Category Archives: Family History


Easily the biggest story of 2019 was Annie taking a DNA test, simply to find out some more about her ancestory, only to discover two half-sisters and a half-brother in New York. That paragraph is a very long story made … Continue reading

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We take a moment today to reflect on the events of 100 years ago at The Somme. Many of us will have lost family there, in my own case a great uncle who died a teenager and whose name is … Continue reading

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In at the deep end

Preamble A week ago I announced the launch of 7explorers and waited, with my breath held and fingers crossed, to see if anyone was interested. The Oman 2017 expedition was sold out in just four days, in fact we had … Continue reading

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The Bike Sheds

  My penultimate year at school was 1968 – an era without mobile phones or the internet. In the breaks we congregated in the bike sheds at the back of Burnage Grammar School. We gossiped (along with the occasional Players … Continue reading

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My first bike

Following my self-inflicted enforced (and, hopefully, temporary) retirement from running, my two bikes have been restored to an acceptable level of road-worthiness after some years in mothballs. “Two bikes?” I hear you think. “Who does he think he is, a … Continue reading

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