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The Stay Safe Board / A Service Improvement - Thanks to the current situation!
« on: Monday 21 September 20 14:29 BST (UK)  »
I have a pacemaker, in fact I am on my second.   

The first required an annual check-up/inspection. The pacemaker records every heartbeat - rate and time and date. Once a year, I would go to the clinic. They would put a heavy collar on me. There was a flap that covered the device. They downloaded the data to a industrial type laptop. Took about 10 minutes. A further 20 minutes as they scrolled through the last year to look for any anomalies. Detailed scrutiny would be done later back at the office. 

My latest pacemaker is bluetooth enabled (I am wired for sound). Last year I walked in to the office and before I could sit down, all data had been transferred. A quick look at the scar and I was out - 4 minutes tops. 

I thought that was good service. Still, it was only annual. I could have some sort of incident the day after the check and wait 364 days before it was picked up. 

Last Thursday, Royal Papworth sent me a monitor. It is plugged into the mains and sits at my bedside. Every night it downloads the data of the last 24 hours and transmits it back to them. There is an automatic scanning and then a human check. I wake up every morning to a text telling me all is clear. 

One annual check to a daily check - a phenomenal improvement in service, all thanks to Covid. 



The Stay Safe Board / Unprecedented !
« on: Thursday 02 July 20 10:14 BST (UK)  »
[Rant on] 

Has anybody noticed that from the Prime Minister downwards, through all Government Ministers, all spokespersons, right down to to the lowest of the lowly Council workers, they all say "unprecedented"? 

It is as if a statement cannot be believed, or be true, or official, or fact, or even desirable knowledge unless they tell us that the times are unprecedented. Three months after the start and they are still telling us. 

And each time they say it, it is with such sincerely - as if they are imparting some golden gem of secret knowledge! 

A friend of mine is a member of an on-line debating society. He was arguing that since the dawn of time every single day has been unprecedented. There are so many variables in the world that it is impossible for two days to be the same! 

[/Rant off] 



The Lighter Side / Death = Birth ?
« on: Wednesday 10 June 20 13:14 BST (UK)  »
This was said to me today and I thought that I would share it.   

A Human Death Certificate = A  Ghost Birth Certificate 

Nonsense, or not - I can't make my mind up. 



The Common Room / German B D M ?
« on: Tuesday 19 May 20 10:08 BST (UK)  »
Hello All, 

Can anyone tell me how to find out about a death (suspected / expected), in Hanover, Germany? 

I, unfortunately, cannot give details (because he might still be alive), but suffice to say that he was 70 years old in 2000 and not expected to live much passed that date. 

I sat down the other day with every intention of tidying up a branch of my tree and soon realised, to my horror, that I had no idea where to start! 

Any help or pointers would be much appreciated - thank you. 



The Stay Safe Board / The Cinnamon Trust ?
« on: Wednesday 06 May 20 13:42 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone had any dealings with an organisation called "The Cinnamon Trust?

Since the lockdown started a couple claiming to represent this Trust drive into our village and visit our neighbours (inside their home). Roughly 3 times a week, so far. 

I went to the next village to deal with our prescriptions and on my return they had parked across my drive, blocking the access. There is visitor parking about 50 yards away, but obviously that was 50 yards too many for them.   

As they were leaving, I asked them not to block my access again and their answer was that it was my fault for not having my car parked there when they arrived. 

When I asked them what they thought they were doing by breaking the lockdown and bringing contagion into the village, they said that they were "licensed" by this Trust to "go anywhere in the country". 

I am in two minds - should I report them to the police or not?  I am not a "jobsworth" and I do believe in live and let live, but I also believe in the rule of law.




The Common Room / 1939 Register Update
« on: Friday 27 September 19 10:33 BST (UK)  »
1939 Register Update
To mark the 80th anniversary of the 1939 Register on 29 September, we have made over 79,000 closed records searchable for the first time. In the three years since the Register was first launched, Findmypast has matched millions of ‘closed records’ to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded. These new additions are currently exclusive to Findmypast, the official home of the 1939 Register. 

Good news, I think. 



The Common Room / Ancestry - Audio
« on: Monday 01 July 19 13:19 BST (UK)  »
Hello All, 

My brother-in-law was taught to play the guitar by Ray Honeyball of Hedgehoppers Anonymous fame. Ray lived two doors down when BiL was 16.   

I have an audio file of them teaching/learning and then the BiL playing solo with advice being given by Ray. This was an important part and time of BiL's life as he did not have any aptitude for anything else. He was a backing musician for four years until an accident stopped his playing. 

It seems that Ancestry will accept all sorts of written documents and all sorts of images, but not sounds, nor video.  Unless someone knows differently?  Is there any way of doing this? 



Technical Help / Windows 7 or 8? - Upgrade to 10!
« on: Sunday 12 May 19 14:21 BST (UK)  »
The following is quite legal and comes from Microsoft itself - 

Read the article and the download link is - 

Either choose to do it now, or the lower button lets you save a copy of the download files for using later. 

My laptop was 7.1. Four years ago, Microsoft gave a free upgrade to 8, which became 8.1. I updated yesterday and am running Windows 10 today. 

Be advised - 

The download files are 3 GB - 3 gigabytes - BIG FILES! 

It took me just over 4 hours to do. It downloads first then it verifies everything it just down loaded to make sure it has it all correctly.   

It checks your computer to make sure you have enough room to upgrade and that you have a legally installed copy of 7 or 8.   

If you want, it saves ALL your files and settings. If not you can get a clean sweep (factory install) with nothing on it and you start again. Not default - you have to ask for this! 

Since its release Win 10 has had many updates - it does them all, in turn. It does many restarts and then with little ceremony there is a log in screen and Win 10 has arrived. 

All my programs are still there and so is my data - everything! It does try and push things at you. Microsoft Edge as a browser - no thanks, I will stick to Firefox. I have used Paint Shop Pro 7 for 19 years, I don't want Photoviewer. I use Snip a lot - they want me to use Snip and Spread (not in front of the children, I don't think).   

Little changes overall, but supposedly more efficient and more stable. All the important stuff is still there. 

So far, I am pleased. 



The Common Room / Typeface ?
« on: Monday 29 April 19 11:34 BST (UK)  »
Hello all,   

Just a quick question. Does anybody know what typeface was used by HM's Civil Service for official documents. That is to say birth, death and marriage certificates - long horizontal type (pre war).

It looks like Times New Roman, but I know that it is not - the upper case capitals have extra fat twirls on the descending legs and the lower case 'g' looks like a pair of spectacles. 

I have heard of a typeface called Century Schoolbook (or some such), but I am not sure if that is the one. 

I am trying to repair some images of older certificates that have been badly scanned 




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