I have created several Blogs. They are not often updated, so please "follow" to be notified when anything new is added. Click on the grey heading bars (on the right) to visit each Blog.
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The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog", was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog", meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms. – Wikipedia
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Pitcairn postcard collecting is a difficult, and sometimes expensive, hobby. But having said that, it is quite fascinating if you are interested in the history of the Island and its people. My interest has expanded to include the New Zealand Shipping Company, whose passenger ship calls at Pitcairn provided a lifeline for the Islanders for many years. Also postcards featuring the replica Bounty, the original Bounty having carried the mutineers and their Polynesian partners to Pitcairn.
I have always had a fascination with old photographs, in particular early Victorian photographs. I have an old family photograph album that belonged to my great grandfather who lived in London. When I looked at the backs, a couple of them showed that he and one of his sisters had visited Brighton to have their portraits taken. My collection is mostly photographs by early Brighton photographers… there were hundreds of them, so I am trying to collect one from each. I also collect any photographs which are related in some way to another interest of mine, or by the pioneer cinematographer William Friese-Greene.
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Horace Ransom in Brighton c.1896
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This is my most successful Blog, with over 22,000 hits to date. I am using it to raise money for Cancer Research by voluntary donations (though I have to admit that sadly, many of the visitors to the site have not donated). There are passenger lists, postcards, souvenirs and articles about the history of the shipping company. I have more passenger lists to add, but it does take a long time to type out the names.
I have always been fascinated by the idea of robots. The original “Robot Club” was formed on a childhood holiday in Cornwall in 1963 (the photograph below shows a top bunk meeting – the club lasted about as long as the holiday!). This blog is a collection of anything to do with robotics that interests me. I hope it interests you too.
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A meeting of the original Robot Club in North Cornwall in 1963 (that’s me with the pen!)
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The Wiles brothers were prolific postcard producers from the early 1900s until the 1950s. Their real photo cards show many areas of Sussex, but mostly Brighton and Hove. I began collecting several years ago and was surprised to discover later that Thomas Wiles moved from Hove to my home town of Burgess Hill, before retiring to Hassocks.
A Blog to support my publication Zeppelin Letters: London during the First World War. The book is being revised and should be available later in 2021 in both paperback and Kindle formats.

This book is a time machine. I hope that, like me, you will be transported back 100 years by reading the personal letters, and viewing the cartoons and photographs from the First World War. It was a frightening time, but still the great British sense of humour prevailed.
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An actress of charm and delicacy – The Stage

Bessie Gaul (nee Taylor) was my first cousin, twice removed. She was born on 10th September, 1881. Her parents were William Taylor and Mary Julia Ransom. Mary Julia was the sister of my great grandfather Horace Ransom.

I aim to show everything that I have managed to find out about her life and career, together with links to some of the songs and poems that she performed.
This Blog needs some work to sort it all out, but basically it shows my grandfather's time at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire, following his injury in the first world war.
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