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FamilyTreeDNA update
Dendrogram of the Pages project on familytreedna

The interesting Dendrogram tool provided by Robin Spencer on shows that the Page surname is made up of several haplogroups, not surprising since we’d be servants to Royalty or Knights. It’s very interesting to see how families have branched off from one descendant, unfortunately I’m in the clutter at the begging of the I haplogroup with no clear Clade.

Zoomed in to show the I haplogroup of the Pages, i’m highlighted in red

I have refined my Y-DNA haplogroup to be I-Y10994 , which puts my ancestors in the East Anglia area about 2000 years ago !!
I wish that I could make the solid paper connection from the Pages of Leeds/Horsforth to the Warwickshire Pages and then back to Sussex that my cousin Chris has made but alas he has gone incognito on me 🙁
Since I haven’t yet got any clear goals in my mind regarding my own DNA testing, maybe persuading more Page Family members to take the test would be a goal since me and cousin Chris don’t match, see if we can identify where in the tree that anomaly happened… but If I wish to refine my own haplogroup even further I’d have to do the Big Y-700 test but i’ll leave it to coalesce for a while..

Update -March 2021

Well I persuaded another male 2nd cousin to do an Ancestry DNA test and the results came back and to my surprise they weren’t quite what was expected (again! ). All I can say is My Great Grandma Alice must have played the field….

Family Tree and DNA
Ancestry have revised my DNA history

Towards the End of last year I had been in touch with a Second Cousin called Chris, He had informed me that our Haplogroup was R-M269 this seemed at odds with the result of I-Z58 that 23&Me furnished me, not the same at all ! My Previous post mentioned no skeletons.. I’d spoken too soon.
Since my Cuz had taken his Y-DNA test with FTDNA, I decided to do the Same and and chose to do Y-DNA37 test and just after the New Year my result came back as I-M253. Since I had DNA matches with distant cousins in Leicestershire and My Cuz only had them on paper he started to enquire of his sisters if they knew anything ?, they promptly sent him to coventry, Now I know its not my fault but it does make you feel guilty !
The Y-DNA result sparked an interest so I joined a Page surname Project on FTDNA which put me as a member of Hap’group I1 – “Family Group D” with Two other members, Both in the USA. It wasn’t long before I upgraded to the Y-DNA111 test and ordered an SNP Pack to try and narrow down my subclade a bit further, Definitely hooked now, I joined 2 more Project Groups, I1 yDNA Haplogroup for I-M253 and all subclades and the England GB Groups EIJ project both of these groups use tools to compare and add you into similar Hap’groups clusters both the England and GB EIJ and europe wide I1 group narrowed down my predicted downstream group further to i1 M253 DF29 Z63 BY151 BY351? Page Norfolk Suffolk Kent and I1-Z63+ BY151+ BY351+ BY3407+ Y10994+ Y21374+ Y21371+ (12-15-9-14) respecively very interestingas the Norfolk,Suffolk and Kent regions tie in with what my Cuz Chris has on the paper trail…
One of my Distant relatives from my Page project has also made contact with me and informed me the other member of our small family group has written a book, “The Page family of New London County, Connecticut and Chenango County, New York : Jeremiah Page and Mary “Polly” Eames/Ames and their descendants” I am trying to obtain a copy to try and tie in the trees . It was on Amazon but it seems is no longer available 🙁

Family Tree

I have recently started to look at Family trees again, With the intention of looking at My wifes Scottish and Irish ancestry! but as a side trip I decided to test my DNA using Ancestry’s DNA service, No Skeletons or surprises…

Dismay on the EU Result


euUtter dismay at the EU Result.

