OVER 2 YOU 228 (26/04/05)
I am a keen collector of silver sugar tongs
(‘nips’ or ‘bows’ as they are sometimes called). Ninety percent of my 120 strong
collection are English Hallmarked, and normally identifiable. However, I have
some from European countries plus the USA, Russia and Argentina etc., and I am
looking for a source of information to identify and explain foreign markings. I
have not been able to find any books on foreign silver, although UK marks are
well documented. Can anyone suggest a web site?
David Bennett, Allestree
I recommend that David Bennet has a look at the
Online Encyclopaedia of Silver Hallmarks and Maker’s Marks, which includes a
comprehensive database of more than 7000 mark covering both UK and European
silverware. The web address for this remarkably useful resource is:
Christopher Taylor, via email
There is an excellent selection of silver
hallmarks and maker’s marks from Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, USA,
Austria and of course the UK at: www.silvercollection.it/hallmarks.html
Peter Strong, via email
You will find a lot of useful information about
silver hallmarks at: www.spratlingsilver.com/hallmarks.htm.
This site deals with a number of overseas makers, including some really obscure
ones in South America and is well worth reading in any case for all of the
fascinating background details.
Charles Kenworth, via email
Your correspondent needs a good old-fashioned
book entitled 'International Hallmarks on Silver, collected by Tardy', this
should have everything he needs. Ensure you get an English language version,
this was originally written in French. My copy (a 2000 reprint) has no ISBN
identifying number unfortunately but silver dealers or www.abebooks.com should be able to help.
Andy Russell, via email
the Cricket Season almost upon us, I wonder if any of your readers can suggest
any freeware/shareware software that would make my life as Treasurer of my
local Club easier - such as a very simple accounts package/spreadsheet template
to help keep track of
and payments as well as helping to manage the bar (and stock) more effectively.
Prill, via email
basic accounts package should be able to do the job, Microsoft Money springs to
mind but you should keep an eye out for Quicken, which is now being heavily
discounted by some suppliers. If your correspondent is looking for a good
freeware or shareware package then he should look at either EasyMacc at: www.batchconverter.com/EasyMAcc-download-17351.shtml
or Home MoneyManager which can be downloaded from: www.homemoneymanager.com/.
Carling, via email
produce tickets using Microsoft Publisher 2002 for events and outings organised
by my local Women’s Institute. I create
them in File > Page Setup > Custom and print 6 or 8 to the page. However,
it is often necessary for the tickets to be numbered. Is it possible to number tickets in Publisher, or can anyone
suggest a better method?
do not need additional software. Create a column of numbers in, say, Excel, or
a one-column table in Word, Head the column with a suitable heading - Nos. Save
as (say) Numbers.txt Design your ticket in Publisher, Click on MailMerge, Open
Data Source, choose
other type of file, and click on your number list.
in your Ticket, insert a text box for your number, choose Insert Data Field
from the MailMerge menu, and insert Nos.
You can Format font and text size to taste. You could use the same
system to print Names, or indeed anything on your tickets.
am using a Microsoft Works spreadsheet to record the scores in a new Stableford
(points) competition at my Golf Club. It involves adding the points scored by
each competitor for each month, January - December. The winner is decided by
the BEST 8 monthly scores out of a possible 12. At present, my 'Total' column (O) has the formula of ‘SUM’ any of
the previous 12 monthly columns (C -N).
When September arrives I will need a formula for Column ‘O’, which
counts the values and for more than 8 simply sums the best 8, discarding any
surplus lowest values. My knowledge of
formula construction (ordering, separators, etc) has proved
Can anyone suggest how can it be done?
Dunley, via email
add the highest 8 out of 12 monthly golf scores in an Excel spreadsheet, then
assuming the first member's 12 scores are in cells B5 to M5, then:
- SMALL(B5:M5,1) - SMALL(B5:M5,2)
- SMALL(B5:M5,3) - SMALL(B5:M5,4)
(say) cell N5 will provide the answer for the first member. This can then be copied down column N for
the remaining members (select N5 to N100, assuming the last member's scores are
in row 100, and press Ctrl-D).
G. Rimmer, via email
CAN YOU HELP?
My 16-year old grandson has some simple
animation software that was part of a package with a new family computer. He
has made some excellent simple cartoons based on his own drawings, which he
scanned in. He is interested in graphics and animation as a possible career so
I have promised to buy him some more sophisticated software. However I do not
know where to find any. I have tried the local computer stores without success.
Can anyone recommend suitable software or a helpful website or supplier?
Doris Morey, via email
I run a small club for owners of holiday
properties to swap holidays. We have had a website for several months but it is
"invisible" because it is so unusual and no one realises it is
there. Can anyone tell me, how do you
get noticed on the Internet?
C. C., via email