So anyway – the FA Women’s Awards…

Yes, Leeds Carnegie won, the Club Media Award. And nominated in the Marketing Award, and Jo got the Regional Media Award (for the work she did with us – many thanks).

But oh! The photographs were dreadful. I looked like a waxwork dummy. Not good at all, but perfectly illustrates why I’m better behind the camera than in front of it.

Still, getting a taste for it now, and aiming for a CIPR PRide Award next. Must win one eventually…

It’s been all-change here this year. Change-ish, anyway.

The raucous people moved out of Number 7, and the renters at Number 5 moved out just before them (more in despair than anything – you may remember I said as much). The new tenants are wonderfully quiet!

Number 3, however, must have been sold, as it was a hive of activity for a month or so before a family moved in suddenly one Saturday. Can’t help but wonder how much it went for, as it’s a two-bed, had started off at £70k and was down to £62k last time I checked.

Number 5 has been a bit busy the last few weeks too… all the furniture was removed, people have been working in the attic (and possibly the cellar, too).

Further down the street, I think Number 11 is being worked on (the one next door to the one that’s boarded-up, anyway). Hang on… Google Streetview reckons it’s Number 13. Whichever.

Oh, and there’s a notice in the window of Number 2, so I might be getting some new neighbours renting it. Whoopie, more students…

Update. According to, Number 3 was sold in January for £55k. That’s £15k less that what mine was worth 21 months ago. Scary.

Last year, I upgraded my phone. I didn’t want to, but Orange said I had to have a new one with the new contract, even if I never used it. Not liking the ‘music’ idea of an N95 8Gb, I went for the bog-standard E51, which I could use as a ‘just in case’, with everything backed up via Ovi.

Today, I thought I’d set up the E51 and take it with me when I go away with the Ladies, so I could connect to the Internet while on the coach or at the hotel when staying over.

This is when I discover that (a) putting your SIM card into the E51 isn’t obvious; (b) there are no instructions anywhere on how to put your SIM card into the E51 anywhere; and (c) once the card is in, you need a small screwdriver to scrape it back out.

With the N95, there’s just a simple latch that covers the card and secures it in place. I’d also have exactly the same phone, and battery (the one on the E51 is, of course, different, so I can’t just charge it up and take it with).


Having made my rather rash comment on WordPress and family tree software on Lorelle’s site, I had a good long think (in the bath, of course) on how it could be done.And I came up with three possible solutions.

One. Forget GEDCOM

Use WordPress to create one post per individual. Use cutom fields to enter information about spouses, children, etc. Use WordPress’s media elements to add pictures, scans of useful documents, etc. Let living people write about themselves and use comments to allow for comments, memories, etc.

Advantages: we’re using WordPress. Makes your family history instantly accessible, for free. Quick and painless (ish).

Disadvantages: breaks the link with whatever software you use elsewhere, so you may end up entering the same data twice. Requires a plugin, which scans the custom fields for names and, if finding a match, links to that person’s record. Makes families harder to do.

Two. Use WordPress and phpGedView

I don’t like phpGedView’s interface, but it does hold a set of SQL tables based on the information supplied in your GEDCOM file. Instead of using php scripts to interrogate WordPress tables, interrogate pgv ones instead. Posts/pages would be built ‘on the fly’, except for static pages (like ‘About’, ‘Sources’, etc). Since comments are held in a separate table, you can have the same ‘memories’ option as above, but the comments are in WP, the rest of the data in pgv.

Advantages: WP and pgv tables can co-exist in the same database (different table prefix). You can re-import the GEDCOM file and the images and commenting links *should* remain in place. You can still use WP for images, etc.

Disadvantages: Re-importing the GEDCOM file *might* lose the link with images and comments. And, it has to be said, I have no idea how to write a php script to interrogate the pgv tables and serve up the reply in WP. In fact, this is turning into a plugin.

Three. Forget phpGedView and add that functionality into WordPress.

Doing everything as above, but in an all-embracing plugin that creates its own tables, can import a GEDCOM file (only updating existing records where necessary).

I think a bit of investigating is in order…

42 is, of course, the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Having said that 2009 might be a year to forget, it could just as easily be a year to remember, age-wise.

Happy birthday, me!

What’s the most number of women you’ve had dinner with on Valentine’s night?

I had 15. And one mum.

That’s because I’m in the team hotel with the Ladies (well, what did you think?) – I did nearly end up sharing a room with the coach driver though!

It’s a small, but important distinction.

Banks and banking is, I think, where the problem lies. They’re being pumped full of credit by Her Majesty’s Government and Treasury, while at the same time not passing any of that on to us.

Yes, interest rates on mortgages (and other loans that track the Bank of England base rate) are falling. I pay less than £100 a month on mine, for example (although that is now a part-and-part rather than repayment mortgage, so I can trim my outgoings a bit). But while house prices have fallen rapidly and far – £50k for a house like mine further down the street when mine was worth £70k-plus not so long ago – new mortgages are difficult to take out unless you have a bigger deposit.

If I wanted to sell mine, I’d have to sell it for £70k, but with £20k of that returned to the buyer as ‘deposit paid’, so that their mortgage was low enough. A fiddle and a faff, but I’d do it.

I think that, once we get out of this mess – whenever that is – you’ll find a lot of people aged 20-plus who won’t be putting their faith in banks and the banking system anymore.

So, just back from the British Library.

Mostly, this visit was to make sure I had all the proper sources for the entries in the Family Historian database… which I didn’t quite finish. So I’ll have to go down again, probably at least twice more this year and with better records / printouts.

But I may have found my first non-Indian relative!

In fact, I ‘found’ him some time ago, I think during that first year’s research in 2004. He is Richard Boy, son of John, husband of Susan. Richard was a soldier in the 25th Regiment of Foot. Now, the dates don’t match exactly – so more research required – but the 25th Regiment was in India at the time his marriage certificate says he was.

More interestingly, during the 1841 Census (thanks, Charmaine!) there was a Richard Boy stationed at Chatham Barracks. Their ages aren’t the same though; close, but not the same. That doesn’t mean they aren’t the same person, however, and this Richard wasn’t married. It’s a bit of a leap of faith, but hey, when isn’t it?

Interestingly, the 25th Regiment were involved in the Battle of Minden in 17-whenever-it-was, so there’s a Yorkshire connection (it took place on 1 August, from which we get Yorkshire Day) and it was in Minden (where Birgit used to live and her dad still does). ‘Small world’ theory in action again.