Monday, March 19, 2018


It was cold again overnight and there were still snow flurries this morning. It really hasn't come to much and the forecast is that a thaw will start this afternoon and the temperatures will rise throughout the week.

Fairly quiet day here - a few domestic chores followed by a lot of family tree work. The Gorse Fox chose a different branch today and had a much more successful day. The one problem area he came across was the disappearance of the website. This used to provide a great deal of background regrading the sinking of RMS Lancastria during the evacuation of St Nazaire during WWII. The Gorse Fox's uncle was a Roman Catholic Chaplain and one of the survivors of the attack. He was mentioned in many of the subsequent articles. Now the site has gone. The Gorse Fox has, however, got newspaper clippings and links to newspaper archives  which pick up most of the story.

He also spent some time looking at research for Pistol Pete's family. Records and sources are quite good, but again many of the other trees that feature parts of his family are just dreadful. No valid sources for the information and clear anomalies in the assumptions made. It's frustrating because one tree seemed to push his ancestors back several further generations but there was no corroborative information so the names could just as easily have been picked out of thin air.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Snow, Snow, slip, slip snow

We had snow over night. Not a huge amount, but it had settled and it was very cold out. Fortunately we had no reason to go out. We had a lazy start which was topped with a full English breakfast. Then once we had finished our morning reading, the Gorse Fox retired to the study and the Silver Vixen started to potter.

By late morning the snow was disappearing - it was still cold, but the snow was melting. There wasn't a great deal to report from the study. It was another frustrating morning of family tree research. (As the Gorse Fox pointed out yesterday - we had no football today). The Gorse Fox did manage to book an hotel for the weekend of the Silver Vixen's sister's wedding - it was a little pricey, but it seemed like a good excuse to push the boat out a bit.

Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete popped in to drop off some stuff we would need for Ellie later in the week and take the opportunity to use our broadband (theirs is still not installed). They didn't stay long and once they had left the Silver Vixen returned to her pottering around and the Gorse Fox watched the football on TV.

Pretty lazy day really.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


The forecast for the day wasn't good and by mid-morning it was snowing. At times it was quite heavy, but it didn't settle at all. The temperature has certainly dropped after the last few days. It's due to get worse overnight tonight. We don't have to go anywhere so that isn't really too much of an issue. (The Gorse Fox has no football in the morning).

The Sonning Crew got together for coffee at Old Bill and Lad Penelope's. It was the first time we had seen them since their return from St Lucia. They had clearly enjoyed a good time and we got all the latest news about Sandals and what you can do there. We also caught up on the local news - how they all get so much local gossip is quite beyond the Gorse Fox. It appears that our neighbour, opposite, is moving. She has wanted an older barn conversion as long as we have known her and it appears that she has found one. Another neighbour is apparently trading in his current partner for a newer model (the Gorse Fox isn't clear on what the part exchange rates are). We never met this particular couple so really have no comment of any value to make... other than it always seems a shame when relationships break down.

The Gorse Fox has spent the afternoon working on the family tree. The whole time has been spent delving into the records for any clues regrading the Silver Vixen's 2nd great grandparents (paternal). This has been very frustrating as he has found absolutely nothing. Nada. Zilch. All he knows is their names but can find no record in the Census returns from 1841-1891, and no definitive records of any other type. They will have to return to the back burner and then the Gorse Fox will have another crack at them in a few months.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Suits You Sir

Another lovely day, despite the forecast. The weekend, however, looks a bit dodgy.

After some domestic chores the Gorse Fox retired to the study. There was a small pile of paperwork to be scanned, filed, backed-up, and shredded. This was the first task on the list of admin. It didn't take too long and the automatic document feeder on the new printer is a godsend for this. Once that was done the Gorse Fox got on with the weekly accounts.

With the boring admin out of the way the Gorse Fox started checking a few things and realised that his documentation for the backup regime was a bit out of date. It wasn't too far off, but could certainly do with a refresh. It took a while to get it up to scratch but the Gorse Fox is now content.

In the background, the Silver Vixen has been looking at some clothes we had stored away. Partly this was to dig out clothing that Cousteau-Cub may need when she is back with us, but partly it was to see if there was anything that may be appropriate for our upcoming holiday. We both had a pleasant surprise.

Clothes that had been put away for years emerged from their storage and both the Silver Vixen and the Gorse Fox found that the fitted. Indeed they fitted well. Given that one of these items was the Gorse Fox's dress suit - last worn in 1994 - he was pleased it was such a good fit. (Indeed he dug out a photo from a business event that we attended in Bermuda when he last wore the suit). Similarly the Silver Vixen found a number of lovely dresses from years gone by - many of which were now too big, but some fit beautifully.

Inm a time when people tend to put on weight as they age, it's good to see we can both get back into clothes from 25 years ago.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Ellie slept right through until 07:15 and then cam into our bed for half an hour. Once up she was soon fed and starting to explore the world on two feet. She was clearly finding it tiring as she soon needed a morning nap and slept for a couple of hours. Then up again, she wandered about, had lunch, walked around a lot more, then again flagged and went to bed for another hour. Urban-Cub came to collect her after work, but she had been an absolute joy the whole time she was here. Even Jasper is beginning to trust here and allows her to approach, if not actually stroke him.

The Gorse Fox follows a number of feeds on Twitter. Among the usual tripe, vitriol, fake news, and a few gems of actual interest he saw the attached image.
It was published by "MarcherLord" with the comment that his midwife had developed this and believes it to be 95% accurate.

The Gorse Fox used a few samples and found that for all of the people he had tried, it was 100% accurate. This was immensely interesting and he assumes that the midwife had developed this from records stretching back over many years. He would love to know the actual provenance and methodology.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


It was another bright day - though there was a strong wind blowing from the south east. The Silver Vixen had no Pilates today - which was just as well as Old Bill and Lady Penelope were returning from holiday and we had the key for their house.

The Gorse Fox had football. It was a good turn out and the we played 5-vs-6. The Gorse Fox was on the smaller orange team. It was hard work playing against the extra player and at half time the store was still stuck on 0-0. A quick discussion at half-time and the Gorse Fox said he roam forward from the the back to fill in gaps at the  centre or on the wing. This turned out to be the breakthrough. The Gorse Fox scored two goals as we started to dominate. In the end the score was 7-1 and could have been more.

Leaving the sports centre, the Gorse Fox headed to Rustington to collect Ellie and bring her home. She's with us overnight and through the day tomorrow. It's great to see her trying to master this walking thing. She is getting there but still drops onto all fours to move quickly.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Rules seem to be the subject of the day.

A Facebook post from a neighbour was questioning various aspects of the Covenant to which we are all meant to adhere. It would appear that her direct neighbour is just making up new rules to suit himself and threatening court action because other people don't adhere to his fantasy rules. It's a shame, but there always seems to be one on every development. Clearly most of the neighbours have rallied round to give moral support.

Football was also subject to rule changes. At least these are documented and provide some standardisation across the land. The main differences to us are in the realms of ball height. Because we play outside on a large pitch we have never enforced the rule that the ball has remain below head height. From today we are. This cause a degree of confusion to start with, but we soon got into the swing of it. Well that might be an exaggeration - the Gorse Fox was only on the winning side for 1 out of 6 games today... and certainly didn't contribute any goals (though did stop a few).

Weatherwise it has been a gorgeous day but the forecast for the end of the week is looking pretty grim (at least in the east of the country).

Monday, March 12, 2018


It's been a mixed day, weather-wise. There's been rain, bright sun, and heavy rain. Certainly not a day to venture out without an umbrella (Rihanna will be pleased).

Talking of being pleased, the Gorse Fox keeps a fairly close eye on the family accounts. As part of this, he sets budgets and manages the regular bills. When setting the annual budget he looks at last year's expenditure and applies an uplift to account for inflation. He's very pleased that this year, so far, all of the uplifts he applied have proved to be too large. Today we received the biggest bill of the year - the Council Tax. He hasn't saved a fortune, but it has turned out to be £70 less than he had estimated. Indeed the increase over last year has turned out to be slightly less than the uplift in the Gorse Fox's State Pension - so that's a win!

On a separate note we received a short video from Urban-Cub this morning. It featured Ellie taking her first steps. It's very sweet and the sign of things to come. Next we will have to get trainers, ballet shows, wellies.... and goodness knows what else.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Wet and dry

The day started wet, in fact it was too wet for Jasper to venture out. It did, however, begin to dry up and by lunchtime was bright and sunny and warm enough to spend the afternoon sitting out in the Orangery. Now as he writes this, it is overcast once more and looks like more rain is on the way.

The Gorse Fox cooked a 'full English' for himself and the Silver Vixen this morning. Football was a little bit later so it should settle before he started to run around. The Sunday morning Haskins breakfasts have set a bit of a precedent. By mid-morning he was heading across to Ford for the football. We had a lop-sided turnout of 11 players so played 5-v-6 then 6-v-5 in the two halves. The Gorse Fox was playing for the Orange bibs, but despite our best efforts we lost 6-5 overall.

Back home he is still trying to find an example or clear explanation of how to use OAuth2 without resorting to Python code or Javascript. He finds it hard to believe he is the only person ever to have wanted to do this, but so far has failed to find any definitive guidance and is finding it very frustrating.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

People who lunch

After a quiet morning we headed across to The Oystercatcher. We had arranged to meet Urban-Cub and Ellie for lunch. It's Urban-Cub's last day before returning to work after the move = consequently she is not around for Mother's Day tomorrow.

