Monday, September 27, 2004

Mel's Macintosh Universe: System 6 Screenshots 1

are installing Windows XP and I got memories "low disk space" warnings
Microsoft has nearly caught up with the macintosh concept of 1989

but I will still have to manually delete stuff to make room

Google Search: macintosh "system 6" a nd Google IMAGE Search: macintosh "system 6"

Friday, September 24, 2004

reading ANCESTRY DAILY NEWS today I found this which awoke some memories :-


I just finished reading George Morgan's article Disaster Preparedness about evacuating
because of a natural disaster.

We survived a forest fire in May 2000. One of the things I took was
my recipe box. Our home survived, but several of our friends were not
so fortunate. I was able to replace recipes that some of them had
shared with me over the years. I also asked my mother (age 85) if I
could go through her recipe box, and she asked me if I wanted to see
Grandma's box also. I didn't know she had it! It was full of
clippings and recipes from my grandmother's sisters.

Betsy Christian
Los Alamos, NM

In January 2000 when I started clearing my mother Alison's walk in larder on the wondow sill was a shoebox full of yellowing cuttings about cooking from "The Times" and I have saved them all and filed them in plastic pockets (oops?).

Then hidden away I have my father's mother's cook book and the Mrs. Beeton's she gave to her daughter.

the Family Tree web pages say:-

Alison Mary Lapham (daughter of Alfred Thomas Lapham and Florence Caroline Evans) was born May 16, 1908 in Filton, Gloucestershire UK, and died December 22, 1999 in Heartlands Hospital,Bordesley Green, Birmingham, West Midlands UK16.

She married (1) Olive (alias Rougenez) Meade. WRONG they were friends from Filton Primary School and for life

She married (2) Dorothy Hare in Brighton College of Education. WRONG they were friends from college and for life

She married (3) Joseph S Forman, son of Forman. WRONG they were friends after my father died - and one of the men who substituted as a male role model for me in my teens - and they nearly got married but having a war widow'spensions which would cease argued in favour of continued independance.

She married (4) Alfred Henry (David) Watkins on December 23, 1933 in Parish Church, Berkswell, Warwickshire, son of Alfred Henry Watkins and Blanche Eveline Jones.
- her one and only marriage.

I used Family Tree Maker 11 - and have complained about this bug years before - but these friendships are so central to my mother's family history that I let them remain on the web in this format.

In my FTM file they are recorded as friends of course but this site is published automatically.

I have just ordered FTM 2005 from S & N Genealogy Supplies - the girl said the CDs are due from USA really soon now, and so I hope

I use FTM as a family history record and I also need to record apprentices and servants as connected to the family.

Apprentices live 7 years at least with their master's family and servants become honorary family often devoting their entire life to several genrations of masters. Then there were the journeymen who lived in too.

Monday, September 20, 2004

from my email:-

Føroya Kvæði volume VIII
edited by
Marianne Clausen

came out in the summer 2003.

It contains 1350 melodies for the Faroese Kvæði.

These are ballads sung to accompany the traditional faerose round dance.

A german writer - see färöischen Balladen - points out the importance of these in preserving the faeroese language, and song was one of the main weapons used to fight off the encroachment of danish - the official language of colonialism.

20 years ago modern spoken faerose had many danish loan words, and no doubt english too today, but written faeroese attempted to preserve the old words - but many will disappear as the old life style vanishes and the old people die.

Recent economic problems caused many men to migrate in search of work - 10 or 15% was said to me and a severe imbalance between the sexes.

looking in REX

Føroya kvæði = Corpus carminum Færoensium
/ a Sv. Grundtvig et J. Bloch comparatum


Bd. 8, Supplementum : Løgini / ritstjórnað fyri/edited for Universitets-Jubilæets Danske Samfund av/by Marianne Clausen. 2003. 735 s. : ill., noder


Engelsk og færøsk tekst, og færøske sangtekster


Vol. 1-6 udgivet: Kbh. : Ejnar Munksgaard ; Vol. 7 udgivet: Kbh. : C.A. Reitzel


Åndelige viser og sange = Andaligar vísur og sangir :
indsamlet på Færøerne 1988-90 / Marianne Clausen, Jógvan Thomsen ;

melodier, tekster og kommentarer Marianne Clausen

more in REX

Sunday, September 19, 2004

My Blogs


  • This is my oldest blog and I use this for news and notes about my site
    Danish Census and Church Books, other sites, and my daily surfing of the net.
    The blog has been rightly criticised as chaotic but googling will discover some pearls.

