GEOFFREY (WATTS) OF WESSEX
"Dieu et Mon Droit" is the Watts family motto, it translates to;
"Trust, but be careful in whom", particularly appropriate I feel! I
have been doing some research and come up with this:-
The name "Watts" originated in Germany as the name "Walther." People
given this surname would have been considered great leaders or those
who had great military power. In the first 1000 years A.D., the name
made its way to France. It is believed the name was introduced to
England from France in 1066 during the "Norman Conquest." It was in
England where it was changed to Watt or Watts (son of Watt)
In England, there are records of the surname recorded in Pipe Rolls in
Devonshire dating back to 1176 AD (twelfth century). It became one of
the more popular surnames in Britain during the Middle Ages.
One of the most famous Watts in England is George Frederick Watts
(1817-1904). He was a Brilliant Painter, and some of his works are on
display at the Tate Museum in London.
With the accession of the buffoon Canute in 1017 the Kings of Wessex
ceased to be recognised as Kings of England though Wessex was created
one of four partially self-governing provinces. As a descendent of
Godwin, the first Earl of Wessex perhaps a suitable signature for me
therefore would be thus: Dieu et Mon
Droit - Geoffrey of Wessex
By the way, the pretender now falsely holding the title Earl of Wessex
was appointed by someone whom most of my province regard as a usurper!
The family seat is now located in the South of the fair county of
ARMS: Argent three Lions passant guardant in pale and in base a
Fleur-de-Lys Gules; the Shield ensigned with a Mural Crown towered Or.
SUPPORTERS: On either side a Dragon wings elevated and addorsed Or
gorged with a Saxon Crown Gules.
The three lions are taken from the design on the seal formerly used by
Dorset County Council from its incorporation in 1888. These together
with the fleur-de-lys were probably derived from the old seal of
Dorchester that bore the former royal arms of England, namely France
Ancient and England quarterly.
The dragons and Saxon crowns recall that Dorset was once part of the
Saxon kingdom of Wessex, whose kings, so tradition has it went to war
with a golden dragon on their banners.
The motto 'Who's Afear'd' is that used by the Society of Dorset men.
The three lions represent England and lions are found in the arms of
Dorchester, Bridport, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Blandford Forum. Lions'
faces are in the coat of arms of Shaftesbury. The fleur-de-lis appears
in the shields of Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham and Shaftesbury. The
mural crown is designed to echo the insignia of the Dorset Regiment and
the Society of Dorset Men and the golden dragon of Wessex or Wyvern
represented the ancient kingdom of Wessex. The motto was one of four
originally suggested, including Lord Shaftesbury's suggestion;
'Excellence where Beauty Reigns'. 'Who's afear'd' was adopted by the
Society of Dorset Men in 1905 at the suggestion of Thomas Hardy. It was
converted to Dorset dialect by them in 1908, and was suggested to the
County Council by a Colonel C.D.Drew, then curator of the Dorset County
Ramblin' Pitchforks - 'Live at O'Malleys'
Audio tracks and a 'lost' video from 1995 now available!
- 'a cruel act or attitude; indifference to another's
'One knows so well the popular idea
of health. The English country
gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish
poet and dramatist.
THE HUNTING ACT
I followed, with increasing incredulity, the inane excuses put forward
by the pro-hunting lobby to justify their barbaric activity. What
nonsense to suggest that it's got anything to do with "conservation" or
it's a "town verses country" argument, that it's somehow a "natural"
process, that it's OK because dogs "instinctively enjoy hunting
wildlife" and anyway the fox "enjoys the chase" and "on balance
prefers to be hunted to death than killed any other way" - what drivel !
Human Beings do not need to be cruel, we should, and most of us do,
know better, it's an essential ingredient of our Humanity. In a now
twenty first century Britain it should not be necessary to outlaw
hunting with dogs but the plain truth is that only humans understand
what it is to be cruel, and only cruel humans could possibly want to
take part in this so called 'sport'. While people with such
sadistic inclinations exist, the need for the law exists. Nobody should
have the right to have FUN at the expense of inflicting needless
cruelty on any living creature.
THE MAGIC OF WIRELESS
Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't
believe impossible things". "I daresay you haven't had much practice,"
said the Queen. ... "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six
impossible things before breakfast."
From 'Through the Looking Glass' by
Lewis Carroll (1872)
A PERSONAL VIEW OF AMATEUR RADIO
I am a Radio Amateur (Ham) and wrote this back in 1999:
As a young boy I was introduced to the 'magic of wireless' when an
older friend showed me a crystal set he had built - a toilet roll
former with some cotton covered wire wound around it attached to a pair
of ex government headphones! With a length of wire stretched from his
bedroom window down the garden to the top of a clothes line post and
the headphones clamped firmly on my head I could hear the BBC West of
England Home Service. To me, it was MAGIC and nearly 50 years later it
still is Magic!
