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The Lighter Side / Re: Why did only sons survive?
« on: Saturday 24 November 18 09:13 GMT (UK)  »
My mother-in-law told me that during the wartime and post-war rationing period near enough all the meat ration was given to her husband, a plumber and builder, so in a reserved occupation, and the rest of the family just had vegetables from the allotment and gravy.  To this day my husband doesn't like meat.

The Lighter Side / Re: Why did only sons survive?
« on: Friday 23 November 18 12:27 GMT (UK)  »
My grandfather born 1863 was the only one of the six boys born to his parents to survive infancy.  Some of them were stillborn, most a few days old at death.  Four girls, however, all survived to a ripe old age.  Looking at his mother's family I found that her (gt-grandmother's) sister had similar problems.  She had three sets of twins from whom only one girl survived.  In the following generation only girls were born to both my grandmother and her sister.  It looks as though the female children of this family were stronger. My grandfather died aged 59, but his 4 sisters all lived to their 80s.   

The Common Room / Re: Who would be on a wedding photo generally from 1936?
« on: Wednesday 21 November 18 10:43 GMT (UK)  »
Are you able to post the photograph in question?  If not, how many persons are on it?  If, as suggested, this could have been a second marriage, it would more likely be a smaller affair without the usual bridal outfits, especially if it followed a divorce or one or other of the couple had been widowed. 

The Common Room / Re: Who would be on a wedding photo generally from 1936?
« on: Tuesday 20 November 18 11:58 GMT (UK)  »
In those days weddings were organised by the bride's parents, so there would be plenty of their friends and relatives at the wedding.  (My children both organised their own weddings, so there were more young folk there than older ones.  I think that's the way it goes nowadays.) 
How big is your photograph?  Apart from the immediate bridal party I would think all close relatives would be included. 

The Common Room / Re: What did you do on Armistice Centenary Day?
« on: Wednesday 14 November 18 12:45 GMT (UK)  »
I also dislike the phrase "made the ultimate sacrifice", as I feel that for many there was no choice at all but to do what they were ordered to do.  This is not to distract from the heroism of those who put their lives at risk for the sake of others.

Not quite on Remembrance Sunday, but on the previous Friday evening our village film club showed the 1969 film "Oh! what a lovely war" as a tribute.  Some disapproved of this because of the attitudes displayed (I remember the shocked response of some when the play was first put on over 50 years ago by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop), but most were moved and at the end sat in silence for a few minutes.

The Common Room / Re: Reflecting on Armistice
« on: Tuesday 13 November 18 14:18 GMT (UK)  »
I think schools have been making a special effort to discuss WW1 with their children, maybe by design or maybe because they have been instructed to do so because of the centenary.  My grandchildren, aged 7 and nearly 5 years old have been talking quite a lot about it and were very interested to hear that my father had been a soldier, albeit in WW2.  "Did he die?" asked the younger one quite matter-of-factly.  I think perhaps the emphasis in her lessons may have been on the huge number of deaths in WW1.   

Technical Help / Re: Rows and rows of 4s COMPLETED
« on: Monday 05 November 18 09:55 GMT (UK)  »
Goodness! That all sounds rather violent! :o  So far so good today. Am considering using a hairdryer for that recommended blas of air if it happens again. Thanks, all. :)

Technical Help / Re: Rows and rows of 4s
« on: Sunday 04 November 18 12:16 GMT (UK)  »
The endless rows of 4 just showed on the screen.  Haven't tried printing yet.  Anyway, a judicious use of my little pastry brush seems to have done the trick for now, though I'll bear in mind the various solutions offered.  I did find the one which suggested taking off the individual tiles rather alarming :o. Thanks, everyone.

Technical Help / Re: Rows and rows of 4s
« on: Saturday 03 November 18 17:29 GMT (UK)  »
Ray T
Tried holding down the shift key, but nothing happened. Fingers crossed, maybe it has cleared itself.  Thanks. :)

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