Reflections on #Tamebay@10 Part 4: Sue Bailey

suebwAs we approach Tamebay’s 10th Birthday, Chris and I have been reflecting on the journey we’ve had over the past decade. Here are some of our other posts. I hope you’ll crave our indulgence.

(And don’t forget that we are having a birthday party to mark the landmark. And do come and raise a glass.)

And no retrospective would be full and complete without looking back over the contribution made by Tamebay’s co-founder Sue Bailey. Newer readers may not be aware that Chris and Sue founded Tamebay back in 2006, admittedly at my urging. They ran it between themselves together for 5 years, with occasional input from me. But sadly in 2011, Sue died suddenly.

The thing to know about Sue Bailey is that she was fearsomely clever. She was a Cambridge grad in what she called “dead languages.” Her degree is better known as the highly respected ASNAC course, Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic. She loved Beowulf and a copy of it, in the original old English, was never far away. She loved books and described herself as an “amateur librarian”.

She was a talented photographer and blogger with her own interests in historical fields such as architecture, cemeteries and London’s past. She lived with her husband in France in her last years with her beloved dogs and garden. She loved a glass of something strong. She could drink me under the table. Nah, actually, we were evenly matched.

Chris moans that one night in Chicago, during the eBay Live! event in 2008, that Sue chivvied him back to his hotel room and then came out drinking into the small hours with me. But then Chris is a two pot screamer.

Sue was funny, opinionated… actually she was argumentative… and sometimes difficult. But that was all part of her charm. What she called “snark” was often present in her more acerbic Tamebay postings. And readers loved it.

She was also the tech whizz behind Tamebay. She set up the Tamebay blog back on day one in an afternoon and maintained it over the years. And when she died that offered our biggest challenge. Chris is more technical than I am but we didn’t have her design skills and know-how. We turned to outside help.

Of course, Sue is still with us. When we’re thinking about a story or an angle on something, Chris and I will often ask “What would Sue do?”… and that’s a tricky call to make because she was so often unpredictable in her views and esoteric generally. So we have fun guessing.

We miss her after all this time. Never forgotten. Here’s the post we wrote announcing her death: Farewell Sue Bailey.

Many of you will remember Sue, and knew her, so do please share a wry memory of her and make us smile. We’ll be raising a toast to her at the party. Maybe see you there?

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