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We need volunteers to create a series of QE2 Stories on the main https://www.theqe2story.com/ website.

As you will see, I've made a series of placeholders down the side of the page, which will open up the individual pages.

What I'd like to do is give everybody who wants one a single page on which to tell a summarised version of their story.  This will be at a handy web address that you can quote elsewhere - e.g. www.theqe2story.com/yourname

Please email me at admin@TheQE2Story.com with the text, photos etc. and try to make it as easy as possible for me to figure out how you want it.  This will be the hardest bit for me!

Here are some suggestions as to what to include:-

  • You can base it on your introduction from here, or maybe use that as a starting point
  • Probably best not to make it too long... or too short!
  • You MUST include a photo of yourself, preferably with the QE2 in the background, or with you on QE2!
  • Include a few photos that can be embedded in the story, but not too many.  I can include links to photo and video galleries and other sites that interest you etc.
  • Tell about your introduction to the QE2
  • Tell about how many trips you made
  • What did the ship mean to you?
  • Why was she special?
  • Favourite rooms/cabins/ports of call etc
  • What will you miss most & why will you miss her?

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Online Bob C.

Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #1 on: Mar 02, 2009, 09:36 PM »
Rob,
   Will this be an ongoing thing or a one time deal with a submission deadline.  I will have lots of material to work from once I get my photos converted to digital and would love to submit a story or two. 

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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #2 on: Mar 02, 2009, 09:43 PM »
Rob,
   Will this be an ongoing thing or a one time deal with a submission deadline.  I will have lots of material to work from once I get my photos converted to digital and would love to submit a story or two. 

No plans to restrict it Bob, if its a success and I can cope with the demand, and you can come back and update it/expand it later if you wish.
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #3 on: Mar 03, 2009, 12:35 AM »
Count me in, Rob! Looking forward to putting the material together  :D

Probably will be delivered in several instalments if that's all right. The whole thing will be wonderful -- so many different takes on the one great ship!

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 03, 2009, 12:18 PM »
I'd certainly be up for that. Could be a nice source of memories when complete - there are some very varied experiences on board.

Not sure if we should encourage Myles though!

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 03, 2009, 12:57 PM »
Rob,
  It sounds like a great idea, every voyage has had its own memories, some good and some unprintable
  and lm sure with selective editing l could add one or two tales from a skip down memory lane
  Trouble is lm not sure who is watching on here
   As your suggestions go that might be a good format to make a start with?
   Go for it!!! of course it might mean that you have even less time to yourself, and maybe in time to come put
   it into print and we can all retire on the royalities.......
  "Recollections of a Queen" ;)
     
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #6 on: Mar 03, 2009, 04:05 PM »
Excellent idea Rob!  Will be a great read when they are all done!
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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #7 on: Mar 03, 2009, 10:03 PM »
You asked me before. And I would love to. Photos at the ready.
Im free...

Offline Chris Frame

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 19, 2009, 04:04 AM »
I'm in!

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 20, 2009, 09:01 AM »
Quote
I'm in!

Ah music to my ears :o ;)
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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline mickey g

Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #10 on: Apr 03, 2009, 04:44 PM »

Sorry I've been offsite for so long, I changed my laptop and lost the site!!!!!! ???

I shall compile my 2008 memories and post them may be in 2 or 3 sections

« Last Edit: Apr 05, 2009, 01:06 PM by mickey g »
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 04, 2009, 08:32 PM »
I would be glad to contribute.

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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #12 on: Apr 17, 2009, 11:16 PM »
I'm struggling with the technicalities of this, although a couple of people have now sent submissions.

Please bear with me while I work out how the website is going to work exactly ...

Thanks.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2009, 09:22 PM »
Hi Rob

Wondered what happened to my first part, will wait and hope to add the rest when you are ready

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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2009, 06:19 PM »
Chris & Mick's QE2 Stories now added to the main site.

NEXT!
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2009, 02:00 PM »
Thanks Rob :)

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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #16 on: Jun 04, 2009, 12:49 PM »
Hi Rob
I would like to create a story

IS that ,ok?

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« Reply #17 on: Jun 05, 2009, 08:37 PM »
Chris Potter's Story now added!

https://www.theqe2story.com/Stories/ChrisPotter.html

Thanks Chris, great stuff!!

Any more for any more?  (as my Dad would say)
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 05, 2009, 08:50 PM »



Rob- The answer is a Yes.......


