Two Laptops Back

Once again, I’m trying to get stuff organised. This time, music. Its very complicated. It used to be so easy. I remember clearly the first LP I purchased with my own money. There had been lots of other vinyl records in the house, from the earliest age; nursey rhymes in spoken books on little recordsContinue reading “Two Laptops Back”

A useful distraction?

Where does nostalgia fit when there are so many things clamouring for our attention? Knowing and understanding history has its benefits, but at what point do the costs (time, resources, opportunities) outweigh the benefits, particularly when talking about the personal (as distinct from the institutional) collection, maintenance and presentation of family history? The washing upContinue reading “A useful distraction?”

Scanning the past

Planning is the critical phase of any project. The more work during the planning stage, the smoother the implementation. So the theory goes. Perhaps so. But the implementation is now devoid of creative fun. I heard a story that Hitchcock, a film director of remarkable note from the first half of last century, would createContinue reading “Scanning the past”

The Year of the Document

Allow me to introduce my new year’s resolution …. 2019 will be the Year of the Document. This will probably be a departure from my usual Year of format. I say ‘probably’ because one can never be sure how a Year of will turn out. What is my usual Year of format? It all started inContinue reading “The Year of the Document”