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Below are some comments that I have been pleased (and flattered) to receive from visitors. Please excuse my vanity, but such comments encourage me to keep working on the site! If you have any comments to make (good or bad!), or can contribute information of any sort to the site, please contact me here.
 
**17th November 2011: "My benevolences and permit me to congratulate you on your fascinating, informative and admirably well researched website. ..... I won't ramble on any more except to repeat my admiration for such a considerably researched family history which is also a most valuable social document".

 

** 18th August 2011: "I think your web site is so interesting and it is great that someone is keeping alive the old dialects etc".

 

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2nd August 2011: I enjoyed your memoirs of working at RTZ and also working for a large exploration department of a major mining company. [I] am CEO/President of [a] Canadian ... exploration company.

 

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7th May 2011: "Just a short note to say I stumbled accross this site, and the links with Hollinwood. I very much enjoyed reading about the Tuson family, and more particularly the shop in Hollins Road. Simply because as a child, this was "our shoe shop", and many is the time I went in there with shoes/clogs for mending, and used to love the smell and the clatter of the belt driven machines".

 

"Reading the info was a trip down memory lane in many respects. Many thanks for your efforts".

 
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12th April 2011: "... I would like to congratulate you on your excellent websites. You have undertaken a lot of interesting research."

 
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6th April 2011: "i came across your very interesting writing on Andacollo Gold Mine. I just wanted to say thank you for writing it, i found it very interesting."

 

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29th March 2011: “He disfrutado y me he emocionado leyendo tus artículos.” (I have enjoyed, and been moved by, reading your articles)

 
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11th January 2011: "I am a geologist ... I came across your article about the discovery of Agua [sic] Tenidas which I thought was so down to earth ... and informative that I could not resist checking out the rest of your website. I liked your article on alluvial gold so much that I have forwarded it to one of my colleagues who is exploring alluvial gold deposits in the Republic of Congo and is trying to put together a method of prioritising the numerous exploration targets. I am sure he will find your ideas relating to grain size, size of drainage and travel distance, etc, very useful and informative.

I also noted the Ballad of Idwal Slabs
which took me back about 50 years to some raucus evenings in various pubs frequented by rowdy folk wearing big boots and carrying bits of rope."
 
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31st December 2010: "I am an engineer at Las Cruces [copper mine] and am living over here [in Spain], I found your recollection of the exploration at Aguas Tenidas very interesting and refreshingly clear on the geology of the IPB [Iberian Pyrite Belt]."
 
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24th November 2010: (From an engineer with more than ten years' experience at Andacollo) I am really well impressed for your Web Page and the Dayton history. It is really accurate."
 
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21st November 2010: "...I ... read your excellent case history on the Aguas Tenidas Mine."
 
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17th November 2010: " I came across your interesting account of the CMD project Andacollo. ... Thanks for putting your views up online. I found it very useful and a detailed account of the machinations of this type of project."
 
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13th November 2010: "I just love your poetry. I have been listening to your Lancashire dialect poems. Brings back memories of a couple we used to know (they have both since died years ago), and they had a very strong Lancashire accent and sounded just like that."
 
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3rd October 2010: "I have just found your webisite with the story of the Aguas Tenidas discovery and before I knew it was you who had written it, I scanned it quickly, heart in my mouth, thinking it would be another "paintjob". It was not. It was as accurate as you could have gotten it, as far as my participation was concerned. I thank you for putting this on the record. ... I am very pleased to have found your website and I can't thank you enough for writing the story of the discovery and for giving me the benefit of your accurate recollection of the events."

 
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17th August 2010: "I have just visited your excellent website having been looking for Bonny Brid which my father=in-law used to recite some 60 years ago. He used many dialect expression naturally. They lived in the Swinton area and he had been a miner I have lived in Dorset for nearly 50 years and have just returned from a nostalgia trip to the North Manchester area. Your site added to that experience."
 
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17th August 2010: "Just a quick contact to thank you for the best website I have "bumpedinto" for ages. Everything about it chimes with my interests and attitude to life. The dialect part is scholarly. ...Many thanks and well done for sharing your passion with us all."

 

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15th August 2010: "I would like you to know i have found your web site brilliant and it has been very helpful in my search ..."
 
