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Hard day’s night for the Beatles, JFK and Harry Evans

AS MediaJun 13, 202413 minute read

Like millions of other people, I know where I was and what I was doing on the evening of 22 November 1963. It was just seven days to my 23rd birthday and I was reporting on Beatles concerts at the Globe Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees and But later I was due to attend the annual Teesside Press Ball at the infamous Rex…

Last outpost saves the mother tongue of Jesus

AS MediaJan 15, 20244 minute read

One language of ancient Syria was Aramaic, as spoken at the time of Jesus of Nazareth and unchanged even today in remote mountains. It was the language of Jesus, his disciples and most of the people who attended their gigs. It has survived changing dynasties and remains the language of Christians and Muslims who live peacefully side by side in…

Two feet on jobs ladder and the timing was good

EditorDec 14, 202310 minute read

A family’s history can take many different turns down through time. My “turning” was already mapped out when, as a determined 16-year-old I arrived at the crossroads and changed direction without any hesitation. I was on the road to a career I had dreamed about for a long time… I had converted a summer office junior job into a trial…

Fire reveals the family secret of Peterboat inn

AS MediaMar 12, 20247 minute read

by Terry Walker040320246 minute read There were surprising revelations when a family history researcher discovered her innkeeper ancestors’ secret of the Peterboat inn. What the innkeeping ancestors had been up to for 300 years at the fishing village at the mouth of the River Thames was revealed in a 130 year-old official report discovered in the Town Hall…For hundreds of…

Ghosts secure five stars for derelict hotel

AS MediaMar 6, 20247 minute read

By Julia Jayden Wells030420247 minute read A fairy tale grand hotel that welcomed Royalty became haunted after the mysterious deaths of guests and the three brothers who owned it. The Berengaria Hotel in Cyprus has been padlocked and decaying for 40 years and now ghosts have secured five stars for the totally derelict hotel. Ghostbuster tourists, who provide the 5-star…

Secret agent served Britain and four terror groups

AS MediaJul 20, 202414 minute read

A secret agent served Britain and four terror groups in 1950s Cyprus but 30 years later he discovered how his multiple PSYOP roles brought peace to the strife-torn island of spies, Cyprus. Armed with a 9mm Sten sub-machine gun and a pistol he was ever-ready for action, but never fired a shot in anger. by Kevin Barnett06042024Read time 13 minutesPlus…

Bar brawl in Bahia Blanca

AS MediaJul 2, 20248 minute read

Every family history is unique and the brutal bar brawl detailed in this seaman’s story came after a month of fierce Atlantic gales that drove Tyne-based cargo boats hundreds of miles off-course, flying the signal “Not under command” because “we could just not steer”… by Bob HarrisonAS80420248 minute read They were heading for the Eastern seaboard of the USA but…

Ancestral mystery of desert warrior queen

AS MediaApr 15, 202417 minute read

I had requested a camel train to take us across the Syrian Desert to Palmyra, the hometown of the legendary Warrior Queen Zenobia whose ancestry is unclear. She may have been raised as the daughter of her brother who had married the widow of her father who was the brother of them both. Palmyra was an important trading hub on…

BOMB SCARE AT THE TOWER OF LONDON

EditorMar 4, 20248 minute read

By Terry Walker030320248 minute readfrom My Life, in Words An historic moment, for surely the mighty fortress Tower of London has never been abandoned to its fate? An act of chivalry, becomes a bomb scare and a unique moment in family history with repercussions that stopped short of a hanging… Two American millionaire booze barons and their wives had a…

Samaritan Sea Captain

EditorJul 5, 202410 minute read

My great-grandfather Jacob fled Imperial Russia as an army draft dodger with a gang of Cossack chappers (bounty hunters) hot on his trail… His 12-year-old wife-to-be, Rachel and her daughter Leah, a baby in arms not yet a year old shared the journey by Terry WalkerAS0103072410 minute readFrom My Life, in Words They arrived in England sometime in 1871. It…

Kidnap, torture and smuggler murders

AS MediaMar 15, 20246 minute read

The kidnap, torture and murder of farm labourer Richard Hawkins in 1748 was the beginning of the end for the most notorious smugglers gang operating along England’s South Coast. Within a year the Hawkhurst Gang had added two more murders and large amounts of back-door goods to their tally. The King’s Men were closing in on the Hawkhurst Gang and…

Stargazer soars into his nation’s rich list galaxy

EditorJul 22, 20247 minute read

Visionary Andreas Kaisis lost his booming businesses as Turkey invaded and stripped Cyprus of its most lucrative tourist and industrial assets, including his vehicle manufacturing factory still trapped in no man’s land… With good church connections and strategic landholdings, this stargazer has recovered his lost fortunes and soared into the Island’s Rich List. It all started in his home town…