We had chosen wisely in deciding to arrive early. We were able to pick a quiet spot in the corner and stay well away for the general hubbub that built up as the restaurant filled up over the following hour. Ellie sat in a high chair and enjoyed various snacks and a bottle whilst keeping herself and us entertained. We chose for the general menu and had a much better meal than we had managed last night - and at half the price.

Back home, the Gorse Fox has been experimenting with some code and whilst he can see the basics of what he needs to do - he is somewhat flummoxed by the OAuth2 authentication mechanism when trying to initiate his run. He's convinced that once that is cracked, the rest will be plain sailing. It seems that Google is not his friend in this particular instance. It seems to drop lots of hints, but provides no clear examples of the initial set up. Frustrating!


Well we drove through some pretty foul weather as we headed up to Chiddingfold, in Bandit Country.  The rain was torrential and we drove through thick mist (or low cloud) as we crossed the Downs. We took it steady and got there safely.

J&T were delayed by the traffic but arrived a little while after us. We had a lovely evening catching up o the family news and just chatting in general. We were, however, rather disappointed by food this time. The Mulberry had always been so reliable in the past, but last night there were errors in the order (which they sorted out) and the standard of the food was not what we had come to expect. The Gorse Fox is not sure if it was just a new chef, or new ownership, but it certainly wasn't the same.

We'll give it a miss next time.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Being sociable

Friday has been a day for being sociable - not one of the Gorse Fox's greatest strengths!

It was a bit grey and damp but we had arranged to meet with some old friends near the pier at Bognor. It was a fair bit cooler than the Gorse Fox had expected and he was regretting his choice of lightweight jacket as we strolled along the prom. Fortunately we decided to stop at the Regis Centre and have a coffee and that was where we stayed. The coffees were infinitely refillable so we just stayed put and chatted for several hours. It was lovely to catch up with them as we see them so rarely.

After a quiet afternoon - much of which was spent sorting out an order for some new specs for the Silver Vixen, we got ready to go back out. We are meeting up with The Gorse Fox's little sister and brother-in-law in the middle of bandit country this evening. Again, a lovely opportunity to catch up on all the latest news.

Following on from the Gorse Fox's issues with the Python code yesterday, he has received a number of emails from fellow Rexx connoisseurs. He has been offered several interesting suggestions as to how he might approach the problem in a different way. This will have to wait until he can devote a few hours to some experimentation and testing.... but he is hopeful that this may actually provide a decent alternative.

Thursday, March 08, 2018


There is something deeply unsettling about a fragment of code that has run every day for 402 days without failure - but on day 403 it fails and claims the problem is with syntax. The Gorse Fox was troubled. For a start it is a fragment of code written in Python. He is not fluent in Python... he can get by but finds the whole language construct to be obtuse. He started to dig. The problem appeared to be a variable that had not been set. Well, it hadn't been set for the last 402 days either and the code was happy then. Clearly some update has been applied to the underlying language libraries and this has triggered the error. The Gorse Fox made a couple of minor changes and the code burst back into life. Fortunately it's very design is such that it tracks back to find anything that may have been missed from previous days, so within a few seconds the whole kit and caboodle was working and bang up to date.

Maybe it's time the Gorse Fox played around some more with Python so he doesn't get caught out again. (Note he would have written the whole thing in Rexx if he had the opportunity but there is no Google API for Rexx).

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Another one

Obviously it had been quite wet over night, but was drying up in the early morning sun when the Gorse Fox came down for breakfast. The Silver Vixen was heading across to speak to her Pilates friends then looping back to see Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete with a view to watching Ellie while they got on with some of the shifting and shunting required in the house. The Gorse Fox would be joining them later.

The Gorse Fox headed over to Worthing for the Wednesday football. We had a new chap jon us this week and he turned out to be quite good. The game was close, if somewhat spoilt by over-zealous refereeing. The Gorse Fox was playing for the orange-bibs and by half time we had built a 4-2 lead. In the second half it was closer but we managed to hold on to the 2-goal cushion and won 6-4. The Gorse Fox managed to score agin - that's 7 for the week! Clearly that won't last so he can expect a dry spell.

Leaving the sports centre, the Gorse Fox went back to Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete's. He arrived just in time to help with one of their garden storage boxes - which was made easier by a couple of the workmen on the development helping lift it over the wall. After some lunch we then set about the shed. We had disassembled it with care in the hope that it would go back together easily. Amazingly, it did. It took about thirty minutes from beginning to end. Once the garden items were complete we set about Jake's bedroom. His old bed had to be taken apart and removed to the garage so a new one could be assembled. Again, a bit of good teamwork got the whole thing done in no time.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

What a difference

What a difference a week makes. It was over 10c when the Gorse Fox headed out for football. Last week he didn't even venture out.

When he got over to Worthing the sun had broken through and it was really quite pleasant as we started the game. The Gorse Fox wasn't fully with it today but despite that managed to score 4 goals as we 9the red bibs) won the first game an lost the next two. Changing into green-bibs for the second hour we then won all three games. The new shin-pads are obviously working some magic - no bruises an 4 goals.

The afternoon was warm enough to settle down in the Orangery an enjoy the sun.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Quiet day

A lovely quiet day today. Bits of admin to do, but nothing too taxing.

A trip to Chichester this afternoon - the Silver Vixen wanted some bits in M&S and the Gorse Fox wanted some new shin pads. While the Silver Vixen was doing her shopping the Gorse Fox also had his regular appointment at the chiropodist. He always enjoys these as they finish off with a nice a foot massage.

Traffic was strangely light coming home. Almost as if everyone was still sheltering indoors from snowmageddon. A bit pointless as it was dry and about 8c... but even still he's not complaining when there's such a clear run to and from the town.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

On target

It was another lovely bright start to the day. The Gorse Fox had football scheduled, but not until 11:00 so it was a leisurely start. We got a couple of calls from Urban-Cub while we were having breakfast - the Silver Vixen was planning to go over for a cup of tea and there were various questions to be answered and the Gorse Fox had to print off some sets of instructions for her.

Football was a good 6-v-6 game. The Gorse Fox was playing for the yellow-bibs and at half time we had managed a 4-3 lead. The Gorse Fox wasn't quite on top of his game but managed some fairly solid defending without anything spectacular. By the end of the second half we had extended things to about 12-7 and that included two goals from the Gorse Fox.

Back home the Gorse Fox found that Jasper had thrown-up all over our clean bedding so the first chore was to get the bedding into the washing machine and to cover the quilt in Bicarb. Fortunately it had obviously only just happened and the quick intervention prevented any staining. The afternoon was made special by observing that Arsenal had lost against Brighton - their third loss in a week... not that the Gorse Fox is basking in schadenfreude but - oh, ok, he is.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Back to normal

The weather was very much back to normal today. The sun was out when we got up and it was fairly bright throughout the morning. The temperatures had soared to a heady 5c and we had to resist the inclination to go and sunbathe. By lunchtime it was fairly grey but had remained dry. We really are so lucky in this little pocket of the country.

Various little chores filled the morning The last of the se was fitting a new water filter on the fridge. This di not go smoothly. The first filter seemed to leak extensively and in the end the Gorse Fox had to use the spare he had bought for next time.  Email has been rattled off to Amazon... we await a response.

Early afternoon has been spent wrapped in the branches of the family tree. It is only today that the Gorse Fox has realised how poor the Canadian genealogical resources are. He has been try to fill in some details regarding some cousins and a long deceased Aunt. There doesn't seem to be anything equivalent to the UK's GRO. Records are held at Provincial level and few recent ones are available online. The Gorse Fox would be tearing his hair out if he had significant numbers of Canadians in his tree.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Emma meets the Beast

So storm Emma, coming up from the South, was meant to meet the Beast from the east and cause chaos. Well apparently nobody told Emma or the Beast. We have again been right on the edge of things and through it has been cold and very windy, the snow has not come to much.

Conscious of the ice that may have formed, the Gorse Fox decided that he would take the Silver Vixen across to Urban-Cub's. Ellie was scheduled for her second swimming lesson, and the Silver Vixen was meant to be there for moral support. With our car warm and cozy, it made sense to take Urban-Cub and Ellie with us, rather than swap cars. So it was that we trundled across to Worthing on near deserted roads. People were heeding the warnings and had stayed at home. This in its own right became a problem as there was nowhere to park in the residential street where the hydrotherapy pool is. The Gorse Fox dropped them off and pottered back to the Sports Centre - at least there it would be easy to park and he could pop in for a coffee while waiting.

Clearly the swimming went well and Ellie seems suitable fearless. Will have to see if we can find a small scuba tank for when Cousteau-Cub is back.

Back home we had a quiet afternoon punctuated by the odd snow showers which came to nothing. One car managed to loose traction on the corner outside the house and ended up on the pavement near Old Bill's. He drove off without further incident. Meanwhile Old Bill and Lady Penelope have gone up to Gatwick in preparation for their trip to St Lucia starting in the morning.

Thursday, March 01, 2018


Another cold night and another dusting of snow on the ground this morning. The Gorse Fox posted to facebook...
There has been a lot of banter from friends in the North regarding the weather and how it is always so much worse "ooop there" and that we don't have anything like it in the South. 

