FROM THE EDITOR
After six months in the control room of Pump Towers, I have stopped calling the printers
every month to check out whether or not the magazine has come out upside down, and
started to relax into the job a bit. Never one to rest on my laurels, however, I thought it
time to turn my attention to what an editor actually does. As I'm still not quite sure,
although I know it involves drinking rather a lot of coffee, I decided to start with
punctuation. Simple, surely? Just bung the odd full stop in here and there. Nothing to it.
Until I remembered talking to Wise Old Pumpy (Richard Martin to you) a while back,
where he told me that people nowadays don't know how to use punctuation, all they use
are exclamation marks and hyphens. Ah. (That was one of those moments when I
studiously examined my fingernail in a `my! Haven't you grown' kind of way.) I thought
that WAS punctuation!
Now I'm still not sure what they did teach us at Truro High School for Young Ladies, but
I can't recall a lesson where we learnt how to decorate a sentence properly.
However, it seems Richard is right (Richard is ALWAYS right, annoyingly). Even F.Scott
Fitzgerald was heard to murmur `Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation
mark is like laughing at your own jokes'. Well someone's got to(!). I might have to ponder
this over another cup of coffee. I don't even dare attempt the semi colon until at least
I was thinking that there would be rather a lull in August, what with the fete season over,
and I could sit back a bit. But it seems I was wrong. The summer months are well and
truly upon us, and there's no time to rest.
I would urge you to check out the Open Air Theatre in Filkins. Always a wonderful
experience in the lovely setting of the Woolen Weaver's, and as the evening turns chilly,
blankets (of the finest Cotswold quality) are provided for warmth, comfort and nodding
off. A glass of Angela's finest, and you'll be set up for the summer!!!!
THE RECTOR'S LETTER