I Cant believe the outcome, I feel like I should be moving to Scotland …

I don’t think it will be too long before they have another referendum…

Benton Park Young Hoodlams

Since Bonfire night when someone threw a rock at our Backroom Window breaking it.
( the youths were seen by a neighbour but unfortunately never caught…)


Rock with Bottle top for Scale


Broken outer pane, It it’d not been double glazed it’d have probably got me…

We seem to have been plagued by  a particular group of Pupils from Benton Park School either knocking on the door and running away or sticking soft Pastille type sweets to our windows or just generally dropping their litter…. I have had cheek from the taller boy (of the initial Pair) in the video below   after catching them knocking on the door. I know the video is only snowballs but ……

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Disappointed by @MotorolaSupport repair time and UK support mechanisms

I was unlucky/ clumsy whilst getting out of the car and lost my grip on my Moto  X 2014 . It landed face down and shattered the screen ….that was the 17th of July, the next day I  went online and chatted to a Motorola support agent about the price for getting a screen repair done, I was given a rough price but since it was a chargeable repair wanted to mull it over for the weekend. I was asked to reply  by email if I wished to get it repaired  so after mulling it over  I did …that was on the 21st of July.

On the 22nd I received an email with a link to print off a DHL prepaid label I duly printed it off, It was to be sent within the next 5 Days !

Instead of collecting from my home, I wanted it picked up at work. This is where I think things  started to go awry ! Motorola support wanted me to let them know I had received the labels, I emailed them to ask if I could get it picked up from my place of work and in doing so I expected them to know that I had received the label. !!

On the 23rd I got an un helpful reply stating that I would have to contact DHL myself but I packaged my shattered phone up affixed the labels and was contemplating if I had time to detour to the DHL drop off point in Leeds on my way home that evening, unfortunately I didn’t so resolved I’d do it the next day…

Luckily on the 23rd   I got a call from DHL and arranged it could be picked up form my place of work on the 24th. Fantastic ! all went smoothly DHL picked it up and I tracked my shattered phones progress towards the European repair centre.

DHL progress

DHL progress

Monday 27th , I received an email from Motorola support

“We have not heard from you concerning your request for support in the 72 hours since we sent you a response. Consequently, we have changed the status of your question to Solved”

My immediate response was to fire a reply back informing them  DHL had picked my phone up on Friday the 24th., but I was thinking why did they not know that already..

Tuesday 28th  a reply  saying ‘thank you’ and once the phone has been received and analysed at our repair centre a quotation will be raised but…. surely it was there already

I’ve had Apple devices repaired in the past and expected a stream of updates  from Motorola but didn’t hear a squeak, so on the 31st I sent a tentative email enquiry asking what the normal timespan was between receiving the phone at the repair facility was and them producing a quote…

That same day I received a reply via email  but was astounded to hear that the quote would be sent by Post but I could speed things up by going online to their repair facility

At some point on the 1st of August the status changed on the repairers website  and radio buttons appeared with 3 options.
1). Accept the quote and pay the Euro’s
2). don’t accept the quote and pay the inspection  fee
3). Dispose of your phone and they’ll waive the fee…

Alarm bells started ringing when I selected the accept the quote  radio button but the drop down payment list was empty !
I couldn’t proceed with payment …!
Was this just a Safari foible ?
I opened it up in Chrome still the Same !
So I fired up a windows VM and tried Explorer…
same result…. oh no … have I been had ? is this a scam… ? thats what went through my mind..

radiobutton no payment options

Radio buttons with no payment options available

Sunday 2nd Aug….  I fired off an email to Motorola support stating that I was having problems with the repair website and couldn’t proceed.

Monday the 3rd.. a reply from support with a pdf attachment instructing how to pay using Paypal … Alarm bells definitely ringing now.. what sort of Micky mouse company am I dealing with,…..??  but… I use Paypal and pay and inform Support that I have done so.





Wednesday the 5th Motorola support confirm that DAT have received payment.

I have checked every day since…… no change………

It is now Tuesday the 11th  and I am very disillusioned with Motorola’s Repair service


Wednesday 12th … I have just received the quotation sent out by post …
It asks..‘Please let us have your decision by 11.08.15 at the latest.
and the only payment options listed are Bank Transfer and Paypal..

I am left wondering why I’ve had to send my phone to Germany for repair, where is the UK offering ?
and Why is Motorola, a technology Company supposedly at the fore front of electronic communications using a repair company who sends out quotes via snail mail (post) and only uses Paypal or Bank transfer to pay for their services…?

****update – 2 ****

I checked again last night and then again this morning , my phone should be on its way back to me.


Appalling Tarpaulin….