Well, the Gorse Fox  offers this photo from this morning to show that we do indeed get extreme weather here on the South Coast. Last night's blizzards have trapped us, as you can see. We are awaiting rescue by helicopter, four-track vehicles, or snowcats.

As you might expect the Gorse Fox received some abuse as a result!

We headed off into Chichester to meet up with Cathy & Roy. They were down on Hayling Island for a few days and it seemed like a good opportunity to catch up and grab a bite to eat. We met at the cross in the middle of Chichester and strolled down to Prezzo. Like Chichester as a whole, the place was deserted - people were avoiding the bitterly cold wind and staying home.

It was nice to catch up with them and hear their family news and their plans. It sounds as if they have a lovely trip down the US West Coast planned for this summer.

Back home the snow started mid-afternoon. It is very light and fluffy and isn't really settling because of the strong wind. The forecast keeps changing so we'll just have to see what develops.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


It has been another bitterly cold day. There had been a very light dusting of snow overnight, but nothing that would cause problems. We had clearly been lucky, hearing reports from the other parts of the country where the weather had been quite extreme. It’s times like this that we recognise how lucky we are living here on the South Coast and having a nice warm, modern, draught-free home. The Gorse Fox expects that Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete will be feeling both smug and snug in their new home, too.

The Silver Vixen had arranged to go over to help Urban-Cub in the new house and set off soon after nine. The Gorse Fox had football scheduled. An executive decision had been made that, with consideration of the weather forecast, we would play in the indoor arena at Ford today. It was a smart move. Old bones and joints would have found the biting easterly wind a little unforgiving, had we been on the usual pitches at Worthing.

We had a good game. The Gorse Fox was on the side of the orange-bibs today. Though one man short we were a bit more mobile. The Gorse Fox managed to get a goal in the 5-1 win, so was quite happy.

The early part of the afternoon was spent with the Silver Vixen lying on the floor on one side of the spare bed whilst the Gorse Fox lay on the floor the other side. In between was Jasper. He had checked the Google calendar and realised he was due at the vets and decided to hide. As usual this became a battle of wills. Eventually the Silver Vixen won and the Gorse Fox grabbed Jasper and deposited him in his carrier. He yowled and mewed the whole way to the vet's and the whole way home again. But at least it’s done for another month or so.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Overnight snow combined with a residual cold and a dose of cowardice kept the Gorse Fox away from the football pitch today. From what Urban-Cub tells us, that was probably a good thing as the roads round LA and Rustington were "carnage".

The Gorse Fox wrapped up warm and took the Silver Vixen round for her doctor's appointment. With ice about he'd rather he was there to provide a supporting hand.

Once back, much of the rest of the day has been spent merging data from a cousin's genealogy research (sent on CD many years ago - and forgotten!) Amazingly the genealogy file was converted to the new format without a hitch and then it was just a matter of going through and comparing his research with that of the Gorse Fox. What he had done was provide thumbnail photos of all of his side of the family and that certainly makes the tree much more interesting. Everything is now "in sync" and a full backup is running (you can never be too careful).

Monday, February 26, 2018

Moving in

Today was moving-in day for Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete. Ellie had been with us overnight so that they could get on with the move without worrying.

It has been bitterly cold and there are amber weather warnings for snow overnight tonight. We stayed in and stayed warm. There seemed no good reason to venture into the cold until late into the afternoon when we took Ellie back to her new home. They have done well. Everything is now in and the boxes are starting to get emptied. Beds are made, so if they do nothing else  they can at least go to sleep. The garage, however, is stacked to the rafters and that will take some time to sort through. The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen have offered help where it is needed - but, of course, don't want to get in the way.

The Gorse Fox has spent much of the day walking round the house in his new football boots. They are a bit tight and very stiff. Hopefully they will ease with wear.

Sunday, February 25, 2018


An army is said to march on its stomach. The Gorse Fox alway thought that would be crawling, but who is he to argue with the wisdom of the ages. We were planning to look after Ellie later in the day so it seemed appropriate to start with a hearty breakfast. We had already decided to head across to Haskins when Two Hats pinged to ask if anyone fancied breakfast 'out'. The Gorse Fox explained the plan and Two Hats and Tinkerbell decided to join us.

We had a lovely breakfast (if slightly greasy this week), and sat and chatted over coffee for a couple of hours. They then decided to wander round the garden centre while we headed across to Urban-Cub to collect Ellie.

Urban-Cub had just got started on packing up the house so we volunteered to take the food stuffs and freezer contents across to the new house to save her a trip... and, after all, it was on our route home.

Ellie has been with us the rest of the day and is staying overnight. We'll deliver her back to the new house tomorrow once they have moved in.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


With Urban-Cub and Pistol Pete moving on Monday, today was a day to get stuck-in and help them. Urban-Cub was on duty at Gatwick, so we headed over to LA and while the Silver Vixen took charge of Ellie the Gorse Fox helped Pistol Pete. The first job on the schedule was the demolition (well, disassembly) of the garden shed. This needed to be broken down into easily transportable panels ready for the removal men.

Next we had some curtain poles to remove which didn't take long. The Gorse Fox convinced Pistol Pete that it would make sense to go across to the new house and start getting the curtains up and give Jake a chance to sweep and seal the garage floor. All these tasks were easy in themselves, but all required something that we had left behind - a set of steps, a vacuum cleaner, some bin liners etc. So it was that we got everything done interspersed with trips back and forth.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Auspicious day

It has been an auspicious day. It started cold and frosty but they skies were gin clear and the sun shone down throughout the day right through until the fabulous red sunset.

The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen had a plan. There was some clothes shopping to do. The Gorse Fox needed some additions to his wardrobe for a forthcoming trip and today seemed like the ideal time. We hit the various gentleman's outfitters in Chichester. The first few did not really supply what the Gorse Fox was seeking,  the next couple supplied it but not at a price that the Gorse Fox was willing to pay. In the end we wandered into M&S and found exactly what he sought at a price that made sense. Job done!

We stopped off at ASK for lunch. Some pasta followed by cheesecake seemed like a suitable treat before heading home.

Urban-Cub called. It was Ellie's first swimming lesson today so we got a blow by blow account of how well she had done. We're both glad that she's getting into the water so early. No doubt Cousteau-Cub will be very proud of her.

Urban-Cub was also very excited. Today she had completed on her new home. We loaded some champagne into the car (along with some spare garage floor paint) and headed over. We were given the full tour of the property. It really is delightful and we have no doubt that they will be very happy there. For a new property it has surprisingly large west-facing garden. The Gorse Fox is heading over to help Pistol Pete take down his shed tomorrow so that it's ready to be be moved to the new house when they move in on Monday.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Despite going out for the steak night then clustering round at Two Hat's and Tnkerbell's it wasn't too lat elast night. Some wine may have been consumed and there is a possibility that some Sambucca crossed the lips... but what goes on with Sonning Crew stays with the Sonning Crew!

The morning was suitably relaxed - some emails were processed and Facebook was handled, nothing too strenuous. The Gorse Fox made a start on the weekly admin but was interrupted by the nice person from Ocado arriving with the week's shopping. Then it was time to leave.

We headed across to Rustington where we collected Elli from the child minder, then headed off to Haskins. Ellie was taking nana and grandpa out for lunch. She was in a bubbly mood, full of smiles and chuckles and just charmed everyone nearby as we sat and ate while also feeding her. By the time we were finishing up, Urban-Cub had made contact and met us with us. After a brief stop at the local aquatic centre to show Ellie the fish we headed back to Urban-Cub's house fo a cup of tea. While there Cousteau-Cub managed to get through on the phone and the Gorse Fox had a lovely long chat with her.

As Birthdays go - it was pretty well perfect. Quite, relaxed, and focused round the family.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Out and about

It was a bright but chilly day - nice to be out and about. The morning was taken up with the usual Arun Amblers football. Our usual goalkeepers weren't available today so the Gorse Fox went in goal for the yellow-bibs during the first half. He only conceded two goals whilst the lads on the pitch managed to score three. In the second half the Gorse Fox returned to his normal position of centre back and and we started to make a bit more progress. The game ended up a sound 7-5 to us.

Back home it was a case of a quick shower, a bite to eat and then the Gorse Fox took the Silver Vixen across to LA so she could have lunch with her coven.

Back home he buried himself in the family tree. He failed to find the 1939 register entries he sought but did find some Electoral Register entries that caught him off guard. He needs to send an email to a cousin to find out if she can elaborate.

Back to LA to collect the Silver Vixen - it was very slow because of the traffic, but she was there waiting as the Gorse Fox came round the corner. Now we are just preparing for steak night at the Pink Pub with the Sonning Crew.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Back to normal

This Tuesday was back to normal. The Gorse Fox headed off to football and the Silver Vixen headed off to meet with her coven. Whilst it was bright here, by the time we got to Worthing it was raining. The rain continued throughout the first hour of football.

The first hour wasn't too bad - two draws and one loss. The Gorse Fox wasn't reading the game as well as usual and though he made a number of timely interventions, he didn't get much of a chance to roam forward. The second hour saw a change in personnel and new teams. This was better. We won all three games - though they were all very tight and could have gone either way.

