Geneology

On The Trail of Gladys Greenwood

 in Geneology
Last August my search for clues on the life of my genetic Grandmother Gladys Greenwood took my daughter and myself to Gladys’ birthplace Scarborough. As it turned out, I found nothing I didn’t know already, but the trip wasn’t wasted, as I spent three wonderful days in the old seaside town. Gladys was born in Scarborough Her birth certificate tells us that Gladys was born in Scarborough in June 1909 and lived on North Terrace…
Inside

Tattoo Or Not Tattoo

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Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past Jack London
The tattoo. Source of endless discussions on the merits of to have or not to have, or in the words of Shakespeare, Tattoo or not tattoo, that is the question! When I was a youth they were considered very working class and were worn only by seamen and chavs. Of course, as we all know, its all changed since then. It’s not only become acceptabel these days, but is also very much the rage. Its not…
Europe

The Happiness of the Danes

Watch! This is an ad for a Danish TV programme. But the message it carries is quite extraordinary.

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Watch! This is an ad for a Danish TV programme. But the message it carries is quite extraordinary. Now compare this message to the ones being sent out by parts of the British Press, the Mails and Express and Sun’s and the whatever they call thems, and then think why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, according to the World Happiness Report, securing first spot in 2013, 2014 and 2015…
Germany, Trending

Germany: 10 months Sentence for Hate Speech against refugees

  A German has been sentenced to ten months prison for posting hate speech on Facebook. The 47 year old, who has not been named, has called refugees “scumbags”, “rats”, and “vermin invaders”. He also published a comment on the NPD (far right nationalist party) Facebook page calling for the reactivation of concentration camps to get to grips with the problem. According to the court in Oldenburg he committed several crimes between October 2015 and…
Britain

Selling Britain by the Pound

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What a disgraceful showing by British politicians since the results of the Brexit referendum came in. After David Cameron has announced that he is to stand down in a couple of months, we have had a round of back-stabbing with “political serial killer” Michael Gove apparently sacrificing Boris Johnson in a move to achieve his own ambitions of becoming Prime Minister. Now we learn that UKIP leader Nigel Farage has stepped down as leader of…
Britain

Shame

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I must admit I’m still reeling from the outcome of the Referendum on the EU. We’ve seen it looming on the horizon for so long, but I haven’t really paid too much attention to it, apart from the fact that I wasn’t eligible to vote, due to me being out of the country for longer than 15 years. Perhaps I didn’t think it was going to happen. In a referendum that potentially could effect my…
Germany

German IT-Girl in Sausage Gate drama

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German IT-Girl Gina-Lisa Lohfink is considering suing Wiesenhof, the giant producer of Chicken products in Germany, for slander and defamation of character. Gina-Lisa has certainly been in the wars lately. The IT-Girl from Hessen, who came to prominence as a contestant in Heidi Klum’s TV series “Germany’s Next Top Model” is currently involved in a case of law in which she has been accused of wrongly accusing two men of raping her, although a video…
Terror, Trending

Bilal’s Tale

The Supertyke was never meant to be a political blog. There are far better things to talk about. But the fact is, the world is going mad. The Islamic State, as it calls itself, has made us suspicious and uncertain. We reject everything different from ourselves. It has given rise to figures like Donald Trump, like foul mouthed Katie Hopkins who spew their hatred over us all and make things worse instead of better. Britain…
Batley

The Death of an Hospital

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As a lad I was treated at Batley Hospital. I distinctly remember splitting my eyelid at Batley Scouts while playing British Bulldogs and being taken to the hospital on Carlinghow Hill to have it stitched. I won’t be so presumptious as to say “Ah the good old days”, but when I look at the state of the building today, then it does make me sad. At least, this magnificant Victorian building is being saved, even…
Geneology

The Gladys Greenwood Story

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My father took one big secret with him to his grave; that of his mother. We had known since my brother and I were teenagers that the woman we called our Grandmother (and she will be referred to as my Grandmother for the remainder of the story) was not in fact our fathers genetical mother. That fact became obvious after two little boys rummaging around where they had no business found my fathers Birth Certificate.…
Germany

The Wall

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Not long ago the picture of a train with a bricked up door caught the imagination of the Hamburg public. The train had apparently run for hours through the city before the operators discovered that something was amiss. Now the perpetrators of this “crime” have released a video on how the operation was carried out. Behind this operation is apparently an organisation called Nofugazi Ltd. who are registered in the UK. Amongst other things they…
Obituary

Tribute to a fellow Tyke

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Joe was a Tyke, like myself, hailing from Sheffield, Yorkshire – an industrial city, famous for its production of steel, a working class city. His rise to fame took him out of the city, to America, to Woodstock to be part of a legend. Yes, he struggled afterwards for a long time, but managed to find his way back to the top with albums like “Sheffield Steel” and singles like “You Can Leave Your Hat…