Week from Saturday 22 November to Friday 28 November… + two*

22 Nov

How close is Christmas! Apparently M is hosting a do on the day…

What’s new on Ninglun’s Specials, English/ESL and Photobucket

For the previous week see Week from Saturday 15 November to Friday 21 November.

There is a new series ongoing on Ninglun’s Specials: Looking for Jacob. Yes, I know I said I was dropping the series idea, but not the series tags, but a recent email from one of the Whitfield family historians set me off on a small expedition to record the area we now know held the convict Jacob Whitfield’s residence in the 1830s. I was just now reflecting on this: as a child I met, and remember, at least four of the children of William Joseph John Whitfield (born 1836), the grandson of the convict, none of whom ever mentioned their great-grandfather. In fact there was a story my father had that the original family member in the colony had been a shipwright from Hull in northern England – Dad even had a shipwright’s chisel in his tool kit that allegedly came from him. Curiously, there was a Jacob Whitfield in Hull around the time of the Battle of Waterloo, listed in Indentures of apprenticeship cancelled or discharged before the magistrates 1813 – 1821: “Jacob Whitfield, son of Jacob Whitfield of Hull, blacksmith to Thomas Stephenson of Hull, master mariner, 21 June”. Not our Jacob, it seems, though the general trades area is right: but how did my father make a Hull connection in his story? (See also Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields: from convict days. Our Jacob came from Ireland.)

Pic of the Week from Ninglun’s Specials 15-21 November

This is my choice. Would you have chosen another?

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What was hot on my blogs last week

Floating Life

Top individually visited posts and pages in the last seven days were:

  1. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — A B Paterson "The Angel’s Kiss"  142 – extraordinarily popular post! 3,232 views since March 2008.
  2. Australian poem 2008 series #10: Peter S 96
  3. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 46
  4. Dispatches from another America 43
  5. How good is your English? Test and Answe 39
  6. One of inner Sydney’s low profile 24*
  7. The Howard Years 20*
  8. Yes, I watched it… 20*
  9. Maxthon Browser – Full-Featured Browser 19
  10. Week from Saturday 15 November to Friday 18*
  11. Australian poem: 2008 series #8 – Indig 18

Ninglun’s Specials

  1. Top poems 2: John Donne (1572-1631): Sat 30
  2. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill 26
  3. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 22
  4. Surry Hills 90: Bourke Street and The Be 17*
  5. 05 — Old Blog Entries: 99-04 16
  6. Redfern Visions 37: around Waterloo – P 14*
  7. Family stories 4 — A Guringai Family St 9
  8. More tales from my mother 4 — Dunolly N 7
  9. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 6
  10. Personal Reflections: Saturday Morning M 6


  1. How should I write up a Science experime 264
  2. Studying the Gothic, or Emily Bronte? 241
  3. Physical journeys and Peter Skrzynecki’s 223
  4. HSC English NSW Area Study Standard and 208*
  5. Mary Shelley, "Frankenstein" — and "Bla 105*
  6. How can I improve my essay grades, espec 34
  7. Scaffolding 28
  8. What tense should I use when I write abo 26
  9. Studying comic strips? Really! 26
  10. Legitimate concerns about writing rubric 25

* Recent posts.

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