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The Common Room / Re: searching for nobility on your tree
« on: Friday 17 August 18 21:32 BST (UK)  »
and this took me back to the Anglo-Saxon royals (none of your Norman johnny-come-lately types  ;D).
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   Or as my mother said "We didn't come over with the Conqueror, we were already here." ;D

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The Lighter Side / Re: International Left Handers Day!
« on: Wednesday 15 August 18 19:07 BST (UK)  »
   I am right handed, but left eyed, also hold a phone in the left hand, which is useful if you write with the other one! My mother told me that when she was in the Waaf, she had a tendency, when marching, to lead off with the wrong foot. Like a lot of things in human behaviour, it seems to be a continuum, from very right handed to very left, with all sorts of oddities in between.

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The Lighter Side / Re: International Left Handers Day!
« on: Monday 13 August 18 23:13 BST (UK)  »
    No left handers in my family, but I noticed when I was at grammar school many years ago that we had 7 left handers in the class, nearly 25%. This was the A stream (she said modestly) so it must be a sign of intelligence. ;D
   

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The Lighter Side / Re: Why change the name?
« on: Sunday 12 August 18 23:27 BST (UK)  »
   I have something similar, though a bit less drastic. Over about 20 years from 1810-1830, in their part of East Kent, the Codhams became Colthams. It is not a common name, but they were in several parishes and some in Canterbury. When I was working backwards and first came to a Codham, I assumed it was a mis-spelling of Coltham, but soon realised it (and several variants) was the original version of the name.

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The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA - tiny gripe
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 23:07 BST (UK)  »
   I heard Stephen Mangan on the radio a few days ago. He said "WDYTYA came knocking, but all they could find was Irish farmers, Irish farmers, Irish farmers. So they gave up"

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The Lighter Side / Re: WDYTYA Boy George
« on: Thursday 26 July 18 19:19 BST (UK)  »
  I was glad he refused to play with the lever in the hang house.

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The Common Room / Re: O.S. maps
« on: Wednesday 25 July 18 22:40 BST (UK)  »
   I discovered the NLS site a while ago and I love it. I can spot old chalkpits and footpaths as crop marks in the modern half. Most of our field boundaries and woodlands are pretty much the same in both halves.

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The Common Room / Re: Dress of a Georgian farmer
« on: Tuesday 24 July 18 21:33 BST (UK)  »
  Poldark certainly never seems to wear anything but that long scruffy-looking coat! Also all the men appear to be wearing tricorn hats. As my man was farming for nearly 40 years, fashions would have changed a lot in that time, and as you say, different clothes for different occasions.
   I read the first 4(?) Poldark books many years ago, but don't remember much. I believe the rest were written after the success of the TV series.
   Thanks for everyone's interest.

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The Common Room / Re: Dress of a Georgian farmer
« on: Tuesday 24 July 18 12:50 BST (UK)  »
   My daughter suggested looking at Poldark, which I haven't been watching. I wasn't sure of the date, but had a look at pictures of the series - they did all seem to be wearing boots, and my man would have been riding a lot I imagine, so it would be riding boots. I think I will get said daughter to draw a composite picture!

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