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10th July 2010: "I must tell you what a pleasure it was to read CLOGS. … I just wanted to say how please I am to have found your site and now I will get on and read more "

 
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1st June 2010: "I have looked at your dialect glossary and stand in admiration for its throughness."
 
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17th May 2010: "... achei muito bonito o que voçe escreveu da historia de nossa familia, foi emocionante ter tudo ali para a gente ler e recordar, muito obrigado por tudo e parabens pelo excelente trabalho."

(I thought what you wrote about the history of our family was really nice; it was very moving to see everything written down to read and bring back memories; thanks for everything and well done for such excellent work.)

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30 April 2010: "I love reading your site and go back to it often as I try to comprehend the happenings in Oldham in the 1800. ... I wanted to say that your site it fantastic ...  So thank you very much."

 
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6th Feburary 2010: "let me congratulate you on the fantastic work that you have put into building your family website history."

 

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28th December 2009: "Love your dunkerly/tuson website, stumbled across it by chance"

 

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29th November 2009: "Just found the Lancashire dialect website and although I don't have a lot of time to go through it at the moment, I must say it looks impressive."

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19th October 2009: "Thank you very much for sharing your interesting web site. You've obviously done a lot of research, and your writing is very good. Thanks again."

 

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25th September "very interesting web site"

 

 

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11th August 2009: "Never had much practise in using [Lancashire] dialect because we would be corrected. Only once repeated my grandma's words "I went up the brew ." It wasn't worth the scorn. I am so pleased to have access to such a comprehensive collection of dialect."

 

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22nd July 2009: "I have just found your very interesting website, quite by accident I have to say, whilst really searching for details of the poem with the line “tha’rt welcome little bonny brid”.   I must congratulate you on a most wonderful site & what a great job you have done on your family history."

 
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20th June 2009: "I have also enjoyed reading your interesting website about your Parents. It has inspired me to start writing about my parents."

 
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13th June 2009  "You have built a wonderful website. It is a goldmine to me ...." [for its Lancashire dialect glossary and content].
 
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18th May 2009:  "A belated note on your article in the Manchester Genealogist on the Regent Mill. A beautiful piece, very interestingly researched."
 
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13th April 2009: "I have your website, saved in my Bookmarks folder- it is quite the best mill description I have found, and I have been thinking of using it to do a Wikipedia article."
 
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9th April 2009: "I am writing an article for Who Do You Think You Are magazine about the British cotton industry and came across your website during my research.Would you give me permission to refer to it as a good case study of how you can research family history in this area? I think the website is a fantastic example of godd research." [Editor's note: I think the writer meant 'good' not 'godd'. I had no help from the almighty. Honest.]

 

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16th March 2009: "hello, id just like to congratulate you on your site regarding lancashire dialect, im currently working on a dissertaion on dialect literature and your site really helpe give me some ideas on the subject thankyou"
 

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12 February 2009: "Ah feauwnd thy seet by accident … It's a gradely seet and ah think as good as I find … Ah luv deelect writers from Tim Bobbin ta Ammon … Ah luv the Lanky Humour an' T'Trade (Cotton) … Ah find d thy seet were really great and the most comprehensive on owl geniuses lahk Ben Brierly"

 
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8 February 2009: "I want to tell you how lovely your website is AND that it has helped me understand what a 'cotton piecer' does.  A few people on the family tree that I'm doing were cotton piecers and I didn't know what the job entailed so looked it up on Google. Your site came up and I've found it a really interesting read... although I've not finished reading it all yet. I really like your prose style too, inserting interesting facts amongst the family material. Thank you again... I shall visit time and time again, I should think."

 

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25th January 2009: "I must congratulate you on your excellent website on the Dunkerleys and all the fantastic local history you have on there. ...  Once again well done and thank you so much for your great website."

 

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16th January 2009: " I found your website by mistake but have now put it in my favourites and passed a link to my brother-in-law who is very much interested in dialect." [Editor's note: surely 'by mistake' should read 'by chance'? Or perhaps it really was by mistake!]  
 
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3rd January 2009: "It was very interesting reading about this part of our family history and believe you have done an incredible job."
 

