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That's a really interesting insight, Fairmeadow ... I've always found that trying to pronounce things in the local accent and seeing how they come out is a useful way of attacking some of the more intractible brick walls ...

Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Re: William HIBBERD coal man trowbridge
« on: Sunday 27 September 20 07:22 BST (UK)  »
I might also add that George's wife (Doris?) was an amazing lady ... a matronly woman who accompanied him to all the young athletes' meets, and took everyone under her wing ... particularly those whose parents weren't able to accompany them and were feeling a little bit overwhelmed by it all. We all loved her to bits!

Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Re: William HIBBERD coal man trowbridge
« on: Sunday 27 September 20 07:15 BST (UK)  »
Sippy -

If you are still around, I would LOVE to share some of my memories of George Hibberd with you.

He was my coach at Cambridge & Coleridge Athletics Club when I was a youngster in the 1980s. A very fine hurdles coach, who produced a string of very talented hurdlers.

A small, wiry man, he lived in Comberton at the time, drove a red Saab, and was always puffing away on his pipe. He started all young athletes in the club on the hurdles. If they didn't take to it he let them drift away to the other coaches in other disciplines, but if they showed a talent for it (and I did) then he kept hold of them. We were all massively devoted to him!

One of my fondest memories of him is standing in the old clubhouse at Milton Road track, looking up at the Achilles board (Achilles is the club for combined Oxford & Cambridge university athletics "blues") listing the Achilles club's Olympic champions, reminiscing about one athlete in particular - Jack Lovelock, who won the 1500 metres at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. With a tear in his eye, George said how he had the most beautiful, fluid running style ever. At the time it stuck me as awesome that he could remember with such clarity a man that he had known and watched run some 40 or more years earlier ... but then again, here am I now, remembering with such clarity a man that I knew getting on for forty years ago ... so what do I know?

Perhaps the best testament to the quality of his technical hurdles coaching was when our family went to Cornwall on holiday in 1982 or 1983 ... I arranged to go to the Duchy of Cornwall athletics track for a couple of training sessions, one of which coincided with their young athletes' club night. I was doing 400 metre hurdles drills of start + first three hurdles, and after I had done three or four starts I became aware that none of THEIR hurdlers were actually training at all ... their coach had them all watching me and was giving them a commentary on my hurdling style and pointing out tips for improving their own.

The Lighter Side / Re: Genealogy frustrations.
« on: Sunday 13 September 20 18:24 BST (UK)  »
Mr Ashby 's lad was probably known as Nebby-never-late-for-a-date.


Just as well he wasn't a young blood in the 19th century though ... by the time he'd finished writing his name on a young lady's dance card, he'd probably have missed the dance!

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Query
« on: Sunday 13 September 20 18:16 BST (UK)  »
Records seem difficult to find. Thank you everyone.

Do bear in mind that the Irish public records were mostly destroyed during the civil war in 1923 (the Public Record Office in Dublin was being used as an ammunition store, and when it took a hit the whole lot went up), which makes tracing 19th century Irish ancestors very much more difficult than tracing 19th century English, Scottish or Welsh ancestors.

(My own 19th century Irish bloodlines have the names Murphy, Hurley and Piper ... and I've largely given up hope of making any meaningful progress with THEM!)

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Query
« on: Sunday 13 September 20 09:12 BST (UK)  »
You need to contextualise your query according to the circumstances of the time.

Whilst early 20s would be a more common age to marry, your great great grandmother would have been at prime marrying age at the height of the Napoleonic war / War of 1812, when a significant number of young eligible Irishmen would have been serving abroad. So, just like the "maiden aunts" of the first world war generation, there would have been a surplus of marriageable young women over marriageable young men. Marrying somewhat later in life would not, therefore, be that uncommon a thing.

United States of America / Re: Interpreting court notice
« on: Monday 07 September 20 21:44 BST (UK)  »
OK - so what you're looking at is a cause list (i.e. a list of the cases which are to be heard on that day) for the City Court.

Sydney Collinge is the plaintiff (i.e. the party bringing the case ... or "claimant" in modern English legal parlance) and Carmina Dugliese is the Defendant.

Sydney Collinge is a minor, so he cannot bring the proceedings himself. He has to have a guardian acting on his behalf (in traditional English legal parlance, which may well have been adopted in New York state, the full expression is "guardian an litem" ... a person of full capacity who acts on his behalf and in his name)

Again, in English law (I don't know about New York) a guardian ad litem MUST act through a solicitor ... they cannot be a "litigant in person" ... so that they have proper legal advice on the prosecution of the minor's case on their behalf.

In New York they do not have the English division of the legal profession into two branches (solicitors and barristers) ... they just have attorneys.

The attorney acting for Sydney Collinge was Howard Barnes.

Hope this helps.

The Lighter Side / Re: Semantics.
« on: Monday 07 September 20 06:14 BST (UK)  »
The alternative to "natural" isn't invariably "unnatural" ... it can sometimes be "artificial".

We don't, for instance, refer to "unnatural pearls" or "unnatural watercourses".

Mind you, I'm not sure that "artificial childbirth" sounds any better ....

(Actually, of course, the "artificial pearl" isn't a pearl at all, whereas the "artificial watercourse" IS a watercourse ... but then there are cultured pearls, which ARE pearls, just not naturally occurring ones ... so I guess that means that there is more than one alternative to "natural" besides "unnatural" ... )

The Lighter Side / Re: An Unexpected Gift
« on: Saturday 05 September 20 18:14 BST (UK)  »
Oh wow ... what an  AMAZING gift!

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