Category Archives: Other Thoughts

Lessons learnt from writing a non-fiction book

Two years ago I finally achieved one of the main tasks on my ‘bucket list’:  to complete my research on an ancestor who had worked as a senior detective at Scotland Yard in the Victorian era;  to write a book … Continue reading

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An Englishman goes abroad; March 1907

My paternal grandfather, Charlie Payne, is the subject of a book that I am currently writing on the First World War (working title: ‘Charlie Payne’s Hatbox‘).  In addition to his wartime correspondence, Charlie left a number of diaries, one of … Continue reading

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Charlie Payne falls in and out of love with the bicycle (1903-1904)

Continuing with my historical blog posts, today’s offering covers a short-lived enthusiasm for cycling by an Edwardian ancestor. With the development of pneumatic tyres and increasingly mass-produced bicycles, cycling became an important mode of transport and a popular outdoor pastime in … Continue reading

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On this day: 20 September 1907; Charlie Payne returns from Paris

Today’s blog, about an Edwardian-era journey from Paris to London, once more involves the travels of my grandfather Charlie Payne (see for example his night-time rovings in Genoa). Charlie left England in March 1907 to work at the Genoa office of … Continue reading

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A night-time walk around Genoa; 29 August 1907

In 1907, my grandfather Charlie Payne travelled to Genoa to take up a job as a stenographer (shorthand clerk) with the American Express Company. During his time in this Italian maritime and financial centre he kept a diary which provides … Continue reading

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Going to Work in London;13 August 1913

In this historical blog I’ve decided to write about the day-to-day lives of a couple of my ancestors who have left records of various aspects of their working lives in Edwardian and Victorian times.  Today’s offering is an account written by my grandfather, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Drive; The old Shap Road

I first encountered the old Shap Road (A6) in 1963 during a 10 day cycling holiday to the Penrith area from London.  In those days, before the M6 was built, it was the main link between north-west England and Scotland, … Continue reading

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More Book Reviews and Features of ‘The Chieftain’

It is probably my age (i.e. the grumpiness of a ‘senior citizen’, rather the impetuousness of youth…now long gone) that makes me impatient to see more reviews and features of my recent book ‘The Chieftain’.  At last it now seems … Continue reading

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Dating Old Photographs

I realise that I’ve been neglecting my Blog in recent weeks and have decided I need to do better.  So from now on, it will be my objective to write something at least every two weeks.  With my principal interests … Continue reading

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Thorfinn the Skull Splitter

Thanks to receiving a large number of old family photographs from my cousin Mike, I’ve at last got round to investigating the family tree on my mother’s side of the family.  Up till now my father’s side had provided sufficient … Continue reading

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