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20th December 2005
D
ecklin's Domain is delighted to announce that the Demise and Mordor family of fantasy rpg's are moving in with us.  The Demise forums are at http://decklinsdemise.com/forum/index.php and the Demise home page is shortly relocating to http://decklinsdemise.com/index.htm .  There will be a number of changes affecting all our sites over the next little while as we modify our product offerings, our forums and our support.  Within a few days we hope to start up a number of official multi-player servers to support the 'official' products.

17th December 2005
N
ew Spring #4 has arrived - we will begin shipping on the 22nd December.

22nd November 2005
W
e will begin shipping New Spring #3 this week - received our full order this time around :-)

10th November 2005
L
ong time no news, I know but today we have received the long-awaited Dragonlance: Legend of Huma #6 ( two cover variants) - details at http://www.decklinsdomain.com/Books/DsDCstore2.htm.

24th September 2005
W
ith all that's been going on with the weather lately it is good to hear about some of the animal welfare work that's ongoing.  If you feel like helping, probably the best way ( if you know someone who is volunteering ) is to offer to help them directly, contribute to their expenses etc.  All the volunteers here paid their own air fares, hotel, car rentals and bought most of their food.  The link below gives a glimpse into the animal rescue efforts .... the photograph is © Marv Heston 

http://www.hestonweddings.com/Katrina/index.htm

23rd September 2005
C
atching up with some news ... Decklin's Domain is changing servers, over the next 2 to 3 days there may be some down-time ~ if you can't find us try back a little later ;-)

1st September 2005
A
n announcement was posted on the Pharaoh Productions site today:

Demise News,
from Decklin of Decklin's Domain, September 1st 2005:

" Decklin's Domain, MakeItSo and Pharaoh Productions have come to a contractual agreement to work together over the next few months to ensure that  Demise: Rise of the Ku'Tan ( and its earlier kin Mordor 1 ) will move to a safe haven and a secure new base from which to grow.  Within a few weeks the Demise website and forums will be moved to decklinsdemise.com .  We will keep the Pharaoh boards and site intact of course and expect the process will be reasonably painless."

" Demise 1.03 downloads as well as My Demise availability will continue unchanged although there may be minor re-arrangements within the forums and the site from time to time as we get further into the transition. "

" We are very excited by this move.  There is a lot of work ahead of us but we expect to complete the re-arrangement in time for Demise to greet the New Year with a new lease on life and a few more tricks up its sleeve."

" We will keep you informed as we go - and thanks to everyone from all quarters for their continued support."

Decklin ( the Twisted Dwarf ) may be reached for comment via the boards or by email at decklin@decklinsdemise.com


22nd August 2005
A
memorable day for my musical education;-) ....
my brother forwarded this link, check out Mrs Miller at Frank's Vinyl Museum .  Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the samples are in Real Audio format - I don't recommend that anyone actually installs any Real Audio Player due to that company's invasive past practices.

17th August 2005
A
n update on New Spring #1 ... by this morning we have mailed most advance orders from April to July and by this evening we will be completely caught up-to-date as far as issue #1 is concerned.

10th August 2005
W
e will begin shipping New Spring #1 this weekend ~ with a little bonus to reward our customers' patience ...

5th August 2005
S
till checking on our New Spring shipment ... apparently less than a week till it arrives.

3rd August 2005
W
atch this space ... big news for Robert Jordan fans, there's a limited edition high quality print available, signed by the author ... click on the picture for details ...

2nd August 2005
P
review of New Spring #2 due near the end of August ...
Newsarama article

New Spring #1 is in shipping but we haven't received our bulk order yet.

20th July 2005
M
ore on New Spring:
Issue #1 has still not left the printer, and we just heard there will be 8 issues, not 6.

18th July 2005
C
atch-up time:  Been on the road a lot, haven't added all I should ... so here goes:

Comics News:
New Spring by Robert Jordan is coming out very, very soon ... here are the first four covers and you may pre-order individually or by subscription from our New Spring page ~ as usual, click on the thumbnails to see the full picture.

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Music News:
Wendy DeWitt of Blues and Boogie fame has some Bay Area gigs ~

July 20 - Wednesday 9:30
Saloon
Grant and Fresno Alley - North Beach
San Francisco
Wendy with the band featuring Dave Workman

July 23 - Saturday 4 - 8
Saloon
North Beach
Wendy with the Dave Workman Band

July 30 - Saturday 4:00
Sonoma Salute to the Arts
Downtown Sonoma in the Plaza
20th Anniversary. Art, food, wine, micro-brew beer
and great music all day.

...and down the road a piece: Florida, France, Ohio..
.