Back home the Gorse Fox managed to drop his lunch all over the kitchen floor. If it was bread, it might have been ok. It wasn't. It was a chicken pasta in tomato left over from last night. What a mess.  In the end the Gorse Fox had to wash the kitchen floor.

During the afternoon he retired to the garage and knocked up a 'feeding station' for Jasper. Jasper has started to batter his feeder all round the kitchen overnight. This has often meant it has got stuck and not opened for him. It was time to come up with a solution. We now have a small wooden plinth containing a heavy weight to prevent it from being moved. Jasper's timed feeder slots into the top of this plinth so he can't extract it from the plinth. We'll have to see if it works, but the Gorse Fox is hopeful.

Monday, February 19, 2018


The new release of the software used by the Gorse Fox for managing his family tree was made available overnight. The Gorse Fox has upgraded and spent the day sorting out the outstanding problems (as mentioned yesterday) and doing some fresh research. It has been a very successful day and several new names have been added to the tree. The Gorse Fox has now got a workflow that seems to do the trick - search in Ancestry (but probably ignore existing trees), verify in the General Register Office (if between 1837 and 1957), then seek additional information on Findmypast (such as the 1939 Register)... and, of course, do not enter any fact for which there is no documented evidence.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


That's better. The Gorse Fox was up early - had his eggs and bacon, and headed off to football. First game for about 10 days and he was itching to get going. Not a very auspicious start as the Gorse Fox was a little off the pace at first and we were soon 2-0 down. Then the Gorse Fox started to roam about and struck a good ball from the centre spot into the bottom left corner of the goal. Two minutes later we scored another. We then started to fire on all cylinders and by the end of the game had amassed 14 goals while conceding 4 or 5. The Gorse Fox collected a hat-trick. Most satisfying.

Back home the Silver Vixen had been chatting with Cousteau-Cub who is in Phuket having met up with Agent Mulder's eldest. He is taking a year to travel about and seems to have fallen in love with Thailand. His initial 13 stay has extended to 30 and he may extend it some more.

The Gorse Fox spent the afternoon working on the family tree. The problem he has been working on with the developers is not making progress so he has resorted to plan B. He told them to close the problem report. Removed the offending entries from the database and started adding them again using a different approach. He knew this would work all along, but wanted to help them with their debugging. Anyway, all is now resolved using plan B.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


The Gorse Fox has a security camera monitoring the driveway and entrance to the garage. This had been set up to deposit images onto an FTP server (falcon) whenever it detected an event. This stopped working some time recently. The camera was still recording to its inbuilt S~D card, but wouldn't send images to the ftp server and wouldn't allow the Gorse Fox to connect to it remotely.

It was time to sort this out. To start with the Gorse Fox dug out a spare (faulty) camera and connected it to the network to check that connection to the network via ethernet (instead of WiFi) didn't raise any unforeseen issues. It didn't. So after lunch, along with Two Hats (who has some tools for putting ethernet connectors on cables) we drilled a hole from the family room through to garage and ran a cable from the switch through to the camera. It was fiddly and the Gorse Fox is not sure he would have the patience to cable these things up with any regularity - but Two Hats persevered and we now have a bespoke ethernet cable in place. The camera is, once again, accessible remotely and seems to be depositing images onto the ftp server as required. He will have to monitor this for a day or two, but suspects we are back in business.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Keep taking the tablets

The Gorse Fox has noticed that the keyboard that he has connected to his Lenovo Tablet seems to a little erratic. It's fine once connected, but it seems to take a little while to connect properly. This could be because he keeps the Bluetooth switched off except when he needs to use it - and forgets to turn it back on. Even when he has switched it on it can take a little while to register the keyboard. He needs to experiment some more and see if he can make the whole process a little slicker.

Meanwhile, IRL, we had a good night with Ellie. She didn't wake until gone seven and even then was in no hurry to get up. We've had a good morning with her and as the sun is bright, the Orangery has warmed up and Ellie has made use of the additional space to charge round in her walker (with the occasional pit-stop to take on water).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Breaking news

The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen are on G-Force duty. Urban-Cub arrive just before 08:00 with Ellie and after a swift breakfast headed off to Gatwick, Ellie stayed with us and has been the focus of the day. The Gorse Fox did manage to get his Thursday admin done while she had a morning sleep, so all is well.

The phone rang as the Gorse Fox was preparing some soup for lunch. It was Urban-Cub. She had finally heard from her builders and has been given a completion date of 23rd February. Ooops - that's earlier than she had come to expect. Needless to say she, and Pistol Pete, are delighted and very excited.

Talking of excited, Cousteau-Cub reminded us today there are on 37 days to go before she is back with us. We can't wait to see her again.

During Ellie's afternoon nap the Gorse Fox considered his external security camera. It is still recording on the micro-SD card, but has stopped connecting to the WiFi and consequently he can't control it, nor will it post the captured images to the FTP server the Gorse Fox so carefully built. Plan B is to try it with an ethernet cable rather than WiFi. That will have to wait until the weekend, however.

The Gorse Fox has also heard back from the family tree software developers. They have given him some things to check, but again, these will have to wait - probably until Ellie has her morning sleep tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


The Gorse Fox is feeling a lot better today - but decided that football was not going to be on the agenda. That would have been a bit silly.

Betty Rubble came down to visit the Silver Vixen so the Gorse Fox has spent the day in the study working on the family tree. Not very successfully. He's looked up lots of information, but none of it has added to the existing knowledge base. Very frustrating.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Home draw

It was a foul morning and the Gorse Fox was not feeling much better. He decided that staying home was more efficacious than getting cold and wet playing football.

The Silver Vixen was going out for lunch with a friend so the Gorse Fox installed himself in front of the computer and spent the day working on aspects of the family tree. Most of the time was spent going through an online chat with the support team. The Gorse Fox still has a problem with some media files that are not getting uploaded. In desperation they sent him the pre-release beta code for the new version of the software. It all seems very nice and slick and does everything he wants of it - except sorting out the 19 media files. (Other media files have uploaded without incident both before and since this batch). The problem is back with their engineers.

Monday, February 12, 2018


Pretty uneventful day really.

Various domestic chores got cleared during the morning and then the Gorse Fox headed to Sainsbury's to top up the supply of porridge oats. Ocado have been out of stock of good porridge oats for the last couple of weeks and the Gorse Fox was almost down to the dust in the packet.

After lunch he picked up on Old Bill's family tree. He had texted some queries last night so it was time to try and help out. It took and hour or so but he drove the tree back and showed Old Bill how to start from a known point and work backwards through life events. In doing this we proved that the online tree from which he had picked up some information was clearly wrong.

The Gorse Fox is a little under the weather, so not sure if he'll be playing football tomorrow.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Back home after Breakfast at Haskins the Gorse Fox set about cleaning the oven. Fortunately, as the oven is self-cleaning, this was fairly easy. The only fiddly bit is cleaning the racks. It all needed doing. The last thing we wanted was the smell to get worse next time we used the oven.

During the afternoon we were hit by a hail storm. Hailstones the size of ball-bearings hammered down. It was clear that we would soon be trapped and would have to await the emergency airlift. The Gorse Fox went and checked the freezer to see how long we could survive, based on our stores. We'll probably be all right for about two weeks.

At the height of the storm, when the hail was at its deepest, the Gorse Fox took some photos - in case they were needed for insurance purposes or of the TV news. You can clearly see the extremes of weather that we have to survive hear on the South Coast.


Well Tiffany's seems bit of a trek for Sunday breakfast. We've decided to do Breakfast at Haskins' instead. Always good value for money and it's a nice morning to pop out (given that there's no football this weekend).

Smoke - encore

The smell from the 'incident' yesterday, still lingers. Most unpleasant.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Smoke gets in your eyes

A wet and breezy day didn't encourage us to go out so we concentrated on pottering round the house. Old Bill knocked and we had a chat. He was about to download GoodSync onto the PC we have been cleaning up - so the Gorse Fox volunteered to go across and configure it. While there we also copied some of his old non-volatile, pre-retirement business files to a DVD so that he didn't need to keep them online - now that they are backed up and copied to DVD. The Gorse Fox also helped out with some of his family tree queries. As an aside the Gorse Fox noticed that he seems to get a totally different home page on Ancestry from that the Gorse Fox sees, no idea why.

Come late afternoon it was time to prepare supper. Oven was cranked up to 200c and the various dishes placed on the relevant shelves. The 'Gastro' chips were places on a mesh tray near the bottom with a drip tray beneath - to catch the oils or fats that would inevitable drip through. As the cooking time ticked along there was slight smell of burning fat. The Gorse Fox didn't think to hard (unfortunately) and boiled a kettle. The idea was to add boiling water to the drip tray to stop the fat from burning. Well, let's just say this was the smartest move he's ever made. The water mixed with the fat and evaporated instantly filling the oven and kitchen with an acrid smoke. It took ages for it to clear even with the extractor fans on full. A lesson learned, methinks!

Friday, February 09, 2018

Not a lot

Well, there's not a lot to report today. Ellie woke up at a perfectly respectable seven o'clock and we had a gentle start to the morning. By the time Ellie went back to bed for a morning nap, Urban-Cub was on her way. We had a lovely couple of hours with her before she an Ellie disappeared back home.

