A Full Circle

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An opportunity to crawl out of the cave on a Digi Detox 'Bouncing in Belfast' at the NI Science Festival seemed quite sensible whilst clutching Max Brooks' 'The Zombie Survival Guide'... as opposed to the Brexit Survival Guide.  

On the Menu was Brian Cox' Universal, The Titanic & a Political Tour re the Troubles.  Destination known, taking the strain beyond Old Vic the comforting backyards of Chesterfield steeling towards the windy turbines nestled along a backdrop of 'bungalow land' neatly circling the odd refineries.  Hardly mind blowing stuff unless you fancy a panini menu floating over bridges to board the boat. Eight hours in, the digitally enhanced on their way to Cork were quite sympathetic as thier fingers clutched their wotsits as mine fidgeted to a clench.  If only they made edible iphones.  

Complete protection from the living dead.  Dublin was buzzing albeit in Euros as the dark ride to Belfast was frosted by a glare from a fellow submitting his Church fund application via his insurance suited ipaddy laptop thing.  The Underwriters.  Anyhoos not one to underestimate scales a few stops & hops later the arrival.  More panini than Pacini, right place right time, left turn hurray for Little Italy with Olives.    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwZqUPzXypU

Belfast the second safest city in the world... "She was alright when she left here." 

"I would be very wary that if there is a salad bar on those who can get permits to work in the UK post Brexit, that will have a detrimental impact on our industry. "The demand that we have for skills like chefs and others is one that we will really struggle to meet from the domestic market."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ6StIJt1oo

Technical Wizardry? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA_OPTAtCCE

The Event Horizon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIKXTziwOGY

The mind boggled, Cones explained...  https://www.space.com/17661-theory-general-relativity.html

Bossy Boots was famished and started itching.

"Love Everyone Else, Hate Each Other'

Into the Divis area,  on the scale of not too distant the Peace Wall, social injustice, chop chop who shot who..  Bombay Street & The Falls Road. Lightening the mood :-) https://feisfayre.com/  I fell flat over which was kindof weird.  lol  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgME2aNruVU

The Gates that open at 7.00 am & close at 8.00pm. Oranges no lemons (Jeremy Corbyn's sneaky business), The Shankills "Community Liaison officers ... a protection racket ... peace is not profitable." "The conflict still exists, anyone over 25 knows someone killed by the troubles".   Rather darkly the UTM is "recruiting 9-18 year olds at its fastest rate thanks to Brexit"   All very dark, proud of and free to anyone prepared, tell it as it is, there were many guides telling the scarey scales tales, who shot who etc etc "the more who know, the merrier"  banging on. 

A drop off at the Titianic Museum, for amusement purposes only, they have a nice salad bar.  All very H & W ie 'rivetting' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=eL7LUhKs6ys.  Probably the best historical exhibition in the world except tis a bit like Ikea ... try finding a fast way out when its gets a tad overwhelming.

Oh, here we go "Its Norwegian parent company, Fred Olsen Energy, is carrying out a restructure of its business and could decide to offload Harland and Wolff... no price tag has been placed on the business"

Freetime at St Annes Square & Buba - next to the Mac followed by a ramble down the 'shambles' and getting caught with some over 'friendly' folk in a tiled booth.

Shops don't open on a Sunday ... so an amble to 'The Moon : A Gateway to Planetry Exploration' at the Ulster Museum  presented by 'the gripping'  Dr Mahesh Anand "2014 - Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration, Department of Physical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. 2012 - 2015 Chair, Geochemistry Group of the Mineralogical and Geological Societies, UK"

http://www.open.ac.uk/people/ma3776

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXwS1IJVmVA

A few Pterosaurias, Da Vinci and yet more Botanical Gardens and the long & windy journey 'home'.

Two shillings short of a plank ... Who, What, Where When Why: http://projectswordtoys.blogspot.com/2013/11/is-professor-brian-cox-real...

Erm, nope actually it was something to do with flax & giving up the tobacco: https://www.lisburnmuseum.com/2016/02/history-of-irish-linen-flax/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8-exg-5Jbg

Oh well ...

https://www.maxbrooks.com/the-zombie-survival-guide

Not quite a spellathoraus..

http://uofgts.com/Astro/cosmology.html

I'll be bach.... No doubt the #smart# one will be uploading.

Have a nice day.

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The Oscars Crack'd

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The Chunnel

"AS I began to write this article, The Independent Group in Parliament consisted of eight defecting Labour MPs, expressing varying motivations for their decision to leave the party that some of them have been with for decades.

I then went through the Channel Tunnel on the Eurostar, and by the time I’d emerged, it was not longer the “Labour split”, but the “Tory and Labour split”, with three Conservative women MPs joining the group. Fast change is a characteristic of our politics today, as is complexity. And chaos...