 21st June 2005
S
ummer solstice surprise!   We received (without any reasonable notice) a direction to immediately stop offering David Ian Davies audiobooks published by One Voice Recordings.  The email correspondence with an explanation may be read at the regular audio books page. (link edited 8/8/2005)

13th June 2005
S
ome more goodies came in from Dabel Brothers Production, pictures of the first pages from New Spring .... click on the thumbnails for the 'big pictures'.

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17th May 2005
O
oops!  Production date slipped ... just heard New Spring #1 is now scheduled for July 2005 with issue #2 in August 2005 (see below) although we have Wood Boy en route to us and we should be able to ship our pre-orders early next week :-)

19th April 2005
M
ore comics news - Robert Jordan's New Spring is due out in May
and you can pre-order here or log on below to find the retailer nearest you to make sure they bring it in!


 http://csls.diamondcomics.com/
"MAY05 2918" ROBERT JORDANS NEW SPRING #1
Red Eagle Publishing
It's in the MAY PREVIEWS

5th April 2005
S
pring has sprung and its SALES TIME !!!  If you are shipping to the continental US, order two or more audiobooks at the regular price from either catalog 1 or catalog 2 and we will refund the shipping and handling charges.

Robert Silverberg's Seventh Shrine #1 is now in stock!!

 


9th March 2005
C
omics news from Ernst Dabel that will excite Robert Jordan Fans ~
see our page also.

"Hello Decklin, my friend, how are you doing? I just wanted to let you know that an interview went up on The Pulse on Chuck Dixon, who is co-writing with Robert Jordan.  Mike Miller who is doing the drawing, and my brother Les (Dabel).  There is also some Wheel of Time artwork for your fans to enjoy.  Thanks again, my friend and talk to you soon :)"

http://www.comicon.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=36;t=003540

You may also want to check out the latest news on our own comics pages,
Raymond E. Feist's The Wood Boy and Robert Jordan's New Spring both have new sample art.

2nd March 2005
A
re you puzzled enough?  If not, here's one for you from the eclectic Paul Niquette ... 

That wearing high heels decreases the range of leg motion and limits mobility will surprise nobody. In technical terms, the kinematics suck.  Ornamentation trumps locomotion.  Nevertheless, the Chase Me, Catch Me puzzle inquires only about the most pronounced biomechanical effect .... (All text copyright Paul Niquette, 2005)



28th February 2005
D
abel Brothers Productions (pay heed, comics fans)  are taking on Raymond E. Feist and Midkemia ~ follow this link to the press release for Wood Boy

25th February 2005
Y
es, I know it's advertising but for you pilgrims out there ...
John Wayne: Legend of a Cowboy 20 Movie DVD Box Set

24th February 2005
A
bout time I added some music news ... my favourite boogie-woogie lady, Wendy DeWitt has some gigs to invite you to ~

The Queens of Boogie Woogie return, this time to Little Fox, Biscuits and Blues, Constable Jack's and Don Quixotes. For the fifth annual show Carol Fran is back, along with international stride star Virginia Tichenor, Seattle's Annieville Blues and Wendy. Look for shows starting on March 20. 
Most Sundays Wendy is playing brunch at the fabulous Towle's Cafe in Burlingame. The food is fantastic and surpasses all expectations, and the ambiance is perfect for a lazy Sunday so why not while away some time with us? 
************************************************************************ February 

26th, Saturday 
Saloon - North Beach, San Francsico. 
with the Dave Workman Band, 4 - 8. 

27th, Sunday, 
Towle's Cafe - 1401 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame 
solo, 11 - 2 

March 
4th, Friday 
Saylor's Landing - Gate 5, Sausalito 
Solo, 7 - 10. 

6th, Sunday, 
Towle's Cafe - 1401 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame 
solo, 11 - 2 

13th, Sunday, 
Towle's Cafe - 1401 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame 
solo, 11 - 2 

16th, Saturday 
Saloon - North Beach, San Francsico. 
with the Dave Workman Band, 4 - 8. 

20th, Sunday 
Little Fox Theatre - 2209 Broadway, Redwood City 
The Queens of Boogie Woogie. 

22nd, Tuesday 
Biscuits and Blues - San Francisco 
The Queens of Boogie Woogie. 

23rd, Wednesday 
Constable Jack's - Newcastle 
The Queens of Boogie Woogie. 

24th, Thursday 
Don Quixotes - Felton 
The Queens of Boogie Woogie. 

27th, Sunday, 
Towle's Cafe - 1401 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame 
solo, 11 - 2 
*************************************************** 
Smile baby, it's contagious. 
Hugs and kisses, pass it on... 

