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FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by Wildblue on 19 April 2006 11:09am
 
From:
Palin's Travelers
www.palinstravels.co.uk/index.php

To:
Prominent Palin Productions Ltd.
34 Travistock Street
London
WC2E 7PB

Greetings Mr. Palin, from Palin's Travelers.

We are a internation group of travel devotees and Palinites who make our home at your excellent web site www.palinstravels.co.uk/index.php
We are writing you this joint letter to thank you for providing us with such a terrific forum to gather, exchange ideas, share infromation, support each other, and write about varous sudry silliness that defy catagorization. Many of us who are regulars at your site have never felt at home in other site's chat areas where the talk to often deterorates to the lowest levels, but at palinstravels, topics are discussed in an intelligent, open, witty manner that encourages many new members to take part in online chat activities, perhaps for the first time. It is a testament to the easy going class and intelligent good humor in which you've always deported yourself that your site draws a host of like minded people, even if we do say so ourselfs!
You say in the video introduction to the site that you hoped your web sit would create a travel community, and we just wanted to assure you that is just what it has become. There are already talks of a Palin's Travelers group get together, charity fund raisers, and many other projects. We would also like to thank you for the masses of searchable information on your own travels that you've posted. Making the text of your books available free online was especially kind, and the pictures, video clips, and sound recordings which are on the site are equally apriciated, and pawed through. There has been some interest in having a "Messages to Michael" posting area to go along with the "Messages from Michael" one. It would be nice to have a place on the site where members could talk directly to you, you of course are under no obligation to read them, but it would just make us feel better to write them anyway. It might also be easier on you if you want to stop by and have a quick place to check what's going on instead of darring the tangled chaos that makes up the rest of the chatter box postings. We would also like to assure you that your under no obligation to stick to formal letters full of exciting information and breaking news when you are writing on the site. A casual line or two about nothing in particular, a question, a concern, a dirty limerick, all would be more than sufficient. We're a pretty informal group here, and we want you to feel your amougnst freinds, not demanding fans. We are gratefull for all the time, effort, and expense that has gone into providing this web site for us, and every shred of it's volumous contents are not only deeply appriciated, but eagerly lapped up, so perhaps you can forgive us the audacity of asking for more. This site has become important to alot of us, and we are just taking an interest in what we've come to think of as our internet home.
On your last posting you wrote that you where about to start on a new journey, this time through the new Europe. We all want to collectively with you good luck, and smooth sailing, on what we are sure is a complicated, exhasting, and demanding endevor. We await the results with eager anticipation! We would also like to add that if you find that you need any help, not just with your travel series, but with any project, charity, information gathering, you name it, you will find us a geographically wide spread group with diverse skill sets, and professional experince, many of whom would be willing to help out if asked.
In closing let us thank you one more time for providing us with such a great site. As well as putting such a personal and accesible face on world travel. Many of us continue to be inspired by you to travel in our own lives, experience new cultures, and new experiences, and dream of ever more exotic ports in the future. You have given us the world and we thank you.

Signed by Palin's Travelers;
Name, username, location, email
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by Wildblue on 19 April 2006 11:57am
 
This is only a first draft, so suggestion, and criticism are welcome. Don't be afraid to nit-pic remember this is your letter to. P.s. I only called us Palin's Travelers becuase in writing the letter I relised I needed to call us something. I kind of like the ring of it, and it does refer to the web site, but all other suggestions are welcome. P.p.s I found this letter surprising difficult to write so if you wanted to mention parts you liked as well as parts you wanted changed I wouldn't be adverse to that either.
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by peripatetically on 19 April 2006 2:18pm
 
I personally think this is a tewrrific letter, Wild. Other than the numerous spelling/punctuation errors, off-hand, I think you covered just about everything and did a good job organizing yours and our thoughts.
Patty~
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by suzulu on 19 April 2006 6:38pm
 
This letter is absolutely brilliant, Wild! I will gladly sign it!
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by Wildblue on 19 April 2006 7:50pm
 
perip, the spelling errors are the result of me retyping this letter on to the site very late at night, the orginal version in Mircorsoft Word has a spell checker. The punctuation errors are my own. I'm comma happy, and left to my own devices entire pages would be one long sentence.
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by perfectbitch on 19 April 2006 8:32pm
 
The letter is fine and the only commas that "offend" are the ones before prepositions (and, but etc) which is something I do all the time but always have to delete them whenI read my writing back to myself. Thank-you Wildblue for expressing what we all feel. Well done, Linz
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by simpsonspalinfan_2005 on 19 April 2006 8:50pm
 
I think this a well-drawn out letter. This reminds me of the personal letter to Palin that I wrote three months ago. The only issues are, as stated by others, grammatical, but I tend to be picky when it comes to that.

