The Perseids

Having endured the most mind numbing tedium for the last fortnight one felt well overdue for a little entertainment.

The weatherman told of the meteor shower tonight arriving at just after midnight in the NE sky.  This happily represented a deal sight more entertainment that has been available for the said fortnight so I duly sallied forth. There, coming from Orion’s Belt straight towards the Big Dipper were streams of them, every minute or so.  All of a sudden they weren’t heavenly bodies anymore, they were coming over no more than a couple of thousand feet!  Well I suppose they have to land somewhere but appeared a bit close for comfort!

Tomorrow, as it is hot, we will visit the mountain, hopefully we shall miss the end of the whole London olympic thing, I really don’t think I need to witness any more claptrap like the opening ceremony.  Interesting really, however hard humanity tries it really cannot even begin to rival the natural world.  Shooting stars outbid fireworks by a country mile!

Author: christinaosborne

Landed on one side safely.

16 thoughts on “The Perseids”

  1. But Christina dear, why did you “endure” it? Why not switch off the TV and read a book, do some baking or something else you enjoy?

  2. sheona :

    But Christina dear, why did you “endure” it? Why not switch off the TV and read a book, do some baking or something else you enjoy?

    Sheona, hullawrerr,

    The inestimable CO <b)is doing something which she enjoys. Having a good rant. More power to her individualistic elbow even if she does seem to be slightly scunnered about the magnificent Olympic feast which most of us have enjoyed so much.

    Watching the Mens’ Marathon just now. Hundreds of thousands of my fellow countrymen lining the streets and cheering every athlete to the echo in the sure and certain knowledge that no Brit is going to do anything at all in the race. Fabulous pictures of my Capital city being beamed all around the world, albeit delayed in CO’s part thereof. I am proud to be British.

    CO, good afternoon. Lucky lady. I can get away from the Embran light pollution easily enough by driving about 20 miles into East Lothian . But we’ve been a wee bit overcast at night just now and there would not have been a lot to see. I have only ever seen the Perseids in their full pomp a few times but it was truly memorable every time.

    Please don’t watch the Closing Ceremony as it would only really upset you, given what you felt about the Olympic Overture. They’ve leaked the details and I gather that it is going to be an exuberant celebration of the last 50 years of British music with performances from the Spice Girls, George Michael, Russell Brand and many others. The Declaration of Human Rights is to be given a prominent part.

    It promises to be tacky, cloying, cheesy, PC and a load of other pejoratives. But it also promises to be just as quintessentially British as the Opening Ceremony and I can’t wait to watch it ring down the triumphal curtain on what has been, in my opinion, a superb London Olympics.

    And Ray Davies is going to be performing ‘Waterloo Sunset’!

  3. sheona, I didn’t ACTUALLY watch any of it voluntarily! With the exception of the opening ceremony which was a BIG mistake!!!
    Trouble is it has dominated the news bulletins and the newspapers to the virtual exclusion of any other news. So being an international news junkie it’s been short commons.
    We have watched a lot of videos.
    I have gardened ferociously and frozen down zillions of broad beans and french beans.
    i have made various batches of condiments.
    I have been very busy finishing a jacket as I had my arm twisted to enter it into the NW show and now I am preparing to demonstrate spinning at said show next week.

    One just could not get away from those damned games. It just bores me to tears as to who is the fastest, highest thinnest fattest etc etc. It could have been marginally amusing had someone entered a couple of lions for the 100 metres or there had been dung spreader races down the zil lanes……..

    Now of course we will have to endure endless pontification on the olympic legacy, total drivel, the only legacy that will turn out to be is an endless open drain on the public purse keeping behemoth stadia going in places where they would rather shoot each other!
    Plus I would rather open my veins in the bath than watch the spice girls, one has to assume they mean embalming spices?

  4. John Mackie :

    sheona :

    But Christina dear, why did you “endure” it? Why not switch off the TV and read a book, do some baking or something else you enjoy?

    Please don’t watch the Closing Ceremony as it would only really upset you, given what you felt about the Olympic Overture. They’ve leaked the details and I gather that it is going to be an exuberant celebration of the last 50 years of British music with performances from the Spice Girls, George Michael, Russell Brand and many others. The Declaration of Human Rights is to be given a prominent part.

