I am sad to announce that Mervyn Mitton who has been Senior Moderator and friend to many of us on GMIC for several years passed away on Wednesday. He had been ill for many years, but he never let this get in the way of his passion for Militaria and Police Collectables. His knowledge of British Police history and collectables was immense and his death is a tragic loss to GMIC and the wider collecting world. Mervyn was always very proactive on GMIC and a real driving force behind the scenes amongst the staff. I will miss his old world charm, warmth, generosity and guidance. Yes he could be slighlty cantankerous at times, but that was part of his makeup, an old school English Gentleman a dying breed that are irreplaceable. I will miss him.
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This year marks the centenary of the Great War 1914-1918. In recognition of this GMIC will be establishing a Centenary area for you to post all you relevant topics relating to World War 1. At the end of the centenary period all posts will be moved to their respective areas.
So get posting there is lots to discuss and see !
Members need to be aware that over the next few weeks there will be some major upgrades taking place on the forum. The most important changes are in relation to user log on. Some users may be using a different logon name to their display name. As of the upgrade users MUST log on with their public display name and not their log on name as this will no longer work.
Other changes relate to the style and as well as some structural changes.
I will try to keep forum down times to a minimum. But to achieve this there may be some periodic changes in style and display, so please do not be overly worried if things look a bit strange from time to time.
Wishing all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year over the coming holiday period. There are quite a few changes on the horizon for GMIC in 2015, so thank you for continuing to support the forum over the last 12 months and I am looking forward to the coming year.
All the best to you all and your family"s
Nick & all the volunteer staff at GMIC
Image taken for reference from http://www.hamwichouse.com/
A refreshed look and layout A dedicated World War I area to highlight the anniversary New GMIC anniversary membership badges for all members who take out a subscription or renew in 2014. GMIC Auction
My thanks to all staff and members for keeping up the GMIC spirit and I am looking forward to the next 10 years !
Rick had been a member of GMIC since 2005 and proudly passed his 20,000 post mark only last week. It is too early to pay him full honours at a time when many of us are in shock at this tragic news and are mourning the loss of a friend, who is simply irreplaceable in the world of military research and collecting. But I assure you that Rick who has played such a significant part at GMIC will be properly remembered so that his name lives on for future collectors.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Rick once on one fine day in the fall of 2007, when I visited his home and spent an afternoon whiling away the hours talking about military history and viewing the artefacts in his modest and well cherished collection. I made a friend for life that day and although our friendship was internet and letter based in the years that followed, like many of you I mourn the loss of our friend and online companion.
My thoughts at this time are with his elderly mother, family and close friends.
This may still need some minor tweaking so any problems please report it. I will run this for a few months as a trial to ensure it is not impacting negatively on resources and then review it....
It is a spiral wire bound A4 size wall Calendar. This is a first for GMIC and I hope that many of you support the forum and grab an edition quickly as it is a limited print run.
My thanks to the members that contributed their photos, making this all possible.
I have previewed some of the pages to give you an idea of the content. Price will be £8 for a Calendar plus postage costs which will be dependent on location.
Ordering for the calendar will go live this weekend in the members store and through an updated link which will appear on this page.
Please be patient as errors are not always immediately noticeable, if you do find any errors post them here and I will look into it.
I am glad to say the issue has been rectified for new joining members, however there may well be a few members that are still being prevented from posting or starting new topics. Without individually logging onto and checking every membership account, I cannot retrospectively apply an easy fix for all members. Therefore I am having to rely on members reporting the issue to me.
Can i ask that all participating members check this functionality and please PM (PM system is not affected by this) or email me if you think you have problems posting. If you identify, you have been affected I can easily and quickly repair your accounts and rectify the situation for you.
There has also been a change in the way the forum loads and some of you may have noticed that there is a slight pause when loading the index page. But when it loads it should fully load. I am still working on remedying that issue which is being caused by a slow mysql query around Topic Markers, but if I switch them off then it impacts on what topics are marked as read with your individual accounts. Work in progress......
To make it simpler to understand the new membership categories are listed below:
Basic Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
All of these membership categories can be achieved without cost and are based on a combination of active participation and time served on GMIC. There is also an option to achieve higher levels of membership on joining or by a reduced level of participation time. This is through voluntary monetary contribution which assists GMIC in remaining a free service open to all.
