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Creative solutions

I’m not really over the flu, but the incoming travel agents were short of guides so I did a 3-hour excursion. On the way back it got interesting. La Palma’s roads tend to be narrow and twisty, and they’re usually widening and straightening one somewhere. Of course, while the work’s going on, the road is usually narrower than ever. In this case, we found a crane on the back of…

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What the Kings brought me

On Jan 6th the kings ride in on their camels and bring presents to baby Jesus and good Spanish children. Bad children get coal. I must have been very good; look at the boat they brought me! (Actually it’s the cruise ship, Ventura. I was the guide for an excursion). I tweeted about it, and my favourite comment came from my friend Nikki, “Those poor camels carrying that!” I also…

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Ravens on the roof of my car outside Gran Telescopio Canarias, -Roque de Los Muchacos, Garafia

My Busy Week

I’m not sure what I was thinking of when I agreed to work from Monday to Friday this week. I let myself slip way behind with paperwork and now I have to catch up. Besides, I’m self employed and the new year means setting up new spreadsheets. It’s not as if any of these jobs are particularly long or difficult, just that there’s a lot of them. Also my cleaner…

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Vera Rubin. Copyright NASA

Vera Rubin

Among all the more famous deaths of 2016, I want to mention Vera Rubin. She was the only person graduating with an Astronomy degree from her class in 1948. She wanted to do her PhD at Princeton, but they didn’t accept women for post grad studies at the time, so she went to Cornell. That’s where she discovered that galaxies didn’t seem to be flying straight out after the Big…

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