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  1. I would like, if possible, to be put in touch with any competent genealogists who would be willing to help me , firstly, verify, and secondly, expand, my family tree which I have compiled via subscriptions with Ancestry and Family Tree Maker. I am hoping to complete this project soon as I am in my mid-seventies and happen to be last in my family line. I have had very kind help from other members, for which I'm most grateful, but if anyone can help me or recommend someone on a continuing basis for a reasonable fee, that would be ideal. Thanks.
  2. Depersonalisation and derealisation disorder (DPDR) is a common symptom of anxiety caused by stressful situations and should be checked by a medical professional if it persists.
  3. Around 1960, as a somewhat timid and reluctant pupil (and fish out of water!) at Central Technical School, West Street, I remember walking, probably once a week, to tin-smithing classes at a workshop somewhere near to Davy's factory. It might well have felt as if I was serving a life sentence for something of which I was not guilty! The futility and tediousness of it all was, however, often relieved by the appearance of a bag of broken sugar icing which was greedily consumed by all of us. By such acts of kindness is life remembered! Whoever you were, thank you!
  4. Democracy is by no means perfect as what is happening with Brexit has demonstrated. All we can do is try and improve it so that it is more effective and efficient in bringing fair, just and balanced government. It relies on the people being informed, as fully as possible, on all issues although this can only ever be an ideal. Some believe democracy means what is best for themselves and others try to consider what is best for the country. We need to learn from the consequences of Brexit. Society has changed so much over the last few decades and is seemingly more selfish and materialistic with different values now than when some of the great social changes of the twentieth century came to fruition. However, we still have an unwritten social contract to honour between the people and government which defines the right to govern. We need to act on Brexit to strengthen and not weaken that. In recent days, I have heard various people known to me (and most of them highly skilled, trained and supposedly well-educated) state such things that (to paraphrase) "the legacy we leave to our children isn't important","let's send immigrants back", "the right of appeal isn't important in small disputes", "self - interest and the pursuit of material things is acceptable over societal needs" and " it doesn't matter if we bypass or even dispense with local authorities and nibble away at our democratic institutions". This saddens me as someone born in the 1940s. A referendum was not suitable to decide a multi-faceted issue such as Brexit and the public were not well- informed on the issues. My feeling is we need a new political alignment, maybe a new party, which can give a voice to all sensible arguments and hopefully rescue the country and our nation from this mess and its tattered reputation by re- stating our values, making democracy work efficiently and restoring social conscience and justice. We might just be able to restore our reputation and be successful economically again by remaining in Europe and becoming the instigator of reform from within although I'm not sure we have the political will, spirit or personalities to attempt it right now. But at least let us learn from Brexit. We do need a general election and maybe a referendum alongside it on the single issue of whether we remain or leave. Are we able to use the quagmire we find ourselves in to positive effect or do we lie down and suffer the consequences?
  5. If you had bothered to read my short response to the reply to my previous post you would have seen how meaningless, badly-informed, incorrect and typically futile was your own response 'What you said' (as well as being arguably grammatically incorrect). On such poor responses as you give to all posters is the country's future, sadly, being decided. To quote something I read somewhere, 'The arrogance of that post is stupendous'!
  6. I'm afraid your summing-up couldn't be further from the truth. My arguments are based on research, knowledge, experience and fact. They happen to be left-wing and not deferential in the slightest to any elite, political or otherwise. Your first paragraph is suggestive of voters who are disappointed with their lot and wish to make an ill- informed and advised reactionary protest against a perceived elite who, incidentally, are not that remote anyway. Your last paragraph is simply repetitive. Believe me, the last thing I can be accused of is being deferential. It is in order- in fact necessary- to quote arguments from both sides of the political spectrum so as to reach a balanced view. Deference is something once characterising the working classes which is now largely gone. Sadly, replacing it with few facts to decide a referendum issue is one reason for the mess we're in.
