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Bob Cotsford07/12/2018 14:25:14
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I just came back from the Friday shopping to a pile of mail on the doormat, included in which was the new BMFA mag. The curious part is that I got not one, not two but three virginal copies, all addressed to me and alll marked with the correct BMFA membership number.

I know it's Christmas, but really?  Three copies?

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 07/12/2018 14:25:57

Chris Walby07/12/2018 14:47:41
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Its so you can pass two copies on to prospective new members, simples wink

Geoff Peacock07/12/2018 14:58:07
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I only got a single copy. However… it seems the BMFA have changed my name.

No longer am I Geoff - I am now known to them as GHENGIZ Peacock thinking.

Whether it's Ghengiz Kahn or Ghengiz Can't (my wife's suggestion) I'm not quite sure. Better have a look at their new Portal and check. More technology to deal with, I suppose.

Stuart Z07/12/2018 15:39:21
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 07/12/2018 14:25:14:

I just came back from the Friday shopping to a pile of mail on the doormat, included in which was the new BMFA mag. The curious part is that I got not one, not two but three virginal copies, all addressed to me and alll marked with the correct BMFA membership number.

I know it's Christmas, but really? Three copies?

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 07/12/2018 14:25:57

And I got two!

Like Bob’s with matching data on the envelope. (And are BMFA going to stop using plastic “envelopes” )

S

Edited By Stuart Z on 07/12/2018 15:40:11

Geoff Sleath07/12/2018 17:20:52
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Posted by Geoff Peacock on 07/12/2018 14:58:07:

I only got a single copy. However… it seems the BMFA have changed my name.

No longer am I Geoff - I am now known to them as GHENGIZ Peacock thinking.

Whether it's Ghengiz Kahn or Ghengiz Can't (my wife's suggestion) I'm not quite sure. Better have a look at their new Portal and check. More technology to deal with, I suppose.

It's probably because people think (incorrectly) that our first name is spelt 'Jeff'. Though I admit it might be fun to be called Genghis.

I received just the one copy but I didn't check to see if my name was correctly spelt.

Geoff (or perhaps Genghis)

Andy Symons - BMFA07/12/2018 17:34:08
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Posted by Geoff Peacock on 07/12/2018 14:58:07:

I only got a single copy. However… it seems the BMFA have changed my name.

No longer am I Geoff - I am now known to them as GHENGIZ Peacock thinking.

Whether it's Ghengiz Kahn or Ghengiz Can't (my wife's suggestion) I'm not quite sure. Better have a look at their new Portal and check. More technology to deal with, I suppose.

I have changed your record to say Geoff. There is no email address on your account so you will need to email membership@bmfa.org to add it and then a password reset email can be sent to you.

Andy Symons - BMFA07/12/2018 17:34:47
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A minor admin error generating the export for the printers, a small number of people will get multiple copies, most just the one.

Kevin 21607/12/2018 18:41:30
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I got 2 too I thought it was because I had paid the bmfa fee early and Go membership was indicating 2 live subscriptions!.

Andy Symons - BMFA07/12/2018 18:53:45
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Posted by Kevin 216 on 07/12/2018 18:41:30:

I got 2 too I thought it was because I had paid the bmfa fee early and Go membership was indicating 2 live subscriptions!.

Correct. Sorted now though.

Erfolg07/12/2018 19:27:35
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It would not surprise me that the errors or issues are related to the BMFA upgrading their management portal. I expect that they have been populating a new relational data base from an existing system.

Is it the end of the world if this, or something similar has been taking place. IMO no, it is part of the price of reducing costs and increasing head office efficiency. As we constantly see, or are aware of, the potential for things going wrong with increased reliance on technology remains. The rewards are services and opportunities at a fraction of the cost, or maybe not possible with the comfortable world of paper.

Personally I can live quite easily with the odd error, when my overall services increase and costs reduced.

Bob Cotsford07/12/2018 19:39:37
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It's not the end of the world except it's not going to help reduce costs in the short term if the printers are churning out surpluss copies!

Tom Sharp 207/12/2018 19:45:39
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I'm going to put my extra copy on E-Bay

Erfolg07/12/2018 19:58:11
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Bob

There will always be some problems. In my case I received my BMFA news today, a single copy.

In the longer term, many changes do reduce cost, improve service.

In a way i smile, as I think that potentially my region is helping to fund some of the changes, via our regional budget, yet I recognise that in the longer term these small problems are inevitable as we move forward.

Now where are my stone tablets and chisels?

Erfolg07/12/2018 19:59:02
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Tom

Is it a rare collectors copy?

Tom Sharp 207/12/2018 20:15:49
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Posted by Erfolg on 07/12/2018 19:59:02:

Tom

Is it a rare collectors copy?

I was hoping it was, I've signed it M V Richthofen.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 07/12/2018 20:19:26

Steve J08/12/2018 09:46:29
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In the addendum to the handbook, section 8.1, it says that that there is an exemption for gliders between 7 and 14kg. on the BMFA website. Can anybody provide a link to this, because I can't find it.

Steve

Cuban808/12/2018 10:02:06
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 07/12/2018 19:39:37:

It's not the end of the world except it's not going to help reduce costs in the short term if the printers are churning out surpluss copies!

Having previously worked in the print/paper handling industry, I wouldn't be too alarmed at the cost of extra copies, Bob. The main costs are design/transport/handling/postage, unless things have changed radically over the last ten years or so, the actual cost of printing is surprisingly low and gets even better the more you make.

nigel newby08/12/2018 10:25:43
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I got a pair as well. Tom you need to put them both on e-bay. As any dealer will tell, you always get more for a matching pair!!

Nigel N

Bob Cotsford08/12/2018 11:04:29
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Posted by Cuban8 on 08/12/2018 10:02:06:
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 07/12/2018 19:39:37:

It's not the end of the world except it's not going to help reduce costs in the short term if the printers are churning out surpluss copies!

Having previously worked in the print/paper handling industry, I wouldn't be too alarmed at the cost of extra copies, Bob. The main costs are design/transport/handling/postage, unless things have changed radically over the last ten years or so, the actual cost of printing is surprisingly low and gets even better the more you make.

Unfortunately delivering three copies brings triple all of those costs other than the design step!

Geoff Peacock08/12/2018 14:56:36
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Posted by Andy Symons - BMFA on 07/12/2018 17:34:08:
Posted by Geoff Peacock on 07/12/2018 14:58:07:

I only got a single copy. However… it seems the BMFA have changed my name.

No longer am I Geoff - I am now known to them as GHENGIZ Peacock thinking.

Whether it's Ghengiz Kahn or Ghengiz Can't (my wife's suggestion) I'm not quite sure. Better have a look at their new Portal and check. More technology to deal with, I suppose.

I have changed your record to say Geoff. There is no email address on your account so you will need to email membership@bmfa.org to add it and then a password reset email can be sent to you.

A big thanks to Andy - sorted out in double quick time yes.

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