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Distracted by Percy the Prawn

11 Jun

Last night I took the plunge and started transcribing the diary of my 2x great-uncle Percy Ebenezer Trower.

I have been in this position before and have never managed to progress beyond the first couple of pages , hopefully this time I can keep the momentum going.

I am going to try to do a page a night. I realise that at that rate it is going to take almost two years to complete, but I have precious little spare time as it is without devoting several hours a day to reading difficult handwriting. Small chunks are definitely the way forward.

I have started working in just a basic text editor for now, but I will be looking for something a bit more advanced before I get too far down the road because I want to be able to do more with the text than just having it sitting as a plain text file on my hard drive.

It is quite obvious to me that I will need to add some footnotes as I go along, mainly for my own benefit, to explain some of the people, places and events mentioned.

Last night’s page included a reference to the one of A. J. Alan’s wireless stories and of course I had to stop to find out who A. J. Alan was and even listened to a couple of his stories. These two stories were quite light-hearted (and where I found Percy the Prawn) but some of his other material was somewhat darker.

Percy didn’t say whether he liked the story he listened to or not, but I certainly enjoyed them and they had made me contemplate getting hold of some more of his work. At this rate it is going take a lot longer than two years to complete.

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