The afternoon was very quiet. The Gorse Fox spent some time on one of the Linux machines before getting a message from Old Bill. He was stuck in his research into one of his great aunts. The Gorse Fox had a look and cracked the problem immediately. Old Bill was delighted but admitted he had spent most of the afternoon trying to solve it. The Gorse Fox guesses that it is just experience that allowed him to get the search parameters right first time.

On a separate note, the Gorse Fox was also looking for opportunities to have a week down in Falmouth in the summer. There's not much availability, but he may have found a couple of openings. He needs to talk them through with the Silver Vixen and then we can decide if we'll go ahead.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Early start

For some reason Ellie decided that 04:20 seemed like a reasonable time to wake up. This started the day. The Silver Vixen changed her and the Gorse Fox went to heat a bottle. Fed, she started to settle. Then Jasper arrived and started to meow. This woke Ellie. The Gorse Fox chased Jasper away. Miss Ellie started to settle again. Jasper arrived again. He started to meow again. This disturbed Ellie again. The Gorse Fox chased him downstairs and decided to feed him - that would shut him up. The problem was that Ellie was now wide awake. The Silver Vixen and the Gorse Fox tag-teamed until we got her back off to sleep. Fortunately, she then slept through until 08:15.

The day has revolved around Ellie. We did manage to take her out for a walk after lunch - and she slept until we got home. Not long enough, however, as she started to get a little grizzly late in the afternoon. Food and drink soon cheered her up (clearly taking after her grandfather). She's having a bath as the Gorse Fox writes this, so a Youtube Nursery Rhymes clip is in the next browser tab, ready to play as she emerges.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


Another very cold night across the country - though we didn't really notice it. There were a few snowfalls, even along parts of the South Coast, but nothing came across as far as us. When the Gorse Fox headed out for football, he could see the odd snow fall, but nothing to cause concern.

Football was the usual fun hour of banter and exercise ending with an even 2-2 draw. The Gorse Fox got a bit narked at one point when accused of running. Now, he is not denying that he was running. He was. It is the hypocrisy and inconsistency that drives him to distraction. People were running throughout the game - but when the Gorse Fox opened up, then it was called as an infringement. Pah!

Back home the afternoon was brightened up by Ellie. She is staying with us until Friday.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


If anyone has seen the news about the major fire on Phi Phi and is wondering about Cousteau-Cub and the Coventry Hobbit - the Gorse Fox has been in touch. Cousteau-Cub is actually in Phuket, so well clear. The Coventry Hobbit was still on Phi Phi and went along to help with first aid. Despite the press reports, the fire was confined to a moderately small area of the town - not the whole Island as the Swedish press reported.


It was a bitterly cold night so the Gorse Fox was looking forward to football with a degree of trepidation. He left, heading out in the usual direction. Almost immediately he hit traffic tailing back from Shripney's roadworks. A quick volte face was performed and the Gorse Fox headed up via Drayton and Tangmere to the A27. This turned out to be a smart move as he had a very good run through in the end.

Football was pretty successful He had a team of good ball players so it gave him some opportunities to roam more than usual. In the first hour his 'red' team won all three games and only conceded one goal. In the second hour he played for the 'greens'. This was more equal - a win, a draw, and a loss. Overall it was great fun.

Back home he went over to spend the afternoon with Old Bill. The reorganisation of his computer was completed and the offsite backup to Google Drive was under way. The Gorse Fox has left a USB drive with a backup of everything, and now Old Bill will download GoodSync and the Gorse Fox will set up his onsite backups in the next day or two.

In parallel with all this we wiped and reinstalled his old laptop. It now runs Ubuntu and he plans to use it for his family tree work. Yes, he is hooked!

Monday, February 05, 2018


Lots of random bits and pieces today.

First on the agenda was chasing Nespresso for the recycling collection and bags. Though they were on the latest order, they were not fulfilled. (Fortunately, the coffee itself turned up). Next the Gorse Fox had to give some thought to the forthcoming holiday. For some reason Virgin actually wanted us to pay for the giving them the honour of serving us. The Gorse Fox headed in to Chichester and zipped across to the Virgin Travel Desk in House of Fraser. Money was handed over and he headed home.

Back home the Gorse Fox went across to old Bill. He had promised to help him with his PC, its files, and his backup. He was proud to tell the Gorse Fox that his backup ran every lunchtime and copied all the relevant files to his external USB drive. The Gorse Fox checked to see what was being backed up. Nada. The drive was empty. He wasn't backing up at all. This would be a long afternoon. Firstly we attached a brand new, empty USB drive and backed everything up - then checked it. Then we disconnected the backup drive and started to reorganise the way in which the files were stored - setting up meaningful folders and moving things around. Next on the agenda was the 'offsite' backup using Google Backup... the problem was that his Google drive space was already full. We then went through and rationalised what was there and what could be purged. Bit by bit we cleared things up and then set the new folders to be backed up. Slowly they started to upload. It will take some time but we should have an offsite backup before morning. The only major outstanding tasks are to set up a working 'onsite' backup and then to purge a lot of the old stuff.

Old Bill is getting interested in genealogy so when we finished for the afternoon he came back to our place and the Gorse Fox showed him what he does and the sort of information that can be accessed online and how to get to it. In 5 minutes we had set up a small test tree and found the name of his grandmother (which he had never known). The Gorse Fox warned him that it is addictive, but he was already hooked.

Sunday, February 04, 2018


The Gorse Fox has spent much of the day playing.

This morning (after a suitable breakfast of eggs and bacon, with coffee) he headed off to Ford for football. We had a good 6-vs-6 turn out today and though we (the orange-bibs) were soon 2-0 down, we pulled ourselves together and started to claw things back. In the end, we ran out 12-4 winners - the Gorse Fox only contributing one goal today, but providing the assists for several.

Back home it was a quick shower and then in next door where there was a coffee morning for the Sonning Crew. Conversation ranged across decorating, holidays, water softeners and laptops. In the end Two Hats asked if the Gorse Fox would show him Linux on his old laptop and resolved to come round this afternoon to experiment.

The afternoon started with Two Hats and his old laptop. It still contained Windows 7 and was dreadfully slow and dreadfully back-level. The Gorse Fox started by running Ubuntu from the USB stick. That was it. He was hooked. 30 minutes later the laptop had been completely wiped and Ubuntu 17.10.4 installed. We checked out the all the obvious features and all seemed to work just fine. Two Hats left clutching his 'new' laptop and resolved to spend the afternoon getting to know it.

This was all the excuse that the Gorse Fox needed to retire to the study and continue to play with his own installation... and that was how the afternoon was lost.

Saturday, February 03, 2018


It was a very slow start. The Gorse Fox didn't wake until nearly nine! This is almost unheard of. The morning progressed at a suitable leisurely pace.

The Silver Vixen retired to her study and worked on a throw she is making. The Gorse Fox retired to his study and got on with a few tasks on the main computer before powering up 'eagle'. This machine, if you remember, was the old Windows PC which had been repurposed and was now running Ubuntu Linux. The problem is that there seemed to be a fatal software problem somewhere. The Gorse Fox had noticed it a few weeks back, but hadn't had the opportunity to do anything about it. Today was the day.

The Gorse Fox downloaded the latest Ubuntu build and created a bootable USB thumb drive. He booted it and rebuilt the system. He wouldn't say this was trouble-free, but he did eventually succeed. The nice thing about this latest build is that he didn't have to do anything special to get the screen resolution set correctly. It also uses a different desktop call Gnome. Fortunately the Gorse Fox had kept notes in his configuration software. Once initialised all he had to do was re-run the configurator with the various scripts saved from before and the system was back. He has re-booted several times and - so far - is not seeing any of the problems that had emerged before. So the eagle is back!

Friday, February 02, 2018


Today seems to have been about arrangements. It started off with news from Cousteau-Cub. She now has here flights sorted out and we have the dates in the diary.

Urban-Cub turned up late morning with Jake in tow. They stayed for a while and we talked about the arrangements for her forthcoming house move. Date is still not set but should only be a few weeks away.

We packed up all of Ellie's stuff and she Urban-Cub disappeared into the afternoon sunshine with Jake. The Gorse Fox isn't sure that Jake was quite ready for an afternoon of shopping, but that was in plan.

The Silver Vixen settled in the lounge to catch up on Holby City. The Gorse Fox settled in the study and started arranging this year's get together for Starfleet's VM Old Gits. This year is special as it's 50 years since CP/67 was released. Plan is to meet up in May, but need to wait until all the responses come in before a date is confirmed.

Thursday, February 01, 2018


By the way, the Gorse Fox's Rasperry Pi, "peregrine" has now been running, without interrupt or reboot, non-stop for 369 days.

Money transfer

The proceeds of the recent sale of some Starfleet stock arrived in the Gorse Fox's account this morning. This is destined to pay for the upcoming vacation. Some, however, had been earmarked for Cousteau-Cub so that she could fly home for a few weeks.

The Gorse Fox has a currency card with a further linked card in the name of Cousteau-Cub. The plan was to transfer the money onto his card, the switch it to that of Cousteau-Cub. The process started without incident, but the Gorse Fox noticed the the usual 2-3 minute delay in loading his card was stretching out. In fact several hours later it still had not updated. He checked with the card issuer. It turns out that he had clearly missed a step and the request had not gone through at all. He tried again. Three minutes later the funds were on his card and 30 seconds later they were on the card that Cousteau-Cub holds. She can now go ahead and book her flights.

