This site is, amongst other things, the result of a lifetime's fanatical interest in if and when things happened.
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It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. When this comes down to the written word another word is sometimes suggested - plagiarism. The dictionary tells us... plagiarism - a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work. I make no such claim as to the content of these timelines. To the best of my knowledge all data is public domain. The dictionary also gives us... research - the systematic investigation to establish facts or the accuracy of information. Here we have it. Where a Timeline involves a generic subject it is as a result of one of my interests or professional areas. During my working life I have been a photographer, a plastics technician and manager, and for the last 20 years of my working life (as at 2007) an IT consultant and database administrator. This accounts for three Timelines. Where the timelines concern a series of books (and/or films), I have read (and/or seen) them all; in some cases, many times over (LOTR - well over 50 times). Other timelines are as a result of a deep and abiding interest or hobby. Sure, if you search diligently you will find word patterns that indicate I have read a certain book or visited a certain website - so what? That is what research is about. I did, consciously, make the decision not to cite sources, except for materials developed since the advent of the World Wide Web - especially in any scientific discipline. Since this website is for fun and not a scholarly dissertation, I decided that in general, 'not to', was the correct decision - a fortiori, it would have made the whole bloody thing absurdly ponderous and difficult to read - i.e. plagued with footnotes, carefully marked quotes and cross-references, almost certainly resulting in loads of mistakes, with me being on the receiving end of irate eMails saying "he didn't say/write that, such-and-such a person did".
I thank all my sources whether hard copy or electronic; and, if you recognise a little of your own "fine hand" somewhere - please take it as a supreme compliment, as all it means is that I could not write it better myself. I confess that there are a few instances where I have used source material piecemeal, but there aren't many, or "not a lot" - as Paul Daniels would say. Certainly no amount that which would come anywhere near, never mind exceed, the unofficially official 10% "Fair Copy" copyright standard.
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