Have you noticed how the days are getting, ever so slowly, longer? The sun is slightly higher this afternoon than it was last week, and the darkness takes minutes less to arrive. Spring is fast approaching and once this mid winter festival is out of the way and the drunks locked up we can look forward to better days. It never ceases to amaze me the way the world works. If the sun was closer we would burn, if further away freeze, life would not be possible. How lucky it manages to stay in the right place. Orion constellation is one I have know all my life, hanging high above us in the cold, clear nights Edinburgh folks are so used to. Out side Edinburgh it could be seen clearly from the bus stop as we made our way home at nights. I wonder if it is still there? Once upon a time I was foolish enough to believe that there was life out there, possibly too many episode so 'Star Trek; or a reading of 'Dan Dare' in the 'Eagle.' I no longer believe this now. Vast area of South American desert show no life whatsoever and I suspect out there things are the same. Not counting the many stars, especially in the far distance that no longer exist, they dying long ago and the light only now reaching us.
I used to enjoy science fiction type books but in the end all comes down to human nature and they way we behave towards one another. Whether at sea, on land or in deep space science fiction folk always proved to human. There must be a reason for this. Still it would be enjoyable to sit in a warm comfortable spacecraft and make speed through the night sky visiting far distant planets, without dying of course, and having lunch at the restaurant at the end of the universe.
Back on earth there is the Blues.....