New bot in town

19:15 : Sunday, 5 September 2021  |  , ,


I have a tracker on this blog, and its purpose is to let me know who (and what) is visiting. If I notice numerous pointless visits coming ...

Humble beginnings

19:35 : Tuesday, 17 August 2021  |  , ,


There is a house in the village of Alda in the Arana Valley, which is in the Basque Country of northern Spain. One of the oldest houses in ...

Sister act

16:22 : Thursday, 8 July 2021  |  , ,


The results of my recent DNA test have dropped. On Monday I received my ethnicity results, and they were a surprise. My original prediction ...

Dropping the ball

10:58 : Saturday, 19 June 2021  |  , ,


Football (or soccer, if you are American) fans are at the moment delighting in the delayed Euro 2020 games currently taking place. As per ...

Picking me apart

18:31 : Thursday, 3 June 2021  |  , ,


Half Spanish, a quarter Irish and a quarter English. That's what I have always considered myself. Yet today's receipt of my DNA testing kit ...

Poles apart

14:59 : Monday, 31 May 2021  |  , , ,


In 1978 my cousin Barbara married Paul who is half-Polish. Together they had two children with English first names. After that marriage ...

Ray of gob

19:52 : Wednesday, 26 May 2021  |  , ,


This week I shall be ordering the Ancestry DNA kit. Normally priced at £79 - which is cheaper than some providers - there is a limited time ...

To be sure

02:10 : Tuesday, 18 May 2021  |  , ,


Following on from my last post, and having done some mathematical work regarding known DNA match percentages, I have come to the personal ...

Dip yer bread

16:00 : Sunday, 16 May 2021  |  , ,


Years ago, life was a little simpler. As far as I was concerned, My dad Arnold was responsible for bringing five children into this world ...

Have a squeeze

18:42 : Tuesday, 4 May 2021  | 


30 years ago, UK band Squeeze released their ninth album Play. This album marked a turning point in their career. Having been recently ...