The rest of the day has been spent under the watchful eye of Ellie. (The Gorse Fox is never quite sure who is looking after whom).

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


We were both heading out early this morning. The Silver Vixen to Pilates and the Gorse Fox to football. With the barricade of roadworks surrounding the village, we left early and headed out through Tangmere... the Gorse Fox some 10 minutes behind the Silver Vixen.

Football was a little lop-sided with 6-vs-7. The Gorse Fox was on the side with 6 players and we held our own pretty well until the last ten minutes of the game, when our forwards no longer had the legs to chase the ball. We ended up losing 6-4. The Gorse Fox was not at his most effective today - a few passes went astray and a couple of attacks got past him. Never mind - he'll do better on Sunday.

The Silver Vixen stopped in to see Urban-Cub on the way home from Pilates. With all the roadworks, it would have made life intolerable for Urban-Cub tomorrow - trying to drop Ellie off with us before work, then heading off up to Gatwick (through several sets of roadworks). It made more sense for the Silver Vixen to bring Ellie home. So it was that we spent the afternoon chasing Ellie round in her walker (no doubt in years to come, this will be reversed).

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jet ski

It was a bitterly cold start to the day. The frost on the Orangery roof was looked like finely etched crystal - fortunately we didn't have to go out too early and the frost had disappeared from the cars by the time we did.

The Gorse Fox headed off for football. Knowing the traffic would be bad through the roadworks on Rowan Way and on the a259, he left a few minutes early so that he could whip up through Tangmere onto the A27. It turns out that even that road has roadworks. We are trapped. It seem that the quickest way to Worthing would be to head to the beach and grab a jet ski. (Though perhaps that might be a little chilly at this time of year).

Football went well. Play for the red-bibs in the first hour, we won all three of our matches, only conceding one goal. Good defending, you see! In the second hour, the Gorse Fox played for the blue-bibs. This time we drew one game before winning the next two. The Gorse Fox managed to score, again. Again it was drive from well within his half of the pitch that shot into the goal above the goalie without him even moving. Very pleasing!

Back home he has spent much of the afternoon on the Family Tree. The advice from the developers looked, at first, as if it had worked but on further examination it clearly hadn't. He spent the afternoon trying to generate error reports to see where the problems lay, but the error reports showed everything as clear. Meanwhile he has 19 media items that are queued up waiting to be uploaded. Frustrating.

Monday, January 29, 2018


A fairly quiet day spent predominantly at the computer. There were lots of bits and bobs to do before getting on with the Family Tree.

An email arrived from Starfleet in the Philippines. They had finally responded to the Gorse Fox's email and provided the magic id that he needed for the stockbrokers. That had to wait until the US company started work several hours later. Once the Gorse Fox was able to, he phoned and went through the 4234 phone menus to eventually talk to a human. Said human was quite helpful and explained that as the Gorse Fox hadn't transacted with them for several years, this new id was needed to prove that it was indeed the Gorse Fox. In the end the process involved answering a load of questions and then getting a separate phone call on his mobile as a double-check. Done... and the stock price had remained fairly stable over the weekend.

The Gorse Fox has also heard back from the software company behind Family Tree Maker. They think they have got to the bottom of the Gorse Fox's problem. It all makes sense and he will try their suggestion later, or tomorrow. He's impressed at the way they have followed up and kept him informed.

Talking of Family Tree, the Gorse Fox has finally found some Military records for his Grandfather. It had always been a bit vague, but now he has the records it makes more sense. They will take a bit more examination to see what else can be gleaned from the text.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hat trick

The Silver Vixen was out at a Quilt Show today, across in Ardingly. This meant we were up soon after seven so that she could be ready to leave in plenty of time.

The Gorse Fox had football. It was starting a little later than usual, but that meant he had time to have a good English breakfast and give it tie to settle before the game started. It was close today, but the Gorse Fox's yellow-bibs lost 7-6 in the end. The Gorse Fox was pleased to score three of our goals - particularly as Gary "Breeze-block" was in goal for them.

Home again the Gorse Fox spent the afternoon in the study working on the Family Tree and restoring some files that had mysteriously disappeared (probably as a result of the power cut at the beginning of the week). He has also spent  time exchanging emails with the writers of the family tree software in follow-up to yesterday's problems. We still don't have a solution, but they now have additional diagnostic information.

The Silver Vixen got home at about 17:30 - just time to have a cup of tea before the Gorse Fox served up roast pork and roast potatoes for dinner.

Saturday, January 27, 2018


The Gorse Fox has had a quiet day. The Silver Vixen has been working on her sewing and catching up on some recorded TV and the Gorse Fox has been making some updates to the family tree. This is following on from some of the research performed at the beginning of the month when he was looking through the 1939 Register. He captured a lot of relevant images from the Register (Census) but hadn't actually connected them to the right individuals, nor extracted the individual facts. He still has a few more to go, but has made good inroads today. The one problem he has encountered is a fault in the sync process. This correctly uploads the facts and the citations, but fails to upload the media (image) associated with each fact. The Gorse Fox has spent the last 30 minutes chatting online with the support desk and providing them with screen grabs... looks like he may have found a bug. They are off to speak with the engineers.

Friday, January 26, 2018


The share price for Starfleet has been rising for the first time in a few years. The Gorse Fox decided that today would be a good time to sell so he went online and pressed the button. All looked good.

Several hours later he got a call from the brokerage saying they needed his global id number to enact the sale. The Gorse Fox has no idea what that number is and has never been aware of having it. The only recourse was to called Starfleet HR. They hummed and ha'd and eventually found an email address to which he should write. The Gorse Fox wrote. An hour later he had an automatic reply that told him to log in to intranet and look it up. The Gorse Fox is a retired, he know longer has access to the intranet and had pointed this out in the email. There was a further email address revealed in case your question wasn't answered. The Gorse Fox wrote to the next email address. This is in the Philippines. By now they will have gone home so the Gorse Fox has no chance of getting a response until Monday. Let's hope the price doesn't crash over the weekend!

The Gorse Fox popped into Chichester to get a few bits. He wasn't there long, but did manage to pick up some Turner's Pies on the way back to the car park.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Good News

It was a bright start to the day and it remained that way through until late afternoon. Though the Silver Vixen had an appointment at the hairdresser, the Gorse Fox had nothing particular on the agenda.

Having said that, the first part of the non-agenda was the weekly admin. The Gorse Fox uses Money Dashboard as an aggregator but, of late, it has been giving problems accessing the NS&I Premium Bonds. He spent some time trying to get to the bottom of this, and in the end had to contact the support desk. They confirmed there was a problem and they no longer aggregate information regarding Premium Bonds. The Gorse Fox is not amused.

Urban-Cub phoned. "I'm going to make your day" she said. Intrigued, the Gorse Fox listened. "Cousteau-Cub is coming home for a couple of weeks". The girls had been talking about this for a few days and have it all arranged. Needless to say this is the best news we have had for a long time. We may remain in contact over the internet, but nothing beats having Cousteau-Cub home. Dates have yet to be sorted out but it should be easy enough to pin down.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Sopping wet

Well the Gorse Fox would confirm that luck can run out when it comes to dodging the forecast rain. Today was very wet and and it did not relent during the Wednesday morning football.

The Gorse Fox had commented that when Ian or the Gorse Fox (both defenders) weren't available the scores seemed to be remarkably high. The Gorse Fox was back, but not Ian. The Gorse Fox was not paying at his best, but we did manage to keep the score down to 1 goal conceded. We also managed to score 9 (or was it 10) at the other end. A good win made more satisfying with a goal from the Gorse Fox struck from wishing his own half and curled beautifully into the top right had corner of the net.

At the end of the game we trudged off the pitch, soaked to skin. The Gorse Fox has a set of dry clothes in a holdall for just such conditions so whilst a lot of the lads headed for the showers, he dried off and put on the warm dry clothes and headed home. He much prefers the certainty of his own shower to the vagaries of the showers at the sports centre.

The Silver Vixen missed her Pilates today. She is still full of cold and didn't wish to pass it on. She has retired to her sewing room for the afternoon.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


It was pouring down with rain when the Gorse Fox got up this morning. He was expecting to get soaked to the skin playing football... but as it happened, the rain stopped except for the odd light shower.

Football was fun. In the first hour the Gorse Fox was defending in front of the best goalkeeper he has had the pleasure of playing with. We won 2-0, 4-1, and drew 0-0. As a defender this was very satisfying, even if the Gorse Fox didn't get a chance to cross the half-way line. in the second hour, we had a completely different mix. It was hard work, but we lost 1-0, drew 1-1, and drew 0-0, so not too bad.

When he got home he could see by the flashing lights on the oven that there had been a power cut. He checked with the Silver Vixen and apparently it happened just after he left for football. He was intrigued - what impact would this have had on Peregrine? He logged on and issued the "uptime" command. Sure enough it had now been running uninterrupted for 360 days - the Gorse Fox's uninterruptible power supply had kicked in and allowed the machine to carry on ticking even when the power was out in the house. Result!

The Gorse Fox phoned the concierge again. This time he got through. VIP meet and greet is now arranged and private (luxury) transfers arranged for the hotel.

Monday, January 22, 2018


A semblance of what passes for normality has returned. A leisurely breakfast followed by a few chores and then we retired to our respective studies.