FLIGHT TO FREEDOM

AS MediaDec 14, 20237 minute read

He could still hear the shouts of the pursuing Cossack troops as he waded out into the cold sea, his long woollen underwear clinging to his strong body. Soon the rocky beach slipped from under his feet and he began to swim out to sea. Away on his right, he could just make out the lights of the busy Baltic…

Hitler spoils big day for the runaway bride  

EditorDec 14, 20237 minute read

It was a Friday like no other in the history of a family and in the history of the world. A peaceful village wedding and the biggest military bombardment in history, taking place simultaneously… The first wedding bells and the first shots of World War II ringing out as Hitler invades Poland and spoils a couple’s wedding day. On Friday…

Death of JFK in Dallas, deadlines in Darlington

EditorDec 14, 20237 minute read

I guess it was near 7 pm UK time when I heard the flash. President John F Kennedy had been shot at 12:30 pm Texas time. I was 20 miles from the offices in Darlington, where I’d just been entrusted with the editorship of the Northern Echo (circulation: 100,000) It was, and is, a regional morning daily with a glorious heritage going…

Words and a cartoon that split the nation

AS MediaDec 14, 202313 minute read

1972: BOOM as millions flash their new plastic. 1974: BUST Inflation and bailed out by IMF. When your work worries government ministers and MPs and generates the highest amount of correspondence The Times business section had ever received, it pays to have some strong backing to justify the meticulous verbalism. Especially when an attack dog MP claims some of the…

First record for Beatles, first jingle for a ferryboat

AS MediaDec 14, 20237 minute read

Working for the Isle of Man Government and its tourism industry led eventually to a summons from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the lifeline of the island and the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world. The ferry service had started in 1830 but was running out of steam after 150 years ploughing across the Irish…

GONE TO THE COSTAS

EditorDec 14, 20239 minute read

One of the objectives of the media and marketing work Grafton PR was doing for the Isle of Man Government in the 1970s was to emphasise the “differences” between that place and the rest of the British Isles. Press releases to travel and general media and TV holiday programmes, like Wish You Were Here, always stressed what made it such…

A night out on the tiles with an Italian corker

EditorJul 3, 20248 minute read

When Italian business people go for an impromptu night out on the tiles in a famed gastronomic city it comes with a Sicilian corker and tableside performances… However, what happened afterwards provided “la ciliegina sulla torta” for the diners. by Terry WalkerAS060420249 minute readFrom My Life, in Words | Bottle image, courtesy of Lynda Ryan In the 1970s, I had…

Snatched alive from 5,000 year-old tomb

EditorJan 5, 20249 minute read

Did you ever have a bad day? I mean, a really, really bad day? In western Cyprus, one particular September day turned out to be not only bad but could have been fatal…except for a bit of luck and happenstance. Here’s the true story of a lifesaving tomb rescue from a prehistoric necropolis. There are good days and bad days…

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Searching Writing Publishing

EditorJun 17, 20242 min read

All short articles about your ancestors are welcome at Ancestry-Stories. As are those of today’s generation living adventurous lives, achieving their lifetime goals or inspiring our readers in their fight against adversity and disease. We can help you to share…

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EditorJun 13, 20241 min read

Our extensive Library aids family history research and enduring ancestry stories. Share the lives of our ancestors worldwide and their descendants Share the lives of our ancestors worldwide and their descendants (us!) who may or may not be enjoying the…

Every family history has a story to be told

Every family history has a story to tell that echoes down the ages

EditorMay 31, 20246 min read

The Covid era has persuaded people to do more talking and reading – and taking up creative writing. With record levels of online chat; new demand for short reads and many wannabe authors, the biggest genre is “Family History”. An article length of…

All families have golden moment stories

All families have golden moment ancestor stories

EditorFeb 21, 20243 min read

All families have golden moment ancestor stories reflecting their achievements and heritage down through the ages. At Ancestry-Stories.com all stories about ancestors are welcomed, as equally are the “highs” and “lows” of today’s generation. Soon enough, they will become Ancestry…

Ancestor Gold – check for Blue Plaque ancestors…

Ancestor Gold – check for Blue Plaque ancestors…

Kevin BarnettFeb 13, 20243 min read

Brave WW2 spy is the only Muslim with a Blue Plaque. There’s also a statue in Bloomsbury. When Noor Inayat Khan was executed she was our last spy in Europe. Once you start digging into your family’s past you may…

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