Keeling Family Narrative

For the last ten years or so I have accumulated notes on our family which have been the result of chatting with Mum and Dad about relatives who have slipped into the history books. The living family have also received a mention and one or two letters have also contributed to the story. Eventually I have typed out my notes and put them into some sort of order which has formed the basis of a family narrative. There are one or two family trees shown in the narrative but these are really only branches or twigs because I am not a good enough typist to compose big family trees on an A4 sheet of paper. At the same time as the narrative being available there is also my file on which there are more notes and manuscript family trees with further records of our family. I even have photos of the family tree which lives in Simon's old bedroom at Jacobs, to help with producing a potted history of the Finucanes' descent from a Spanish king (apparently). This is very much a work in progress and a never finished task because there will always be more information to add. Hopefully I will now attach my family narrative which runs to about twenty pages. Love Tom

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That made great reading on the train - wll done Tom
Posted by: Paul K | October 26, 2010 at 10:30 PM

What a work! Well done you! I have it safely printed, and clipped together, and Dad and I are looking forward to reading it, in our spare time of which we have masses! All love Mum
Posted by: Mum | October 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Tom, how amazing - printed and longing to read it. LoL Jim
Posted by: Jim | October 26, 2010 at 09:20 AM

Thursday 4th November (London, Bush Hall): That's this week!!!

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Amazing comedy rock band that Van is putting on this week in London (something between Spinal Tap and Jack Black's Tenacious D and Flight of the Concords - if you don't believe me check out the link on you tube (see below).  See them now, before they they go platinum and be able to tell your grandchildren you saw them up close and personal - your very own 'Cavern/Hamburg' moment.
 Keelings going to be there so far: Van, Paul, John, Tania, Fred, Jasper, Zak, Jack, Felix & Luke.
That's only 10 Keelings in the venue - SHRIEKS, we might be out numbered, can't we make it to nearer 30?? It would be great to see any of you there. It'll be massive!

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Who'da thought I'd ever be interested in finance....

I have a plea to the uncles and aunts out there who understand finance.

I want to learn how to understand financial accounts. This is because Money = Good Stories.

So I wondered if any of you financial-wizard adults fancy spending an hour talking me through what it is all about. I even have the accounts of some government suppliers that we could use as examples. I'm staring at them now, and feeling very stupid as a result.

Obviously I don't want something for nothing: I will cook/buy you dinner or do any sewing/patching etc that needs doing in return.

Let me know if you can help.

I could help you with the patches or cooking. Sorry no accounts Love Granny
Posted by: Mum | October 09, 2010 at 04:35 PM

Wish Simply Books could help but Simon and Jim are your men! Love David
Posted by: David | October 09, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Ruth come in and see me or Jim for a lunch one day, love Simon

Posted by: Simon | October 09, 2010 at 08:25 AM


Well I promised you more and here it is: Some very old photos from Mum's album. I'll be using some of them in the new edition of Barbar's diaries (to be released imminently).

We start with one from 1915-ish - dates are approximate - and end in 1965 with the arrival of Paul. Mum, do tell me if dates need correcting. Click the headline for more. x George.
1915: Arthur Gibbs. My Grandfather.


You may have noticed that I seem to have settled in Berlin. If you have, you're right. I'm buying a flat here. I hope to move in December or January. It's at Regenburger Str 27 not far from the one I rent now. It's an 'Altbau' built around 1900, with lovely high ceilings, old fashioned double glazed windows etc etc. Not dissimilar to St Marys Mansions, but a bit smaller.

Another similarity is the gossip mill. I haven't even moved into the place or paid for it, although I have signed a contract. My future downstairs neighbours, a nice couple with a three year old boy, phoned me yesterday and asked to meet me. I visited them today. They were complaining about the noise I am going to make when I move in. I am not joking.

PS: I am still a Londoner: I have bought a one bedroom flat in Vauxhall (@Ruth: oops). I won't be there all that often so I am holiday letting it. If you know anybody who wants, do tell them. Relatives get a special rate: 10% extra because you love me so much. But don't worry, I won't charge you if you visit me in Berlin. (Errm @Ruth: if I did a pro bono for homeless people two weekends a year would that be OK?)

PPS Not many posts going up here. Expect more rubbish from me and good stuff from Granny soon.