Christmas 2021

Unbelievable! It has been over a year since I moved to the new house and posted here. I have obviously been busy setting myself up with a new way of life. There has not been much time for some of my hobbies and I have gone back to some old ones and picked up some that are new.

In particular, I have gone back to playing music and learning some more tricks on the electric guitar. With all of the recent focus on space, with the Artemis program to get people back on the moon, I have also been following along with all of the rocket launches. By the end of the year there will have been 140+ launches, with a lot of new rockets making their debut. Once the Corona situation allows it, I hope to travel to witness a launch or two in person instead of only being able to watch them on You Tube.

Here are some useful sites that I support, for finding out about coming launches and getting general space news:

I have also started studying at the Open University again. By taking some science subjects, I am hoping to fill in some holes in my knowledge due to the fact that I focused on Engineering and IT subjects for my first degree. This has all helped to fill in time when Alexander is not staying with me, through all the different stages of Corona lock-down which severely curtails your social life!

Anyway, I am glad I can still log in to my WordPress account. Here is a picture of my Boxing Day walk around Farum yesterday. It was the first White Christmas in Copenhagen since I moved to Denmark, although it was only a light sprinkling here.


ROAK Family Tree Tidied Up – Mostly

So I have moved into my new house (exactly one month ago actually), and starting to get a few spare minutes to relax without thinking “I really need to do this…… or set that up…..”.

Last night I filtered the ROAK family tree (which is a family located in North Devon, England) to get rid of various bits of junk and imported into my main Gammon One Name Gramps database.

Then I updated the description of the ROAK tree on my website and uploaded the updated Family Tree.

I really need to delve into the parish records to find out more about the older families to help track their movements in the 1700s and before. But I suppose it is time to work on a different branch of Gammons for a while.

Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Released — News – Ubuntu Studio

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 20.04, code-named “Focal Fossa”. This marks Ubuntu Studio’s 27th release. This release is a Long-Term Support release and as such, it is supported for 3 years (until April 2023). 11 more words

via Ubuntu Studio 20.04 LTS Released — News – Ubuntu Studio

ROAK Updated

So I have managed to finish cross-checking another branch of the ROAK Family Group and managed to check back to Philip GAMMON who was born about 1782 in Bratton Fleming, Devon, England.

Whilst gathering more entries for my Baptism index from Bratton Fleming, I discovered that the early Parish Register there (from 1559-1670) went missing many years ago. So I am not sure how far back we will be able to go with this tree.

This tree includes connections to the WILL Family Group, some Australians, and some Welsh Gammons.

Locked In

It has now been 2 weeks working from home. Normally I like working from home when I need to concentrate on writing a report. But with the rest of the family around it is a bit chaotic, and I need to keep pushing Alexander to do some homework instead of sitting on the playstaion all day. It is the way he keeps in contact with his friends though.

Luckily, before the virus hit I found a great Trumpet and Woodwind store in Copenhagen called I.K.Gottfried and took my old Getzen 300 silver-plated trumpet to have some maintenance. Unfortunately, the leadpipe was showing signs of corrosion and they were worried it would not survive an ultrasonic clean. So I bought a second-hand Yamaha YTR-2330 lacquered trumpet whilst their technician took a closer look at the Getzen. Apart from a few spazmodic attempts in the basement over the years, I have not seriously played the trumpet for nearly 20 years. At first I could not play for any longer than about 5 minutes, and only in the middle register. But now after playing daily for 2 weeks, my lips are improving. I can play for half and hour or more, and my range is nearly back to what it used to be, although some days I stuggle in the lower register. It has been great getting back to one of my old loves. It is so soothing playing music when everything outside of the house is a crazy mess!

At first when the lock-in started, I was looking forward to the start of the AFL season and watching my beloved Bombers. I did manage to watch a slightly delayed streaming of them winning the first game of the season (without spectators). Unfortunately, the AFL season was put on hold after this, and there is no live sport (of interest to me) that I can watch anymore.

Every now and then, I also do a little work on my Gammon One-Name Study. I am still cross-checking names between my indexes and the ROAK Family Group. I am also entering the faux marriage certificates that I received from the Barnstaple Marriage Challenge into a new tree to see if I get any matches with other trees, or can extract a family of two out of it.

For Debian, I sponsored an upload of a new version of Parlatype, and the brand new Libre Office extension for it. If you ever need to transcibe some speech to text, take a look at Parlatype.

Before the coronavirus hit all public events around the world, I had booked flights to Ireland to see Crowded Hose in the summer. This weekend I went onto the Neil Finn website to see if there was any news about concerts being cancelled. Unfortunatley, the first few dates on their upcoming tour have been cancelled. Whilst there I noticed that Neil Finn was broadcasting daily shows on his Fangradio to give some joy in these strange days. I am really enjoying listening to the backlog that he uploaded over the last week. It is great to hear this music legend playing some of his fantastic songs, sometimes alone, and sometimes with his sons. He also does some great covers including some Beatles songs. I am listening to “Fall At Your Feet” as I type this.

This week I will hopefully have time to take part in the Beta Testing for the next release of Ubuntu Studio. If you want to take part too, there are instructions on the ISO QA Tracker website where you can also download the images.


So the coronavirus has shut Denmark down for two weeks. With no sport on the telly either, I have decided to get back to some of my hobbies.

Yesterday, I fixed a bug with Hexter in Debian that prevented the application from opening due to a problem with the desktop file. This morning I synced it to Ubuntu. Hexter is an open source synthesizer that models the DX7.

Today I have been working on my Gammon Onename Study. I have finished cross-checking against my indexes for James GAMMON in the ROAK Family Group. This family originates in North Devon just like mine. I just copied this latest information over to the ROAK page on the website. The next step will be to look at James’ older brother John.

But I might brave the grey weather outside and go for a walk to stretch my legs first!

ROAK Family Group

I have been slaving away over the winter on this large tree originating in North Devon, England. Its taking some time expanding my North Devon Parish Register indexes, and cross checking with BMD indexes and census indexes. As Judy Roakes comes from Australia, I also got tagging in my Australian index. There are also connections to the WILL tree which was previously published.

Although the tree goes back further, for the moment I have only done a Descendants Report for James GAMMON who was born in 1808 in Shirwell, Devon, England. I would need to do a report starting from his father Philp GAMMON in order for Judy’s Australian tree to show up. Hopefully in the next month or so!

ROAK Family

WILL page updated

A couple of weeks ago I had a contact from someone interested in the PYKE family which are connected to the WILL family. I wasn’t able to help much. But I did point out that there is someone running a one-name study on the PYKE family and suggested they get in touch.

But checking my One Name website, I noticed that the WILL tree had never been tagged properly in my Gramps database. It also turned out that the WILL tree wasn’t even in my database! It was from my own family tree database, not the Gammon ONS one.

So, export, import, tidy and tag. It took a few days.

The WILL family are from Barnstaple, Devon. The oldest member of the tree is William Gammon, and he was born in Shirwell, Devon, England in 1811.

WILL Family Group