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  • Message 51

    , in reply to message 40.

    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    It is quite permissable for one of us to send the BL details of why the boards ceased but anyone reading the last days of the boards will soon discover what happened and that we did not go quietly and with a bit of rooting around any historian worth their salt would find the whole sorry story.

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  • Message 52

    , in reply to message 49.

    Posted by MamaAnnaBee (U2274404) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    I've been musing some more on this while getting ready for bed! I imagine a future where a programme called "Who do you think you got your DNA from?" is beamed into personal communication systems.

    "Stardust 411 Bee" says the disembodied robot "we have discovered some very old archives from what they used to call the Internet - a sort of primitive Intergalactic Global Communications System. Using your genetic brainwave memories and codes we have found a match with someone who was your Great Great Great Great Grandmother.

    It appears that she loved Marmite (some sort of substance which is no longer legally available), she believed men and women shopped in different ways (in those days they had actual places where people could go and buy things, strange as that seems), she felt very strongly about wearing shoes in the house (no, they did not have automatic cleansing zones before they entered their Unit, they actually walked about in the air and lived in large areas called homes).

    Finally we have discovered that your ancestor fantasised about locking something called a Noddy Holder into a Shepherd's Hut. We have got experts working on deciphering just what that means........"


    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


    Cheers (Mama) Anna Bee

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  • Message 53

    , in reply to message 51.

    Posted by pollyanna (U7304225) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    anna I hope that historians of the future will have more to occupy their time than rooting about to find out why these MBs closed. Or perhaps not. Perhaps their quest will form the basis of a BBC 4 documentary. I've seen some based on a lesser premise.

    And any future history student who spends hours trawling through these MBs comes upon the late threads castigating the BBC and is able to use them as evidence when writing their Ph d thesis on the taking over of the world by Twitter, will perhaps understand what went on at this time. Otherwise the cynic in me suggests the BBC will just be credited (literally and figuratively) with these MB being part of their domain, and the story of their demise will be barely noticed.

    however I know I am out on a limb here so am going to shut up about it now as do not want to appear a cold shower on what everyone else regards as something to celebrate.

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  • Message 54

    , in reply to message 53.

    Posted by borchesterbouncer (U14738918) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Are we going to have to wear white gloves?

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  • Message 55

    , in reply to message 46.

    Posted by A Frend (U2249422) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    I wondered about that too, Joe. Readers in the future may need to fill in quite a few gaps. Or will the archive be able to recover these? If so they'll be able to test the veracity of those post saying 'all I said was ...' I wrote same myself the other day.

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  • Message 56

    , in reply to message 53.

    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Polly you would be surprised where we historians find our material and how we make connections and build the bigger picture from tiny grains of info.

    One of the things I have discovered when sifting the dross in the M-O Archive is that enlightenment comes in surprising forms.

    Any flummery by the BBC would not escape the sceptical historian's eye.

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  • Message 57

    , in reply to message 56.

    Posted by Fire-Pig - proud to wave the protest banner (U12231213) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Anna, what's the M-O Archive?

    F-P

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  • Message 58

    , in reply to message 50.

    Posted by shell-like (U2729210) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Ah, the Kindly Old Archivist!

    I'm surprised he hasn't died of exhaustion.

    (Samantha can be so demanding.)

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  • Message 59

    , in reply to message 53.

    Posted by Pahnda (U14681704) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    anna I hope that historians of the future will have more to occupy their time than rooting about to find out why these MBs closed. Or perhaps not. Perhaps their quest will form the basis of a BBC 4 documentary. I've seen some based on a lesser premise.

    And any future history student who spends hours trawling through these MBs comes upon the late threads castigating the BBC and is able to use them as evidence when writing their Ph d thesis on the taking over of the world by Twitter, will perhaps understand what went on at this time. Otherwise the cynic in me suggests the BBC will just be credited (literally and figuratively) with these MB being part of their domain, and the story of their demise will be barely noticed.

    however I know I am out on a limb here so am going to shut up about it now as do not want to appear a cold shower on what everyone else regards as something to celebrate. 



    Pollyanna, please move up on that limb and make room for me too. I don't want to see the messageboards gathering cyber dust and cobwebs. If they are not living, moving, constantly changing, then they are nothing.

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  • Message 60

    , in reply to message 57.

    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Sorry Mass-Observation archive.

    www.massobs.org.uk/i...

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  • Message 61

    , in reply to message 60.

    Posted by Fire-Pig - proud to wave the protest banner (U12231213) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Sorry Mass-Observation archive.

    www.massobs.org.uk/i... 
    Thanks - another example of the way we learn from each other here!