(It may take a fair bit of time - how long have we got?!
Is there a word limit -  or perhaps it's better not to ask!)
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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #19 on: Aug 14, 2009, 11:59 AM »
Does nobody else want to do this?  There's only 3 up there!  Have a look at them and see what you can come up with!
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 15, 2009, 01:31 AM »
Bear with me and I'll try to put something together when I get an opportunity.
« Last Edit: Aug 15, 2009, 10:41 AM by Andy F »
Start every day with a smile and get it over with

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 15, 2009, 04:16 AM »
Looking forward to reading more about your QE2 Story Andy!

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 16, 2009, 04:24 PM »
Those of you with your own websites, photos, videos etc. can feel free to use your 'page' on the main site to plug these too if you wish.
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Offline mickey g

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« Reply #23 on: Sep 06, 2009, 10:51 PM »
Rob, I wrote my first QE2 memories awhile ago and would be most happy to write some more but I notice that only three of us have written anything.

My memories and impressions, although wonderful to me personally, pail into insignificance with memories of guys out there, how can you get others to follow this thread, it should be so interesting? Have I missed something but surely somebody on this site has memories of the Falklands voyage, especially regarding how QE2 performed under such alien circumstances
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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #24 on: Sep 28, 2009, 12:17 PM »
I've started writing a few lines for the website Rob. Is there a word limit?  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 24, 2009, 11:06 AM »
OK.. up until 01:15 last night finalising my QE2 story for the website. I'll email it to you Rob when it's completed. Probably next week after I've dug out some old photos.
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« Reply #26 on: Oct 24, 2009, 03:09 PM »
OK.. up until 01:15 last night finalising my QE2 story for the website. I'll email it to you Rob when it's completed. Probably next week after I've dug out some old photos.

I look forward to it Rich!
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« Reply #27 on: Oct 31, 2009, 08:15 PM »
Richard's QE2 Story is now online

https://www.theqe2story.com/Stories/RichardDrayson.html

Thanks Richard!  Let me know if you wish me to change anything.
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« Reply #28 on: Nov 09, 2009, 09:34 PM »
Thanks Rob, isn't the internet fantastic  :D
I haven't forgotten the accompanying photos I said I'd email to you... they're being posted to me by snail mail.

Regards, Rich.
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« Reply #29 on: Nov 11, 2009, 10:12 PM »
Isabelle has added her wonderful QE2 story to the growing collection

https://www.theqe2story.com/Stories/Isabelle.html

Now, who's next?
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« Reply #30 on: Nov 11, 2009, 10:25 PM »
Thank you, Rob! It's all your work, getting it there and getting it to look good  :D

I am enjoying these very different stories -- the different ways we found this great ship, the different ways she attracted us and brought us together... The more stories we collect there, the more they, as a group, say about our favourite ship.

Were we not living in the internet age, I would be seeing a book growing there...   ;D

Thank you, Rob, for this great place to gather around the marvellous QE2.

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« Reply #31 on: Nov 12, 2009, 12:23 PM »
Great to read your Story Isabelle! Thank you for sharing.

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« Reply #32 on: Nov 13, 2009, 12:52 PM »

Great story thanks Isabelle.

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« Reply #33 on: Nov 13, 2009, 01:32 PM »
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Isabelle - I really enjoyed reading it!
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« Reply #34 on: Nov 13, 2009, 02:13 PM »
Isabelle - Thank you for your QE2 story
Hopefully, your good memories of 'then'
are going be really helpful in keeping your 'dancing lady' going!
It won't be the same though,
without thoughts of cameras, lights and the Queens Room ceiling!
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Re: Volunteers Required
« Reply #35 on: Nov 14, 2009, 08:10 PM »
Rob, I've done part one of my first voyage on QE2 last year but have a Biscay, QM2 eastbound tandem plus the final voyage. Would you like my musings?
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« Reply #36 on: Jan 30, 2010, 04:59 PM »
Hi Rob

I would be interested in submitting my QE2 story but I need to give the content some thought.  I really enjoyed reading the stories that have been submitted so far. I have lots of photos of the ship including the original John Brown photographer Black and White photos of when she was launched.  However I need to sort the photos and decided which ones would be most suitable for my story.  I will email when I have the content ready. 
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« Reply #37 on: Jan 31, 2010, 05:38 AM »
Thank you for your story Isabelle, it was a very interesting read. She is just an amazing ship.

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« Reply #38 on: Jul 12, 2010, 12:37 PM »
Would anyone else be interested in doing one?

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« Reply #39 on: Oct 06, 2010, 11:09 PM »
For some reason, I missed out on reading Rich's story when it first appeared :

https://www.theqe2story.com/Stories/RichardDrayson.html

Just want to tell you, Rich, that it's a wonderful story, and such an eventful one too! Thank you for writing it up for us. Only scratching the surface, I think... you must have many more QE2 stories to tell... looking forward to those, over the next few months and years  ;D  .

