Category Archives: Opinions

New Year, New Book!

Ten years on from his first foray into publication, my good friend Mike Cougill has produced a new e-book: The Modelling Conversation

I have left a review, but I repeat it here verbatim.

This book is about solving problems. Or rather one single problem: what you want out of the hobby. Not what do you think other people think you should get out of the hobby, just you.
And despite being about you solving your problems, it offers you absolutely no solutions. None at all. But it does ask you some simple questions:
1) What Crossroad Have You Reached?
2) What Commitment Will You Make?
3) Is This Layout Worth Building For Me?
That’s it: three simple questions, and no simple recipe for success.
What it does do, and do exceptionally well, is share with you the author’s thoughts and path of thinking that led him to these three questions, and to how he is answering them.
It also shares his thoughts about how we can fit our hobby into the rest of our life, particularly when the time comes for us to go and play with the great train set in the sky.
The author quotes a Friend of mine:
“The modeller is central to the modelling.”
This book isn’t about problems at all: it’s about YOU!

You will enjoy if you visit!

Better to keep silent…

…and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and confirm it.

Or so the saying goes.

Yes, there is a lot of drivel posted on line (including by me), but two really pointless posts have iced the cake for me recently. I will paraphrase and not provide links.

1. In response to a fairly asinine piece of on-line purchasing pretending to be modelling, someone posted a photo of a small model diesel loco he had just bought, which was of an outline foreign to him, with a request for suggestions of what he might convert it to, as he had no idea and most of its features reflected railway practice developed after his preferred modelling era. To date he has received fewer than 2 responses, and it said: “I know nothing about this. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.”

2. In response to a short video showing recent developments on a layout, which included a train running, there was a response which said: “That reminds me of a layout that was in a magazine that ceased printing* 30+ years ago, and I can’t remember the name of the layout.”

We have in front of us a wonderful way to share information, happiness, warmth, sorrow, anguish and humour. But how on earth do posts such as that help with understanding the human condition?

* Yes. The magazine folded. **

** I did say some of the drivel was mine.