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After the Victorian Farm comes the Victorian Pharmacy

11 Jul

This week sees the start of a new four part series on BBC Two, that has captured my attention more than the forthcoming new series of Who Do You Think You Are?

According to the BBC website the series Victorian Pharmacy is a “historical observational documentary series which recreates a Victorian pharmacy”. For someone like me with druggists in my family tree this should be really interesting.

The programme was filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire (a place that has long been on my list of places to visit) in a reconstructed pharmacy. Even though the series hasn’t started yet there is already a book of the series available.

The first episode is scheduled for Thursday 15th July 2010 at 9pm on BBC 2, and is a “look at the world of the pharmacy at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1837.”

Who Do You Think You Are? – Latest British celebrities revealed

21 Jun

In preparation for the next series of Who Do You Think You Are? (due for screening at the end of July), the BBC have announced the line up of celebrities appearing on the programme.

This gives me the chance to play the game "Who Do I Think They Are?". The rules are simple, take on genealogy blogger and one list of celebrities and see if the genealogy blogger has heard of any of the celebrities.

For those of you playing along at home here is the list of celebrities:

  • Bruce Forsyth
  • Rupert Everett
  • Monty Don
  • Jason Donovan
  • Rupert Penry-Jones
  • Dervla Kirwan
  • Alan Cumming
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Hugh Quarshie (according to Wikipedia)

I’m afraid I didn’t do very well. I have heard of five out of nine of the celebrities (Bruce Forsyth, Monty Don, Jason Donovan, Dervla Kirwan and Alan Cumming) but that probably says more about my celebrity knowledge than the fame or celebrity status of any of the celebrities.

Picture Postcard Parade: On Beachy Head

27 May

What better way to spend the coming bank holiday than a visit to Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex? Well it will probably be raining this year so it might not be so good this year, but people have been visiting Beachy Head for pleasure for decades.

On Beachy Head

I’ve no idea if this was a bank holiday, or what time of year this photo was taken, but there are certainly plenty of people exploring the cliff top and enjoying the views, more so then I was there recently.

The people on this card are perhaps a little close to the edge, they are certainly closer than I got on my recent visit. Nothing spoils a good walk more than falling off a cliff or the cliff falling away from beneath your feet!

This card was published by Valentines, and although the postcard has been used, the bottom half of the date is missing, so I can’t see when it was posted, but I would imagine it dates from around 1910.

Coincidently the first episode of the latest series of Ramblings on BBC Radio 4 features Clare Balding exploring Beachy Head with a group of disabled ramblers. The episode is currently available on the BBC iPlayer.

Running out of steam

6 Apr

I don’t know how it happened. Yesterday I barely touched my family history and this evening I haven’t even opened my copy of Family Historian or my family history folders.

Am I suffering from genealogy burn out?

Last night I found myself idly flicking through my files, clicking on individuals in Family Historian, almost at random. I could see plenty of work to be done, and I did add a few details, but I just couldn’t summon up the enthusiasm to actually do any serious work. Even the GEERING family have lost their appeal.

Tonight was even worse, I didn’t even make the effort to do any research. Now I am starting to feel guilty, perhaps I should stay up late and force myself to do some research or some organising, but it is getting late and I should be going to bed.

It wasn’t that there was anything else that was more interesting to divert my attention today (it’s only an election after all!). I did listen to an interesting programme on BBC Radio 4, Between Ourselves which was about the life and work of two Coroners, which in a way was family history related, although in a modern context.

I don’t think I could live with myself if I didn’t do some research tomorrow, so I think I will have to chain myself to the computer and force myself to climb back up my tree and start swinging through the branches until someone catches my eye. Hang on, I think I can hear my ancestors calling now…

I am a Web Hedgehog

15 Mar

Just for a bit of fun I took the Web Behaviour Test on the BBC website (part of The Virtual Revolution series). You have to register with the site and it takes about 20 minutes to answer all the questions and complete the games.

The web behaviour test looks at three different aspects of your web usage:

  • Adaptable or specialised?
  • Fast-moving or slow-moving?
  • Social or solitary?

and compares this to eight different types of animal:

  • Bear
  • Elephant
  • Fox
  • Hedgehog
  • Leopard
  • Elk
  • Octopus
  • Ostrich

Based on my answers and performance in the games I am a web hedgehog, and I would have to say that I agree with that analysis. The three traits which make me a hedgehog are:

1) Slow-moving"careful internet users, taking their time to find the right information." 

Essential for family history research I would think. You need to take your time to assess the information that you find, rather than just accept the first answer you come up with.

2) Solitary"prefer to go it alone, rarely relying on information on social networks or other sites whose content is created by its users." 

A controversial one this, it is accurate in that I very rarely use information from online family trees and I don’t tweet or have a Facebook account, but I would imagine that I am probably in a minority among online genealogists.

3) Specialised"best suited to concentrating on one thing at a time rather than attempting to multitask."

Very much related to the first trait, taking the time to focus on one thing at a time, rather than trying to do lots of things at the same time. I don’t know about you, but when I am online I like to give my family history (or anything else for that matter) my full attention.

If you take the test let me know in the comments what sort of web animal you are? You can even publicise your animal type on Facebook, unless of course you are a solitary animal like me without a Facebook account!

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