LOWDOWN Summer 2011 page 2

The Editor’s Bark
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Hi, everyone.

Welcome to this, the seventh issue of Lowdown. This continues a long tradition of newsletters published by the South East Branch, going back over forty years.

It was four years ago that I sat down in front of a blank computer screen and began to work out ideas for the Branch’s new-look newsletter.

Now, seven issues later, I hope that Lowdown has established itself has an essential part of your Basset Hound ownership.

The task that I accepted in becoming editor was to make the newsletter an entertaining and informative publication. I wanted it to be as accessible and inclusive as possible - and with your brilliant contributions, I think that this has been achieved.

However, reaching the seventh issue seems a suitable milestone to make a few small changes/improvements to the Lowdown.

Nothing too drastic has been done, but I thought it best to do this before Lowdown began to look too tired. The typeface has been revamped, hopefully bringing a fresher, cleaner look; also a few of the regular pages have been ‘tweaked’.

One consequence of producing this newsletter has been an acute awareness of just how fast the six-month intervals between publications pass. Though, this is probably an age thing.

A similar point could be made about our monthly walks - but it is good meeting up with regular friends and hounds and, at almost every walk, new members.

David Brooks, the Canadian political and social commentator, in his latest book The Social Animal (Short Books 2011), writes that human beings are driven by universal feelings of loneliness and the need to belong; something that he calls the urge to merge. He suggests that being an active member of a club, or society, just once a month is equivalent, in happiness terms, to doubling one’s income.

So, why not enrich yourselves by coming along to our monthly ‘meets’?

I would like to remind new members to send in photos of your hounds so that they can be included in Lowdown, and also on our website. In fact, many existing members do not have their hounds represented on the site’s gallery, so if this is the case with you, then please email your images to our webmaster.

Derek has done a lot of recent work refreshing the site, www.southeastbasset.org.uk, so it is well worth a visit if you haven’t looked for a while.

It is pleasing to report that the Branch is continuing to grow. We now have in excess of one hundred and twenty members. I know that this is very gratifying to Brian, our brilliant chairman, and the rest of my hard-working colleagues on the committee.

Well, the summer is almost upon us and, hopefully, the wonderful weather that we have experienced throughout the spring will continue - especially for our walks.

I hope that your hounds will bring you along to some of them and our other events that we have planned. It is always good to see you.

Anyway, I hope you greatly enjoy this summer with your wonderful Basset Hounds.

All the best,

editor@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

Hi, everyone.

Welcome to this, the seventh issue of Lowdown. This continues a long tradition of newsletters published by the South East Branch, going back over forty years.

It was four years ago that I sat down in front of a blank computer screen and began to work out ideas for the Branch’s new-look newsletter.

Now, seven issues later, I hope that Lowdown has established itself has an essential part of your Basset Hound ownership.

The task that I accepted in becoming editor was to make the newsletter an entertaining and informative publication. I wanted it to be as accessible and inclusive as possible - and with your brilliant contributions, I think that this has been achieved.

However, reaching the seventh issue seems a suitable milestone to make a few small changes/improvements to the Lowdown.

Nothing too drastic has been done, but I thought it best to do this before Lowdown began to look too tired. The typeface has been revamped, hopefully bringing a fresher, cleaner look; also a few of the regular pages have been ‘tweaked’.

One consequence of producing this newsletter has been an acute awareness of just how fast the six-month intervals between publications pass. Though, this is probably an age thing.

A similar point could be made about our monthly walks - but it is good meeting up with regular friends and hounds and, at almost every walk, new members.

David Brooks, the Canadian political and social commentator, in his latest book The Social Animal (Short Books 2011), writes that human beings are driven by universal feelings of loneliness and the need to belong; something that he calls the urge to merge. He suggests that being an active member of a club, or society, just once a month is equivalent, in happiness terms, to doubling one’s income.

So, why not enrich yourselves by coming along to our monthly ‘meets’?

I would like to remind new members to send in photos of your hounds so that they can be included in Lowdown, and also on our website. In fact, many existing members do not have their hounds represented on the site’s gallery, so if this is the case with you, then please email your images to our webmaster.

Derek has done a lot of recent work refreshing the site, www.southeastbasset.org.uk, so it is well worth a visit if you haven’t looked for a while.

It is pleasing to report that the Branch is continuing to grow. We now have in excess of one hundred and twenty members. I know that this is very gratifying to Brian, our brilliant chairman, and the rest of my hard-working colleagues on the committee.

Well, the summer is almost upon us and, hopefully, the wonderful weather that we have experienced throughout the spring will continue - especially for our walks.

I hope that your hounds will bring you along to some of them and our other events that we have planned. It is always good to see you.

Anyway, I hope you greatly enjoy this summer with your wonderful Basset Hounds.

All the best,

editor@bassethoundowners.org.uk

Cover of the Basset Hound Owners Club newsletter Lowdown

first published in LOWDOWN

editor Tony Roberts