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/natalie-bennett-why-indepen...

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/politics/more-than-220-small-b...

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/150m-invested-in-new-plant-in-hull-...

Oh

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/it-s-a-cop-out-former-army-maj...

https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/climate-change-activists-urge-...

Not a PR campaign for Eurostar ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkYDS-aKp5U&list=RDzkYDS-aKp5U&index=1

Oh, OK:

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2019/02/winner-takes-all-...

"The legacy of First Past the Post has toxified our political discourse so much that we are now risking an epochal split that will severely damage our country. Once the dust settles, we need a serious think about how we have got to this point – and our electoral system should be high on the list of culprits for reform."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg

http://www.cityam.com/273589/billionaire-sir-jim-ratcliffe-met-prime-min...

https://projektgrenadier.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQpdFqcfr2c

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An Empty Chair

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/01/grayling-reaches-33m-se...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szHSZf8zkyA&list=PLpNNVeaq9rrxP2yki51iRm...

https://www.lbc.co.uk/hot-topics/hs2/hs2-spent-6m-on-frivolities-happine...

https://www.hs2.org.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHBmShA8P28

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/business/jeff-bezos-lauren-sanchez-am...

"Jeff Bezos amassed the world’s greatest fortune by relying on what he has called a “regret minimization framework.” He built an $800 billion company with 14 codified principles and a brutally exacting culture. His annual salary of $81,840 has not budged since 1998.

But then Mr. Bezos went to Hollywood..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNtXjIiJ0PU

Oh, OK ;-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DymEcvMptUU&list=RDzkYDS-aKp5U&index=5

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Hale & Peace

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47373925

"The peace walls of West Belfast snake through the city, adorned with colourful street art and murals. Buses and taxis pull up to let cheerful tourists write their messages of hope and love on the bricks.

But the walls are not symbols of peace. They are structures of fear.

Their purpose is not to celebrate peace, it is to keep the peace..."

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-04/seabed-2030-project-mapping-the-s...

"When you use sound, it takes several seconds to go from the vessel right to the deep water and back to the vessel. On top of that, it diverges into the water and gives you information which is sometimes distorted and then needs to be processed," he says.

"So, it's slow, it's expensive, and that is essentially why the ocean hasn't been mapped properly."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/03/labour-balance-of-...

“It’s true that the big treasure-hunting firms have spent years doing what we’ve been doing, but only when it comes to the ships that carried huge treasure loads. I don’t think we’d be helping them out much, to be honest.”

The three researchers are now preparing for another deep dive, into the archives and libraries. The Spanish empire was, after all, a very, very large one. “We’ve still got many more areas to go,” says León. “Next year, I’d like to work on Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica so as to kind of finish up the Caribbean area. After that’s it’s on to the Pacific.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh401Rmkq0o

The Unknown.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxpX_F0HaHc&list=PLu8MK5TJVpCq2srPHNoMLg...

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A Space Archaeologist

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-02/space-archaeology-and-the-threat-...

"Humans have done a rather remarkable job of making their presence felt on Earth, which has turned the planet into an archaeologist's playground.

Not content with stopping there, in the last six decades we've blasted tens of thousands of objects into space and given rise to a fertile new profession: space archaeology...

"We have currently orbiting the Earth at this point in time 23,000 bits of stuff over 10 centimetres in size."

"So that includes whole satellites and fragments and bits that have broken off and rocket bodies.

"We have left a whole range of sites on the moon — we have the six Apollo landing sites, we have numerous Russian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese sites too.

"On Mars, there are rovers and orbiters and other kinds of vehicles. And then if you go further into the solar system, we have landing space probes on moons like Titan.

"We have the Voyager spacecraft right out at the very edge of our junction with interstellar space, and New Horizons, which is currently heading out in that direction, too.

"And lot more little bits of pieces in between. Really, the whole solar system now is a human artefact."

"The oldest object we have in space is a satellite called Vanguard 1, which was launched in 1958."

"It is a beautiful little round, silver, aluminium, polished sphere with six antennas sticking out of it.

"If you look at pictures of it now, it is very sort of retro looking and has a vintage space-age look.

"I don't want to get my hands on it, actually. I want it to stay up there. Part of why it is so significant is the fact it is still in orbit.

"What I would like is some more data. I would like more people to be monitoring the condition of the satellite. I am happy for it to stay out of my reach..."

Oddly enough ...

lol

https://www.space.com/brilliant-green-fireball-lights-florida-sky-march-...

Mebbe those Red Arrows are doing night manouvres..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qezgfxXm3ns

https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_and_Robotic_Exploration/Explora...

https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-04-02/mars-express-confirms-met...

Space Hopping ...

https://interestingengineering.com/mining-in-space-what-it-means-for-the...

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacet...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBWKeYOY20I