Category Archives: Odds & ends

Happy Valentine’s day

It’s Valentine’s Day today which, after Christmas, is the biggest card sending day of the year. Like other celebrations, Valentine’s Day has very long history; however no-one seems to be sure of its origin. There were many early Christian martyrs … Continue reading

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Of haggis – both wild and domestic

It’s Burns Night tomorrow and the last night of the haggis season, so it’s time to go haggis hunting! The haggis season runs from 30 November to 25 January when they go into hibernation. Remember that wild haggis are shy … Continue reading

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Scrapbooking

Thanks to Katrina McQuarrie over at Kick-Ass Genealogy I’ve been playing about with digital scrapbooking this evening.  Her latest blog post is all about using your computer to create a digital keepsake which you can easily post online or print … Continue reading

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*** Snow ***

It’s snowing again and, as usual, the south of England has come slithering and sliding to a standstill. I’ve made my fair share of “don’t know what things are coming to”, “I remember when…”, “when I was a kid…” type … Continue reading

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Glamorous in flannel

Happy New Year! Tidying up after visitors in this house always seems to involve books in some way.  Today I came something that I’d forgotten about and which seems appropriate for this freezing weather: At this cold season of the year … Continue reading

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Too late for a Scottish passport!

Among the records in Edinburgh City Archives are records of passports issued by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh (class SL165, dates 1845-1916). Apparently Edinburgh Town Council issued passports, or certificates of good character, to its inhabitants from at least the … Continue reading

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Make do and mend…with a parachute

We’re all familiar with the stories about WWII parachutes being made into underwear or wedding dresses, but a new twist to this tale has appeared. A Scottish airman who was shot down over Belgium buried his parachute and escaped through … Continue reading

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New look website and blog

I hope you like the new look website and blog combined.  I’ve even managed to include a link to my own personal family history pages! It’s been frustrating me that they were all on separate sites, and all looked different. … Continue reading

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Stirling ancestors?

If you’ve ancestors from Stirling you might find this useful. The Old Town Cemetery in Stirling has just undergone a £1.7 million refurbishment. The Old Town Cemetery is at the Top of the Town in Stirling, just below the castle … Continue reading

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Italian family searching for relatives of the British soldier who saved their mother’s life

An Italian family is searching for relatives of a British soldier who saved their mother’s life during WWII. In January 1944, the pregnant Maria Mancini from the Abruzzo region of Italy needed emergency medical treatment to save her life. A … Continue reading

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