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The Lighter Side / Re: Bygone sounds
« on: Wednesday 19 December 12 19:09 GMT (UK)  »

  The Rag and Bone man 'Raegbone! Anyoleraegbone!'.

   Jim Bugby with his barrel organ.

   The 'All Clear' siren. That was the signal for us kids to make for the fire station at top speed to watch the engine go out. We had a 'retained' (ie part-time) fire service. Almost all of the firemen worked in the shoe factories where the noise of the machinery meant the siren could not be heard, so any man outside would shout back into the factory. The fireman would instantly leave his machine and either run or cycle to the fire station. If you happened to be nearby, men would be coming from all directions, flinging down their cycles as they raced into the building. The engine could get out within five minutes of the siren sounding, and the firemen would be pulling on their overalls, boots and coats as they raced along the street, often followed by a flock of boys on bikes. One man would stay behind to take the cycles inside and  make sure all was secure.

The Lighter Side / Re: Baptism or Christening at what age?
« on: Saturday 15 December 12 11:13 GMT (UK)  »
Rebecca Hazard Waugh was born 12 December 1797 in Alston, Cumberland. Parents were Robert Waugh and Priscilla White - both lapsed Quakers. Rebecca was baptized into the Church of England 13 March 1813 and was married to Thomas Reed on that same day. Perhaps the Vicar suggested she be baptized into the CofE.

   The vicar would not have married her in church unless she was baptised

The Lighter Side / Re: Baptism or Christening at what age?
« on: Saturday 15 December 12 02:10 GMT (UK)  »

  I had an adult baptism in the Baptist church I was attending then.
     I have made it sound as if my children were baptised the same time as me, but actually it was quite a few years later that they were christened  in the C of E church near to where we lived at the time

The Lighter Side / Re: Baptism or Christening at what age?
« on: Friday 14 December 12 17:17 GMT (UK)  »

  My father was brought up a Baptist (they don't baptise infants) and he had to be christened before he could marry my mother in the C of E. I was christened as a child and also baptised as an adult. We let our children choose if and when they wanted to be baptised. They decided to be 'done' at the same time.
    My son was 11 and my daughter was 9. They were enthusiastically welcomed into the family of the church (it was a normal Sunday service) and that is the normal thing now, so there was nothing strange about it happening to an older person. Anyone can be baptised at any age.
   My Roman Catholic friend was horrified that I hadn't had my children baptised as infants. In her eyes, if they died they would not go to heaven! I was equally horrified to learn that that was what she had been taught.

The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Baby Names of 2012
« on: Friday 14 December 12 16:54 GMT (UK)  »

    One of my friends had an ancestor named Eugene Kossuth Kosciuko (those were his forenames)

    What about the fondness for Old Testament names like Kerrenhappuch (one of the daughters of Job)?

    Or the Puritans who gave their children names like Zeal-for-the-Lord?

    My son has a friend who called his son Mycroft (it's the name of Sherlock Holmes' brother)
    One of my granddaughters is called Esha and her sister is Arpana, but their dad is Indian and those are Indian names. Sometimes there is a reason for seemingly strange names (but all too often you wonder which planet they're living on!)

The Common Room / Re: Ok to feel sad and angry?
« on: Monday 03 December 12 18:38 GMT (UK)  »

   I really admire my lot,so many I never knew but thank goodness my mum and dad were talkers, and we children loved to hear stories about their childhood and  so we almost felt we knew our two grannies who died before we were born, the lovely 16 year old who died from T.B and the baby sister dying at two months old at the same time as her oldest sisters` twin baby boys. All from the same childhood illness. How did my granny cope with the death of two of her children and two grandchildren within two months? Well she adopted another four ,  honestly. What a wonderful woman.            Viktoria.

     And people think there's 'no need to have children vaccinated against these trivial childhood illnesses'! Don't these fools realise that governments don't spend millions on a vaccination programme if they are trivial!

The Common Room / Re: Ok to feel sad and angry?
« on: Monday 03 December 12 18:35 GMT (UK)  »

               That's lovely, you grandfather's poem brought tears to my eyes.

The Lighter Side / Re: photos of working women, 1940s US
« on: Saturday 01 December 12 19:17 GMT (UK)  »

   Thank you, they were very interesting. I noticed that Mrs Eloise J. Ellis appeared several times!

    The most notable thing was that there was only one black woman.

The Common Room / Re: Data Conventions - Dates [Resolved]
« on: Thursday 29 November 12 18:45 GMT (UK)  »

   Thanks, Stan, I really need to get my head round that. In spite of transcribing PRs from the 1700s I just can't seem to get it fixed in my brain

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