Summer

  It must be summer. The plain swifts (Apus unicolor) are back at the Roque de Los Muchachos. These birds are native to the Canary Islands and Madiera, but some overwinter in North Africa. I don’t know where these ones disappear to in winter, but it’s always nice to see them back, zipping acrobatically around the telescopes.

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If at first you don’t succeed…

… try again. This is the new home for Getting it Write and Star Island, although there’s still afew bits to add. La Palma Island will be joining soon. This new blog looks much prettier, and hopfully this time I won’t wipe it out while trying to upgrade. (And yes, I have a backup now. You bet your bibby I have a backup. Three, actually.)

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sunset

Somebody’s got to do it.

   I’ve been showing an international group of journalists around La Palma for the tourist board. So I took them to all the most beautiful parts of the beautiful island, and we ate in the best restaurants, and we had good conversations and I got paid for it. But then I suppose that somebody has to do it. On Saturday we watched the sunset from the dome of the enormous…

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At Bleeding Last!

I finished the second edition of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” in July 2013. Almost immediately, I started work on the Spanish version. But I got interrupted by family holidays, distributing books, and writing “The Seer’s Stone” and translating it into “La piedra ocular” (while local government subsidies were available.) That took longer than anticipated, as these things generally do. Meanwhile I was tour guiding, blogging, writing the odd…

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