Daily Archives: August 7, 2009

Checking in

For the last couple of days I’ve been kind of fixated in putting my family tree back up on the web.  I had it all on Ancestry.com, together with photos, and then in some kind of fit of pique one day I removed it all, meaning only to rely on my home ‘tree’ and not continue to fill the coffers of Ancestry.  (Yeah, I know, I was being hasty and silly.  I get like this once in a while).  Well I’m paying for that decision now.  My brother showed an interest in the tree on his recent visit and really by far the simplest way to show it all to him, together with pretty pics, is to load it all back onto Ancestry….not to mention the ability to both expand the tree and potentially connect with long lost relatives.

So that’s me.  That’s where I’ve been and am likely to continue to be for a few days.

I just took a break from it all to post a Friday video.  You know how some film and TV phrases seem to sink into the national psyche and get used over and over?  This is a very short clip from the original ‘Italian Job’ (another all-time favourite of mine).  I had been looking for the scene with Noel Coward where his character of Mr Bridges says: ‘someone’s broken into my toilet’  in that wonderful plummy, clipped voice of his.  Instead I came across this much-loved and much-used phrase in our house when anything goes totally belly up:

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