Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Who Would Live in a Room Like This...

I'm back! Been away for a while in the real world but was so inspired by a great quiz I saw over at Archie's I had to post it...


Your Soul is Searching

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or eve a completely different life.

You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.

You see yourself with pretty objective eyes. How you view yourself is almost exactly how other people view you.

Your near future is still unknown, and a little scary. You'll get through wild times - and you'll textually enjoy it.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Jumanji in Real Life

What if you found Jumanji in your attic?

Monday, 5 March 2012


Wow! This video compilation, shot from the International Space Station is stunning. It shows the Earth at night and features the lit cities of the world, countless lightning storms and a stunning aurora (I've just learned in my physics course why the aurora is usually green - it's the oxygen in the atmosphere that makes it so). What surprised me is that, for once, I didn't frown and tut to see all the man-made illumination. Firstly, it was simply beautiful; also, the natural light effects seemed even more powerful and dramatic, if more short-lived. But chiefly, I found it rather thrilling and at the same time comforting to see all those twinkly lights. It was like passing along a street at night before people close their curtains. How comforting to see all those illuminated interiors, to see all that life carrying on. All of a sudden, I could imagine what it will be like when we start to investigate other planets. How lonely to approach an entire planet lying in complete darkness! How exciting to see the lights on!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Will Hay Hunts For Smugglers...

I love funny films more than any other kind, and Will Hay is one of my favourite masters of the funny film. In this short clip, Hay, Albert and Harbottle are incompetent policemen who are trying to find smugglers. Harbottle's dad is the key to completing an old poem that locates the smugglers' den. Cue laughter...

Friday Foto Finder - Love

It's Friday Foto Finder time again - this week the theme is love. You can't get a much stronger love than that between mother and child, so here's an extremely cute combination that I spotted wandering through the garden of a former home.

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Friday Foto Finder - Relaxation

Missed last week but I had to put something up for RELAXATION, as I have seventeen and a half years of photographs of my old Jack Russell being relaxed. Here's a particularly mellow one of her from a couple of years ago:

Why don't you join in with the Friday Foto Finder?

Thursday, 16 February 2012

500 Miles of Rubber Monsters...

This is very silly, and combines two brilliant things - a great Scottish song and Doctor Who. My embarrassing crush on David Tennant is all the greater now...

Pinched from Soul of Star Trek.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Friday Foto Finder - Curiosity

I used to live in a wonderful place, where I would stumble across new, to me, plants and creatures every week. When I first saw these, I thought I had found some beautiful tropical CURIOSITY, but orange ladybirds are, apparently, fairly common in the UK.

How characterful are they?

Why not have a go at Friday Foto Finder yourself?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

January Auroras

Now this is a nice way to start your Thursday morning...

Aurora 2012 from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

Produced by the talented (and rather handsome) Christian Mulhauser. Makes me want to move as far north as I can and stay up all night watching the sky...

Monday, 6 February 2012

Technology Isn't Always a Good Thing...

Pinched from blogging newcomer, Roaming Radish, is this very funny cat conversation:
Louis vs Rick. I wasn't at all sure this was going to be funny when I began reading but it just gets funnier and funnier. Give it a go.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Friday Foto Finder - Dedication

I went on a cake decorating course recently and DEDICATED the results to - myself!

Play along yourself, over at Archie's place.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

What's In the Sky This Month?

Happy February everyone!

The (northern hemisphere) night sky has some beautiful objects in it this month. See what to look out for, courtesy of the Hubble Site.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Friday Foto Finders - Welcome!

Archie over at the Archive has started up this new photo meme, with the first theme being "Welcome"...

A rainbow is a WELCOME sight after rain...

Sunday, 8 January 2012


Time for another poem...a bit of classical mythology, I think...


Merope, daughter of Atlas,
daughter of Pleione, runs
in the sky with her sisters.
Youngest of seven, wooed by
Orion, ever she runs
from his eager advances.
Guided by Maia, the bull
is their guardian. Orion,
the hunter, laughs at the ploy,
and shoulders his bow. Merope
loved the mortal Sisyphus,
married, bore him children.
Sisyphus paid for boldness,
Merope was alone again.
Her sisters gathered around
and became the Pleiades,
twinkling, fairest of all, high
in the winter sky, a swarm
of fireflies, darting around
the head of Taurus, laughing.

It's a bit of a work in progress - comments gratefully received! Incidentally, Merope is the star at the bottom of the group, being well shielded by her sisters.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Why I Will Never Be A Famous Film-maker, And Neither Will You...

Oh, I have dreamt SO many great movie screenplays, if only I could remember them when I wake up...

From the mighty xkcd.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy 2012!

Happy New Year everyone!

For only the third time in my adult life, I brought in the New Year not in my own house. I went along with friends to the Hogmanay bash in Inverness and had a jolly good time, listening to fusion tcheuchter rock and watching some very nice fireworks at the end. The Inverness fireworks were perfectly good but it looks as though the London ones were utterly spectacular. Have a look...

Sharp, clever and highlighting the best bits of London - maybe the Olympics aren't going to be the embarrassment we all fear... I wish you all a fabulous 2012!