Archives For May 2019

Today I am unashamedly pandering to my Canadian friends to whom I owe so much, but also hope that all my subscribers find the blog post interesting. Creep!

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Bloody Passwords

27th May 2019 — 13 Comments

Few words fill me with more dread than, “Please enter your username and password.”

Like many of you, I have my computer set to remember all of login credentials, so why is it when I get the occasional request to re-enter the username and password details, I draw a blank? Far too many times, I enter the information I think is correct, only to get that annoying red text: “Your username and password is incorrect. Please try again.  My password-protected life is making me paranoid.

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Tomorrow, Monday 27th May, is a Spring Bank Holiday in England and Wales. Bank holidays take their name from the fact that banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on these day. And it’s a day off work for most people.

Americans will also celebrate their ‘bank’ holiday tomorrow. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the country. Banks will also close.What I am about to tell you can be found in numerous places on the Web, but you may not have heard it before and you can always check for yourself. Briefly, the account states:

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More than 100 years ago a train named the J G Kellogg fell from a ferry into the Sacramento river and was never recovered. In 1970 researchers delving into the history of the incident said that it was a very rare locomotive, being the second oldest in the State …

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The JG Kellogg was built in 1866 and toppled from a ferry into the Sacramento river ion the 1890’s.

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WHAT IS IT?

“At the time I was one of the administrators on an online forum so I posted a picture and awaited identification. Nothing. Not a sausage …”

© JW

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FRANK’S FIND IS ON THE LEFT

Who Were The Ancient Order of Froth Blowers?

Most of us will have heard of the Freemasons and some of my subscribers may even know of their inner workings. The Royal Andediluvian Order of Buffaloes may also be familiar, but I reckon not many have heard of that other fraternal organisation, the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers.

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PROLOGUE

In the late 1950’s, when I was but a spotty callow youth, scared of girls and inexperienced in the ways of the world, the silver shilling was of a higher quality. Maybe my memory fails me but did I handle Victorian copper coins still in circulation in the 1940’s? The condition was very poor. Here are some well-worn examples from my own collection.

© JW

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PICTURED – BARNEYS XRAY FROM THE VET SHOWING THE RING INSIDE!  Credit lineProfimedia.cz, Caters News

When Karen Woolley from Nottinghamshire mislaid her diamond ring she suspected that her puppy Barney, a cocker spaniel cross miniature poodle, might have something to do with the disappearance. But how could she prove it? Karen and husband Steve hunted high and low for the diamond-encrusted ring after which Steve suggested that they used an old metal detector – the one they’d acquired ages ago and never used.

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The note on the left (top and bottom) was first issued in 1948 and ceased to be legal tender in 1962. The one shown on the right (top and bottom) was first issued in 1961 and withdrawn in 1970. This was the first and only issued Bank of England 10 Shilling note to carry a portrait of the monarch. COURTESY BANK OF ENGLAND

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