We have a mission to make available histories that might not otherwise be accessible. There is a particular emphasis on the histories of science and engineering.
Our listing of published work and works that are coming to publication includes:
- “Whence Weather: from weather lore to weather science” Donard de Cogan ISBN 978-0-9935469-0-7 (Available at CreateSpace estore)
- “They talk along the deep: a history of the Valentia island cable telegraph station” Donard de Cogan (Available April 2016)
- “Autobiographies of James Graves, telegraph cable pioneer” (In preparation)
- “An Annotated History of Submarine Cables and Overseas Radiotelegraphs: 1851 – 1934” Ivan S. Coggeshall (In preparation)
- “A History of BT Marine Services” Eric Clayton (In preparation)
Today we added a short article with some facts and speculation about the death of the German airman who shot down the Hampden bomber crewed by F/L W.J.W Kingston, Sgt R.C.W de Courcy, Sgt Gibson, Sgt J.A Tobin and Sgt A. Fulton in 1942.
The new dandadec.com has been operational for a few weeks now and I hope that users will like it as much as I do. It is a credit to Anne’s initiative and design skills. Separate pages for Maurice de Cogan and Dym will be developed in the future as part of a general upgrade.
The previous system that we had used was not particularly user-friendly from a site creation and maintenance perspective. System changes seem to introduce broken links. The new site has been developed using WordPress which has carried my other blog for over a year. It looks promising and seems to be much easier to edit or to add content.
So, what is in-store?
Research into and using TLM as well as other modelling has progressed very slowly, but there are some results, lots of ideas and conjectures which I want to communicate.
In the areas of ‘Other Research’ there are observation which need more work and in adding them to the site I hope that someone might be sufficiently excited to take these ideas and run with them.
In association with research into the fate of Hampden bomber AE392 and its crew I have been investigating the events that led to the death of Ofw Detlev Lüth on 6 March 1944 and suggest a hypothesis.
Under ‘Miscellaneous articles and reviews’ I propose to add a mathematics teaching aid which I developed while in Colombo. Alos, some aspects of an autobiography should cause amusement.
The ‘Colombo articles’ heading will be amended to ‘Colombo articles and presentations’ to include a broader spectrum of contributions. While in Colombo I encountered great interest in Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and I am planning to annotate the first few pages using hyperlinks to give some idea of the complexity of that work.
Welcome to the new dandadec, part of an ongoing WordPress project.
Our earlier conventional site at dandadec.co.uk contained several broken links (how on earth did that happen?) which were tedious and time consuming to fix and involved both ftp and the web host’s software. Updating was largely avoided for the same reason. Now the old content has been revised and transferred here. We have lovingly tested every page and every link and can fix any lurking problems almost instantly. Contrarily, this advantage seems to be balanced by the only downside we’ve found so far. There is no backtrack (is there?) for unwary changes, so it pays to take great care with the update button! All in all it’s looking good.
As complete WordPress novices with only a passing acquaintance with HTML we have had an interesting time riding the learning curve. Several things that should have been easy were not, and we are enormously grateful for the abundant documentation provided by WordPress, for the official and unofficial forums and for the various articles and blogs that provided us with simple help to get us going. As our contribution we are documenting all the first-time-user pitfalls that we stumbled across and will publish a check list with our solutions.
We hope you enjoy the new site. Please contact us and let us know.