Connecting Some Dots

19_20131019StarMap2_1mYou may have noticed the Information Board in Today’s Image. The golden circle, on the left of the board, shows a few of the stars that can be seen on clear Scarborough nights. Connecting the celestial dots reveals constellations that may, or may not, be familiar. The rarely illuminated Star Map is on the filled-in open-air swimming pool – look through the rustic fence in the landscape photograph. It cost about £40,000 to construct, was switched on for the first time in 2006, and vandalised in the summer of 2011.

Talking of vandals – and more dots to connect. In an update to the Soldier X Project, Tommy Robinson is clearly bemused by much of the information he has been receiving from junior ranks of the British Armed Forces. Tommy should watch the Wednesday bulletin of UK Column News. He gets a brief mention in the main segment on Melanie Shaw but I’d advise fast forwarding to 28.54 to witness the military manoeuvres.

The BBC’s perspective on chemical weapons in Syria · Brexit · the European Army · the mainstream media. Make sense?

Taking Stock

I’ve updated my inventory of the St Oswald’s headstone photographs. A couple of months ago I reported 899 photos processed, 49% of the total required. Today those figures are 1,075 and 61%.

There are just 48 headstone photos on the Looking at Filey Wiki and I’ve uploaded 43 to FamilySearch Tree as Memories. ­Only four photos are in both places, so my next task is to synchronize!

I’m compiling a list of ‘family units’  associated with the churchyard graves. Progress is slow. So far I have listed 1,200 individuals, only 35% of whom have FamilySearch Tree IDs. I signed in to FST yesterday intending to create IDs for a large family – and discovered that someone has recently done the work. A pleasant surprise.

Interesting Times

My attempts at organizing the Headstone Project have been accompanied by listening to news and analysis of what is going on in the world. Entertaining and tragic by turns.

Today began with a Tommy Robinson rant and his appeal for viewers to sign an online petition.

This afternoon, Tommy put out an update. Watching both videos will take 30 minutes out of your life (that you’ll never get back) but I hope you’ll take a look. They are not “about Tommy”. They’re more to do with the UK’s quickening slide into becoming a failed state. (This may not be so terrible, in the context of a failed planet.)