Doyen rugby caller to muse on game via CompuServe

You might not be able to hear Keith Quinn calling live rugby coverage any more, but CompuServe subscribers will be treated to the legendary rugby commentator's 'private musings and personal thoughts' during the All Blacks' South African tour.

You might not be able to hear Keith Quinn calling live rugby coverage any more, but CompuServe subscribers will be treated to the legendary rugby commentator's "private musings and personal thoughts" during the All Blacks' South African tour.

Quinn, who has become a keen Internet user over the past year, will be logging on via his CompuServe account whilst in the republic. As time allows, he will post his thoughts and observations for the benefit of his fellow members.

@IDG can testify that if Quinn's online musings are anything like his highly creative essays for the match programmes for Auckland Blues games this season, CompuServe subscribers are in for a treat. If Quinny can top his effort for the semi-final programme--a deep and complex consideration of, well, the colour of things--cyberspace will have become a richer and stranger place.

In an unrelated announcement, CompuServe has also officially opened a new financial forum aimed at the Pacific region. FinancialALERT Online (Go fiNALERT) is "a gathering place for the Financial Planning Industry" managed by the FinancialALERT Publishing Company on behalf of financial planners, investment advisers, investors and a range of financial information providers.

The libraries contain general investment information and articles, investment market and product information and performance data, industry association news and quantitative and qualitative financial and investment research for the Pacific Region. Key performance information will be provided by Tower and Armstrong Jones and others.

The forum has been in pilot for year and its move to a fully-featured Forum has been welcome by its Christchurch-based sponsor, the Financial Planning Group. Managing director Graham Rich says his company is "delighted" with the support the pilot has received from the industry and that "our needs for a secure and reliable environment for our complex and often large industry performance files, have been fully met by CompuServe."

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