Friday, 24 June 2011
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Matthew has worked with bells but is currently employed by Smith of Derby - clockmakers. Not watchmakers - but Church and Tower clocks. Have a look at their web site www.smithofderby.com.
Our bell is not very secure and Matthew is going to quote for repairing it so we can ring it at services and weddings. I’ll keep you posted.
Alfred Cocks sounds an interesting character. As well as writing “The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire; Their Inscriptions, Founders, Uses and Traditions, Etc.” to give it it’s full title, he was secretary of the Buckinghamshire Archeological Society. Their history has two interesting references:
Alfred Cocks had published his monumental Church Bells of Buckinghamshire in 1897, a work of enduring scholarship, and his many contributions to Records ranging from Great Marlow Church in 1866 to the Penn version of the Mummers play forty years later were always scholarly. On a lighter note his three articles which he called Contributions to a Buckinghamshire Vocabulary (VII. 61 and 284, IX. 124) where he records local dialect, then rapidly being lost, make almost compulsive reading.
Crabbling: Noise of a pot boiling
Unmournful: Very, 'She wus unmournful ugly'
Cribbling: Lame 'He goes proper cribbling'
Clats: Horse droppings
Mizzy-muzzy: 'My poor head's all ofu mizzy-muzzy'
1896-1908 ALFRED HENEAGE COCKS (1864-1928) FSA. He was a meticulous scholar and a distinguished naturalist who contributed much to the Society but was a prickly colleague. His many articles cover a wide field but he is best remembered for the monumental The Church Bells of Buckinghamshire published in 1897 which whilst a work of scrupulous scholarship is not improved by the alarming varieties of typeface which he insisted on using.
Thursday, 16 June 2011
IBM is 100 years old today. It struck me that I worked for IBM for one third of this time! It was a good company to work for and much more than a technology company. The IBM 100 web sites list lots of the company's interesting achievements. As well as lots of technical ones there were many early employment and management innovations that were later adopted by other organisations. IBM employed its first disabled employee in 1914, it had an equal employment opportunity policy from 1953, well before the legislation required it.
The technical innovations are significant, too: early commercial digital computers, the PC, the floppy disk, the selectric (golfball) typewriter, the term 'word processing', fractal geometry, the scanning tunnelling microscope, laser surgery and the UPC barcode. Have a look at the IBM 100 icons of progress web site
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Thursday, 2 June 2011
Last Saturday saw the first fundraising event run by our Wyred youth group in support of their plan to visit Africa in the summer of 2012. They organised a dinner in the Oldham Hall - they made no charge but donations were requested. The evening was a great success and the Wyred team were extremely professional - very inspirational.