News - and Views!

Monday 25th June

Alistair Darling is fronting up the all-party campaign to persuade the Scots that they want to remain part of the UK.   My mother loved all things Scottish.   I grew up with Rabbie Burns' poetry and went by the name of "Lassie" for years.  So it's always upset me when, come international football matches, I hear that the Scots will support whoever we are playing - just because!

 

The referendum on whether Scotland should break away from the UK is scheduled for 2014 so we can look forward to a good few months of arguments for and agin.  I hope the debate will bring us closer together, in our shared heritage, than drive us further apart.

 

While my mother espoused all things Scottish, for my father a defining part of his early adult life was spent in Egypt, as a member of the Eighth Army during World War 2.  So I've been watching the progress of the first democratic elections in that country and hoping that they may signal a change of direction which will demonstrate that the Arab Spring really has sprung.

 

Finally, the British Film Institute has today released on DVD a number of films shown first at "Saturday Morning Pictures" when I was a child.  I used to go with my older brothers Tony and Phil every week and it was the highlight of my week, even though some of the films scared me witless.  There was one particular series about aliens who could take over people's bodies by throwing a green, spiky ball at them.   Now will that be on the DVD? And, if so, will it still terrify me just as much?

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12.08 | 09:53

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21.05 | 10:09

I'm needing to find information about the usher family tree for my aunty, her great grandparent where Thomas and Phoebe Usher would I've been researching

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21.05 | 10:03

Hi Karen,
I'm helping my aunt with her family tree her maiden name was usher. do you have any other information or found anything about the usher family

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18.04 | 17:19

Oh that's such a good read Jaqui! It's great to see it through your eyes, and you capture it beautifully... and you will indeed look like real athletes too!

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