FROM THE EDITORS
This is an interesting issue of Discourse because most of the issue came to us from Australia and New Zealand. Two articles take us deep into the kite-buggy world and have something familiar in common: passion. Follow Charlie Watson as he spends two weeks with old friends – some people, some kites! – following his buggy passion. Then follow the Thuillier brothers as they go far- afield and buggy the Brazilian coast.
Passion drives the activities of Australian Bob Moore as he chronicles his adventures flying kites to very high altitudes in the Australian outback. Bob talks of successes and failures, breakthroughs and setbacks, during his high- flight efforts since 2003. He talks of the current technologies used to make the efforts possible as well as costs – in time and mental health – to pursue such a goal.
Finally, I talk of going to the mat and spending some serious money on two historical kite artifacts. Too valuable to the kite community to let escape, these two, original Eddy kites have now been documented and are presented to the kite community here for the first time.
Scott Skinner Board President
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[Discourse:] a magazine on notable kite stuff, the equivalent of Rolling Stone magazine but for kites.
I’m very glad to hear that the article was well-received. Perhaps towards the end of next year I’ll have more to tell! Hope so! Here in Bariloche, I’m pretty much the only steady regular passionate kite-flyer, but people do show interest, and the workshops are proving popular.
Our city is getting over the effects of the volcano Puyehue eruption (100km away) which covered the whole area with ashes. That disrupted life here quite drastically at the beginning, but now things are getting back to normal, fortunately. Kiting was out of the question for several months, but it’s OK now, if the wind is not bringing the plume, which persists, and can be irritating for one’s eyes… but we’ve already got used to it! (We use goggles and surgical masks on those days.)
So glad to see that The Department of Tethered Aviation was covered, I am also glad to see that we have a real kiting publication in the USA again!
Thoroughly enjoyed the last issue of Discourse. Fantastic job!
It feels good to see my text in the latest Discourse (and to feel that my ideas found some echo).
Although it is not necessary that you send a gift to me, since to be published [by] Drachen is an honor enough, it would be wonderful to receive it! I found the article organization and the picture distribution excellent. I also enjoyed the rest of the articles a lot.
MARIA ELENA GARCÍA AUTINO
I am grateful to you for publishing my article in Discourse: from the end of the line, September 2011. Pleasure is mine to contribute it. I am more than happy as it came out right on the happy occasion of Dasain Festival, which is a kite-flying season in Nepal. Thanks a million!
NIRMAN MAN TULADHAR
Wonderful story about KAP!
It’s Drachen that deserve the thanks and it’s me that should be sending presents – you all do such a great job for kiteflying.