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Our immense thanks go out to Ms Wang, Liyun who has pointed us in the direction of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Library and the National Library of China, both worthwhile recipients for the remaining print books that we have to donate.

Liyun is a Chinese Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Science, currently researching and writing her Doctoral thesis on the well known sinologist, David Hawkes.

Thanks Liyun, we will contact them shortly and hopefully progress to a worthwhile donation of Bill's works.

On another unrelated matter: I would like to take this opportunity to again thank those who have generously donated their time and power to our cause: the work is ongoing and we hope to have more on this soon.

And last but not least, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and prosperous 2016.

Ieuan

We have progressed slowly - like a snail escaping a sudden downpour - to transforming two works into PDF editions. These are now readily available for the low price of 99 pence each through the bookshop here.

However, for those who have donated to this cause, the link to the two works will be made available for free.

Our next step is to look at a pure translation. This may well be: 'Lasting-life Palace-hall' by Hung Sheng (1654-1704) - Number 29 of the Chinese Culture Series and once we have found the files.

We have also completed our book donations to all libraries (UK and Stateside) except for Cambridge which are due to be shipped out this weekend. Unfortunately, our snail mail and email approach to many Chinese and Taiwanese Universities, to ask them if they would like a donation, came back with blank silence. I guess that this was a direct result of our lack of knowledge on whom to approach and that such letters/emails may have resembled 'spam' and ended up in various wastebins around the campuses. We will therefore approach this in a different way - yet to be decided upon.

Onward ho!

(千里之行,始于足下 - A thousand-li journey is started by taking the first step)

I am very pleased to say that we have made great inroads into two works and would hope to have them out and about shortly.

We chose to start with two dictionary/list works rather than a pure translation; this to give us a chance to get into the way Bill wrote and to create digital form in repetitive manner. What we have found, in nearly all the recovered files, is a loss of the Chinese characters and irreconcilable format issues. Therefore our main emphasis is to retype these works and to enter the characters as we go. In other words we are playing with what we have to create a finished product.

Thanks indeed to my dear wife, Chin Ling who is persevering with the character entry whilst I concentrate on the layout and design.

Chinese Myths, No27 and Chinese Allusions, No28 will be finished soon and in PDF format.

At this time we are unsure if we can make actual epub or kindle publications from the finished works (we will finish the PDF's first) but the forward concern is that the work will not flow (page-to-page) correctly on so many different reader screens - and perhaps PDF's are indeed all that are required for us to be able to share these works.

Comments are welcome on the above and any aspect of the whole process.

Ieuan Dolby

We have recently returned to working through the various files that Bill amassed. Now we have only just begun but what is immediately notable is the a veritable mountain of research he undertook - external to his 'Chinese Culture Series'.

Even by files names alone the extent is unimaginable: chariots, animals, calligraphy, horses, costume, history, emperors, dance, and so much more.

Most of this research is unlikely to reach the light of day without funding but certainly, should any researcher, student, interested party, like to know what Bill held on a particular subject then you are very welcome to contact us.

There is no guarantee that we will find anything but based upon the tall mountain every rock lifted will be a surprise.

You will never know unless you ask!

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