Tag Archives: Ancestry

Posts from the Var Side – Leeds Legs

Weekend before last in the little town here, I saw a lovely pair of jeans. Coppery, brown, all the shades of bread; well-riveted and with luxurious price tag, even in the ‘Soldes’. Yesterday I set out to buy them; the … Continue reading

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About Henry Day

Henry has an anchor on his left forearm; a blue mark (a man’s head?); and the letters, H.D. I’m full of cold, head-cold, with that accompanying slight delirium that feels like junior school. At the start of Wednesday I know about … Continue reading

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1908 – a Cut-Out Poem

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New Photographs, Old Paintings

Searching for the things that connect, and I think that my father is there. The paintings (from years ago) were inspired by stories, events, from our ancestry. The photographs (from last week) were taken as he stayed in my car, … Continue reading

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Sam and Walter

Here’s Sam and Walter Mitchell. In 1888, as newly-orphaned brothers in Leeds they were separated by church and workhouse, with an 8-year-old Walter sent to Ontario as was the way back then. I’m the great-grandson of Sam, and tomorrow, 125 … Continue reading

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Singularly Concentrated ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 14

Inspired more-so by our sister… © Steve Mitchell, Fisher Lane, 2013

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Blissfully Simple ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 13

Lucky 13, to have such notions! This week’s trifle is party-themed – or day dreams of parties, at least – of building bouncy castles in the air. Oh, what a family do it would be! Happy Pam, therefore, to be … Continue reading

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Notes upon Relative Grimness

This week saw the release of the 12th cartoon in my series hung loosely about, in timing terms at least, the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ programmes. Grand puffery to say ‘saw the release’, I know, but in … Continue reading

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Mystically Windswept ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 12

Here’s this week’s palely-washed tableau from the ancestry factory. There are copious notes to come (very soon, if I stick to today’s list) on the strange genre that is this illustrational hooplah. Inconveniently, this one, fizzing as it is with … Continue reading

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Stylishly Weary ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Cartoon, 11

Late posting, week-wise, which seems appropriate given the theme. A key part of any and all ancestral truffle-hunting – mine so much so – is the reliance on others to come good – to be on the same page – … Continue reading

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