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Round and About / Factory Closures
« on: May 06, 2011, 10:39 AM »
Came across this web page whilst looking for something and thought someone might be interested

General Discussion / Speech - pet hates
« on: January 20, 2011, 11:01 AM »
I know I can be a bit pedantic about the English language at times but . . . . . . . . .
I was watching a TV programme last night and someone insisted on saying "literally" on a regular basis.  "It literally blew my mind" etc (I didn't see any evidence of exploding brains!)
I think the incorrect use of "literally" is one of my main pet hates - does anyone else have any?

Memory Lane / White Rabbit
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:55 AM »
When I was a child my parents always said "White Rabbits" on the first day of each month.  The tradition was that it was the first thing you said when you woke up.  I never knew why white rabbits and couldn't find out.
However, my partner (who lived in Towcester) has just told me that children where he lived used to recite

"Pinch, punch, first of the month
WHITE RABBITS - you can't do it back to me"

The idea was to pinch and punch another child and then (before they had time to retaliate) you shouted White Rabbits etc and they couldn't return the attack.

Did anyone do that when they were children?

Ask a question.... / Rag Rugs
« on: October 08, 2010, 01:50 PM »
I've recently become interested in the idea of making a rag rug.  I remember my Grandma always had them around the house but I never got around to talking to her about them.
I've read a bit about the sort of rugs that are made by poking strips of fabric through hessian (rather than the hooked type) but opinion seems divided as to whether a frame is absolutely essential.  I'd rather not have a frame due to lack of space but I'd appreciate some opinions on this and rag rugging in general.

Memory Lane / Sixties Music and the Pirates
« on: July 12, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Watched "The Boat that Rocked" on DVD at the weekend.  Took me right back to the 60s.  I was so upset when Caroline was banned I refused to listen to Radio 1 for months as a protest! (Bit useless but at 16 you have your principles  :D)

General Discussion / Hose Pipe Ban
« on: July 07, 2010, 10:01 AM »
For years I've been on the receiving end of (usually) good natured remarks about it always raining in Manchester (and have tried my best to dispute them).  I turned on the TV this morning for the BBC news and heard about the hosepipe ban in the Northwest "usually regarded as the wettest area of England".  Not just once did they say this but several times!  Aaargh!  All my hard work gone down the drain (with the rain!!)
I know the wettest place is supposed to be the Lake District but, unfortunately, Manchester tends to get lumped in with it as a city in the North West

General Discussion / Happy New Year
« on: December 31, 2009, 07:28 PM »
A bit early but I wanted to make sure I didn't forget to wish you all a Happy New Year  :)
Take care all and hope that 2010 is a happy and healthy year for you.

Ask a question.... / Whinberries, wimberries etc
« on: July 28, 2009, 09:57 AM »
I wonder if anyone can give me some advice as, after searching the internet, I'm getting very confused!  We have just got an allotment and are planning what we're going to be growing.  Last night we were reminiscing about things from our childhood and I mentioned winberry pies which my Mum sometimes bought from a small shop near to Charlestown station.  I've never had them since but I know they grew wild or were popular on allotments.  The last time I saw them in a shop they were VERY expensive and that was some time ago.
Can anyone tell me if bilberries and blueberries are the same thing and would they be as good as I remember if we grew them on the allotment?

General Discussion / Building an ark
« on: July 17, 2009, 10:29 AM »
Just wondering how the rest of the country is coping at the moment.  We had storms through the night and now the world's gone black, the thunder's deafening and the lights keep dipping because of power fluctuations.
Can't stop - off to find some spare timber and a hammer and nails.
See you in the Channel :-)

Technical Matters / Gedcoms etc
« on: May 18, 2009, 11:17 AM »
I wonder if anyone can advise me on a problem I'm having with my family history records.  When I started looking into my family way back in 1999 I used the Church of the LDS program which was simple and cheap.  I've used it since and it's continued to be really handy.  I've moved info from a home computer to office one and others using gedcom on a floppy disk in the past.  I remember having a problem when I got a new PC some years ago but got over it by using another computer as a sort of go between.  My difficulty this time is that I would like to copy information from my computer to a new laptop (which operates on Vista).
I have exported data onto a CD and then tried to enter it into the laptop but it doesn't work. Has anyone any ideas how I can solve this difficulty?  I should like to use the laptop for all things family history so I can carry it around with me.

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