Booking: Wette Music 510/223-8499


12th February 2005
V
isiting the Rocky Gap Resort in Maryland this weekend we spent some time at the Aviary ~ here's one of the residents, a Screech Owl ~

10th January 2005
T
all ships schedule (carried forward from last year).

VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY  ~  9TH ANNUAL TALL SHIPS TOUR

OCTOBER 2004 THRU FEBRUARY 2005
 

In 1996 the Tall Ships, HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN & LADY WASHINGTON set sail from the San Francisco Bay on a mission to bring history alive for Californian school kids. The VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY 4th & 5th grade sailing & dockside education programs give present day students an insight into the lives of 18th century sailors and explorers. To date, over 100,000 participants have enjoyed that hands-on experience.

The ships are replicas of 1700’s period vessels and will visit 15 ports on the six month long, ninth annual TALL SHIPS TOUR which began in Sausalito on October 24th, 2004.

People of all ages can indulge in a taste of maritime history on Dockside Tours of the ships guided by the enthusiastic costumed crews. Interactive Adventure Sail Training and Cannon Battle Reenactment Sails are available in each port and berths can also be booked on Port to Port Passages.

A highlight of the Tour is the LONG BEACH SEA FESTIVAL scheduled for January 8 & 9, 2005.  The impressive list of participating vessels includes HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN, LADY WASHINGTON, CALIFORNIAN, LYNX, SPIRIT OF DANA POINT & SWIFT OF IPSWICH.  The Festival will feature Dockside Tours of all the ships and Cannon Battle Reenactment Sails.

At the Festival close, there is a unique opportunity for passengers to sail aboard the ships on a TALL SHIPS RACE.  The race course is from Long Beach to San Diego and finishes with a spectacular TALL SHIPS PARADE into the San Diego Maritime Museum on January 12.
 

INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS 800-200-5239
 

TALL SHIPS TOUR SCHEDULE

VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Sailing & dockside history programs for 4th & 5th grade school groups
3 hr. sailing $33 / 1 hr. dockside $7.  Weekdays only.

DOCKSIDE TOURS FOR THE PUBLIC
Guided tours for the public include tours below decks.
Time: Weekdays 4pm to 6pm.*  Saturday 10am to 1pm.  *4pm to 5pm in some ports
Price: $8 family, $4 adult, $2 child under 12 years.  Reservations not required.

BATTLE REENACTMENT SAILS
Passengers sail along with the costumed crew on these exciting three hour events.
Time: Saturdays & Sundays 2pm to 5pm.   Price: $45 adult, $25 child.

ADVENTURE SAIL TRAINING
Lend a hand with the lines on this interactive sail for all ages.
Time: Sundays 10am to 1pm.   Price: $40 adult/$20 child

 


LONG BEACH SEA FESTIVAL       JANUARY 8 & 9, 2005
Rainbow Harbor, Pine Avenue Pier at Shoreline & foot of Pine, Long Beach
“the Pride of the Pacific Tall Ships Fleet ....
LADY WASHINGTON   ~   CALIFORNIAN ~  HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN
LYNX   ~   SPIRIT OF DANA POINT  ~   EXY JOHNSON

FREE TOURS OF THE SHIPS: Saturday & Sunday 10am-1pm

BATTLE REENACTMENT SAILS: Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm:  $50 adult/ $25 child

TALL SHIPS RACE TO SAN DIEGO: January 10 ~ January 12  $350 adult/ $250 child
Includes TALL SHIPS PARADE in San Diego on Jan. 12

 


PORTS OF CALL
Sausalito Oct 24-31 2004 Marina Del Rey** Dec 9-26 San Francisco Mar 3-8
Sacramento Nov 2-24 Long Beach Dec 27-Jan 9 2005 Oakland Mar 9-20
Stockton** Nov 27-Dec 4 San Diego Jan 12-24 Redwood City Mar 21-30
Santa Cruz* Dec 7-19 Newport Beach Jan 26-Feb 2 Sausalito March 31-April 8
  San Pedro Feb 3-8  
  Oxnard Feb 9-14  
  Ventura  Feb 15-21  
  Morro Bay  Feb 24-28  
*HAWAIIAN CHIEFTAIN only          **LADY WASHINGTON only 12/4 & 12/9 thru 12/25
 
 
 
 

INFORMATION... 800-200-5239 ...RESERVATIONS

 

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otes on the media links.  The BBC news is linked as it remains one of the few remaining balanced sources of world news followed closely by the CBC , the Canadian television and radio agency.  We admit there is a west coast bias to the newspaper links as we are located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  It is not our intention to expand the list indefinitely, but if you have a source of balanced information anywhere in the world that you think deserves a spot here, then please feel free to email (address is at the bottom of the page).

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