To understand the different levels of membership please click here
Enamel Membership pins are also now available for purchase. Cost is dependent on membership level but for basic members the cost is £5.99 including (worldwide) postage. To purchase a membership go to Members Store
There are several notable items in our military section, including Military Medals awarded for acts of bravery; Lot 244 is an admirable example. This Great War Military Medal Group was awarded to Ralph Webster of Walsall, who enlisted in 1914 with the South Staffordshire Regiment. The lot includes his identity tag, South Staffordshire Regiment badge, post card photograph of the recipient and various transcripts; including a letter written to the recipients’ mother when Webster was hit by a German Sniper in the right arm during the course of a tour in the front line trench.
Fellows is also delighted to offer Lot 308 (back cover). This Companion’s badge in gold and enamel is a beautiful example of one of three classes included in the order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1878 as part of The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire. The British founded the order in order to reward British and native officials who served in India.
Above all a special thank you goes to Mervyn, who without his drive and contribution none of this would happen.
PHOTO CONTEST RESULTS:
Chairmans Award to: mmerc20 Sinking in the Desert
CATEGORY 1 - PERSONAL COLLECTION
Chris B Sepia 3 Stooges (1st PLACE)
Dante Black Brunswickers (2nd PLACE)
paja Order of the Yugoslav Crown (Merit)
Cimbineus Eagles (Merit)
pinpon590 Kriegsverdeinst (Merit)
CATEGORY TWO - HONOUR THE PAST
mmerc20 Sinking in the Desert (1st PLACE)
paja Bubanj Memorial park (2ND place)
Komtur Berlin, Summer 2013 (Merit)
J Temple West Occupation, Channel Islands (Merit)
Chuck in Oregon Old vet with Stalin image (Merit)
CATEGORY THREE - MEDALS AND AWARDS
mmerc20 Honoured Pair (1st PLACE)
Komtur Pride of a Jewish German (1) (2nd PLACE)
Cimbineus In the name of the… (Merit)
gregm Memory trunk (Merit)
gregm Domed ek (Merit)
CATEGORY FOUR - CATEGORY OF CHOICE
Jock Auld IMG 0347 (1st PLACE)
Chris B Night food market Morocco (2nd PLACE – tie)
Chuck in Oregon Art is Hope (2nd PLACE - tie)
Komtur Northern light of Denmark (Merit)
Bob Lyons Luftwaffe cup and saucer (Merit)
From your personal collections: For this year we are allowing non-militaria subjects matter but use our GMIC non-militaria forum as a guide to suitable subject matter. Keep to just your militaria collections if you wish.
Honour the past: Monuments, graves, memorials to past individual military. This will also cover past wars and skirmishes. We feel that this will combine well with visits to battlefields. An ideal combination of the battle areas and the memorials.
Medals and Awards. From your own collection or, ones you have seen on trips or, in museums. Some background information is required on each. A lovely open subject so, use your imagination.
Any subject of your choice. military, non-military, homes, families, landmarks, views.
Opens : Midnight (GMT +1 UK time) Tuesday 1st October 2013
Closes: Midnight (GMT UK time) Thursday 31st October 2013
Conditions of Entry
The competition is open to all GMIC members and their immediate family. Enter under the member’s name.
All entries should be original and copyright owned by the person entering them. By entering this competition you give to GMIC the licensed right to use your image unconditionally, including editing of the image as it sees fit. The member still retains full ownership of copyright. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit in each category. However, use your discretion, as flooding categories with multiple entries is unlikely to be viewed favourably Entries must be with-in the category limits as shown No inappropriate images, if in doubt then don't post it !
Judging panel will be Peter Monahan (chair), Megan, Claudius and Spasm (Steve).
For further details on how to enter the competition go here
No topics other than a few totally empty or worthless topics have been deleted and over the coming weeks they will all be integrated into the restructured forums. I want GMIC to be a lot easier to navigate to stop some of the confusion of the past as to where is the best place to post new topics. To that end other than some of the specialist forums all topics need to be posted under their respective country categories.
Another update I am working hard on is images. One of the most complaints I get, is about the difficulty to upload images. I have posted a comprehensive guide on how to do it here. But for some of you that do not use regular imaging software this is still causing you issues. I have also quietly updated the size allowance which differs dependent on membership.
I am also working on a more long term solution which utilises the ability of the software to adjust any size image automatically. But this has a few issues that come with it, mainly software compatibility and loss of quality which I still need to overcome.
But dont forget GMIC still offers free membership and free uploads which some forums do not give you !
I will be making a further announcement later with regards the special Chairmans Award and the GMIC 2013 Calendar.