I bought what I hoped was a nice Tarpaulin from on e of the Amazon store suppliers.  After a proper rain test rather than my initial hosepipe dowsing test to shrink the tarp, I feel the need to report ….What a pile of poor quality junk !!!

It was intended to cover the patio for an upcoming home-brew club meeting and BBQ. I constructed a nice ridge  and placed raw bolt eyelets in the garden wall and House wall.

patio shelter

patio shelter

ideal to make it a nice event..

ideal to make it a nice event..

However whilst erecting it several of the eyelets moved or ripped the tarp. These photos taken just now in the rain in the real world soak test!

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There was also a flaw in manufacturing poorly concealed with wax……Certainly not the high quality tarp that  I used to help my father put up at those  Scout camps all those years ago…

poorly concealed fault

poorly concealed fault

the final straw was after it rained today…. the video below …It’s not fit for purpose,  it’s supposed to be waterproofed but as you can see it lets water through…..

Fracture Clinic

Just got back from the Fracture clinic with a Black boot…..

Black Boot

which I’m kind of glad about., it means that I can take it off  for bed and showering etc….  My Fracture wasn’t a bad or complicated one and since it’s already been nearly a fortnight , the doctor after a bit of indecision went for the boot. … I should be able to weight bear since its the in effect the stabiliser thats bust , all should be well so long as I don’t overdo it… My X-Ray is looking through my ankle and showing  the lateral malleolus on the far side, it has a stepped section where it;s fractured horizontally.

fracture insert

I knew that I’d be bruised but I’m a little surprised just how far up my leg , over my shin and into the bottom of my calf it goes…

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even on my lower shin

even on my lower shin

My next appointment in 4 Weeks.

The Clinic itself  shows what Lack of Funding for the NHS  has achieved…It was  like Life on Mars, stuck in the 70’s,   No electronic notice board to call you into a consulting room, notes brought to tables by the consulting rooms, from where  the doctors pick up their next case… Information Governance would have a field day…  The Staff were however very friendly apart from one consultant who’s ‘bedside manner’  was appalling, there was a real air of apathy about him, hopefully he was just having a ‘Bad Day’ but he did insist on staying in the consulting room and try to call the next patient in whilst sitting at his desk, its a noisy environment so  9/10 times he had to stand at the door and shout anyway !

A Cracking Easter




This was the 3rd outing to the Billings in recent weeks  TeamMX’s  Play Off Final is up there, the feeder cache was recently replaced with a nice new plastic type one only for the Farmer a week later to replace the whole fence . TeamMx were kind enough to give me the Finals Co-ordinates, which after a nice but filling Chinese take away on thursday evening I decided that I needed to walk it off… It was a fantastic dusk walk to find the final, I met some young cows , I think they were yearlings so I cant call them Calves.. heifers…very inquisitive …..always got to be on your guard when they decide to follow you….cracking time


It was a great walk up until that orange circle on the map. thats the moment I Stepped off the stile and onto a wobbly Stone. I heard the crack said  the obligatory profanities but not having broken anything before  thought it was just ligaments, I could still stand on it just.. and being quite close to home decided not to take off my boot  and investigate but tighten it up and hobble home..


Once Home on went the bag of frozen peas and a discussion about Casualty to get it checked out, none of us felt we could bear a trip to the L.G.I . it might have to wait till morning, then Ping, Otley’s Wharfedale Hospital, it still has a Minor Injuries unit and it didn’t close till 23:00,  so off we set . …Very quiet we didn’t have to wait long, only one person in front of us who also hobbled into the assessment room. The nurse  Mr Brewer (who doesn’t brew but has an orchard and makes Cider …) gently prodded and poked at it and didn’t get too much of a reaction until he prodded round the back of my ankle near the achilles ….so he thought it was possibly just soft tissue damage (which I hoped it was) but sent me down for an  X-Ray to make sure… No such luck. it was broken so on went a backsplint until the Fracture clinic opens after easter….


That Easter Geocaching circular walk will have to wait…


Idiotic Driver one for West Yorkshire Police

What a complete idiot…

The dashcam caught  this driver of this works Van for Panache Exquisite Renovations going through Arthington , late for his own funeral or worse still could have caused someone else’s !!!

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