  7. This whole debacle shows how badly served we have been for many years now by the political classes at central level. (There has been a similar decline in calibre in local politics too). In my view, as one who served an organisation representing local industry and commerce in the 1970s and, later, as an academic in the fields of politics, economics and public management, not only is the scope of the current debate between hard or soft brexit (or no deal at all) largely irrelevant but the most significant arguments for remaining within Europe are being mostly overlooked whilst primary attention is given to arguments from left and right about immigrants, government spending and perceived savings should we leave etc etc. The truth is that, firstly, this issue should never have been the subject of a referendum; secondly, the global economic system will be largely unaffected by whatever outcome and will continue to recruit the best qualified and cheapest labour (so the right-voting British working classes, having voted for Brexit, will, ironically, still be the losers); thirdly, we will probably return to the archaic trade deals and practices we had before the EEC to our cost; and, lastly, we will lose our influence within Europe as an instigator of reform and change from within. One of the major arguments for being within the European organisation is hardly ever mentioned, that is, to affect and sustain the balance of power, the fall of which was the cause of both World Wars. Winston Churchill recognised the need to move closer to Europe for this purpose as well as that of trade, hence his 'Three Circles' foreign policy. We need a general election to decide, not the terms of any Brexit deal, but whether the country really wishes to leave Europe after spending so long in trying to join. Unfortunately, the damage has been done and our reputation as a nation is probably in tatters for a long time to come. Much of the discussion is irrelevant, simplistic and foolish. What will happen economically will happen anyway whatever the politicians decide or think. Factually, the political education of the general population is abysmal and, as Churchill himself said, one has only to speak to the average voter for a few minutes to realise what a mistake it was to extend democracy. Philosophically, Rousseau was wrong and Hobbes was right and we are about to suffer the consequences.
  8. Then there came a period where portable paraffin heaters were very popular with the weekly ritual of carrying a can of ' Esso Blue' or 'Aladdin Pink' from your local shop. Much warmer than electric bar fires or storage heaters which we were encouraged to buy for modernisation!
  9. Excuse me, but I am certainly not an apologist and not looking for excuses but rather would prefer it if we identified and dealt with evidence-based reasons for these kind of actions some of which have been mentioned. Of course, in the main, no rational person would wish to carry out these acts and this is why the proper reasons need to be identified and discussed.
  10. Yes, of course, family - I think that would be a good place to start for anyone wishing to research the decline of our society, its accumulating problems and how to address them.
  11. I do agree that disaffected people are vulnerable to getting sucked in to any group which seeks to target them for its own purposes whether political, religious, ethnic, criminal or whatever. Rather than narrow the investigation to racial grounds, I hope one day society will find a way to deal with the underlying problems as well, such as the breakdown in law and order and the social contract, family structures and influences, poor education, insufficient mental health resources- and yes rejection by our economic systems, plus the problem of the decline in factors which once held society together, such as respect, deference, discipline, care for one another and -yes, religion (whatever view one holds on that nowadays). It is such a big problem facing society with many more facets than ethnic or religious and we seem just to chose to ignore them for now, at our peril.
  12. To return to the attack in question, there are many reasons why individuals might become disaffected and angry enough to feel the need to express that anger against society for their perceived injustices. Some have already been mentioned but one fact which struck me was that this particular individual had recently failed an accounting course and presumably been asked to leave. His recent course history was not exceptional. Having been a course leader and admissions tutor for a university, now quite a long time ago, I was even then aware that students, of whatever ethnic origin, were frequently being allowed entry to courses without adequate credentials, only for many of them to fail to progress. Other factors play a part in their responses but I am sure this individual could well be an example of what effect rejection, for any reason, can have in behavioural consequences.
  13. Never had a suit from Isidore but some from Barney and also Bill Mackley on Corporation St. Once tried the tailor on the corner of Peace Gardens and Pinstone St, facing the Town Hall but can't recall his name at all.
  14. It might have been a helium Chinese lantern? Saturday was carnival night in a village not so far away. These things are regularly seen in Hope Valley for birthday celebrations and any other excuse. They are often large and easily confused with other lights in the night sky. Also sometimes planes flying low to and from Manchester airport can be seen with large headlights on and can be very noticeable when you are driving high up at the other end of Stanage Edge from Strines area. Just suggestions based on similar marked experiences.
  15. The name Thompson was perpetuated on the board of directors of FBT, certainly in the mid 70s to my knowledge.
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