Squee Monday: lambs

I’m not sure where Sunday disappeared to. Well, I had two groups at the observatory in the morning and then we had lunch and then I had a siesta – OK, so I know where most of Sunday went. Anyway, here’s the squee a day late. Actually I’ve just spent almost two hours in the dentist’s chair again, so it seems like a good time for a squee. And why…



I’ve been having major dentistry. On Monday the dentist took molds of my mouth, ground down two of my back teeth ready for crowns, and took molds of the left over stumps. It didn’t hurt, but it took two hours and afterwards my teeth were very sensitive to hot or cold and I could only chew on the left.  It made for a very boring diet of soft, lukewarm food…

Sir Roger Penrose, Elizabeth Blackburn, Rafael Rebolo, Russell Schweickart, Robert Kirshner, Joseph Stiglitz, Garik Israelian, Romano Corradi standing, (director of GTC), Eugene Kaspersky in the GTC dome, La Palma

Starmus 2016

Starmus is a big festival of science and art in Tenerife, with many famous speakers like Stephen Hawking, Brian May and Neil de Grasse Tyson. On Thursday morning I met the VIP visitors from Starmus at the airport. The group included Nobel Prize winners and an astronaut! That’s when I found out that the organisers thought I was going to stay the night at the observatory. I told them two…


Home Sweet Home

I’m back. The flight from Gatwick to Tenerife was delayed for an hour, but was otherwise fine. I wrote up my notes from the writing course, quick before I forgot, and I carried on with an exercise I’d started in the course. Then today we flew back from Tenerife. And tomorrow I’m a guide for Starmus!


Plot and Storytelling Workshop

Woman’s Weekly magazine run workshops for writers and I’ve drooled over the adverts for years. £79 for a workshop always seemed like rather good value, but of course when you add in flights from La Palma and a London hotel, it was a non-starter. But I managed to plan the holiday around one, and I went on my last day in the UK. It was great, and I learned a…