J W Lewin

To: "Robert Inglis" <>
Subject: J W Lewin
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:33:14 +1000
OK, so I admit, I can be a bit slow at times....  

With regard to doing internet searches for desired info (since I was the one to 
suggest the Border Ranges NP search), I did indeed do such a search on the 
Lewin book (which does look quite interesting), but strangely, that was only 
possible after the post decrying my erstwhile lack of interest in it.  So, "a 
little too oblique"??  Hmmm, quite possibly so.

Still, thanks for the info about this book, Bob.

Cheers all, and happy birding,
John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 13/04/2012, at 8:40 AM, Robert Inglis wrote:

> I found out about the J W Lewin book when I heard an interview with the 
> author, Richard Neville, on Radio National (“RN, your world unravelling”) a 
> few days ago.
> The audio of the interview can be heard by going to the Radio National 
> website and entering the word “Lewin” in 
> the “Search” box (not the ABC Search box although that might work as well). 
> Select the item about J W Lewin.
> I appear to have been a little too oblique for some people in my original 
> posting when I mentioned this book so I will try to straighten that up 
> somewhat.
> That posting was originally intended to point out that some publishers (at 
> least one, anyway) in Australia do, at times, use capitals for the initial 
> letters of bird common names.
> Receiving a copy of the book as I was actually composing a comment on the 
> subject of capitalising bird common names (that is, using capitals for the 
> initial letters of the names) gave me the opportunity to advise that the book 
> is available. 
> I felt sure that there would be many birders very interested in the book and, 
> after seeing the wonderful reproductions of so many pieces of artwork in the 
> book, I decided to mention it.
> I will admit that, in my follow-up posting about J W Lewin, I did adopt a 
> style which could be termed “perversely humorous” (thank you Wendy) but I 
> make no apologies for that.
> I was a little disappointed that no one had commented on the book after my 
> mention of it but I have since been somewhat gladdened by the subsequent 
> responses. It seems a little light, perverse humour can work positively at 
> times.
> If anyone had not heard of the book previous to my posting they could have 
> taken my ‘hint’ and undertaken an internet search on “j w Lewin” and quickly 
> found what I was writing about.
> The suggestion to do an internet search for more information is often made by 
> people on this forum when someone posts a sighting report without giving full 
> details of the location.
> That suggestion was made a few days ago in response to a posting about a 
> sighting in the Border Ranges NP.
> Incidentally, I have declared my pleasure with the J W Lewin book a few times 
> but I must declare a slight disappointment with the publisher. In the first 
> few pages I have so far found two glaring examples of errors in printing in 
> the form of ‘stray’ words and inappropriately duplicated words. Still, it is 
> a surprisingly affordable book and one I am glad to have in my bookshelf.
> Cheers
> Bob Inglis
> Sandstone Point
> Qld
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