iPhone v Android

iPhone v Android

Having been an avid user of the iPhone 3GS for over two years I was all set to continue my allegiance by upgrading to an iPhone 4s.  However, it turned out that my provider had a severe lack of them. Not a problem, they said, we’ll take your details and contact you when they come … Continue reading

Ultimate Xmas Presents

Ultimate Xmas Presents

Well, it’s nearly Christmas again. I don’t know about you but because I do all my gift shopping online – I hate queuing and I REALLY hate fighting my way though the stores.  Anyway, this year during my forays into the wonderful world of internet shopping I came across some really excessive items that I … Continue reading

Facebook + Gowalla – good idea?

Facebook + Gowalla – good idea?

Rumours are abound that Facebook have bought out Gowalla to help out with their new ‘Timeline’ feature that will be replacing the failed ‘Places’. My experiences with Gowalla When I first got an iPhone 3GS just over 2 years ago Gowalla had just started up alongside Foursquare providing a location check-in app.  Like many others … Continue reading

The Clarkson fiasco

The Clarkson fiasco

Well, what a truly ridiculous day it’s been.  After his appearance on the early evening programme “The One Show” on the BBC, I awoke to find the world in meltdown over these comments: Admittedly Clarkson isn’t the most tactful person at the best of times, but really. The union involved (Unison) called for him to … Continue reading

Update … and about damned time!

Well, it’s been a rough few months since I last posted anything here.  I won’t bore you with the details but I’m back and ready to get back into the swing of it again. The regulars amongst you will have noticed a theme change to mark my return. I might have to update the header … Continue reading

Jays

Jays

For the first time ever … we’ve had Jays in the garden.

It really was free

It really was free

Just by way of a small update on my post last week “Something free from Sky“, I thought you might be interested to know … the replacement box WAS actually free. In fact they replaced the dish as well, even though it’s only been up since we moved here 3 years ago. Nice deal Sky … Continue reading

Broadband problems

Broadband problems

I’ve been having some problems with my broadband connection the past week or so.  I’ve replaced the router and everything seemed fine for a couple of days, but it’s started dropping off again. Not sure what the problem is having disconnected every phone in the house, including the connections to the Sky boxes. Nothing seems … Continue reading

Something free from Sky?

Yeah, I thought it was a bit too good to be true. It appears that those good people at Sky are so keen to reward me for being with them for so long, that they’ve decided they want to give me a brand new replacement HD box.  For free. Yep, you read it correctly – … Continue reading

Family tree research part 5

Family tree research part 5

World War II records Anyone who has researched the World War I records could well be disappointed at the comparatively limited availability of equivalent records for World War II. The main reason is that records of Britain’s Armed Forces are still classified documents held by the Ministry of Defence. If a member of your family … Continue reading

Family tree research part 4

Family tree research part 4

Military Records – World War I At the beginning of the war in 1914, the British Army comprised 730,000 troops but millions enlisted out of a deep sense of patriotism so that, by the end of the war in 1918, more than seven million men had seen action. Every detail of those soldiers’ army lives … Continue reading

More issues with Ancestry

A bit of background on this one:  I had cancelled my subscription to Ancestry’s website due to not having enough money to continue with it.  Over the past year or two I have, from time to time, used their Pay-Per-View service to gain access to some U.S. records that were pertinent to my research. With … Continue reading

Toyah’s new film

Toyah’s new film

Toyah is starring in a new film “The Power of Three”.   There is a special sneak preview this Thursday (9 June) from 18:00 at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham. Toyah will be at the screening and there will be a special Q&A session.

Family tree research part 3

In this part I’ll be going over ordering of certificates online. Don’t use Ancestry ordering service I should point out straight away that this hasn’t affected me directly because I’ve never used it, mainly due to the pricing structure. If you use Ancestry.co.uk you may have seen the link to order certificates.  Some of you may … Continue reading

Family tree research part 2

What records should you look at? Well, anything really. There are various sources that hold records of events. Family documents and local newspapers are obvious choices; nowadays a lot of local newspapers around the country are online, which means that if you know a person lived in a certain town miles away from you, it’s … Continue reading

Family tree research

I’ve been offline for a few days over the bank holiday weekend catching up on my family tree research.  Whilst doing that I thought that it might be a good subject for a series of articles. So, starting at the beginning with what I’ve learnt in relation to software and starting your research. There are … Continue reading

Woodpecker

Woodpecker

Another visitor to the garden feeder: Click the picture to go to my flickr site for more.

Talk about cats and pigeons!

Wow, I seem to have hit a raw nerve with that post on religion, didn’t I? I knew it was going to be contentious, but … Jesus (pun intended). To the reasonable bunch of you who read it and, maybe thought I was an idiot but realised I’m entitled to my opinion, even if you didn’t … Continue reading