January 3, 2012
On the day that the Earth is closest to the Sun, life goes on much as usual:
Justin Case unsuccessfully tested a model flying machine that his grandparents had given him for Christmas. It nose-dived into the Bredy. His granddad’s suggested that he takes it to Fred’s Treads, to see if they can fix it.
Plans to build a bridge at the Ford in Lower Snodding have been overwhelmingly dismissed by the Parish Council for being both unnecessary and a blot on the beautiful, unspoilt landscape there. Councillors did concede however that the stepping-stones were a health and safety issue and that the construction of a footbridge might be considered.
And Tom Bell was eager to try out the telescope he’d bought himself for Christmas. He wanted to see the Quadrantid Meteor Shower too.
November 9, 2011
Tom Bell had hoped that the cloud and mist would have cleared. He’d wanted to take his telescope over to Tooting, to take a look at that huge asteroid that was passing between the Moon and the Earth. At least, he hoped that the scientists had got their calculations right, because if it hit Earth, it’d make a big dent!
He thought about the 127kg Ensisheim Meteorite which struck a wheat field outside the village in Alsace on the 8th November 1492, and the shockwaves that produced. He wasn’t superstitious at all, you understand, but he did think it was an uncomfortable coincidence.
Conversely, Justin Case was hoping that the scientists had got their calculations wrong, and that the asteroid would hit the Earth – preferably somewhere near Lower Snodding. He’d read recently that Meteorites delivered gold to Earth, and he thought he might be able to get his hands on some of it!
October 22, 2011
Tom Bell’s eschewed the bright lights and the noise of the city.
Not for him the Highgate Run. Nor did he wish to jig about The Place. He wasn’t even interested in a Paneer Makhani with a peshwari naan and a mushroom bhagi side at the Chorley Tandorley.
For tonight, there was going to be quite a show! Meteors zapping across the sky as the Earth moves through the particles Halley’s Comet shedded 26 years ago.
- He’s got his flask of Spicy Pumpkin Soup and a round of sandwiches.
- He’s got his 12 megapixel XLR camera with its long lens pointing in the direction of the shower.
- And he’s got his eight incher out.
So he’s all set for a peep at one of the wonders of the Universe.