However, there have been a few diversions that I thought worth sharing;
1. Date your Singer
I hadn't realised until recently that Singer sewing machines can be aged using their serial numbers. Virtually everyone I know seems to have one of these up in the loft or even on their sewing tables and they're all a bit different. Mine was inherited from my Grandmother and I think it belonged to her Mother. I rarely use it now that I have an all singing, all dancing model of my own, but it's a permanent fixture in my sewing room.
this website to date it and and found the following information;
Factory Name: Kilbowie Clydebank, Scotland
Class (model): 99K
Allotted Date: January 3, 1935
I still have the original manual, but Singer have copies of most of the manuals they've issued over the years free to download on the same site.
Interestingly, Tina at What-I-Found has just posted up a whole load of adverts for Singer accessories from the 1920s which show two gadgets on my machine - the lamp and the electric motor. It's lovely to see adverts for things like this that have always been a fixture. I wonder if my Great-Grandmother had to save up for the gadgets, or maybe the whole thing was a gift. It's also amazing to think that something made 76 years ago still works better than my swanky new machine. They really don't make 'em like they used to...
2. South Riding
In a break from Upstairs Downstairs (seriously, I've watched the first 3 series and have been at it since the 19th Feb...that show just goes on and on) I saw this pop up on BBC iPlayer. It's a documentary about the 'Bright Young People' of the roaring 20s in London. Decadent, beautiful and ultimately doomed, it's a fascinating insight into a niche culture which spawned artists like Waugh and Beaton. The film and photos used in the programme were superb and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Highly recommended if it comes round again!