No justice

I read this earlier. And now I think I’m ready to share it.

I don’t feel that I can really do it justice by trying to describe it, so I’m not going to try. It’s just a beautiful piece of writing.

Give yourself 5 minutes, settle down and give it a go:

There Are No Wrong Numbers

Brilliant, Darrel Bristow-Bovey.
Thank you.

And then there was this…

The HELPFINDVIENNA story so far: here and here.


I wanted to provide pithy comment on this.

But I ran out of words.

I suspect you feel the same way now.

Let’s all do this – the power of positive thoughts are VERY POWERFUL!

Yes it are… they is… whatever.

Thanks, Wendy. Thanks.

The memories live on…

This is simply amazing.

Michael Spicer reads from what he describes as “the worst printing disaster in newspaper history”.
Here’s the “script”, and I’m leaving it deliberately large so that you can read along with Michael, simply by clicking the link below.


And here, as promised, is the link below:


I feel that I may never grow tired of this.

Adventures Through the Concrete Jungle

The football on offer this week has been pretty decent. Monday was Everton at Sunderland, Tuesday and Wednesday saw the return of the UEFA Champignons League, and Thursday provided no little entertainment in the form of the UEFA Cup Europa League. And this evening, another Premiership treat with Chelsea taking on Liverpool.

However, you might not be into football. You might be searching for something which gives you a bigger thrill. I’m not quite sure what could fit the bill ahead of a Feyenoord winner 12 minutes from time, but each to their own.
I am into football, but I’m still finding time to get through this amazing online series: URBEX – Enter At Your Own Risk.

I’m working my way through it at the moment, and finding that the sometimes mundane personal “I just want to challenge myself” narrative is more than balanced out with some amazing footage from some amazing places. The visit to the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Episode 5) was truly incredible.

I’m not sure how much of the footage is stage managed – it’s hard to work out how some of the third person stuff is filmed – but as I say, it’s free and it’s certainly worth a look if you can spare the bandwidth.

From Space

Here’s an image of South Africa from space, via NASA’s Modis/Terra satellite. Modis is Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (I know – it doesn’t quite work, does it?)

With its sweeping 2,330-km-wide viewing swath, MODIS sees every point on our world every 1-2 days in 36 discrete spectral bands. Consequently, MODIS tracks a wider array of the earth’s vital signs than any other Terra sensor. For instance, the sensor measures the percent of the planet’s surface that is covered by clouds almost every day.

That’s conveniently just about the width of South Africa, allowing this sort of shot:


Click through for hugeness and detail.

You can see that we were having a wonderful day in Cape Town (although I spent it in a lab, in a car and at Tygerberg Hospital, rather than chilling at a bar by the beach).

I’m hoping to be able to get a repeat image to compare when the cold front comes through on Thursday evening (it’ll be dark, I know) and through Friday morning.