    F-P

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  • Message 62

    , in reply to message 52.

    Posted by Nemo399 (U14258777) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Finally we have discovered that your ancestor fantasised about locking something called a Noddy Holder into a Shepherd's Hut. We have got experts working on deciphering just what that means........"


    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!


    Cheers (Mama) Anna Bee
     


    Oh, Mama Anna Bee, there you are! .

    Yes, I remember the shepherd's hut and poor old Greg. And I'm also very intrigued by the thought of all the references a future social historian would have to decode. I don't understand a lot of what I read on here right now!

    Just to say I've always enjoyed your comments; you bring so much wit, cheer and rationality. Hello again (and, sadly) I suppose I'll also have to say good-bye. ( I had already left this board, but popped back and saw this intriguing thread and your lovely post).

    And now really will sign off and go elsewhere in cyber-space.

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  • Message 63

    , in reply to message 59.

    Posted by Rose Sal Volatile Parade (U4705648) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    If it's not too crowded out on that limb, could you possibly make room for me, too?

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  • Message 64

    , in reply to message 56.

    Posted by pollyanna (U7304225) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    [Polly you would be surprised where we historians find our material and how we make connections and build the bigger picture from tiny grains of info. ]

    No I wouldn't anna.

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  • Message 65

    , in reply to message 62.

    Posted by MamaAnnaBee (U2274404) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Nemo, hope you haven't gone before I have the chance to say Hello and, sadly, goodbye again. It has been so lovely in the last few days of this Board to see so many of the "old" names popping up again. Bitter sweet really. Reminds us of many a good time, when we managed to make our comments about TA while having a laugh.

    I'm not going over to any other Board, am looking on this as closure, but I will always have lovely memories of the times when I enjoyed chatting and laughing here. As one of my children said to me many, many years ago, "Let's talk about something and then have a laugh about it" and I think, for the most part, that is what we did!


    All best wishes, Anna Bee

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  • Message 66

    , in reply to message 64.

    Posted by pollyanna (U7304225) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Sorry, that wasn't intended to be a curt reply anna, I hit 'post' unintentionally.

    I think there is a world of difference between the mass observation archive which is based on a project that was was intended as a record of the lives of a wide cross section of British people that would be laid down for future reference, and the living organism that is this (was) this MB.

    But my point is that I believe that in the context of this MB as any sort of historic interest, its the relationship it had with the BBC and the BBC's own changing raison d'etre and way of operating, its wholesale adoption of (commercially funded and profiting) social media as a way of communication that is far more important than the content of the MBs, but I suspect that will be lost amongst the historians interest in what we thought about Ruth or what we called the toilet. Which, in my 'person interested in the recording of ordinary life of ordinary people' way, I don't honestly think will tell future generations very much about life in the first years of the twenty first century in GB. There will be vast amounts of material available to do that, thanks to the explosion in ways of recording it that were not available in the days of M.O.

    Anyhow, enough of that, I am leaving this now and getting back to the matter in hand of making a lemon drizzle cake, as reminded of by Wendy over in TB. I don't remember if I originally gave her the recipe via the MB, but I doubt historians would find it of much interest if I had.

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  • Message 67

    , in reply to message 65.

    Posted by anna kist (U2314477) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Bye Anna. I've enjoyed your posts even if I haven't always agreed with you especially about Will.

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  • Message 68

    , in reply to message 67.

    Posted by MamaAnnaBee (U2274404) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Been a pleasure to chat with you Anna, and I only just recently discovered that I had chatted with you a lot longer than I realised under your other name. I was delighted to find out I was still talking to that poster!


    Cheers, the other Anna!

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  • Message 69

    , in reply to message 47.

    Posted by carrick-bend (U2288869) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Hello and goodbye, Sunny!
    Rode today in the biting cold, with a friend who has a big coloured sports horse (17.2) and both horses were Very Happy Indeed to be out together.

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  • Message 70

    , in reply to message 69.

    Posted by sunnysakasredux (U14979019) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Carrickxxx hello hello I don't know why you say goodbye I say hello! I will look out for you when I next cross the Tamar! Thinking of putting out a call to arms for all the Cornish messageboarders next time I am in SaltashWaitrose! I know fondant hangs out there. Love and thanksxx Don't forget to grip with your heels! And ask your farrier if he can make you some lovely candlesticks! Will miss youxxx

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  • Message 71

    , in reply to message 29.

    Posted by Suzie_G (U2267469) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    When will the first MPhil be written on popular response to 50 year old programme

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