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The Lighter Side / Re: Lottery Win how to spend it ?
« on: Thursday 15 November 12 21:19 GMT (UK)  »

    :( :(   I don't think I could arrange it in time, Earley, my 70th is 4 weeks from today!   ::)

  ps Strange to say, Arnold was no relation to me. It was his widow who told me about it, and since then, helpful Rootschatters have supplied the published story of the incident, and a photo of Arnold

The Lighter Side / Re: Lottery Win how to spend it ?
« on: Thursday 15 November 12 18:53 GMT (UK)  »

  I think I would do the same, Earley (without the motorbike). It is a dear wish of mine to go to the Thiepval Memorial where my great-uncle is named. He is one of the people responsible for my interest in Family History.

   The other wish is to visit the grave in Berlin of Arnold Brown, shot down and taken prisoner in 1940, he survived the war only to be shelled by an RAF Typhoon whilst being marched westward (The Long Escape)

   I don't suppose I ever shall, though. The only thing that bothers me about my approaching 70th birthday is that whereas it was always 'One day........', now I begin to feel that time is running out.

The Common Room / Re: No Father on birth cert
« on: Thursday 15 November 12 17:16 GMT (UK)  »

  We have a photo in the hall of a group of people with a little girl standing in the front. Those who look at it casually assume it is our daughter because she looked exactly like that as a child, but in fact the people in it are OH's father, uncle, aunt and grandmother outside Buckingham Palace when my FiL was presented with the DSM during WW2.  The girl is a mystery. We think she was the natural daughter of OH's aunt, brought up by some cousins and given their name, but cannot know for sure. The only person alive (until recently) who knew the truth was OH's aunt, and she would never say, so we shall probably never know.

The Lighter Side / Re: Names that hinder
« on: Thursday 15 November 12 17:00 GMT (UK)  »

  My mother's family names were Bridge and Knight, and my father's was French.

Family History Beginners Board / Re: Marriage record. Advice needed please.
« on: Tuesday 13 November 12 20:42 GMT (UK)  »

  The other thing is that you don't buy the microfilms if they are from IGI. You need to go to your nearest 'Family History Center' of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints (usually known as Mormons). If they don't have the film (depending on which one you go to) they will order it for you and you view it there.

   Have I got that right, Stan?

The Common Room / Re: congetital imbecilie!
« on: Monday 12 November 12 19:34 GMT (UK)  »

  Some time ago, Brian Rix was talking about his daughter who had Downs.
   When she was born, one of the doctors asked in all seriousness if he had been drunk when she was conceived!

    That's why Lord Rix became involved with Mencap and had a lot to do with changing attitudes towards people with mental health problems

The Lighter Side / Re: Past/unusual occupations
« on: Monday 12 November 12 19:11 GMT (UK)  »
My dad was a letter sorter for the Post Office.  These days it's all done by machine.

  No it isn't. There are still many letters that defy the most sophisticated machinery.
  I hand-sorted letters at RM until I retired. Once there was one address which had obviously been written by a blind person (blind people either keep a finger space between lines, or press hard so they can feel the impressions on the paper. The hand had slipped and parts of the address were written on top of others. I took it to a friend who managed to decipher the street name, looked it up on the RM computer, found the phone number of the occupant, rang her to make sure she was the right person, and sent her the letter in an official envelope. Job done.  (it was from her blind friend in Australia)

The Common Room / Re: County then or county now?
« on: Tuesday 06 November 12 16:35 GMT (UK)  »

Postal counties? These are based on the local offices and often lead to place that have never been in the neighbouring county being thus described and are anyway no longer used by Royal Mail.

Generally speaking, historical counties don't change (with a few exceptions, e.g. Chris's post)

from Middlesex (NOT London!!!!)

  There was no such thing as 'Postal Counties'. There were, and are Postal Towns. These were not arranged specifically by county, but just by the main processing/distribution office in a particular area, so that Oundle, for example, although well into Northamptonshire, has a PE (Peterborough) postcode. It had been done for years, but was only noticeable when Postcodes were introduced.

The Common Room / Re: A Protestant Dissenter ?
« on: Tuesday 06 November 12 16:20 GMT (UK)  »

   For many years, Dissenters were not allowed to go to University (which then meant Oxford or Cambridge) so this led to the formation of "Dissenting Academies" which were renowned for their high standard of education. The ban on degrees meant that many promising young men went into manufacturing or trade (as did Quakers for the same reason) and ran some of the most well-known stores and companies.

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