Anyone else? There are so many almost-written QE2 stories here in the Forum already -- wouldn't it be great to give them that final polish and send them to Rob for the main pages?

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« Reply #40 on: Oct 07, 2010, 10:25 AM »
Thank you Isabelle. I only wish I had some more photos as the one in my story is awful. At the time of course, I didn't realise the need to take my camera onboard very often.
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« Reply #41 on: Aug 11, 2011, 12:36 AM »
I will work on it and contribute. Sadly no pics.
Is there a word limit though?
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« Reply #42 on: Mar 26, 2012, 06:14 PM »
Hi Rob,

Yes I would indeed like to make a contribution. I will have to see if I have any photos of myself on QE2. Yes of course I have a number, but as they were taken by the official Photographers there maybe be copyright issues. I'm sure i can find some however that were taken with my cameras other than lovely dining table photos unless I have permission from all of the participants! 

However the main point of this brief note is to suggest that as some of us have made many voyages on our beloved ship that we ought to make a number of short articles available on different voyages to avoid confusion.

I will work on on it and dig out some of my own best pix both of the ship and of different places I went to.

Finally how many words would you like per article approx?

Let us know your thoughts on this one

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« Reply #43 on: Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM »
Hello photocruiser

Thank-you for your offer to write some of your memories. 

Rob has asked that I respond on his behalf to suggest that you should start a topic within the "Passenger and Enthusiasts Memories" section so that you can add your memories and photos a bit at a time.  Rob can then transfer your story onto the main QE2 Story Front page.  Have a look at what some other people have written in the Features section. (see left hand side of page)
https://www.theqe2story.com/

I am looking forward to reading your memories and seeing your photos and I am sure there will be lots of interest from other members. 

If you need any help with starting the topic just let me know. 

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« Reply #44 on: Aug 15, 2012, 11:30 AM »
If you want to sub the three parts I sent earlier I don't mind.   Just let me know if you want anything extra.
Regards,   
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« Reply #45 on: Aug 15, 2012, 01:19 PM »
Thanks Fraser, your story will be an interesting addition to the Front page "Features" section

To assist Rob I have copied the relevant post from your introduction "Fraser Ballantyne's Introduction to QE2" to combine the posts and tidy up. 

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,3714.0.html

Please forward any photos you would like us to add to Admin@theqe2story.com

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« Reply #46 on: Jan 23, 2015, 10:57 AM »
Hi , just got email while was sorting out 93 94 and autum colours 2008 ephemera out , autum colours I kept everything.world cruise , well knowing what know I would have kept  everything would have filled a suitcase, I still have the passenger lists2 books, some are j p rosenbergdavid sc scripps madam? Melisa d scrippsshe never spoke to me david did, the ice cream man, have senior officer list at frontwoodall , ward owen, andrew graham too right bloo, beat hofer, I could go on about the 16 weeks, big chunk of my life pity I never found what I wanted

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« Reply #47 on: Feb 20, 2016, 03:26 PM »
Whats happend on this lately,
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« Reply #48 on: Feb 20, 2016, 06:17 PM »
Whats happend on this lately,

You can see members "QE2 stories" on front page (left side)
http://www.theqe2story.com

I have still to add my story but keep getting caught up with other work. 
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« Reply #49 on: Aug 27, 2020, 05:09 AM »
Hi Rob,
Apologies, I didn't notice this thread until after I'd posted my Hong Kong story yesterday. If it can be added in the manner/format you suggest that would be great too - let me know if that's okay and what input you would need from me. Happy to help, cheers for now, Ben

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« Reply #50 on: Aug 28, 2020, 11:56 AM »
Hi Rob,
Apologies, I didn't notice this thread until after I'd posted my Hong Kong story yesterday. If it can be added in the manner/format you suggest that would be great too - let me know if that's okay and what input you would need from me. Happy to help, cheers for now, Ben

Hello Ben,
Yes, it will be brilliant to have your QE2 story! Have you found the other stories, at the link above (see Lynda's contribution)? You could get inspired by those.

What we need is the story of how the QE2 was part of your life, with a few relevant photographs. You could send all this to the admin@theqe2story.com email address, and Rob will format the story and pictures and upload it. You could also get in touch with us at the admin address in case of any questions, and we shall respond as best we can.

Looking forward to reading your story (and Jasper's!).

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« Reply #51 on: Sep 02, 2020, 12:36 PM »
I wonder how many are around who like me and other Crew Members who had to  stay over in Anchorage during during a Crew Change from Tokyo it was a full crew change