Where are they now?

“Where are they now?” revolves around our “curiosity” to know. There are always stray leads and lost threads that even the best search engine cannot seem to find.

One solution may be to use “Question and Answer” sites but those keen researchers that are willing to give their time to help others, only use the same search systems – albeit with greater advanced skills.

So here at “Where are they now” we post web logs about people, places, items and thoughts, in the hope that someone browsing the net will have a clue we can follow and get in contact.

Instead of saying “I wonder whatever happened to …… “, we are being proactive and posting a message online which can be similar to launching a message in a bottle, sticking a note4u somewhere or hiding a message in the real world using an augmented reality app. like walla.me

Have friends lost contact with us – or have we lost contact with them?
Web sites, like friendsreunited, helped countless thousands rediscover contacts and then keep in touch. Family Tree web sites are popular and the one called genesreunited, if taken to its ‘enth conclusion, will eventually offer a geno. scan for all subscribers which will access them to data on their complete ‘family’. Participants in this will find that almost everyone is related to them.

Also within, “Where are they now”, you will find questions like the one above about ‘John Smith’s Fruit Depot in Eardisland, U.K. because it looks un-loved but interesting.

I can confirm, this posting worked! We received an email about ‘John Smith’s Fruit Depot’ saying that they are building houses on the site at Eardisland. (Eardisland … the picturesque village on the River Arrow where they held a Water Festival once)

Try this “Where are they now?” on your own searchable site.

From ‘where’ to ‘what’ and ‘how’, our curiosity expands endlessly.

Here’s some of our examples to get you going on your own:

Where are the makers of “Hope Cheese” now?
Where are the makers of food grade floating boards for use in green eco-friendly raft hydroponic systems?
Where did the helpful Alan Scouse go to work?
Where are the owners of character-rich properties highlighted at www.derelictplaces.co.uk and the historical records of Gwrych Castle, Ruperra Castle and Hafodunos Llangemyw ?
Where are the murage records for Knighton issued in 1260 AD archived?
Where on Twitter, Linkedin is Pim Bongaerts (Inst. University of Queensland)?
Where are the makers of the excellent cement waterproofer I once used and did it involve Sodium Silicate?
Where in North Shrewsbury did Freda’s Son go (Jack Judd?) on leaving Castle Green?
Where does Sea Sapphirina go when you can’t see it?
Where did Swan Treasure direct Orso’s Musical?
Where did my email to Yellow Fish Project in Swansea land?
Where did the photos. of bomb craters in use as Fish Pools in Vietnam go?
Where did I put my contact details for Roger Sweeting Mawddach hatchery?
Where is the Powys CC Tourism Art Trail app. that Helen Bowen started?

Where do the dreams go that you forget?

Frank Buckland’s British step on a World concept

Buckland’s lost museum Economic fish culture 0071

Frank Buckland’s ‘Museum of Economic Fish Culture’ suffered great damage during the first World War and much of what was left after the war was destroyed by the ‘Board of Survey’.

Loaned exhibits, which remained intact, went back to their owners and the rest went on permanent loan to the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

I mention Frank here because he is a good example of high human ‘effort’ and one that I like. Like Darwin and Da Vinci, Frank Buckland followed his insight at a time when others were following the tracks of an established trail. UK readers might imagine him as a Victorian version of David Attenborough who published his version of The Blue Planet 1, 2 and more, on paper – writings full of enthusiasm and energy to make his understandings sparkle in the minds of his fellow beings.

Through history, many individuals keep going against the odds and many die in relative obscurity having spirited what might seem to be only a small and close group of immediate friends. But there is nothing that leads me to believe that the more widespread a thought, the better it is.

Frank Buckland turned thought to print and published “Land and Water”. This enabled him to share globally.  When digitized, these thoughts will be shared with countless millions of people – safe from paper mites but never from post editors.

Today, with the ease of publishing ‘keyboard to cloud, texts spread almost instantly but fade far faster whilst going further afield. Tomorrow, maybe neural upload, cloud to brain?

It is amazing to think of the effort that some people put into life and Frank Buckland was one of those fun humans that was keen on doing so many things. He was a visionary because he flexed his curiosity as you would a muscle. He would eat new foods, seek out new people, open minds, think that extra light year and might have made a good captain of the ‘Starship Enterprise’.

This ‘openess’ of spirit plays a vital role in the way society develops and those with closed minds can severely damage their own health and more importantly, the health of all other lifeforms.

My research on Frank Buckland led to an exhibition opened by the Lord Mayor in Birmingham Central Library. Exhibits in the exhibition from the first Museum of Economic Fish Culture were returned to Arlington Mill Museum, World of Water Museum and Bibury Trout Farm but here’s a collection of images from that exhibition:

Buckland Collection Card. Handwritten exhibit card. Description English: A handwritten card from the Museum's old card catalogue. Information about each exhibit in Buckland's Collection was created, classified, and sorted by hand. Date: 1874 - 75. Source: Courtesy of the Library of World of Water. Images from the History of the Museum of Economic Fish Culture. Also showcased in the blog: Frank Buckland. WoW Prints & Photos..
Catalogue card No. 68 from Divisional Register re. exhibit ‘Cast of Group of 13 Trout maliciously poisoned at Horticultural Gardens 1870.’
Plaster Cast of Group of 13 Trout maliciously poisoned at Horticultural Gardens 1870.

Exhibition sponsor: ISTEL
Exhibition sponsor:  IBM (Birmingham)
Exhibition sponsor: Canon UK