To view the winning photos go http://gmic.co.uk/index.php/gallery/category/45-2012-photographic-competition-winners/
I have therefore suspended the gallery while I work on the problem. I apologise for this, as I thought the problem was fixed, but it seems not to have been fully resolved.
The competition will be slightly extended to compensate for this.
PHOTO COMPETITION 2012 COMMENCES MONDAY 15th OCTOBER 2012 CLOSES MIDNIGHT THURSDAY 15th NOVEMBER 2012 (GMT)
There are three categories for 2012 and each person will be limited to 5 (five) entered per category so make them count.
The judges are looking for not only for photographic technique but more importantly creativity and imagination. A picture which shows a lot of imagination, but lacks in technical skill, still stands a better chance in winning over a technically perfect photo which is unimaginative and dull. I will also be looking for 12 images to represent the 12 months of 2013, so if members can enter photos within Categories 1 & 2 which have a seasonal (and military) theme I will be considering those entries separately to the main competition, so it will not necessarily be category winners who earn a place in the calendar.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
1. Members - and Family Members are permitted to enter this 2012 Photo Competition. Name of member must be shown. These rules apply equally to any non-members and by entering the competition they show their assent.
2. The panel of judges has been appointed - their decision is final.
3. Ownership of the image remains with the person posting. However, by entering this Competition he/she grants permission to GMIC to use any of the image entered - in any way or, for whatever purpose - and at any time. The member posting the entry must OWN the copyright to the image being entered.
4. There will be no change in the announced dates.
5. There will be one overall prize - The Chairman's Award. Each category will have a 1st , 2nd. and 3rd. place and will receive a GMIC plaque. 4th and 5th in each category will receive a small nominal gift. ALL 5 in each Category will receive a GMIC Certificate.
6. To keep numbers managable the maximum number of entries - per category - will be LIMITED TO 5 (FIVE)
7. The categories will be : Please include a few words of description
1. Personal Militaria collections - pick your own items for entry.
2. Militaria from any source. Graves.Bands.Processions etc.. Your choice.
3. Non- Militaria. Any source or, subject. Be original and creative.
8. Entries for the 2013 GMIC Calendar will be considered separately to the main competition by the Chairman. Note category winners will not necessarily be entered into the GMIC Calendar. Entries will only be considered from Categories 1 & 2 (or of a military theme) and images which have a seasonal aspect i.e. Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall), Winter will be of benefit.
I have recently refreshed this area and want to explain its purpose and use.
The document archive allows members to upload and download files in a large format. It is like an online library which allows the archiving of material in a variety of formats including PDF files which our members can access to support their research of military history or military collectables. I see it as an area to upload scans of books, or lengthy documents.
This is primarily a free resource in that it is free to upload and download files. However there is is the facility for members to upload files which attract a fee for other members to download. This essentially allows members posting the document the facility to charge a cost per download. GMIC handles this fee (a small administrative charge is made to the member selling files to support the forum) and passes it on to the member via electronic payment.
As with all uploads on GMIC the member uploading must be clear on who owns the copyright to any work, especially when a charge is being made to download it. For further information on costs and methods of payment please contact me direct.
When an article is uploaded a support post is automatically created in the Document Archive Forum which allows members to comment or ask further questions to the members posting the documentation.
GMIC is still growing in size and despite some slow down in posting which is reflected across all military collecting forums (sign of the economic times maybe ?) the traffic actually has increased. This combination of traffic and database size can challenge the server. Of course if money was not an issue then a fast modern dedicated server would make a vast differences. As GMIC is essentially a free service then unfortunately this is not an option and I rely on voluntary subscriptions to pay for what I can afford to run. So speed is dependent on subscriptions, the more of you that pay a small annual subscription, the faster server I can afford and the better the service we all get !
If anyone has noticed any significant differences i.e. slow downs or speed ups in the forum please let me know as it is good to get feedback either way.
GMIC is eight years old next month and there is a lot of images and information stored on the forum. Over the coming months I will be getting some of the moderators to do a bit of housekeeping as I intend to start archiving some of the old posts to reduce server space. The information will still be there and retrievable under searching, but because it is old and not regularly accessed it will be stored in a slightly different way to save space and make the forum run more efficiently.
I have also changed my username to Nick rather than Chairman (although I still am the Chairman) as have the Vice Chairs as I felt titles were a little too impersonal and I want to promote the use of peoples real names. If you would like to adopt your real name (even if it is only your first name with a last initial or tag to retain a agree of anonymity) let me know as it makes it a bit friendlier than some forums where members adopt juvenile usernames as par for the course.