Either time flies when you are having fun, or time is going quicker as I get older !
Centenary of the "War to End All Wars"
In the UK, we have seemingly embraced the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The most iconic scene has been produced by the installation artist Paul Cummings, who has been planting close to 888,246 ceramic poppies in the moat at the Tower of London. It is a stunning piece of work and is very moving - "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red".
Luckily I went up to the Tower a few weeks ago, and managed to get a few photos. The last two weekends, it has been heaving with people and has become a bit of a free for all.
Some more photos can be seen here.
On 25 October, four Adults and 16 cub scouts we headed up to Lambeth and went to the recently revamped Imperial War Museum. London stations and streets were heaving with tourists and families enjoying the first weekend of the school half term.
I had not visited the museum since I lived in London as a kid.
I enjoyed it, especially the World War One galleries, which are very informative and nicely laid out.
There are a more few photos here.
Cub Scouts postponed
Very wet weather caused the weekly Cub Scout meeting to be postponed - rain water had seeped under the wood block flooring causing it to swell and form humps like traffic speed bumps.
Traffic mayhem in Reigate has also caused us problems - a planned quiz trail around the town has been rescheduled until road works on major roads around the area have been completed in early 2015.
Greenwich - Maritime Museum and the Longitude Problem
Last Saturday, I went up to London (as normal) to keep an eye on my Mum and took in the Tower Poppies for a second (very crowded) time on the way, and a visit to the Maritime Museum on the way back.
I had seen a poster for an exhibit about the Longitude Problem and how it was solved on a train.
This is the sort of history I love - an individual's dedication to solve a problem, up against the establishment and fighting for recognition.
John Harrison created timekeepers to maintain an accurate record of the time in Greenwich for mariners. Using the time difference between their local time and GMT, they were able to calculate their longitudinal position.
In the 1720s, this was considered a big enough problem for shipping that a prize of
GBP 20,000 was offered (about GBP 3,000,000 today).
The timekeepers "H1", "H2", "H3" and "H4" were masterpieces of design and overcame the major problems (temperature variance, ship's movement etc) brilliantly.
It is a great story.
Silly Season has started, so I am going to be sharing my work time between Woodhatch and Uxbridge until (currently 5 December). The plan is pretty disjointed, but we shall see what physical effects it has on me...
Tomorrow (11 November), I am up to the Electric in Brixton to see Slow Club, (for my money, at least) a great duo.
On 2 December, I am booked to see NEEDTOBREATHE play an acoustic gig at the lovely Bush Hall in London's Shepherd's Bush.
Christmas present to me is on 20 December, when I am up to the Hammersmith Odeon to see the science based annual "Christmas Compendium with Brian Cox and Robin Ince"
Already booked for next year are:
Emmy The Great
and the Glastonbury Festival.
TTFN, my Friends. until then...