Comments for en-gb 30 Sun 31 Aug 2014 05:04:01 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at PuffinBillie There is a very good song written about the unsung everyday person, by Clive James and Pete Atkin (yes the Clive James). Called Stranger in Town, it recognises the achievements of a cowboy who was just the average unsung ordinary guy. Check out the lyrics at needs to be more songs like this! Thu 23 Jul 2009 20:27:41 GMT+1 danensis Most people are descended from the ubiquitous AgLabs. There are a few who are the offspring of milord's dalliance amongst the servants, but that information is unlikely to be recorded in the official documents. Thu 23 Jul 2009 11:41:25 GMT+1 tallhobbitgirl In response to Parkinson's so called boring family history! I'm outraged that he had to experience rejection on such a sensitive topic as ones own family, even if they lived many years ago and therefore was never acquainted with them! Surely this is the point however...the journey of discovery! Finding out about who they were and how they lived, what was happening at that time in their lives and the world as it was around them. I'm glad that Nick Barratt has a more colourful picture to paint for our dear Parkinson, and that he can now enjoy and delight in the rich personal heritage that his ancestors are a part of. I think that the series Who do You Think You Are? is lacking the diligence and finesse of the earlier series' research skills, and this not only comes accross in the later shows but also results in this neglect to pick up on Parkinson's own family's ancestorial story. Both insulting Parkinson and depriving WHO viewers of a potentially great show! I think this proves that having a specialist team of researchers over an in-house team that are clearly doing a half cut job, can have a big impact on the program and it's credibility!The other side to this is the recent news that The National Archives are trying to cut down on their opening times and therefore make it more difficult for interested viewers of this show and many other keen historians and genealogists alike, to view records and take on a tactile, tangible and exciting journey into discovering their own ancestors and personal heritage. This needs to be seriously prevented as both specialist staff and precious documents as well as visitors to TNA will all suffer under this ill advised proposal Thu 23 Jul 2009 09:50:54 GMT+1 steelpulse It was Parky.The dullness of being. Me that is.And the power of a utility bill. I lacked one on my visit to Kew National Archives today - my fault but it strikes me as odd. Passport front and centre and I suppose I could have had the missus Email one after scanning it but wht bother her? I will go back and find out how really dull any ancestors were.Driving licence or a utility bill. Why do we have that fuss over the ID card? If we all carried a very very old utility bill to show when challenged.It has your home address on it - supposedly.I think I see a flaw in that plan but hey. I will carry so many next time they - National Archive - will offer me the Keys to The Kingdom - instead of a Readers Card! Wed 22 Jul 2009 18:11:32 GMT+1 rainbowAlison I fear the message is clear: the programme makers are only interested in royalty, rogues and romance. What a pity. Wed 22 Jul 2009 17:42:42 GMT+1 PuffinBillie Surely the fact that his ancestors are not interesting is interesting in itself.Whatever job they had, the jobs were in a different time. The job of miners was hard and dangerous ... we know that! But perhaps what we don't know is the conditions they had to work in. What about the mine? That must have a history. Likewise labourers. What were they labouring at? Domestic Staff ...where were they working? Just a normal house? If that is so, that in itself would be interesting, what job did the master do and why did he think he needed domestic staff? History is often at its best when at its most mundane. Let's face it, we aren't really interested in the fact that the celebrities in the programme had parents, grandparents aunts and uncles... we are mostly interested in how different the lifestyle is and how it compares to life today. So make the programme, and as it would be so interesting, make it a special double length programme. Wed 22 Jul 2009 17:09:54 GMT+1 steelpulse Eddie, that gentleman interviewed on this subject had done some research on Mister Parkinson - and even his brief description suggests either the two reseach groups were fishing in completely different seas or perhaps the Who Do You Think You Are were being tactful.Allegedly - a misplaced wife - a very VERY young wife?Perhaps it got even more "dull" - spelt S.H.O.C.K.I.N.G - as the reseach went on? So "dull" it became unbroadcastable - for sensitivity? Perhaps MIchael Parkinson had to be told something. And that diplomatic Beeb...... lolNow that is the sort of family I need. Michael - you can have my history if I can have yours! Tue 21 Jul 2009 18:04:07 GMT+1 David_McNickle Hey, Parky owns a pub. Is that boring? Tue 21 Jul 2009 15:57:51 GMT+1 David_McNickle It would be nice to be famous and get your family traced for free. Not exactly free, the license fees of viewers are probably paying for it. Tue 21 Jul 2009 15:55:31 GMT+1 Anne P. How sad, annasee. I think dullness in relations is