russell higgs

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saturday 02122006



BIOLOGY 2/3

My thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's portrait.
Today we continue on a meander through my gene pool. Its day 2 of 3

in black and white over on the left is ......
my mum as a child, with her mum, date unrecorded, (late 1930s, early 1940s?), north London

on the back of the photo it mentions, that since the picture was taken, the cat my mum is holding was killed by a passing car.
Plus my nan apologises for the fact that she is wearing her slippers.

My nan married 3 times during her life and had 4 children (my mum being the youngest). She had a boy and a girl with her first husband. Her first husband died when the 2 children were fairly young. My nan later got pregnant on 2 more occasions, as a consequence of a love affair with a married man. First she had another boy and later, when my nan was herself married for a 2nd time, she met her lover again one day and the consequence of that was my mum in 1933. Sadly therefore we have no photos or detailed info about my mum's real father's side. But I think I'm right in remembering my nan referring to him as the only real love of her life. Her 3 husbands were more of a practicality for her as a woman (with children) growing up through the 20th century. Though I think her first husband adored her, but my nan said she mainly agreed to his marriage proposal because he was especially kind to her mum.

in black and white on the right is ......
my great gran
the mother of the mother of my mother
with my nan as a child

undated, but I'd assume it was around 1908.

and in the centre is ......
a picture of my nan as a baby (1898 I think) and a colour picture from 1977 of me aged 17 with my nan. My nan died in 1986.

plus here are 3 photo webcomic strips featuring my nan over on flickr...

NAN 4

NAN 3

NAN 5

and my nan made this costume for me for a primary school play in the 1960s

saturday 02122006



BIOLOGY 2/3

My thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday's portrait.
Today we continue on a meander through my gene pool. Its day 2 of 3

in black and white over on the left is ......
my mum as a child, with her mum, date unrecorded, (late 1930s, early 1940s?), north London

on the back of the photo it mentions, that since the picture was taken, the cat my mum is holding was killed by a passing car.
Plus my nan apologises for the fact that she is wearing her slippers.

My nan married 3 times during her life and had 4 children (my mum being the youngest). She had a boy and a girl with her first husband. Her first husband died when the 2 children were fairly young. My nan later got pregnant on 2 more occasions, as a consequence of a love affair with a married man. First she had another boy and later, when my nan was herself married for a 2nd time, she met her lover again one day and the consequence of that was my mum in 1933. Sadly therefore we have no photos or detailed info about my mum's real father's side. But I think I'm right in remembering my nan referring to him as the only real love of her life. Her 3 husbands were more of a practicality for her as a woman (with children) growing up through the 20th century. Though I think her first husband adored her, but my nan said she mainly agreed to his marriage proposal because he was especially kind to her mum.

in black and white on the right is ......
my great gran
the mother of the mother of my mother
with my nan as a child

undated, but I'd assume it was around 1908.

and in the centre is ......
a picture of my nan as a baby (1898 I think) and a colour picture from 1977 of me aged 17 with my nan. My nan died in 1986.

plus here are 3 photo webcomic strips featuring my nan over on flickr...

NAN 4

NAN 3

NAN 5

and my nan made this costume for me for a primary school play in the 1960s

comments (6)

  • Лаци
  • Russia (UK)
  • 2 Dec 2006, 17:56
Аффтар жжот!!!
The comment from that Russian guy is just rediculous. He should learn to speak Russian!
Wonderful that you are so open, Russ. It is highly unusual for anyone to give so much of themselves online, especially in the world that I come from (I work in computers). Do you ever have any reservations about doing this?
russell higgs: reservations? no.

Privacy was a fairly modern invention really wasn't it, and I kind of think that the concept of privacy has pretty much had its time.

The more we share of our realities with one another, then the more difficult it becomes to collude in propagating damaging stereotypes and cliches about one another. There are an infinite number of human realities and nothing is black and white, not even black and white pictures.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Dec 2006, 22:40
Interesting remark from the russian in the UK.

Your observation that privacy is a fairly modern invention, set me thinking. Legacy from the grand madam Victoria? That may be oversimplifying the discussion. What i do think is that there are certainly nations that are prone to privacy and others not.

The migration of a lot of people from europe to america seems to have a legacy of: "we all have sad/bad/whatever stories where we come from, we all hope for something better, so let's not dwell on who we are in terms of our past, but let's concentrate on who we want to be in future" In this way, who you are became a private affair.

I do think that privacy is also something you can afford. Being really poor means you can't afford the walls to keep things private.

Let me stop here, this can become a long story, but you set me thinking.

Cheers
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Dec 2006, 23:42
It's lovely to learn of your history Russell! I applaud your biology series, it means so much to share. All the best. Mal
  • Лаци
  • Russia (UK)
  • 3 Dec 2006, 11:06
It's translated as "The author is very cool!!!".
russell higgs: thank you Лаци
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 4 Dec 2006, 02:58
I enjoyed the link to the costume your nan made you russell. i do like the symbolism of your biology in your head and in your mouth.

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