Tuesday, 30 December 2014

The Sky Above



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.....




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7 comments:

Carol said...

You see ~ now this is why I read your blog Adullaman. I didn't know there were arid deserts, or deserts if any kind, in South America. I don't know why.. Perhaps it is something I never thought about. But now I have.

And because we are diametrically opposed, I suppose our days are getting shorter here in the Southern Hemisphere. Happy New Year Sir.

Mike Smith said...

When I make my way home at night, not much is clear...(hic!) All the best for 2015, Mr H - more power to your keyboard!

Lee said...

And down this way the days are getting ever so slowly shorter.

If the sky is above up your way, it must be below down this way!

Am I allowed to wish you a Happy New Year yet, Mr. Ad-Man? It is, after all, 9.10 am on 31st December, 2014 as I write.

It, of course, will be way past 9.10 am by the time you get to read this; and by the time you get around to coming up with a suitable response. Don't let me down now! :)

Lee said...

And I've had a few red wines tonight...and thoroughly enjoyed every single one! 2015 is going to be a good year!

Do you know why it is going to be a good year?

Because good is all powerful and good will win in the end!

the fly in the web said...

The days are getting longer here...noticeably as it no longer gets dusk when we are having supper on the balcony....

Alien life? I must have watched too much of The Clangers at one point as that is the image that always pops up in my mind.

Hwppy New Year!

Adullamite said...

Carol, tsk! Everyone knows that the west cost of South America, Chile to Peru, has not had rain for three hundred years! The 'Top gear' programme that went through Bolivia found some very inhospitable and high areas. Tsk, some of us get about...from our desk...

Mike, You must see many stars lying there...

Lee, Midnight is normally 12 so 9 isn't midnight. Tsk. Mind you while it isn't midnight here it is midnight elsewhere so you could call there and ...never mind...

Lee, That Aussie wine is good I see, how many bottles...?

Fly, Ah the Clangers! There is indeed talk of a new series! Watch out for it. Living near you folks would not wish to first foot and meet the lamb!

Lee said...

We have many bottles of wine here in Aus...a couple fewer today, however. :)