What can YOU say in six sentences?
“Houston, the eagle is about to fuck up,” I said as the desert rushed up frighteningly fast. Like Neil Armstrong I decided to take personal control during the last seconds, unlike Mr Armstrong I hadn’t really a clue what I was doing but I’d found a lever marked ‘flaps’ so I yanked it down, what the hell ? .. there was a creaking noise and to this day I don’t know if it did anything.…Continue
Lots of dials, even some holes where dials had been (I resisted the temptation to shout out a question about Gollum's parentage) which I examined hastily as the nose dipped more. Let's see, oil pressure and manifold pressure both zero, tell me something I don't know, the engine has gone to some crankshaft heaven on the other side of the sky, I doubt even God could get that thing going.…Continue
The nose dipped and a great swath of stony desert began to fill the windscreen. Have you ever had one of those dreams where you are trying to do something, and obstacles keep getting in your way ? However bad your dream, it doesn’t compare with trying to get from the back seat to the front seat of a small plane with a bloody great rifle standing in for the Berlin wall complete with vopos and barb…Continue
The silence after the shrieking engine was deafening, if that makes any sense, but it gradually gave way to the strange whine of air moving over the wings. The plane still flew on steadily, like one of those cartoon characters that runs off the edge of a cliff and stops for a few seconds before it realises its mistake and then gravity kicks in, gravity doesn't take prisoners.…Continue
The plane was a four seater Cessna, well ... it had been once, right now it was a bundle of cable ties, duck tape and worm-wheel clips, all held together by a bag of hopeful nails. Not that the pilot was much better, he was a Gollum lookalike who was missing six fingers and was so old I think he learned to fly on Zeppelins.
I spent last weekend tramping around the Welsh mountains and from one peak, Yr Aran (the Welsh really know how to name mountains) I took this picture of the Snowdon (Yr Wyddfa) ridge to Y LLiwedd (Snowdon is touched by cloud on the left.)
After coming down on rubber legs I met several young lads (at my age anybody under 40…Continue
To follow history of the tree see:
In the fifth…Continue
Fifteen hundred trillion miles in two seconds, the blue giant Bellatrix, a vast blistering ball of energy, the sort of place where Gods get created, where the laws of physics are written and re-written in the fiery plasma of an infinite pen, but it wasn’t what I was looking for, so I jumped on.
Two million light years, far…Continue
I went into the pub and insisted that all my drinking pals came outside as I wanted to show them something. Glasses clutched in hands they trooped out into the beer garden savouring the feel of the Sun on a bright beautiful day, weather that always makes the English feel a bit guilty, as if someone up there somewhere has made a mistake.…Continue
( Note: First off this isn’t my six, it’s six sentences of dialogue from one of my favourite films: Three Days of the Condor. A conversation between CIA chief Wabash (John Houseman) and CIA Officer Higgins (Cliff Robertson) as they oversee a very errant operation. The film was made nearly 40 years ago, yet these lines are still clearly relevant. I’m posting it because I think it is really at the sharp end…Continue
Soon it’s gonna rain, probably spiders and slugs dripping out of the sky, that’s the sort of dream it was, you know, filled with chases and usually involves Bengal tigers, Zombies, Vampires, Dragons, psychopathic Koala Bears (best not ask about that one) and maybe a couple of acid for blood aliens thrown in just for a bit of spice girl (OH SHIT that’s a giveaway.)…Continue
One week ago I saw a good weather forecast and set off to North…Continue
Camera 2 started tracking the target as soon as it appeared at the upper end of its field of view, estimating the flight speed at 12.5 centimetres per second and rapidly calculating it’s direction vectors knowing that it could do nothing but track, as its weapons systems had failed long ago but it gathered data at a phenomenal rate nonetheless, and as the target moved off to the right into Camera 3’s sector Camera 2…Continue
"Twudst give bafflement to know what sins are laid upon me by such noble fellows whose own history is lined with blood and bone separated only by dagger. Here on this field of Bosworth where Tudor braggarts with scant claim but sheet stains in the night and traitorous dogs with only thought for their wealth hover undecided until perception of the flow of battle, yet they accuse ME of dis-honour."…Continue
Captain Kirk: A somewhat strange view of First Contact with alien species, summed up by the phrase 'shag em or kill em.'
Spock: A Vulcan who do not believe in emotional display but in purely logical behaviour, except during something called Pon farr wherein they go totally bananas about sex and rip stuff of the bulkheads and draw…Continue
The both wore expensive Italian suits with beautifully polished shoes, the front guy was a little runty fellow with a sneering smirk glued to the front of his head, the guy at the back was tall, all muscle and a face like one those statues on Easter Island, I suspected both had their origins somewhere in Sicily .. although that was long ago.…Continue
Maria Sibylla Merian is the current header for the Google Page (April 2nd) a lady scientist of the 17th Century who until this day I had never heard of, and this is a pity. Science has been a long difficult road full of twists and turns and strange offshoots but beyond doubt a journey that truly has a pot of gold at its end.…Continue
Yolfe was a giant of a man, a huge barrel of indifference who moved thru life with the uncaring roll of some vast rock that drifts in the abyss of space neither bothered by where it had been or where it was going.
He wasn’t violent, or a bully, or a coward, or much of anything else for that matter apart from lazy, he just took…Continue
I saw Comet Panstarrs tonight after five days of trying, low down on the western horizon an hour after sunset. Quite faint now as it races off into deep space, never to return.
That’s one down.
Next month Comet Lemmon should be visible from…Continue
This morning at 0832 hours Greenwich Mean Time (sod this Co-ordinated Universal Time shit) I went out onto my back lawn to give a blackbird a good talking to (a bollocking.)
I don’t want you to think I go around talking to birds (which I do) but this fellah comes down to worm hunt on my lawn every morning and while I have no…Continue