Entry: off piste
Description: In the words of the late Terry Wogan, when 'surfing our email' for new cousins - we sometimes find ourselves in alien territory, translating records from the Danish, or working with newspaper records in Alaska. My cousins took a left-turn settling in a western island of the Solomons, which required me to read harrowing world-war accounts to learn their fate. A white picket-fence cousin Bill in northern Califronia lost his talented impulsive daughter to a union both spiritual and temporal with the native Indian population, and her children had wild lives full of fast cars, early deaths and haunting music. Grandpa Bill, shearing his hedge, didn't understand.