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pochoir and damp paper; also perspex

A while back I mailed for advice on damping paper (prior to printing) on
which pochoir had been done. Many thanks to all who replied. FWIW, in the
end we redid the sheets with pochoir illustrations on them: the artist
worked on them first and I then damped them and printed on them. There was
some set-off from the pochoir so I had to use masses of interleaving on
damping and drying, but in the end it worked. When we did it the 'obvious'
way round - me printing then the artist stencilling - the
gouache/watercolour that the artist used had a tendency to 'gather' where
the type had compressed the paper, with the result that you could read the
words on the back of the sheets: they appeared (backwards) as darkening of
the pochoir - infuriating and a terrible waste of HMP.

A new question. I am using a sheet of perspex (tm) on a box - just a sheet
cut to an oblong shape. Any advice on getting a nice smooth edge where it
has been cut?

Best wishes, Martyn Ould

The Old School Press

The recent mail skirmish prompted me to dig out the following that I found
about ten years ago, and to tweak it a little (it used to be about
newsgroups). I attach it as a tribute to the work of our listmaster and his
patience with us all ... and because I think it is funny ...

>Q:  How many internet mail list subscribers does it take to change a light
>A:  1,331 (or thereabouts):
>* 1 to change the light bulb and to post to the mail list that the light
>bulb has been changed
>* 14 to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the
>bulb could have been changed differently.
>* 7 to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
>* 27 to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light
>* 53 to flame the spell checkers
>* 156 to write to the list administrator complaining about the light bulb
>discussion and its inappropriateness to this mail list.
>* 1 (the list administrator) to request calm.
>* 41 to correct spelling in the spelling/grammar flames.
>* 109 to post that this list is not about light bulbs and to please take
>this email exchange to alt.lite.bulb
>* 203 to demand that cross posting to alt.grammar, alt.spelling and
>alt.punctuation about changing light bulbs be stopped.
>* 111 to defend the posting to this list saying that we all use light
>and therefore the posts are relevant to this mail list.
>* 306 to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to
>buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this
>technique, and what brands are faulty.
>* 1 to post a 27Mbyte image of a light bulb they recently changed.
>* 145 to flame the poster of the image for jamming their ancient PCs and
>their phone lines.
>* 32 to comment on the relative performance of different ISPs in handling
>large files.
>* 16 to give their experiences with different settings on different
>for handling large files.
>* 26 to write to the list administrator to demand that techie discussions
>about mailers be banned.
>* 1 (the list administrator) to request calm.
>* 27 to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs.
>* 14 to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly, and to post corrected
>* 3 to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this
>list which makes light bulbs relevant to this list.
>* 33 to concatenate all posts to date, then quote them including all
>headers and footers, and then add "Me Too."
>* 12 to post to the list that they are unsubscribing because they cannot
>handle the light bulb controversy.
>* 1 (the list administrator) to request calm.
>* 19 to quote the "Me Too's" to say, "Me Three."
>* 4 to suggest that posters request the light bulb FAQ.
>* 1 to propose a new alt.change.lite.bulb group.
>* 47 to say this is just what alt.physic.cold_fusion was meant for, leave
>it here.
>* 1 (the list administrator) to request calm.

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