- May 31, 2012
I only very recently had oppo to actually read copies of TPSE and I was blown away by them.
It's the sort of publication that you can go through over and over again and still find new things, and it's filled to the gills with info on stuff hardly seen online. It really is a treat to read them and the paper exudes a very rich human warmth, like it's alive, because it is alive --- much in the manner that one does not read Joyce's Finnegans Wake, but be absorbed innit and breathe with it and take note of how it morphs and grows - always in progress, in motion, not a static thing, and that's similar to how I feel about TPSE just shortly after my first exposure to it.
I have the P&T Tom Dunn memorial issue and had read of his legend, but I was yet still unprepared to be immersed in such rich density.
The man was amazing!
The preface is meant to give a sense of just how excited I get about such things, I've eyeballed these irregular publications for quite some time but could never bring myself to actually buy any because in many cases they're pretty pricey...
...Al happened to notice my recent enthusiasm in a thread where I was talking about it and sent me a pm saying that he had a couple of copies and asked if I'd like to have them - WOW! :!: :!: :!:
Of course I said YES!
He even threw in a couple of HU Tobacco samples too!
When the mail arrived yesterday and I opened up the envelope,
it was a big thrill, one of those magic moments.
I love this forum and it has enhanced my wellbeing in many ways,
I'm thankful for it.
Al is a mod here and does a damn fine job of keeping the house in order. As well as his fine contribution to discussions and his own posts on interesting topics, he had the master-stroke genius idea of starting up the British Pipes section here and it's grown to be quite the great archive of BritBriar mania!
Very well done.
Thank you Al for everything that you do.
my deepest heartfelt thanks go out to you for the wonderful TPSE gift,
I AM TOTALLY STOKED!