    It promises to be tacky, cloying, cheesy, PC and a load of other pejoratives. But it also promises to be just as quintessentially British as the Opening Ceremony and I can’t wait to watch it ring down the triumphal curtain on what has been, in my opinion, a superb London Olympics.

    And Ray Davies is going to be performing ‘Waterloo Sunset’!

    Dammit JM. Please tell me you were just winding Christina up – an undertaking potentially injurious to one’s general wellbeing I would have thought, but no matter. The important point is that I was hoping to stay frizz-free for another few hours yet and now I’m not.

    OZ

  5. Not capable of being wound up on this.
    Much worse, it bores me! (Ultimate cardinal crime in the pantheon!!!)

  6. I’m waiting for your rant, OZ!

    I must admit, I wasn’t looking forward to any of it, but I’m watched some events and heard extremely good reports from those who attended. We have done exceedingly well, I think, and I plan to watch the Closing Ceremony. It sounds dire, but I’m hoping it works!

  7. christinaosborne :

    Not capable of being wound up on this.
    Much worse, it bores me! (Ultimate cardinal crime in the pantheon!!!)

    CO, good evening. Counting the minutes to the start of the end. I confidently expect to enjoy the cessation ceremonies.

    Just puzzled why, if it all bores you so much, you feel the need to keep banging on about it all the time? I have always marched to the drum of ignoring and, it follows, not commenting on a subject when it failed to interest me. I have to say that I believed you to be cut from the same cloth.

    I was clearly wrong.

  8. JM, I enjoyed your #3 very much. I was also quite touched to find this tribute on my French recipe website today.

    Ce n’est qu’un au revoir… Les Jeux Olympiques de Londres 2012 touchent déjà à leur fin ! Il est temps de rendre un dernier hommage à cette merveilleuse ville et à toute l’Angleterre dont la culture n’a cessé de nous faire vibrer ! La Reine Elisabeth II, Harry Potter, James Bond, Les Beatles, Mr Bean, … Les personnages marquants du Royaume Uni ne manquent pas ! Cependant chez CuisineAZ, c’est évidemment à travers des recettes « pop » et « so’ british » que nous clôturons avec gourmandise ces Olympiades !

    Today’s recipes, as they say, are a tribute to British cuisine. Nice to know not all Frenchmen snipe and whinge.

  9. JM I hardly think one minor blog on a meteor shower and a quick rave about the opening ceremony constitutes banging on! I have hardly commented at all the last two weeks.

    The only reason I comment at all is that I have found it all mostly depressingly embarrassing. Plastic brits weeping and wailing in public, people demeaning the flag wearing it as apparel, the jolly jingoism. None of it strikes me as anything more than disgusting mawkish displays that give me the dry heaves!

  10. I have to agree with Christina. It has been impossible to ‘escape’ the Olympics – the ‘News’ starts and ends with Sport and, like Christina, I’m tired of seeing the ‘failures’ who have been funded out of taxpayers’ money to achieve their personal ambitions, weeping and wailing because they haven’t come first.

    I dread the coming post-mortem of why we only came wherever we came and the demands for yet more money when there are, in my opinion, far worthier causes to spend my money on.

    I thought to add a post on the Mars landing – an event of far more interest to me. I’m rather glad I didn’t, since I’d probably have been far more scathing about the over-emphasis on Sport than Christina!

  11. Christina, don’t switch your TV on just now – please.

    OZ, I’m just going to fetch my Frizz Ease hair lotion for you!

    Oh dear.

  12. Sheona

    I don’t have a problem with some coverage of Sport – what I really object to is the fact that I don’t have any choice other than to switch the TV off!

  13. Boadicea, we’re quite lucky in that we’re currently in Bratislava without a TV connection and anything we want to watch – like Andy Murray – we have to find on-line. So we’re not overwhelmed with sport. But our son did say he was “olympicised out”. It sounds like Australia may be overdoing its coverage. Still, that’s it for another four years.

  14. I survived the Spice Girls so hopefully it’s really all over now, bar the post-mortem, but time to mothball the TV set again. 🙂

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