Aug 07

Germany and a Baltic Cruise

Amani, Malaika & I had a very enjoyable 2 week European holiday in June. We flew Lufthansa to Berlin via Riyadh and Frankfurt, arriving into Tegel airport early in the morning. We then caught the public bus into town - my plan was to put our luggage into storage at the Hauptbahnhoff and do some sightseeing, but, unfortunately it was raining so I gave that idea away and instead we continued our journey to Hamburg. We jumped on to our ICE high speed train and arrived at Hamburg less than 2 Read more [...]

Jul 31

Help Decyphering Old German Records

 A very kindly chap by the name of Jerzy sent me a swathe of scans of old German documents, to help out with my family history research. Most are from the Pommerzig and Groß Blumberg Zivilstandsregister 1874-1937, plus there's a few older documents as well. Jerzy sent scans of any pages he found that made reference to the names Kakoschke or Redlich. I've spent many hours going through them and have gleaned some useful information - but I would certainly appreciate the help any anyone willing Read more [...]

Jul 20

Johann Kakoschke – 1840

I recently happened upon a copy of Amts-Blatt der Regierung zu (Government Gazette) Potsdam 1840, where reference is made to a Johann Kakoschke who evidently lost his travel documents. From the dates and ages mentioned this chap is not a direct ancestor, but is almost certainly a relative. In any event, it's quite rare to find relevant old records of this type, so it's worth making a note of. My thanks to Andrew Price for providing the translation: The passport which at my request was issued to Read more [...]

Jun 08

June 2012 Itinerary

Below is an abbreviated itinerary for our upcoming travel plans next week. Any old friends who may happen to be in the same places at the same time, just drop me a line so we can catch up! June 16: AM Berlin   PM Hamburg 17 Kiel (boarding the MSC Magnifica) 18 At sea 19 Stockholm 20 Tallinn 21 St Petersburg 22 At sea 23 Copenhagen 24 AM Kiel   PM Frankurt Oder 25 Frankfurt Oder 26 Krosno Odrzanskie vicinity 27 Berlin 28 Back to Muscat Read more [...]

Jun 07

Neville Kakoschke 1942-2012

Rest in peace my dear brother Read more [...]

Apr 27

Time For a New Camera?

Having decided to buy a new camera, now comes the hard part... which one? Should I buy a newer model Canon DSLR, or go for one of the new bridge (superzoom) cameras? Having spent quite a bit of time considering the options, I decided to go with a bridge camera. But that takes me back to my original question - which one?! The main contenders for me are the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V, the Nikon Coolpix P510, the Panasonic DMC-FZ150K, the Fuji HS30 EXR and the Canon PowerShot SX40. Having studied Read more [...]