The Silver Vixen is working on her sewing and wants to get a lot done this week. The Gorse Fox is flitting from one task to another on the computer.

  • Registering an online credit car account proved a challenge. In the end the Gorse Fox had to call the company only to find the reason everything was failing was that they had mistranscribed the Gorse Fox's birth date. Once that was sorted everything clicked into place.
  • Checking the monthly budget showed us performing very well this month so the Gorse Fox transferred some money into some envelopes to set aside for taxis to and from the airport when we go away on holiday later in the year. It's nice to know we already have all that sorted.
  • Phoning the concierge services for our holiday company we tried to arrange the VIP meet and greet and private transfer to the hotel... it may be several months away, but it would save some hassle. The Gorse Fox is awaiting a phone call back.
  • Returning to Urban-Cub's spreadsheet the Gorse Fox adapted it to show public holidays through until the end of 2019. He must say that he's very impressed with the way in which Google Sheets works. It has lots of features that operate differently from Excel - but somehow seem to do the job better. Conditional formatting being one, and the "query" command being another. Both exist in Excel, but neither seems quite as powerful nor easy to use.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


After a disturbed evening, Ellie managed to sleep through until 08:40 this morning. The Silver Vixen wasn't feeling too well and the Gorse Fox managed to take Ellie down stairs without disturbing her. We got on with preparing breakfast and were about to start on Ellie's porridge when the Silver Vixen came down.

The phone rang... it was Barry from football. Would the Gorse Fox be playing this morning? The Gorse Fox confessed that he wouldn't. It would be unfair to leave the Silver Vixen in charge when she wasn't feeling too bright. The rest of the morning and early afternoon revolved around Ellie and included her demonstrating that she could stand without support for a few seconds. She'll be out jogging before we know it.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

On duty

The Silver Vixen and Gorse Fox were on G-Force duty again today. Ellie didn't wake until 07:15 and again we brought her into our bed to play around for while. She seems absolutely captivated by the Silver Vixen's activity watch and keeps pressing the button to see the various displays.

The rest of the day revolved round feeding, changing, playing or allowing Ellie to sleep. Despite having a cold, she still maintains her sunny disposition and dissolves into laughter at the silliest things.

Not much else to report.

Friday, January 19, 2018


G-Force will be on duty over night tonight so we had arranged to pick up Ellie during the afternoon. We decided to make the most of the trip and stopped off for some lunch at The Charlie Purley in Shripney. This was the second time we had eaten there and whilst adequate it doesn't reach the heights of gastronomic excellence. The Silver Vixen had some lasagne and the Gorse Fox had a "Carnivore Burger". This made the Gorse Fox think of the Coventry Hobbit ... it was a decent burger topped with a thick slice of steak, a slice of turkey, and a slice of gammon - all served between two Yorkshire pudding slices. It was good and certainly provided all the protein the Gorse Fox is likely to need for the rest of the week.

We drove across to Rustington where the Silver Vixen wanted to get some stuff from Dunelm Mills. Urban-Cub and Ellie came and joined us there to look at the Winnie the Pooh sale goods. She resisted however.

We went back to Urban-Cub's and gathered all the stuff together then brought Ellie on home for the weekend.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Thursday, so it must be admin. Though it had been a stormy night it was a lovely bright and clear morning.

Firstly the Gorse Fox got on with the usual accounts. This gave him an opportunity to do some account sweeping. This allowed him to sweep some excess into more Premium Bonds. The Gorse Fox must comment that the Premium Bonds have been a fairly good investment. Between us we do seem to win something every month.

After the accounts it was back to the spreadsheet. This was most satisfying as the Gorse Fox found some new techniques and discovered the wonderful "query" command in Google Sheets. This effectively allows him to issue an SQL-like command against the data in the sheet and extract tailored  versions of the core data. It's been handed over to Urban-Cub now to see if she wants any further development.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Spreading out

Ellie didn't wake until gone eight and the Gorse Fox went to fetch her and she played on our bed for a good twenty minutes before getting fidgety for some breakfast. This is what the Gorse Fox considers a very relaxed start to the day.

Because G-Force were on duty, the Gorse Fox didn't play football today. It was a shame because it looked like a lovely day for a game - bright sunshine and clear skies.

The Gorse Fox spent most of his spare moments converting the childcare spreadsheet from Excel to Google Sheets. The child minder uses Google docs, so it makes it a lot easier to share with her going forward. The work isn't finished, but it is almost there... only a few summarisations to finish off.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Well the forecast was wrong. It had warned of high winds and showers across the south coast and had shown rain rattling through between 10:00 and 13:00 - just when the Gorse Fox was meant to be playing football.

It was wrong. It was bright sunshine and it stayed that way until the sun went down. The Gorse Fox played for the orange-bibs today. In the first hour he lost two and won one game. He had expected worse and had had to be very disciplined in defence. Despite that, he did manage to cross the halfway line a couple of time and rattled the crossbar each time.

In the second hour it was a bit better with one draw and two wins - the last one come as a result of a goal from the Gorse Fox.

The Silver Vixen was out with her coven for the day, so the Gorse Fox got on with lunch then retired to the study to spend some quality time with some Excel spreadsheets. Late afternoon the Silver Vixen arrived home with Ellie. Ellie's childminder's son has an hospital appointment in the morning so G-Force are stepping in and Ellie is staying with us overnight.

Monday, January 15, 2018


The Gorse Fox and Old Bill headed off into the wilds of the Manhood Peninsula, towards Wittering. Throughout this area there seem to be tiny hamlets. It turns out that the place we were heading was only a mile or so from the cattery we had visited on Saturday.

The furniture maker was based in the outhouses of a nice house at the end of a lane. The outhouses comprised several old curved shelters (circa 1940) and a large wooden shed that was set up as a carpentry shop. The equipment was old and the whole place was a complete mess. The furniture, however, was well made and looked well-finished. The chap himself looked like a carpenter's version of Einstein, with a shock of white hair and a slight vagueness when trying to communicate.


What a could start to the day. It's 10:00, it's dark, and its thrashing down with rain. This is what living in Wales must be like.

The Silver Vixen's friend, who was due to visit, sent a message to say she had woken up with a heavy cold, so that has been cancelled. The Gorse Fox has prepared the car to help Old Bill collect some bespoke bedside cabinets. Let's hope the varnish or paint is waterproof!

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Sunday started with a leisurely breakfast before the Gorse Fox headed off for football. He played for the yellow-bibs and though we looked like the underdogs, we were 3-1 up at half time. Unfortunately two of our players fade in the second half... and the score started to change. In the end we lost 6-5 but nearly managed to claw it back.

Back home, showered and with some chores under the belt, we headed out to Chichester. The old Homebase store has been taken over by the Australian "Bunnings". We thought it was a good opportunity to go and see what they have on offer. Well, it was an Aladdin's Cave of tools and wood and general homeware and DIY. The Gorse Fox was very impressed by the breadth of the choice of makes and types of tools available. Prices were keen, and the Gorse Fox could see this becoming his 'go to' store for the future (not that he has any particular plans at present - and certainly doesn't need any new tools just now).

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Today was about Jasper. With a holiday booked for later in the Spring had to find a cattery that would take Jasper and in which he would be well cared for and happy. We have a cattery that we usually use is fine, but it's nice to have an alternative. Old Bill and Lady Penelope had found a place down near Sidlesham and were very happy with the set-up and with the care shown by the proprietor.

We set off, and were soon in the general area. The SatNav, however, was not at its most helpful. The Gorse Fox is very pleased that he spent some time with Google Maps before leaving. We eventually found the place and were shown in. The proprietor, Mark, seemed like a lovely chap who genuinely seems to care for each of his charges. There were only about half a dozen cats in residence this morning but he was able to give a complete history of every one of them. The place was spotless. This has just moved from being the alternative to being the first choice.

Friday, January 12, 2018

On duty

We are on duty again today. This means that most of the day has been spent on hands and knees chasing Ellie round the kitchen or gathering her scattered toys. While she had her morning sleep the Gorse Fox managed to finish the refinement started on the Excel budget sheet yesterday. It's not as elegant as it should be, but the Gorse Fox concludes (based on research and empirical evidence) that you just can't do what he wanted the way he wanted to do it. Never mind, plan b was adequate.

We popped in to Chichester after lunch. It was grey and a bit damp, but it was nice to get Ellie out in the fresh air and nice to have a stroll. We stopped off a Turner's Pies on the way back to car in order to pick up a chicken and ham pie for supper. The Gorse Fox should explain. He's not a pie person, never has been. Having said that, we had a couple of their pies at Christmas and the Gorse Fox thoroughly enjoyed them. So maybe you can teach and old dog new tricks (if the quality is right).

Pistol Pete arrived soon after five to collect Ellie. She was fast asleep in the cot and became a little grizzly when when woken (but we can all associate with that). She was soon ready to go and the car packed with all her paraphernalia.

Now that she has gone, Jasper has started to wander round again. He's very cautious when she is around and scuttles around trying to avoid her. He's a lot braver when she's gone - wimp.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

G-Force duty

The Gorse Fox and the Silver Vixen have been on G-force duty all day today. This has been the focus of the day as she has scuttled about on all fours or in her walker.