Alex
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by tucsonmike on 20 April 2006 6:55am
 
I played with some of the grammar and shortened some sentences, but otherwise very good. Here is what I did with it.

Greetings Mr. Palin, from Palin's Travelers.

We are a international group of travel devotees and Palinites who make our home at your excellent web site www.palinstravels.co.uk/index.php
We are writing you this joint letter to thank you for providing us with such a terrific forum to gather, exchange ideas, share information, support each other, and write about various sundry silliness that defy categorization. Many of us who are regulars at your site have never felt at home in other site's chat areas where the talk to often deteriorates to the lowest levels, but at Palin’s Travels, topics are discussed in an intelligent, open, witty manner that encourages new members to participate in online chat activities, perhaps for the first time. It is a testament to the easy going class and intelligent good humor in which you've always deported yourself that your site draws a host of like minded people, even if we do say so ourselves!
You say in the video introduction to the site that you hoped your web site would create a travel community, and we just wanted to assure you that is just what it has become. We as a group have spoken about a Palin's Travelers group get together, charity fundraisers, and many other projects. We would also like to thank you for the masses of searchable information on your own travels that you've posted. Making the text of your books available free online was especially kind, and the pictures, video clips, and sound recordings, which are on the site are equally appreciated, and read voraciously. There has been some interest in having a "Messages to Michael" posting area to go along with the "Messages from Michael" one. It would be nice to have a place on the site where members could talk directly to you, you of course are under no obligation to read them, but it would just make us feel better to write them anyway. It might also be easier on you if you want to stop by and have a quick place to check what is going on instead of daring the tangled chaos that makes up the rest of the chatterbox postings. We would also like to assure you that you are under no obligation to stick to formal letters full of exciting information and breaking news when you are writing on the site. A casual line or two about nothing in particular, a question, a concern, a dirty limerick, all would be more than sufficient. We are an informal group here, and we want you to feel you’re amongst friends, not demanding fans. We want this to be a “win/win” situation, in which we can do something for you. We are grateful for all the time, effort, and expense that has gone into providing this web site for us, and every shred of it's contents are not only deeply appreciated, but eagerly lapped up, so perhaps you can forgive us the audacity of asking for more. This site has become important to a lot of us, and we are just taking an interest in what we have come to think of as our internet home.
On your last posting, you wrote that you where about to start on a new journey, this time through the new Europe. We all want to collectively with you good luck, and smooth sailing, on what we are sure is a complicated, exhausting, and demanding endeavor. We await the results with eager anticipation! We would also like to add that if you find that you need any help, not just with your travel series, but with any project, charity, information gathering, you name it, you will find us a geographically wide spread group with diverse skill sets, and professional experience, many of whom would be willing to help out if asked.
In closing let us thank you one more time for providing us with such a great site. As well as putting such a personal and accessible, face on world travel. Many of us continue to be inspired by you to travel in our own lives, experience new cultures, and new experiences, and dream of ever more exotic ports in the future. You have given us the world and we thank you.
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by Wildblue on 20 April 2006 9:23am
 
Thanks for the help Mike, I'm sure your version is more gramarically correct, and I will make some corrections. There are a few points I might fight for though, I'm sure changing "There are already talks of a Palin's Travelers get together..." to "We as a group have spoken about a Palin's Travelers get together.." is more correct, but it seems ackward to me. What does anyone else think? And I chose the phrase "pawed through" to keep the tone light and playfull, though your "read voracously" is good as well. Let others decide.
 
Re: FIRST DRAFT, a letter to Michael from evryone. by peripatetically on 20 April 2006 2:01pm
 
I liked the "pawed-through".
 
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