Category Archives: Biographical sketch

Short occasional biographical sketches of people, places, companies, things or events

Beer, art and war

Sometimes I research people whose names are included on a Surrey memorial with a tenuous connection to Surrey. Quite often, it turns out wealthy parents have sent their kids to expensive boarding schools and the school has a war memorial … Continue reading

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Handling rejection

The other day I researched, wrote up and submitted a short biographical article to Wikipedia. It was about Dorothy Darnell, the founder of The Jane Austen Society, among other things. My submission was rejected. That’s all perfectly fine. The reasons … Continue reading

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Promoting hair growth

I see from Twitter that a lot of older people (80-90) are determined to get their hair done. Men and women across the land feel that the worst thing in the world is to cancel a hairdresser’s appointment. My first … Continue reading

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Canal fishing in France

I have to assume that Robert John Waters Ross was a victim of faulty workmanship rather than his own lack of better judgement. Standing in a small boat, mid canal in northern France, I’d like to think his final thought … Continue reading

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Living in America

Edward Bannister is mentioned as being a Ewhurst World War One survivor. This is based on the fact that his ‘forwarding’ address for the army was ‘Mrs Parry, Oxmead, Ewhurst, Surrey.’ He had me flummoxed for quite a while but, … Continue reading

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Well that was a stupid idea

For a year now I’ve been travelling down to Portsmouth to work in the library and for that entire year, I have been getting a bus to Aldershot then a train to Guildford before getting the train to Portsmouth. It … Continue reading

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Making the most of life

I am currently researching a memorial at Hindhead. Sadly, I’ve found a few people who refuse to come out of hiding. This is sadder than the stories themselves of young people going off to die in a fruitless game of … Continue reading

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The original Apple model

Today I found the answer to a question I haven’t actually ever thought about but should have. In The Importance of Being Ernest, Cecily, in conversation with Miss Prism says “I believe that Memory is responsible for nearly all the … Continue reading

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Unsolved murder

Today, all day, the weather was relentless in its determination to keep us indoors. Not wanting to deny the weather, we stayed inside. Well, apart from brief forays for the girls to relieve themselves. And so we both worked. Mirinda … Continue reading

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Alex and Pat

A year ago today, I managed to get caught in a number of snow flurries. The temperature struggled to reach zero. While today was not record breaking it was still a stunning February day with the temperature close to 20 … Continue reading

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