While Ellie was having her afternoon nap, the Gorse Fox spent some time with Excel. The annual budget spreadsheet is getting its annual spring clean and refinement. This time the refinement was based on the Gorse Fox thinking that there must be a better way of making one of the calculations. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and could have coded it in an instant in EXEC2 or Rexx, but couldn't find a way of making the simplification in Excel. It's not a problem as he already has the correct answer... but just feels that there is (or should be) a better way to get there. He may return to this conundrum at a later date.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Play Misty

It was a fine start but when the Gorse Fox headed inland to zip across to Worthing he was surprised to find it was quite foggy. Back at the coast however it was clear and sunny for our football.

The Gorse Fox was playing for the orange-bibs and whilst the game was close, we did manage to win 5-4. The Gorse Fox was having a few problems with his hips and it took a long time to loosen up. Even now, many hours later he is having some discomfort and hopes that it won't keep him awake as it did last night.

The Silver Vixen collected Ellie from the childminder, on her way back from Pilates. She will be staying with us for a couple of days due to the way in which Urban-Cub's and Pistol Pete's shifts work out this week. So far she has been her usual happy self but seems to have developed a fetish for tissues and has been emptying the boxes of tissues, one tissue at a time.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


Oh what a grey day. It has remained dark all day, but at least it stayed dry and wasn't too cold.

The Silver Vixen was upend about early and headed off to Urban-Cub's to help young Jake look after Ellie for the day.

The Gorse Fox headed off to football. The turn out wasn't as big as usual, but there was a tournament yesterday. when the teams were selected the Gorse Fox found himself play for the blue-bibs and looking at the make-up of the teams was expecting to be on the receiving end of three severe beatings. In the end, we did ok. We drew one, lost one, and won one. This put us 2nd in the overall stack and the Gorse Fox was pleased to have tucked two goals away.

In the second hour he was playing for the red-bibs. Somewhat less successful in this hour with two losses and a win.

Monday, January 08, 2018


The Gorse Fox received an offer from his energy company. As we approach the end of our current contract they were offering a new fixed price contract for the next 24 months. It's more than he currently pays, but is it competitive? The Gorse Fox spent an hour or so going through the details and the various comparison websites. In the end he decided it was not the cheapest, but was perfectly acceptable. He uses Bristol Energy and they are a community based supplier ploughing some of their profits back in to local charities and schemes. He likes this idea so signed up for a further couple of years.

Lunchtime saw the Gorse Fox making a couple of omelettes - not particularly significant, other than the fact that they finished off the last of the Christmas ham. That turned out to be good value having been used, at least for snacks, ever since Boxing Day.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Another win

First Sunday football of the New Year included two players who only play on Wednesday usually. It was nice to have some fresh blood. It was quite even and it was a long time before the first goal went in. Unfortunately it was agains the Orange bibs... and the Gorse Fox was playing in Orange. We pulled one back, but by half time were losing 3-1.

In the second half we rejigged our positions a bit and that allowed the Gorse Fox to roam a bit. In the end we started to make an impact and include two goals from the Gorse Fox we ended up 5-3 winners.

Most satisfactory.

Fall of the robots

The Gorse Fox went to Sainsbury's and, only having a single item, headed for the self-service checkouts. He followed the instructions - he'd be through in no time. It went something like this:

Start transaction;
No bags;
Scan item;
Finished; Total £4.50
Choose payment type - Cash
Insert notes - £10 inserted
Change given; £5 note delivered and..... Nothing!
Screen says it owes the Gorse Fox 3p...

Robot cannot do maths, and cannot deliver change. Human arrives, scratches head, calls another human. Second human rolls eyes. Somewhere behind the Gorse Fox another robot was failing, another human was being called. The Gorse Fox's human opened up the robot and slid out the intestines. He started rotating wheels... bit by bit the Gorse Fox's change emerged. Not a single 50p coin but 2 x 20p, 1 x 5p, and 2 x 2p... the wheel kept turning but nothing else happened. The robot had stiffed the Gorse Fox of 1p. There was no "deus ex machina". The Gorse Fox chuckled and told the human to keep the change.

Well they tell us that the robots will replace people, but at the moment they seem to require multiple humans to hold their hands.

Saturday, January 06, 2018


Epiphany - the Twelfth Night and traditionally the day on which the Christmas decorations are taken down and stowed away for another year.

So it was that the Gorse Fox and Silver Vixen spent much of the day unravelling lights and winding them properly so that they are quickly accessible next year, wrapping ornaments, packing balls, and storing everything in dust-proof boxes. The boxes were stored away in the garage and the tree wrapped and stored in the loft.

It all took a lot longer than you would expect, but it is done for another year.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Ballet - encore

The main event for today was the ballet. Not, you understand, for the Gorse Fox but rather another event arranged for the the Sonning Sirens. (The Gorse Fox is becoming the default events coordinator for the Sonning Crew). With this on the schedule for the evening, we decided that we would go out for lunch so that we didn't need to squeeze supper into the mix.

The morning was spent pottering about. The Gorse Fox took down all the Christmas cards and went through them to update his database with any changes of address, new senders, and of course who had sent cards. (He has these records going back for years now). Tomorrow the more significant work begins - removing and stowing all the decorations.

We went out to The Old Stables at Fontwell for lunch. It is one of those places that can be relied on for friendly service and menu that will suit almost any taste. It can be chaotic on days when there is horse racing at the ground, but on days like to day it was just warm, welcoming and friendly.  We had a lovely lunch before pottering back home.

Old Bill had volunteered to chauffeur the Sonning Sirens to and from the ballet (at the Chichester Festival Theatre). The Gorse Fox stayed put nursing a cold that he has been fighting all week. He was glad he didn't have to go out. Some Lemsip tablets and a plate of cheese and biscuits gave him solace throughout the evening until the Silver Vixen returned. She had enjoyed the ballet immensely but commented that the dancers seemed older than those seen last week.

Thursday, January 04, 2018


A degree of normality has returned.

It's Thursday and the Gorse Fox has spent much of the day on the admin. There are still a few payments from last year to be registered, but the books for 2017 can nearly be closed. The new book (spreadsheet) for 2018 is now open and has had a few minor refinements over last year.

Meanwhile in the spare bedroom, the Silver Vixen has been having a bit of a potter and sort out.

Nothing that you would consider riveting today - just basic normality. However, the Gorse Fox can sit at the computer with a smug grin knowing that he hasn't had to worry about year-end targets and signings, nor has he returned to work with an inbox containing several hundred emails. Retirement is a source of endless pleasure.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018


The storm Eleanor hit the country overnight. We were lucky in that the only minor inconvenience was the noise of the wind. Others were less fortunate and saw flooding and power cuts.  By the time the Gorse Fox got up, the worst had blown through and we were just left with gusty winds.

The wind made our Wednesday football quite lively - but at least we were dry today. The Gorse Fox played for the orange-bibs and though the game was close, we managed to come out 4-3 winners, with the Gorse Fox scoring one of the goals.

Back home he taped up the legs of the spare table that we had used in the Orangery and managed to get it back to its normal storage place in the garage. Orangery now returned to normal layout. We'll take the decorations down in the next couple of days.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018


The magic of Tuesday weather has evidently worn off. Last year we seemed to play football on Tuesdays with very few days where it rained. Well today the first Tuesday of 2018 ended that run. The Gorse Fox spent two hours playing in the pouring rain and was soaked to the skin. Fortunately he always has a warm, dry, set of clothes in a bag in anticipation of just such a day. When finished he changed into his dry clothes and felt a lot better. (It also helped that he had been on the side that had won 5 out 6 games and drawn the sixth one.)

The football transfer window is open and the Gorse Fox was flattered to be approached by the Brighton captain. He is trying to build a team to win the national "People's Cup" (Arun Amblers played in this two years back). He asked the Gorse Fox if he would join because though he had a good attack and midfield he needed a strong defence and reckoned that, looking across the Brighton, Lancing, and the Worthing teams, the Gorse Fox was his first choice. The Gorse Fox was quite chuffed by the approach, but politely declined. Experience has taught him that the quality of the refereeing and the degree of aggression that you see in these games takes the fun out of playing.

Monday, January 01, 2018

New start

Well that was a bit of a blast. We had a lovely New Year's Eve with the Sonning Crew.

We had set up the Orangery to use as a dining room and that gave us all plenty space and it worked really well. Even the Chinese food arrived spot on schedule. It appears that a number of empty bottles found their way into the house through the evening as the Gorse Fox found loads of them when he cleared up this morning. He cannot imagine from whence they came.

Much silliness was evident throughout the evening and it was filled with laughter. We stayed put in the Orangery until just before midnight when we went into the lounge to watch the fireworks on TV. The fireworks were certainly spectacular - possibly the best so far. The Crew dispersed and the Silver Vixen and the Gorse Fox did a cursory tidy-up before heading for bed.

The Gorse Fox was up for eight o'clock and set about the clearing up properly. It took a while and he still needs to find homes for some things, but essentially it's done. The table has been folded down and in the next day or so will be returned to its hiding place against the wall of the garage.

Much of the rest of the day has been spent back working on the family tree and looking for relevant entries in the UK 1939 Register (a sort of census conducted on 29th Sept 1939 at the outbreak of war). He's beginning to make progress but there is a long way to go... and there's lots of people that he has been unable to find so far... and many are still redacted.