Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Thought For the Day

I'm not sure if this is by way of being an arm round the shoulder for the middle-aged, or more of a communal sob but, in any case, Thoreau has it right (again):

"The youth gets together the materials to build a bridge to the moon, or perchance a palace or temple on the earth, and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a wood-shed with them."

I find this curiously comforting...

Monday, 28 November 2011

Blog of the Week

This week's highlighted blog is Archie's Archive. Archie is a magnificently bearded Australian, whose blog is guaranteed to raise a smile. His photographs of Perth are interesting, and his terrible puns are headache-worthy. Highlight for me every week is the BBC quiz, in which he awards a dunce's hat to the reader with the worst score and a crown if you manage to get all the answers right (I never have...)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Benton Fenton Spreads

Viral vid of the week has been Fenton the dog chasing deer in Richmond Park...

...and then clever people all over the world began using the audio footage...



...and, of course...

Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Friday, 18 November 2011

Written in the Seeds

Some Friday fun after a tough week...

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Blog Of The Week

A new feature here in the Pond - I thought I'd draw attention to some of my favourite blogs out there. There are some really talented people keeping blogs and they deserve the widest possible readership. One such person is Helen over at toomanytribbles. She is a photographer by profession, and a supporter of free speech, intelligence and Star Trek. Check out her stunning photographs - buy her book too, if you like - it's highly recommended.

Apart from showcasing her photography, her blog consists mainly of videos, always worth watching, on space, atheism and, well, anything that might appeal to the intelligent reader. You will always find something thought-provoking or beautiful, or both, over at toomanytribbles!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

She's gone...

My gorgeous old dog died today, aged 17 years and 8 months. Mind you, she wasn't always a gentle old lady - she was a right thug in her youth, picking fights with other dogs and defending her lord and master (my husband) to the death. Her favourite things were digging and chewing roots.

Yesterday, it was obvious that she was nearing the end. She has had dementia for four years, which she has borne with great courage and patience. In the last few days she had lost the capacity to eat, though she could still lap liquids. She was completely peaceful so it had been tempting to keep her with me just one more day, one more week, but I knew that she was ready to go. In the afternoon, I took her up to our favourite forest path, aiming to carry her along. We did mainly go along in that fashion but at one point she asked to get down and wandered off up the path for a short while. I took a picture of her and I am glad I did because it seemed to capture the mood of today - my little dog setting off on some unknown journey along a long woodland path.

She has been the best companion I could have wished for these last 6 years and I am going to miss her dreadfully. Sweet dreams Gem.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Sock Nonsense

It's a chill, foggy Tuesday in November, with only months of it getting darker and colder to look forward to. Time for some cheering up. I think...

Monday, 14 November 2011

Blue Marble bathed in Green

Changed my mind - I do want to be an astronaut...

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael K├Ânig on Vimeo.

Filched from the fab toomanytribbles.
These stunning time-lapse photographs are taken from the International Space Station. Look at the aurorae! The music is Jan Jelinek's Do Dekor.

Sunday, 13 November 2011


Stress(Photo credit David Friel)
This is quite good fun, and useful too. The BBC Lab UK use their huge audience pool to enable big experiments to be undertaken, providing psychologists with useful and real data. I was feeling a bit stressed yesterday, so thought I'd have a go at this test: The Stress Test. It takes twenty minutes or so but you get good, personalised feedback at the end and I can honestly say that I found one or two of the answers helped me. Go on - have a go and do your bit for science!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Where are my dancing shoes?

Rather pleased with this result - how do YOU travel through life?

You Dance Through Life

Your journey through life is inspired, creative, and optimistic.

You are an engaging, positive person - and you're always looking for the possibilities in life.

You hope to motivate and uplift other people. You want to change the world in your own little way.

You are confident and expressive. You're happy with who you are, as unique and different as you might be.