Tom F. Cunningham

This entry is intended as nothing more ambitious than my personal home page, uniting in one convenient location links to the various web sites which I use on a regular basis, or, in a few cases, maintain.

However, if there is anything in here that might be of interest to you, please do feel free to come in and have a look around.

The photo on the left is me, exploring my practically non-existent Celtic roots at Glencoe, Scotland, during the summer of 2000.

If for any reason you feel moved to contact me, e-mail me!

Since 1990, I have been a vegan, so donít worry, Koo the chicken, an ex-battery hen who eventually died of natural causes, was in a lot less danger than might otherwise appear to be the case. The jacket (long since worn out and binned), incidentally, was not real leather. So appearances can be deceptive. Shona the dog was real enough though.

So why am I a vegan? No particular reason, just an instinctive feeling that terrorism and food preparation should be two separate processes.

Where I Live

I was born in Irvine, brought up in Troon, went to University in Glasgow, since which time I have lived and worked in Stranraer, Dumfries, Manchester, Stockport, and Glasgow again.

For twenty years and ten days my wife and I lived in Thornhill, about ten miles north-west of Stirling, where I wasted much of my time feuding with the truly monstrous Thornhill & Blairdrummond Community Council during and in the aftermath of my membership of the mercifully long-defunct North Common Inaction Group. I got my own back on them though - I came top (out of thirteen candidates, chasing twelve places - thatís Community Council democracy for you, in all its shining glory) on the most recent occasion when they managed to raise enough candidates to hold a ballot (2003). If anyone out there wants to know what an a non domino title is, just drop me an e-mail and Iíll tell you.

I am now safely back in Ayrshire, where I live with my wife, Lucy, and donít plan on moving again any time soon.

Friends of Dundonald Castle

The above postcard, postmarked 1907, is based on a black & white photograph.



Genealogy

Burnawn Family History Services

The Ancestors of Robert Cunningham

Troon@Ayrshire FHS

Ellis Island passenger lists

Castle Garden passenger lists

Burns Monument Centre, Kilmarnock

Find My Past

Native American History

Scottish National Buffalo Bill Archive

Book - The Diamondís Ace - Scotland and the Native Americans

English Westernersí Society

American Tribes


Newspaper Archives

Glasgow Libraries

The British Newspaper Archive

Manchester Libraries

The Scotsman

The Stage

New York Times

Languages
Italian - English Dictionary RAI News RAI Play
Euronews, Italy Latin Dictionary

Naples : Life, Death and Miracles
Shopping
Vegetarian Shoes Amazon UK
eBay PayPal
Entertainment
YouTube TV Guide Virgin Classic Rock
Communications
BBC News Bing Maps Royal Mail
The Phone Book Hotmail PLR Digital Scotland
Technical Stuff

Or, more precisely, stuff that was generally considered quite technical in 1997. Iíll leave it in for now, shall I?

Color Codes htmldog.com Free Animated Gifs
Football
BBC Sport Football Sky Sports
Rangers Sportsound


Favourite Music

I have, with fluctuating levels of intensity, been heavily into David Bowie from the age of 15 (Yes, it was that mind-blowing performance of Starman on TOTP in 1972 which did it for me too!). These days, I listen to Ziggy Stardust at maximum volume and with both hearing aids in.

Around the turn of the millennium - under the influence of the excellent Trash and Hey Stoopid! albums - I rediscovered and found myself somewhat possessed by Alice Cooper. Welcome to my mid-life crisis.

Musically, 1972 was without doubt my annus mirabilis. Another brilliant band which hit the big time then is Lindisfarne. They were my favourite band for a good number of years but you can have too much of a good thing. The Happy Cats, fronted by the perennially inspirational Marty Craggs, is one highly engaging dimension of the extensive Lindisfarne diaspora.

The Strawbs are another of my long-time favourite bands.

Iím a huge admirer of Jacques Brel too.


Chess

Chess.com


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