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

Merope

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












Merope

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!