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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by Kid on 2004-01-07 15:25:43

a) No, I've not seen or heard from Tater for an age - though I only get the updates from the site, like yourself, I guess.

b) No, my immediate plans are to teach 11/12-18 year olds, all in England, English. It means that my lack of literature knowledge is really biting me hard, and my paranoia means I stay up too late reading books I've bought, but can't really afford until times that leave me too tired. Vicious circle it is. I hope to be more comfortable with that aspect later on in the year - I'll keep everyone posted.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by d.- on 2004-01-08 14:41:10  |  Reply to this
  "A man's reach should exceed his grasp -- or what's a library for?" i.e. how 'bout inter-library loans for books that are costly? No interest in France or Italy like WASH! ??
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by tommie on 2004-01-08 17:16:11  |  Reply to this
  'scuse me for changing the subject, but how are you faring with your lupus, d.?
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by Kid on 2004-01-10 12:53:17  |  Reply to this
  I did have a really good time in France, the only time I've been, and I'd consider spending a year there, maybe, but not for a long time. I know Wash has always dreamed of spending more time in Europe, but I always put that down to his being of European descent. I have no such ties with Europe, though I enjoy parts thereof.

I'd rather just stay around in England for a while, I'm not even particularly driven to holidaying, either. I'm happy with a nice album, a good film, a lovely book, and either a hot drink or a cold one, depending on the season.

I'd really like to be watching the Legend Of Bagger Vance tonight, but I can't, because I don't have it...I've done my radio stint now...

As for inter-library trading, I kind of need to keep the books to make notes in, so I can't really use library books. I will probably use it for more peripheral texts, though, and just take photocopies.

Within the copyright laws, of course.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by d.- on 2004-01-10 14:59:36  |  Reply to this
  ... but of course... My mother called this morning and when I asked what their travel plans are for THIS year she replied: "We've been thinking of going to England and see the place where my Grandmother lived. We're Welsh." I find this an interesting venture on her part. Her side of the family is part French, part Welsh, and the rest Heugenot (Pennsylvania Dutch) and German? I really don't know. I'm a mutt. My dad's side of the family has roots in Spain (on the European side and not Morroccan...) I told my mom to delve more into the family geneology when she gets to England. Ahhhhh trees!
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by Kid on 2004-01-10 16:16:26  |  Reply to this
  Whereabouts in Wales, of course is the first question that springs to mind...but I suspect either a) You wouldn't know; Wales is, after all, about 10,000 miles away - a land of slate and sheep that you have barely ever considered, let alone got to know1 or b) I wouldn't know. We did travel through Wales on our round Britain jaunt, but I can't pretend to know it that well. As a welcome coherent point, its odd that you would have such a varied fanily background - (how can I put this without offending anyone?) - especially from all around European countries. They are difficult to change, especially when the languages are so very different.

I'm lost with where I was going. Ah, I know. I was wondering whether there were some interesting characters to accompany the interesting geneology. Trees indeed....
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by d.- on 2004-01-11 15:44:19  |  Reply to this
  No, not odd -- just human nature. Everyone has been sleeping with everyone else since time began, producing all kinds of offspring. To wit: We are more bi-tri-hexa-octa-cultural than we wish to believe. I am my own melting pot, as it were... As for interesting characters, I know not a thing. That's why I want my mom to get a little more into it overseas. I should ask my 'abuelita' in Puerto Rico more about the lineage before she passes onward and upward. Ciao!
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by Kid on 2004-01-12 15:04:09  |  Reply to this
  On this - and oddly. Apparently there is an area of Mongolia where 8% of the population share Genghis Khan's genes - so everybody was sleeping with him. (No, I don't know, I just heard).

As for that, surely America is the more likely place for there to be international relationships. I'm just thinking of it like this. Until about 1800, it would be more or less unheard of for people who weren't military to go to foreign climes, which would leave ports very different to the ethnic make up of their motherlands. This is a train-of-thought idea and I've not thought it through fully. But if, say, my ancestors (from Greta, I believe) were to make any kind of journey out of town, it would be massively out of the ordinary and the talk of the town for days.

Also, and less favourably, in view of a comment that keeps rearing its ugly head, I know there is a mountainous area of Portugal where the large proportion of people are tall and blond(e). Thus, not at all Portuguese originally. Apparently, they were ancient Scandinavians. I'll look it up if you wish...I've got it somewhere.

Finally, do ask, for your own good. Its intriguing: My grandma's done our family tree back to about 1600, maybe before, but it does become tougher. Tougher still, I imagine if you have to keep changing continents/countries....you do the math.

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: PS & PPS by d.- on 2004-01-10 15:05:48  |  Reply to this
  hey tommie -- Happy New Year! Well, as we speak I do feel fine (thanks for asking). No recent flare-ups. Depression sneaks in from time to time but hey -- it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! yes? Cheers...