Dramatic and beautiful...
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
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
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...
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.