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I was asked to write a review of the local HRCA show. (Hornby Railway Collectors Association) It was a nice enough day. I helped set up and clean up the hall and I worked a model layout all day. (using my own locomotives. Most of the time they are in a display case in my room) The organiser of the show said he felt it wasn't right that he should review his own show because it would look biased. I offered to help. He accepted but because I did not know everyones name he said he would write a quick draft and then sent it to me for improvement.
Months after the show The Organiser phones and asks why I have not answered his email. I did not get an email I explained. (He spelt my name wrong, easy mistake.) He sends the review again, I edit it and send it back to him on the same day. He rings back a few days later saying thank you and he would sent it to the editor. He also mentioned that I made a spelling mistake and that I need to be more careful. When I looked over the review it was his spelling mistake, not mine!
Yesterday he phones today and explains the deadline is tomorrow and asks why I have not sent it to the editor yet. I told him he said he would do it. He denies all knowledge of saying this and says that it was my job to do. I did not have any contact details of who to send it to or warned when the deadline would be because he said he would deal with it. In the end we both emailed the same version to the editor.
Weve always accepted that The Organiser is a bit odd and stuck in his ways. (The show itself never changes. If anyone makes a suggestion they are simply ignored.) Other members of the HRCA have had problems with him as well. This is my first published piece of work to be in paper form (two short stories published online) and it really annoys me that Im being blamed for his mistake. Grrrr