Archive for March, 2015

The solar eclipse

March 20, 2015

There was a nearly total solar eclipse here this morning: it was total rather further north-west of here, but here it max’d out at about 97%. Most of the University staff came out to watch. We’d been promised quite thick cloud, but in the event, there was mix of light and heavy cloud, and that meant that one could sometimes see the crescent of the sun using a dark filter (I used some old photo slides from 1978 – others actually had the right glasses, while others looked at the reflection and one person used a plastic divider which worked rather well). But one way or another we all saw it. My colleague Peter Hancock had his camera properly set up, and took a rather nice image (which I’ll as him if I can put up here). Meanwhile here’s one of mine taken with an iPhone 4!IMG_1012 I have a friend who was up in Torshavn, and when he uploads his (total eclipse picture!), I’ll add a link to it.

The light at the eclipse had a strange ethereal feel to it; not darkness, that’s for sure, but a light that cast sharp shadows, and seemed very white. It also got rather cold!

St. Patrick’s night at the Dunblane Hotel

March 18, 2015

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Every Tuesday night at the Dunblane Hotel there’s an Scottish/Irish/other music session, staring about 8.30 (but nearer 9 or even a wee bit later sometimes). Sometimes there’s just a couple of folk, sometimes there ten or more. Whistles, fiddles, elbow pipes, the odd flute, and guitar, and yours truly often on an electric piano accompanying. And last night was St Patrick’s Night (17 March). Now, sometimes pubs put of a bit of a show for St. Paddy’s but the DH isn’t really like that. So it was up to us to play to amuse ourselves, and the other customers. There were eight of us last night, and at maximum probably about eight other customers too. But we did have a good time!