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Of Men and Of Angels March 30, 2012

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Easter 2004: I discovered R Harrison archangel series. we were having an easter school trip at Wesley Owen, Oxford St (it has since closed down). I could spend hours in a bookshop and I did that day. I picked up a bluish book with a yellow title. I was drawn to the angel wings and shimmering sea.

Simply: This was the Book of Acts retold through the diary of a guardian angel.

When people usually write about angels they emphasises ethereal beings, awe – the fantastic. Harrison does touch on these points but his angelic characters could be anyone I know; Oriel is the lead character and very organised and concise. His world view is very logical. He is anxious to complete his task and return to his responsibilities. Through his twisting adventure he gains insight into the complexity of ‘us humans’. More importantly he sees the depth of God’s love.

Harrison has a witty narrative style and the dialogue between the angels is laugh-out-loud funny. Many times on the tube/bus I’ll stuff my fist in my month so to stop the uncontrollable laughter :).

 It’s been eight years since I first read the book, each re-read has been as captivating as the first.

Book and Media Festival 2012 March 21, 2012

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From 3 April – 4 May the borough of Redbridge has a series of events, celebrating the works of authors past and present.

There will be a range of activities for adults, kids and families. Talks, workshops and even a three course Victorian dinner.

All those interested take a look at the Redbridge website.

March 20, 2012

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Believe nothing

March 20. 2012 11:03 AM 

Launched in 2009, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE methodically snapped an infrared picture about once every 11 seconds for ten months — totaling around 2.7 million images — in an attempt to compile an atlas of the entire sky. This past Wednesday, NASA released the final version of their all-sky atlas and catalog of objects, which should keep scientists and astronomers busy for quite some time.

Comprising 15 trillion bytes of information, the individual pictures from the WISE probe were stitched together into a collection of 18,000 mosaic images with over 560 million individual stars and galaxies, many of which have never been seen before. The image above is one such mosaic image, showing the entire 360º view of the sky in a single shot.

The hope is that this collection of images and catalog of objects will spur further discoveries, as the…

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“But you’re a scientist… March 6, 2012

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…you should know about this/ that/ the other”

Once people find out what I do they will eventually say this. Science for some reason means omniscience This is slightly annoying but what really infuriates me is the self-assured smirk always that comes with such a statement.

I can’t blame them I do love talking ‘Science’ and have to stop myself from boring friends and family.

Picture this conversation

“Miss, I don’t understand this question “, I am in a school as a supply teacher covering a physics class. Like a good proactive worker I go over. The question is simply discussing the relationship between frequency and wavelength for microwaves.

” You have all the information here, plug it into the right equation”, says I.

“No I don’t, What’s the speed of a microwave?” responds the student, beginning to whine.

“Yes that is a little tricky but you know this as well,” I say with a big grin. “Microwaves, radio waves, ultraviolet are all forms of light. They travel at the speed of light, which is…”

“3×10^8 m/s” finishes the student surprised.

“See, you do know it” I say delighted.

Now picture this conversation, it’s the same day, same class, same questions, same student

“Miss , the angle of incidence is equal to…”

Again I go over I read the question. But nothing, a complete blank. I read the question again, still nothing. Panic bubbles up my throat. Hang on a moment, I sternly tell the bubble its been a while and I need think. I look at the student and say, “I’m not quite sure, I’ll have a think and get back to you.”

When I turn my back, the furious whispers begin

“She doesn’t know”

“She’s suppose to be a science teacher”

“This is what happens when we don’t have are normal teacher”

I spin round, “the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection” I glare at them, daring them to question my knowledge.

They don’t