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Squee Sunday: Baby Orangutans

I’ve been reading about the Unseen University and it’s librarian, so I have orangutans on the brain. Orangutans are great apes (of the genus Pongo), so of course they look very much like humans. It’s easy to see their feelings. Plus they’re red heads like me. Redbodies?

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Me at the Guateke concert in Los Llanos de Aridane

Carnival, and an interview.

A bit late, but here’s a video of my favourite thing from Los Llanos day carnival on Saturday. Carnival is like a giant street theatre: almost everybody joins in, demonstrating their creativity for everybody who cares to see. So here’s the Canarian Unsynchronised Swimming team with their mobile pool. The other thing I like about the video is the music. That’s my husband playing the drums in the band, and…

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Queuing

This morning I went to sign off for the month as an self employed. I tried to do it on Friday, but Social Security said I needed to sign off at the tax office first, and they said I needed to make an appointment, which I couldn’t get until today. When I got there at 9:10 I had to queue while another lady got a huge pile of papers rubber…

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Hammer

Squee Sunday: hamsters

My story “Agent Hammer: Licensed to Kibble” was in On The Premises issue 17. Agent Hammer is a genetically modified hamster and a secret agent who does things like jumping out of burning buildings using a lady’s frilly knickers as a parachute. I keep thinking I ought to do another Agent Hammer story because it was such fun to write.

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Trappist-1 and it’s 7 dwarves

Well squee! NASA announced that the little star TRAPPIST-1 has 7 rocky planets, ranging in size from 40% to 140% of Earth’s mass. They’re all very close to the star, closer than Mercury is to our own Sun, but TRAPPIST-1 is an ultracool dwarf star, with a surface temperature of perhaps 2,500 ºC. Our sun is about 5,500 ºC. This means that several of the planets are in the Goldilocks…

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