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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).
   Or as my mother said "We didn't come over with the Conqueror, we were already here." ;D

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.

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

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.

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"

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.

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.

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.

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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