14th December 2014

Richard Sillifant (#49), the rabbit trapper (1875-1945)

Richard Sillifant was born in 1875, the fifth of eight known children of Isaac and Ann (née Heard) Sillifant. In 1881, Isaac and his family lived at […]
13th December 2014

Every cloud has a silver lining

Goodness me, 2014 has thrown up a fair number of challenges but the saying is true – you can derive some benefit from every ‘bad’ thing that […]
12th December 2014

Marconi and the first transatlantic radio signal

On the 12th hour of the 12th day of the 12th month exactly 113 years ago, Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal – the […]
11th December 2014

And yet more astonishing finds!

Having checked out the reindeers yesterday, today I moved on to the elves in Santa’s workshop who make the toys, take care of the reindeer and […]
10th December 2014


Having had a fairly ‘entertaining’ 24 hours – translate ‘entertaining’ to ‘god awful’ – I decided today to delve into the ‘amusing finds’ file to cheer […]
9th December 2014

Oh good heavens….

Or ‘Great Scott!’ as the Doc said, frequently in Back to The Future. Apparently, the expression was used a total of sixteen times in the trilogy of […]
8th December 2014

Yes – it’s Monday again!

Ever get that sinking feeling on a Sunday night….? Then you need to change your job! If you hate the Monday to Friday game…. get out! […]
7th December 2014

George Kitcher (1833-?) #48 of #52Ancestors

Earlier this year, I wrote about Timothy Kitcher – one of my many brickwalls – who was baptised in 1834 in Boldre, Hampshire of William and […]
6th December 2014

Nicholas? Who was he?

Well to me, today is Saturday. Small Business Saturday too …. bet many of you didn’t know that! I didn’t until mid-week either. Apparently it exists […]