23rd December 2014

Mistletoe and marbles

‘Christmas time, Mistletoe and Wine’…. sang Cliff Richard, way back in 1988. Heavens…. That makes feel rather old! The single was Cliff Richard’s 99th and it became his […]
22nd December 2014

Twerps, twits and trollops

Having travelled around a bit this year, I am told that we – the English – are world-renowned for our ‘interesting use of language’. I don’t […]
21st December 2014

Smith … but William Hewett Smith at least! (#50)

William Hewett Smith has been at the top of my Smith tree for many years. It won’t surprise you to know that it is not a […]
20th December 2014

Inventive? Or just plain crackers?

Genealogy is full of interesting finds to keep us entertained and amused in our research. Mulling over the requirements for the forthcoming weeks, this week I […]
19th December 2014

Right ol’ rigmarole

Do you ever get to Christmas feeling fully prepared? Well this year, I have a confession. It is December 19th and I, so far, have managed […]
18th December 2014

How long is a piece of string?

…. well, it’s a frequently used phrase, as so many people ask such odd questions! Like, how much does it cost to trace my family history? Or, […]
17th December 2014

Charles Dickens, English GCSE and the festive season

Many years ago, in a land not so far, far from here, I was a GCSE student. Yes, I am young enough not to have done ‘O-levels’ […]
16th December 2014

You only live once

Events across the globe are certainly making unpleasant listening/reading over the last 48 hours. Sydney, Pennsylvania and now Pakistan…. Why can we not all live together, […]
15th December 2014

Random Monday waffles

Tomorrow, I’ll think of some other way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day. Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936) Did you know that […]