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Big project number 2 is proceeding but I will keep mum about it until it’s complete.  Suffice to say I have been working on it and its novelty makes it a challenge.  Research and writing is involved, but in a way that’s significantly different from what I’m used to.  Project number 1 is on the back burner and has to wait for others to make a decision.  Bromley work is ongoing too.

Ten things you didn’t know about Bath appeared in the Racing Post a fortnight ago, with  some of my contributions and (even more importantly) my name.  I hope this link to it works.  Racing Post   However, there is one error in the article.  If you think you’ve spotted it, let me know.

There’s been much more activity in the last fortnight from two of my old blog-watchers and researchers into the history of the Alfred Day family, both being distant relatives.  Independently they had their own interests in the family tree and it’s come to the boil again, with S getting ever closer to proving the blood connection between Binda and the days.  Circumstantial evidence says there is one, but frustratingly the information to prove it doesn’t seem to be accessible without going to West Indian records offices.  Nevertheless we may not have run out of domestic places to look for it.

I was going to call my other correspondent A but there’s no point, as he has published his book about the Days (and the Cannons, another branch of the family steeped in racing history) after fifteen years of research.  I speak of Andrew Ager, who challenges some of the long-standing assumptions about the misdeeds of the nineteenth century Days.  You can find more about it here.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Racing-Cannon-Family-Danebury/dp/0995500800/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474742584&sr=1-1&keywords=andrew+ager

If the book is as good as its title it should be a very interesting read.  I’m looking forward to getting a copy.

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Bromley research continues, mostly in the form of typing up a lot of handwritten notes I’ve made at the British Library.  Getting a wizzy special IT pen a few years ago that supposedly translated handwriting into Word proved useless.  Taking notes by tapping away on a laptop in a library somehow seems alien to me; on the few occasions I’ve done so it feels like it’s taking longer than old-fashioned scribbling.  Typing up the scribble at home more or less doubles the time needed, so the laptop route is faster, but sometimes one simply prefers to avoid the most logical route.

A feature on “Ten things you didn’t know about Bath races” was due to appear in the Racing Post today, and I gave them some suggested contributions earlier this week.  I haven’t seen the paper to see if it actually appeared.  If it has, I hope my name was mentioned.

The possibility of a couple of exciting new projects has arisen.  One big, one small.  I won’t know about the big one for a few months – that’s subject to discussion and agreement of other people.  I am very hopeful about the smaller project, which would be a novelty for me, but it would be premature to say any more for now.

A third possible development involves the Fontwell book.  At some point I will need to get the racecourse management to take a view on whether they want any more, and what expense (if any) they’d be prepared to go. It’s also been suggested to me that I could do a picture-less Kindle version.  That’s a process I know nothing about and while I’m sure I could google various guides, I’d prefer if I could find a real life person who’s done it themselves.  And as I write this I remember that there’s someone who reads this blog who has travelled this path and might be able to help me ….

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