Monday, 3 January 2022

Virtual Fireworks

A few days ago television news channels showed numerous firework displays watched by enthusiastic crowds, but large as those crowds were, the great majority of spectators must have watched on the television. It should be possible to program virtual displays at least as impressive as the polluting and expensive chemical extravaganzas, and people could adjust those to suit themselves and play them on their computers as often as they wished with no release of sulphur dioxide. I expect simulated crowds of any species required could also be provided.

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Winter Flowers

I've counted seven species of plant in flower in the garden, and that doen't count a crocus still in bud, but showing yellow petals. The snowdrops, usually the first of the bulbs to flower here, have not got beyond a profusion of leaves. I shall try not bore my readers with daily updates on that crocus, but don't be surprised if you read more about it in the next week or so. Numerous birds were twittering this morning, so I hope they won't destroy the crocus. They seem to be attracted to yellow ones.

Friday, 31 December 2021

My Annual Letter

A corrected and slightly amplified version of my anual letter for 2021 is now on my website, here

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Mild mid-Winter

It was so mild today that, in the middle of my shopping, expedition I felt so warm I removed my scarf.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Farewell Turkey Crown

Yesterday I threw away the remains of the Christmas turkey crown. For many years we've had a duck for Christmas dinner. This year we decided on Turkey and thought just part of one would suffice. When the butcher offered me a choice between a 1 kg crown, and a 2 kg crown I recklessly chose the latter. Even though I put three portions in the freezer, and we had two dinners from it and I made a turkey sandwish yesterday, there was still quite a lot of stale turkey left over. Although I hate wasting food, I sadly threw the remains away.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought

People often consider Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Thought to be equivalent, but they often conflict. One person speaking inserts their thoughts into the minds of those listening, who may be thus prevented from following their own trains of thought. At one time libraries were places where conversation was discouraged so that thoughtful readers should not be disturbed, but compulive prattlers long ago overode those rules to assert their supposed 'right' to stop other people thinking.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

A Triumph for an Ancient Brain

When I went out to the shops yesterday I forgot my shopping so I had to shop from memory. When I got home I checked against my list and found that I had bought precisely the items listed, and nothing else!

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

A Floriferous November

Although we are now about half way through Autumn there are still plenty of flowers in the garden. Zonal pelargoniums, begonias, campanulas, mexican daisies, fuchsias, feverfew, Winter jasmine, and at least tree other plants the names of which escape me, are all in flower. In a couple of months time the early Spring flowers should start to appear, so we shouldn't be without flowers for long.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Fireworks delayed.

There seemed to be few fireworks yesterday but rather more tonight, though not a great number on either night. Perhaps smelly explosions are becoming unfashionable, though mine is a fairly quiet area with quite a lot of elderly people who may be past getting excited by such things.

Friday, 5 November 2021

Fundamntal Units Confused in the Media

This afternoon I watched a television programme about the earth's atmosphere, and was reminded why I rarely watch television programs about science. Atmopheric pressure near the earth's surface was described as 1 kilogram per square centimetre, perpetuating the pernicious confusion of force with mass.

I prefer to state atmospheric pressure at sea level as about 105 pascals. A pascal is 1 newton per square metre.

Monday, 1 November 2021

Olive Trees in England

I often notice olive trees for sale at prices that seem rather high. I wonder why people buy them. I doubt if trees grown in England would produce sufficent fruit for people to press their own oil. Yet the plants strike me as very ugly, so there seem to be neither utilitarian nor aesthetic grounds for having them.

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Triply Jabbed!!

Today I had my covid-19 booster jab, bringing my score to 3.