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My Brum Diary – day 3

Hello there,

It is 8th April 2016, day two of WDYTYA


My breakfast was

– Chicken & stuffing sandwich
– Orange Juice
– Chocolate Biscuit
– Some of the Snack box Chedders


Got to the NEC nice & early then realized I had left my lunch back in my room at the hostel. (Agh, brain fail!)

Today was trying to find my Paternal Grandmother’s father, (Joseph Peter Tognoli/Giuseppe Pietro Tognoli)

Tried at both Find my Past & Family Search, still nothing coming up. (Feeling a bit frustrated at this point) going to try at the TNA stand

Got my first autograph & photo with Marc Allum (Antiques Roadshow) How cool is that!

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I had sort of met him the day before, (but didn’t really know who he was til was back in my at the hostel & I had a chance to properly look though the showguide) when I took some photos of some really nice artifacts (a globe atlas in a wooden stand and a table)

Was a solid day of talks from 11am til 3pm. At some point before my 3rd talk I rechecked my tickets against my showguide, which is just as well otherwise I could have totally missed it. (Aaaahhh) This was one of my MAJOR ones

Shifting over to my 3rd talk of the day the line was long & huge!.


I go to get in line but one of the event staff said for me to go up to the front, so that was nice. So I was one of the first people to go in, I quickly go in to get a good seat.

And there was Tony Robinson (was talking to Eric Knowles for a few minutes). I was sitting right in front of Tony!!


Then once Eric went off, I go to nervously go to ask Tony for an autograph & photo or two, but get slightly caught up with the Rollater (darn thing!) which Tony must have clearly noticed as he says “I’ll come over to you”, so Tony signs both the book (which so happened to be his own book – The Worst Jobs in History, don’t know if Tony really noticed that) & my autograph book.  OMG!! I am freaking out a bit right now, Tony Robinson just spoke to me! (Aaaaa)

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Had meant to record the talk, but it went a bit wrong. Thought I was recording,  about 5 or so minutes into the talk I noticed there weren’t any “voice bars’ and the previous talk was playing.

The day was much better & things went much more smoothly,

Tried catch Eric Knowles a few times during the day, but failed each time,. Just need to try again tomorrow, last chance.

I did have a few tiny hiccups during the day.

– I thought I had left a couple of my (photocopied) docs at the Deceased Online stand, I went to this to see there might have been a burial record for Josepgh

– Somehow losing the sandwich I was going have just before the last talk of the day, (had only eaten the bit of cake,).


Then back at my room, ‘spaced out’ a little, but who can blame me? after meeting TONY ROBINSON

Later in the evening, I proceed to have a MAJOR FAIL. I was looking over the audio I had recorded, I wanted to delete my “note to self” one, I hit the the wrong thing and completely wiped all the talks I had recorded from that day &a the day before.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


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