Sunday, April 28, 2013

Extra! Extra! Read all about it - Sepia Saturday

Reading the paper in Edinburgh c. 1963

I haven't blogged for a while.  My apologies for the silence.  I've been busy graduating which seemed to involve lots of lovely dinners with good friends and family and being a tourist for a few days enjoying galleries and the like.

Alex at Graduation ceremony in Great Hall Parliament House  Canberra March 2013

And so to today's meme courtesy of Sepia Saturday.

We still read newspapers in our house.  We tend to be a bit old-fashioned.  The photo at the top is of my father reading a paper in Edinburgh when we lived there for a short while when he was studying for his PhD.  

My husband enjoys nothing better than reading the paper on the weekend sitting in the sun in winter or the shade in summer.

Robert reading the paper

 He has to sit outside because, shock, horror he is a smoker and I am the world's worst reformed smoker.  He is sitting next to the guinea pigs, who don't have a choice.  Correction...guinea pig.  We lost one this week.  Chip. Famous for reading books on this blog here.  RIP Chip.  I'm sorry you suffered so much.

It's been a bad week.  We lost the bird too.  They were not in any way related incidents. 

Tweetie was quite old for a budgie.  I'm thinking at least 10 if not 15.  She will be sorely missed.  Particularly her singing when we did the washing up.

There is quite a cemetery in the backyard now.
Pet Cemetery - Tweetie is under the sleeping angel on the left.

Back to newspapers.

Walter Forfar 1946

My relatives have featured in quite a few.  Here is my maternal great-grandfather reading the paper by the waterfront in his home-made wheelchair at Newcastle in Australia.

I work in a library and the rush to the newspaper table when we open in the mornings never fails to amuse me.

I went on a tour of State Library last weekend as part of a professional development tour and was amazed at how sophisticated the newspaper reading room there is now.  Of course  you can read newspapers on line (and if you are a member of a public library in Queensland you can read newspapers from all over the world here) but people still like to be able to go and read a paper and relax somewhere.  Libraries are new and interesting places these days.  We were fascinated with the installations they have now.  SLQ had a giant scrabble board and this fun magnet word wall.

State Library of Queensland 2013

This photo is from State Library of Queensland's Picture Queensland collection.  Record Number 175795 and the link is here.  Title reads Group of Young Men relaxing in a park 1900-1910 Copyright expired.
Not all people like to read indoors.  These men are quite happy to read in the park.  How many men can you fit on a park bench...quite a few it would seem.

So, in our house, we buy the Guardian every week - just for the Quick Crossword we joke.  And the Sunday paper for the TV Guide.  And the Saturday paper because we can.  I like the Guardian mostly because it isn't a broadsheet.  Oh allright, and because I find the articles a bit meatier and less ethnocentric than Aussie papers.  But we are stuck on the crossword peeps so if you could help out that would be grand....

9 Across - College porters' room (5) - I thought maybe lodge but now I'm not so sure...we don't have college porters here.  Well ..not to my knowledge anyway.  And I cannot think of the Essex resort (8 Down (7-2-3) and refuse to cheat by googling.  And yes, Robert figured out last night that 14 Across is opaque.  And as for 11 Across - steep cliff (4) - that's got me stumped.  

I've had great success this week with newspapers and family history.

I found this in British Newspapers on FindmyPast.  I'm very excited because up til now I've only been aware of Trove.

Portsmouth Evening News 24 April 1897

This article is about my paternal 2nd-great-grandfather Edward Connor (yes the spelling of Conner/or is up for debate).  My gran always told us he shot himself but we were sceptical, shall we say.  She was right.  

Where on earth did he get the gun????

He didn't die until 1903 as per this notice.

Portsmouth Evening News 6 October 1903

I suspect it was something to do with this....

Portsmouth Evening News 7 June 1893

Poor Edward Snr.  Poor Edward Jnr.  Poor Rebecca.  Life can be so grim - what a shame it came to this.

There's so much more but I feel I may have bored you already....why don't you go and check out other fab posts in the Sepia Saturday blog?