mostly in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has a story to tell, perhaps just not what the TV people consider 'interesting' i.e. involving royalty, celebrities, lots of money or scandal. Tue 21 Jul 2009 15:32:49 GMT+1 annasee It depends by how you judge "dullness", I suppose. My SO's family only a few generations ago had a mother who, when left a widow and all her children had left home, had to go into the workhouse and died there. I find that tragic. Tue 21 Jul 2009 15:24:19 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn There was a bloke who lived down our street who always wore a tank-top jumper and his trousers were about six inches above his ankles. He would often be seen sporting sun glasses and a building site hard hat when it was raining...he was fond of picking up local litter to put in the nearest bin. He was a nice guy...anyway, he always reckoned he was king George the fourths son. Tue 21 Jul 2009 15:14:27 GMT+1 DI_Wyman I can trace my ancestors right back to the shallow end of the gene pool! Tue 21 Jul 2009 14:40:15 GMT+1 Big Sister There is a Chinese proverb:'It's better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in a chaotic period.'So perhaps Parky has something to be pleased about. Tue 21 Jul 2009 14:14:36 GMT+1 Gillianian Crikey! Looking at the list of Parky's ancestors, I think we must be related ;o) Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:58:40 GMT+1 U14056635 Alan-Fresco - I think there is a very good chance that you DO have ancestors. Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:46:35 GMT+1 Alan-Fresco How I envy those "celebs" (why do we celebrate entertainers?) who have the opportunity to look so sincere on these programmes as they imagine the privations that their forebears went through. I am sincere and could ham it up for the programme, I just don't think I have any ancestors? At all? Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:40:27 GMT+1 U14056635 Michael Parkinson boring? But he comes from Yorkshire, near Barnsley, I think. And he likes talking about how cricket and football was 40 years ago. And he likes old films with 'proper' film stars. Boring? - yes, I see what you mean. Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:32:22 GMT+1 ghblog this reminds me of that episode of Lead Balloon where Jack Dee's 'Scottish' family is rejected for being dull...16 - Panda Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:22:29 GMT+1 steelpulse Ah yes. Michael Parkinson. I felt bad and annoyed that his life had NOT been used.Do we only go into the past to find interest and possible scandal and infamy? We do? Oh!A "Who Do You Think You Are" from basic stock would make a nice change. I have lost count on the number of its participients we plebs need to bow to because they are 608th in line to the "Hentzaurian" throne. Apologies to Anthony Hope by the way but Boris Johnson - with his forebears (One more than than the other Goldilocks) could allegedly have the power to execute me still, if I misspoke about his ancestry! Half of Europe allegedly belongs to him. lolDull ancestry?I have to admit, Eddie, I do.It was so boring a kindly professional genealogist allegedly lost interest in it and went on his way - with me being none the wiser. I suspect the research was a yawn fest.No maternal grand parentage found at all. So my mater and pater sprung fully formed from somewhere and I go back no further.So I must depend on others having all the money spent on researching their pasts an vicariously enjoy the BBC programmes. Although I feel honour bound to let Christopher of Moyles know that a Murder in Midsomer is likely to keep me from watching his gig live. The wife has custody of the remote control. It is an heirloom you know. She at least had ancestors! lol Subject: Zero two fifty six colon gmt things are going to be pretty tricky Anagram: Peter thy kins bigot react - try going - Met try cool Wiz Foxs on gift Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:13:41 GMT+1 Lady_Sue That's terribly funny! Big Sis: also enjoyed your witticism @3.Most people think their own family history is fascinating and it probably is, to them. Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:03:26 GMT+1 jjoldie So much for the BBC celebrating the ordinary!! Tue 21 Jul 2009 13:01:25 GMT+1 Big Sister Happy homeworker: I'm tempted to say that half of your ancestory is cutting edge ;o)Nice to see you here again, btw! Tue 21 Jul 2009 12:28:31 GMT+1 Happyhomeworker Well, on one side of my family my ancestors are (going backwards from grandparents): biscuit salesman, publican/labourer/local drunk, pavior (layer of paving stones - dull, eh?), pavior, gardener, labourer.On the other side my direct male ancestors were: sawmaker, sawmaker/cutler, sawmaker, sawmaker, sawmaker, blacksmith. Wow! Tue 21 Jul 2009 12:17:18 GMT+1 U14056677 QuoteResearchers spent six weeks investigating the veteran interviewer's roots but failed to unearth anything of interest among the miners, labourers and domestic staff that make up Parky's antecedents.UnquoteWhich is surely the only justification for being one of the chattering classes.On the average wage, of course.What about Mary, Lady Parkinson (née Heneghan; born 16 July 1939)? How goes her inter - generational claim? Tue 21 Jul 2009 12:09:20 GMT+1