After my experience with my friend's crystal set and discovering
that it did in fact use a crystal and a condenser as well as a toilet
roll former I was well and truly hooked on Wireless. With help from my
father and later magazines such as PW and Radio Constructor I was able
to build my own sets and was listening to stations from all over Europe
and eventually the World. I joined the School Science Club and later
having heard some local Radio Amateurs talking on 160m on a wireless
that covered the 'Trawler Band' discovered Amateur Radio. I also joined
the National Society for Radio Amateurs, the RSGB and became a Short
Wave Listener. The Society's magazine was my window on the world and I
had a great sense of belonging to a world wide brotherhood of radio
enthusiasts. Over 40 years later RadCom as it is now known is still a
'good read' and worth every penny of my subscription to RSGB.
In the 1960's I joined the South Dorset Radio Society. Over 30
years ago most members were middle aged or over and for a
seemed I was the only person under 40. These days, far from what some
suggest there are many young people in the hobby and the activity on
the bands is at least as high as it was 30 years ago. Morse Code is
still in daily use by thousands of Radio Amateurs all over the world
and the greatest problem for most HF operators is QRM caused by the
high level of activity! Although I held a 'B' licence for almost 20
years (I was finally licensed in 1967 as G8BCH) I had learned Morse
Code in my teens. I can't imagine Amateur Radio without Morse Code.
Even before I obtained the full 'A' license the ability to read the
code was essential for the identification of beacons and later
repeaters as well as weak signal working for which no other mode is
Some things have changed of course, that's the nature of Science
and Human nature as well. However, I have a copy of the RSGB Handbook
published during WWII and much of it, probably MOST of it has not
changed. I suspect that the same holds true for Human behaviour! There
is a general trend at the moment for people not to join clubs any more
but this applies to all hobbys and interests and is certainly not
unique to Amateur Radio. Nowadays a Radio Amateur can talk to friends
every day with ease. We can chat on the local repeater while walking
the dog, on the way to and from work, and even, in some cases while
working. Yes, this is when we chat about the Internet and e-mail etc.
and anything else in which we share a common interest including, of
course, Wireless! This is a change. When I joined the local radio club
it was the only place where like minded people could converse about the
hobby that fascinated them. The few that were licensed could use
wireless of course but for the most part that meant being at home in
the shack. It was also much more difficult and expensive to obtain a
licence and set up a station than it is now.
The privileges that we as Radio Amateurs enjoy did not come
easily. They were won for us over the years by the hard work and
dedication of an army of volunteers organised together under the
auspices of our national society. I believe that it is my duty to
support the National Society that represents us all so that it can be
seen by the authorities as having a mandate to negotiate on our behalf.
If there is a problem in our hobby it is that without that mandate the
RSGB will find it increasingly difficult to argue our case with the
authorities. That is the real threat as I see it.
Wireless as we know it is less than 100 years old. It came after
the telephone and was not replaced by it. I use the Internet, e-mail,
and the telephone and even watch TV occasionally! My HOBBY is Amateur
Radio and using Wireless I can communicate with others all over the
world. I operate on all bands from 160m to 70cm and use many different
modes. I enjoy using the latest technology, much of it, like Packet
Radio developed by Radio Amateurs and now used by the professionals.
However, I could (if I had to) manage with just a few watts on HF and
the 150 year old Morse Code and do without the local repeater, the PC
and the land-line.
There has always been a wire down the garden at my QTH and I hope
there always will be. Amateur Radio is a wonderful hobby. It's easy and
it's fun and above all it's Magic!
Geoff Watts, G0EVW - Weymouth,
Stonewylde is an alternative community,
hidden away in the heart of Dorset and ruled by the charismatic Magus.
It is a place of standing stones and earth energy where the old ways
are remembered. Within a great stone circle the eight pagan festivals
are celebrated and ancient rites performed. The thirteen full moons are
honoured and the people live natural and uncomplicated lives, as their
ancestors have done for hundreds of years.
Local Dorset author Kit Berry with her fist book in the
Stonewylde series - Magus of Stonewylde
This is a beautifully crafted story set
in a near feudal community of ancient beliefs and practices, where most
of its inhabitants are completely isolated from modern life. However,
almost without their knowing, their idyllic lifestyle has been
corrupted and it's fate lies with a young newcomer from the modern
world and an illiterate village youth. It is a story of love, passion
and extreme sacrifice, where the reluctant hero and heroine desperately
fight for their own survival against the dark forces that are intent on
destroying them and ultimately the ancient world in which they live.
This is just the first book of a series that must surely become a
'The most beautiful thing we
can experience is the mysterious. It is
the source of all true art and science'
- Albert Einstein
The Fire from the Sun that gave us life:
the Water where we were first
born: the Air that we now breath: the Earth that feeds us and we now
walk upon: our Spirit that makes us whole.
In my younger days I used to read a lot of science fiction but it had
to be based on what I thought of as 'real' science. However the
mysteries of Quantum Physics sends a chill down my spine in much the
same way that Kit's stories do and I have come to realize that there is
not such a difference between fantasy and science as some might think!
Perhaps the mysteries of Stonewylde are not mysteries at all but simply
long forgotten truths and the magic is just as 'real' as any science!
However I am not a believer in the 'supernatural' but am inclined to
that everything we experience is 'natural'.
Science or Magic? You
decide! Geoff Watts