  • Exploring Rootsweb

  • I spent a lot of time adminstering message boards and will build up a guide to Rootsweb.

  • Exploring Ancestry dot com and co uk

  • I log on here nearly every day to surf the census and do look ups for myself and friends, and it is so big that a guide is needed to the many databases.

  • Getting to know AOL

  • America Online has become my favourite ISP in UK and I use AOL for chat and as a BBS.

  • Viking

  • This will eventually include a viking novel in public first draft, but also has stuff about modern Denmark.

  • 1805

  • This started as a project to translate selected pages of the diary of Hans Christian Andersen but he was born the same year that Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson died and I am comparing what UK and DK will celebrate in their 2005 bicentenary .

  • Memories

  • I am living history because I was born in 1936.

  • Hugh's Review of Reviews

  • My first success as a freelancee journalist was in the Record Review in 1960, and I enjoy bring critical and analytical. I have retired as a musician and recommencing my career as a writer, I have decided to self-publish in the blogsphere rather than on paper.

  • Hugh's Bloog

  • This is about blogging - and other silly stuff like my health and web oddities.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

About Me

ALWAYS ON LINE - or ASLEEP -- I used to play all wind instruments --- Note dates are US style -- on January 7th 1936 was I hatched -- So I can clearly remember the german air raids in the blitz of the West Midlands UK - the sound of sirens ack-ack fire and bombs during world war 2 -- the nearest bomb woke me up in ABOUT 1941 -- I did not hear the bang only the rattle of falling debris from 400 yards away -- COMMAS are not allowed in this file -- and I find that I am living history

from my second attempt at a blogger profile

Thursday, September 09, 2004 - Allied Warships - Destroyer HMS Somali of the Tribal class: "torpedoed :20 Sep, 1942 "

. . . Ashanti then changed places with Somali on the inner screen to await a favourable opportunity to refuel.

At 1920hours, Somali took up Ashanti\'s position and was immediately hit with a torpedo. ¨
The explosion blew the torpedo tubes over the side and cut all of the port side main stringers so that the ship was only held together by the upper deck and starboard side as far as the keel.

The port engine fell through the bottom of the ship and the Engine and Gear Rooms filled with water. The leaking bulkheads on either side were promptly shored up and seemed to be holding but there was no light or power except from an unreliable auxiliary diesel generator which powered the bilge pumps.

The trawler, HMS Lord Middleton, took most of Somali\'s crew and transferred them to other ships.
Of the 80 men left aboard, all were forbidden to go below except for any critical work.

HMS Ashanti then took her crippled sister ship in tow, cruising at a slow 7 knots. The flat, calm sea was ideal for towing and for revealing periscope wakes.
The tow wire parted company, but HMS Ashanti managed to rig up a new line and both ships continued to crawl to Akureyri. That evening, Somali\'s dynamo seized up so hand pumps were used for the bilge.
These could not cope with the inflow of water so the Tribal\'s 17 degree list increased. With the donation of many electrical cables from other ships, an emergency power umbilical was rigged up from HMS Ashanti to another destroyer and the bilge pumps started operating again. Somali\'s list was reduced to 12 degrees.
Power was now available for lighting and cooking as well.

By the 23/24th September, Ashanti had towed Somali for 420 miles and the weather was getting worse.
Somali\'s plates were groaning terribly. In the middle of a snow squall, observers on Ashanti\'s bridge saw a blue flash behind them. The towline and the electric cable had snapped and a piece of the cable was hanging over Ashanti\'s stern.

Quickly, a 20-inch searchlight was brought to bear on the crippled ship. By now, Somali had folded in half like a hinge with bow and stern climbing skywards.

For a moment, she hung motionlessly; the deckplating then snapped and her bulkheads collapsed. Her stern capsized and sank quickly and the bow went vertically and steadily and was gone.
Lt.Cdr. C. Maud, R.N. was the only survivor of the towing party was dragged out of the water unconscious.

Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 20 Sep, 1942 by U-703 (Bielfeld).

goodbye Daddy - sixty two years now