course. It's called life. :-)

I've already had an offer from Stephen on this thread. Maybe if I can persuade a few more people to put computer byte to file (I think that's the equivalent of pen to paper!) then there will be enough to get going. A short piece on the society website is a good idea though. Maybe a call for cultivar descriptions.

Phil

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Hi Phil,

Sorry to hear you're struggling with the usual malaise that besets I believe most societies. What is the deadline-can we have a date I can work to? I'm fantastically busy at the moment, but could knock together a page or two about something, maybe D. cistiflora or something simillar?

Whats your current email address?

Hope alls well

Nigel H-C

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Hi Nigel,

There's not really a deadline. Well there is but it was last January! Put something together when you can and I'll use it either in the current or next journal. D. cistiflora would be very interesting! how about something on the flower colour variation. That should be quick and with lots of photos will be interesting too.

Email address is the same work one as before. PM me if you don't have it. Don't really want to put my email address on the public domain. Far too many web bots out there... :-)

Phil

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Hi Phil,

I try to sort something out over the weekend-I've added it to the to-do list.

Nigel

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