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24th October 2008: "I really enjoyed looking at the photos and new details on your Tuson website. ... You have certainly done an impressive amount of work on the family history. Reading it is a bit like taking part in 'Who do you think you are?'.

 

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21st October 2008: I've just sat here going through everything (Well lots of it) what a superb story you have built around not just the Tuson name but all others as well. The pictures, photos, just everything is superb. Keep up youu r brilliant work.  

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21st October 2008: "I'm just e-mailing you to tell you what an excellent website you have created.  I haven't explored it all - I just wanted to look up some good old Lancashire words for my Uni assignment on dialects... My family are also from Lancashire ... I, myself, have never lived in Lancashire so am boringly dialect-free. Well, that's all, and keep up the good work vis-a-vis the website."

 

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9th October 2008: "I found your site fascinating, so much so that I didn't get to bed until the two o' clock this morning."

 

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30th September 2008: " I am fascinated as to how you had the patience to find out all the historical things and then put them together.  It’s brilliant.

 

How did you manage to get all those photos together – it must have taken a long time and many good members of the families to hand over anything they had.I did look at some of the photos relating to the gold mine – which is another interesting bit of your website.**

3 September 2008: "I have been most impressed with the diligence of the work you have carried out…"

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22 August 2008: "I was really impressed with your down to earth presentation on the family history - it was such a human and natural history."

 
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28th July 2008: "What a very interesting web site you have produced, with an excellent Dunkerley family information. I found it very good reading. ... One day I would love to put all my information onto a web page like yours.
 
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30th June 2008: The latest edition of the 'Manchester Genealogist', the Journal of The Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society, has recently awarded the 'Earwaker Prize' for 2008. My article 'Joseph Dunkerley in the Militia' was 'highly commended'. Flippin' 'eck! 
 
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15th June 2008: "Thank you so much for all of the work you have done. I have been able to use the information from your web site in finding the records on microfilm for christenings, marriages and deaths. I have never been involved in original research as you have done but have tried to verify the records so that I could prove the information that I had received from other family members. So many times, all they have is dates and places without any source material. As far as I know they heard it from 'Aunt Tilley' who heard it from 'Uncle Robert'."
 
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25th April 2008: "First of all I'd like to say 'what a great website you've got'."
 
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22nd February 2008: "... may I congratulate you on a fantastic genealogy website – it’s the kind I wish I could write for my own family but fear I could never do it as well as you have! There is an abundance of information, all soundly backed up by evidence and explanation, is very easy to read and a great credit to you!" 
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20th February 2008: Re. article 'Joseph Dunkerley in the Militia' - " What a good article, riveting reading, your comments very succinct, continue the good work."
 
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2nd January 2008: "I really enjoyed your site, thought it was well set up."
 
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22nd October 2007: "You have done an excellent job investigating your family tree. I have read the site with great interest and have learnt a lot. Thank you very much."
   
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21 September 2007: "I just wanted to say how interesting I found the whole report. The details about Oldham, Failsworth, people and life as lived then flesh out the story of a century ago so well, thank you.”

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19 September 2007: " just came across your brilliant website today, whilst doing some family history research for my brother-in-law. It is the most interesting account of family history I have ever read and had me fascinated. … I'm really writing to thank you for giving everybody the chance to read about your family. A good example of use of the Internet!"

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10 September 2007: “I found your website this evening and want to thank you for all the work you’ve done for the Dunkerley family line. … Again, thanks for all that you have done.”

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04 September 2007: Subject : Mary Ann Dunkerley and John Gregory “thanks for writing the story.”

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02 September 2007: “just thought id drop you a mail to say what a great web site its kept me entertained all day today and ive so enjoyed reading it … great work please keep it up”

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12 May 2007: “I found your site fascinating … I will continue to read your excellent site."

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19 February 2007: “First and foremost, you have a very informative website! Keep up the excellent work!"

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The following comments were left on the earlier version of this site:
 
26 February 2007: "The information I found here was rather helpful. Thank you for this."

 

24 February 2007: "Lavoro eccellente! ..ringraziamenti per le informazioni..realmente lo apprezzo."

 

22 February 2007: "Nice site you have!"

 

17 February 2007: "mmm.. nice design, I must say."