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Non-genealogy Saturday

5 Dec

If last Saturday was Genealogy Saturday then this Saturday was Non-Genealogy Saturday. It wasn’t intentional, but other things just got in the way, at least I hadn’t really planned to do any serious family history otherwise I would have been annoyed.

First on the agenda was collecting a bookcase with my brother and his van. I was very kindly offered a second-hand bookcase, which is a great improvement on my existing bookcases, and I think it means I actually gain a bit of shelf space into the bargain.

Once we had collected the bookcase I spent some time giving it a clean, before starting on the rest of the housework. After a quick bite to eat for lunch, I was again off out with my brother over to Haywards Heath for the monthly postcard fair.

I was really after some more pages for my postcard album as I have about 50 to 60 cards that are waiting to be put away. We didn’t really have long over there, but I managed to find one superb card for my main collection, but very little else caught my eye.

After stopping for some shopping and visiting my godfather on the way home, I was in need of some proper food and drink. Although I am not sure that a bowl of tomato soup and some bread rolls really count as proper food.

Then I spent about an hour and a half in the evening polishing the bookcase. It is now ready to replace the existing bookcase in the hallway, which in turn will replace the small bookcase in the spare bedroom, which will probably be dismantled and stored in the shed. That is probably going to be tomorrow’s job.

Although I was busy today and didn’t really have time to sit down and do any serious family history, when I think about it most of what I did was related in some way to family history. Most of the books that will go on the bookcase are about family or local history and of course at the postcard fair I was looking for places with a family connection. Most of the postcards that need putting in an album are connected in some way to my family history.

So I guess in a way I have been working indirectly on my family tree today.

Doing the ironing with my mp3 player

2 Aug

On a Sunday afternoon you will often find me in the kitchen with an iron in one hand, a pile of washing on the table and a pair of earphones in my ears. To make the task of ironing more bearable I will usually be listening to podcasts, and usually they will be family history related. Today was no exception, so here is my “playlist” for today:

Family History Podcast: Episode 8 – News, clues and street views

Things have been a bit quiet over at the Family History Podcast in recent months, but I am pleased to say that Will Howells has just put up a new episode. There are only a few episodes in the archive so far, but they are well worth a listen (and watch in the case of the video episodes) if you have an interest in UK family history.

British Postal Museum and Archives Podcast: Tony Benn – Girobank: The 40th Anniversary of The People’s Bank

This is a new venture from the British Postal Museum and Archive, and their first podcast features Tony Benn talking about the establishment of the National Girobank (amongst other things). It was recorded on the 16th October 2008, and will probably be of more interest to social historians than genealogists. It is a very entertaining and informative talk, although sadly the questions at the end are a little tricky to hear.

Neil Innes: Works in Progress

As I still had a couple of shirts to go and had run out of podcasts, I switched over to music and started listening to Neil Innes’ most recent album Works in Progress. I have long been a fan of Neil Innes, and have seen him live several times. As well as fantastic music, it has some great lyrics as well, an example of which from the track “One of Those People” is “The last thing I need is a feeling of guilt, when I’m wading through treacle on balsa wood stilts”. It never fails to make me smile, likewise from “Eye Candy”, “At the ambassador’s reception I had to get away, so I hid behind a pyramid of Ferrero Roche”.

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