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The Common Room / Picture Restoration?
« on: Wednesday 21 July 21 15:44 BST (UK)  »
Hello All, 

I though that there was separate section for photo restoration, but I don't seem to be able to find it. 

I have a image of Dunrobin Castle that has a few unwanted artefacts in it. It will be used as the basis for a paint-by-numbers painting. The way it is done, everything that is in the image ends up on the canvas.   

Can somebody point me in the right direction, or can a mod move this post, please. 

Thank you 

Regards 

Chas

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The Lighter Side / Relationship?
« on: Tuesday 23 February 21 10:55 GMT (UK)  »
I was idly working on my tree this last weekend. I had discovered a death date for a George Holdaway (~1844 - 1930). As I made the "quick edit" I noticed that Ancestry had kindly provided a relationship for me. 

George Holdaway was the father-in-law of the aunt of the husband of the niece of the wife of the paternal 1st cousin of the wife of the grandnephew of the wife of my 1st cousin 3x removed! 

I am left wondering - Is he even in my tree? Are we even in the same forest? Have I become a name collector?

Time for a cup of tea and sit down, I think. 

Regards 

Chas
 

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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. 

Regards 

Chas

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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] 

Regards 

Chas

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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. 

Regards 

Chas

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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. 

Regards 

Chas

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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.

Regards 

Chas


   

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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. 

Regards 

Chas

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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? 

Regards 

Chas



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