I hope that you are all keeping safe and well-fed in your bubbles. So, this is my second update from my own isolation – it is kind of taking on a “new normal”. I seem to be having much more contact with friends and family from across the globe and eating and sleeping well. No sign of a cough or sore throat yet – I hope that you are all feeling as well. Just a further reminder, that if you need anything at all or just a chat, please feel free to ring any of your committee members who are very happy to take your call and try to help sort out any problems.
Tony Clear 06-355 1721 or 021-02723554
Laura Griffin 021-436905
Anne Gordon 027-3278276
Liz Burrows 06-355 1259 or 027-3039218
Denise Servante 06-353 0664 or 027-353 0664
Tony Fayerman 06-357 7834 or 027-350 4689
In this update, there is news about:
1. A step by step guide to participating in the twice daily online 15-board games being organised by Auckland Bridge Club. Julie Bunnell very kindly offered to be my partner when I took my first foray into BBO this week. I am certainly a late adopter of online bridge, but it was really easy once I got familiar with the layout of the screen. Julie has provided information below to get you started – it’s easy to register and you can partner with anyone from around the world.
2. A link through to the three times weekly improvers sessions being offered by Mr Bridge (aka Bernard Magee) – now may be the time to brush up and break any bad habits that have developed in your play.
3. Keeping your stocks of hand sanitiser replenished. Club member, Tony Fayerman, has done an amazing job of ensuring that there are supplies available for Club members – particularly those who are in the “at risk” group – let’s face it, most of us!
A special thanks to Jack James who has continued liaising online with the people who had just started the 12-week lessons course before lockdown.
I know you will be disappointed not to have the Annual Report and Accounts to read and help pass the time this week. But I am pretty confident that we will get them to you shortly. We are also investigating setting up our own Club sessions online so please watch this space!
Please let me have your news and views to share with Club members as we enter week 2 of NO CLUB BRIDGE. ☹ Meanwhile, stay safe!
Feeling bridge-deprived? Why not try playing online? (Julie Bunnell)
The Auckland Bridge Club is offering daily online 15-board games at 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm, via Bridge Base Online. These are open to all bridge players in New Zealand, and a number of club members are already playing online. Follow these steps to get started:
1. Go to bridgebase.com and register. Choose your own username and password.
2. Ask a bridge friend you’d like to play with to do likewise (if they are not already registered). Tell each other your usernames.
3. Browse around the site and read the introductory information.
4. About 15 minutes before game time, go to bridgebase.com and login.
5. On the home screen, click on Competitive, and then click on All Tournaments.
6. Use the search function to find a tournament containing the word “kiwi”. The tournament will usually be called something like Afternoon Kiwi Pairs or Evening Kiwi Pairs. Click on the tournament.
7. Invite your partner to play, using their username. When your partner accepts, you’re in.
8. Nothing will happen until the start time, and then your hand and your opponents will appear on the screen.
9. When it’s your turn to bid, your name will be highlighted yellow, and a bidding panel will appear on your screen.
10. Unlike face to face bridge, you have to self-alert bids that would normally require announcing (1C, 1NT) or alerting. You alert and explain before you place your bid.
11. When it’s your turn to lead or play, your name will be highlighted in yellow.
12. When the hand is over, the next one will appear. When the round of three hands is over, nothing will happen until the next round begins with new opponents.
Bernard Magee Live Broadcasts: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 11.00am
Bernard Magee's first broadcast was a great success, with well over 4000 of you tuning in to watch it live and many more of you watching the recording. As there has been so much good feedback from this, Bernard has decided to do three live broadcasts a week while he has the time available to do this.
The easiest way to keep up to date with Bernard's broadcasts, is to subscribe to his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1g-0QEEjjYEZ6fiYg-VDUw/videos?view=57&flow=grid). This is completely free, and it also allows you to comment and interact.
DIY Hand Sanitiser Available for “At Risk” Club Members (Tony Fayerman)
As some of you already know, Tony F has been making DIY hand sanitiser, and has distributed it around some of the “most at risk” members of both Palmerston North and Hokowhitu bridge clubs. However, he has not been able to make contact with all club members personally, and this message attempts to rectify that.
If you would like to obtain a bottle of hand sanitiser, please call or text Tony on the numbers in the membership booklist or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will need to be a small charge for the sanitiser, to recompense Tony for materials. The exact charge will be advised later but is expected to be appreciably less than retail cost. (Of course, there’s virtually no hand sanitiser in retail outlets at the moment!)
Tony currently has enough material on-hand to make 20 by 500ml bottles. More supplies are due shortly, so it should be possible to supply most/all those who are interested. Tony is therefore happy to extend the offer to at-risk family members of club members.
The sanitiser formula is based on a World Health Organisation bulletin. If you would like details of the formulation before deciding whether to purchase, send Tony an email. He’ll be happy to provide details of the exact formulation that has been made up and why.
Tony has been firmly advised that he should not be out and about making deliveries (he’s over 70). Therefore, arrangements will need to be made to collect it from his letterbox. The collector could be yourself, or a family member or friend – but definitely not someone in a high-risk category! Tony has had a couple of club members volunteer to make deliveries, so that’s also an option.
The sanitiser is dispensable from either a pump (think liquid soap type) or a spray bottle (think spray-on glass cleaner), so if you have one of these, please bring it along to swap for a full bottle. (To keep the dispenser supply going in the short term, Tony has bought some spray bottles of glass cleaner from the supermarket for about $3 each just to get the bottle … so if you bring an empty bottle of any kind with you, he will fill it up with the glass-cleaner he has already got).
Lastly, there are also a number of small hand-bag/glove-box sized bottles available – first in, best dressed.