Re: [NTLK] Newton users in the UK

From: Russ Bravo <>
Date: Wed May 03 2006 - 15:24:33 EDT

> I notice there seems to be only about 25 users shown across the entire
> UK?

Well, the Newton map suggests around 43 by my quick head count.
> For me this raises at least six possibilities:
> 1) The scene on this side of the Atlantic is almost extinct (however
> this List and Ebay is testimony to that not being the case).

I agree. I've sold Newtons and Newton bits to at least 100-150 people
in the UK over the past five years. I always plug Newtontalk and UNNA,
and some end up joining the list - but a great many don't, sadly.

> 2) The British stiff upper lip and island mentality i.e. fear of
> invasion, means that people are reluctant to sign up to the map.

Could be. We just hate putting our names to anything, in case we get
blamed afterwards.

> 3) We British are just less nerdy than our North American counterparts
> and don't dig the Newt as much (only kidding about nerdy!)

Or more pragmatic. Whisper it quietly but I don't actually *use* my
2100 for a great deal these days. As for my eMate - different story.
*The best* easy use laptop style writing device for the working
journalist/poet/author/comedy writer. Agreed, Marco?

> 4) We British are covertly interested in the Newt but are worried about
> having to declare this interest when we become Prime Minister. The
> public inquiry which would follow may result in the interrogation of
> this List and revelations about our personal thoughts being brought
> into
> the public domain, as Victor warns! Therefore less is more.

Er, yes. Keep taking the tablets and you'll be fine. Unlike our MPs,
who seem determined to star in their own (un)reality show.

> 5) As a result of intensive TV home improvement shows, British wives
> (sweeping generalisation)are putting extra pressure on the menfolk to
> be
> spending their spare time with more 'productive' enterprise.

Ah. Now there you may have hit upon something. Take a tip: keep most of
your Newton stuff at work :)
> Hey you! the British - What about a concerted effort to place your name
> on the map so we can start to see whose about and start networking?

Yeah - come on chaps, don't let the side down! We may not win the World
Cup [note for our transatlantic friends - it's an international soccer
tournament, and yes, the US is in it, if only briefly] but surely we
can do better than our current Newton map score. It's more embarrassing
than our Eurovision entry, and that's saying something! [note for our
transatlantic friends - a bizarre and kitsch 'popular' music contest
featuring lots of countries you didn't even know were in Europe, and no
decent band worth their salt would ever want to be seen dead in.
Sometimes won by Ireland]

Russ, UK
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