Regulars will remember the discussion on how far away from London the Shard can be seen. Andrew wrote that "the Shard can just be made out on the southern horizon when viewed from Blows Downs above Dunstable (c.35 miles away)" and now he's sent the photo to prove it:
Many moons after my post on this, here is a photo I took earlier this evening. Not great quality, I'm afraid (shaky hand and iPhone!), but the Shard is the light- coloured tall object on the horizon - very distinctive with the sun shining on it.
Well, the 18,000 word dissertation deadline, final draft, is looming. I have exactly 4 weeks to finish it, then final submission is 3 weeks after that. Having got Distinction in the previous 2 years it would be great to finish on a high and get the same this year, giving me a Distinction overall for the Philosophy MA. The problem is I've rather taken my eye off the ball at times this year. I've met all the deadlines and done a good solid job, but there's a long way to go if I'm to have a hope of top marks.
Solution: move into the new Nerd Centre for a month and live and breathe philosophy of mind. I started yesterday, and will devote every spare moment to it till the 21st August; no astronomy, no nature, no drinking (ok, reduced drinking; lets not go mad). Luckily I'm off work till the 18th so there's no distraction from that quarter. 8 hours a day minimum is the plan, factoring in a few days where that won't be possible eg, I get a nice break on the 11th Aug to go for some serious remedial root canal work costing £700 so that's a day out to look forward to.
Here's where I'll be spending all my time from now on. Don't be fooled by my impressive panorama-stitching abilities; the new Nerd Centre is about 6 foot by 8 foot.
My brother and I saw these birds from the cliffs along the coast from Cromer yesterday. He thought they were gulls then had a look on Google and decided they are Gannets. I've no idea what they are, but I do know someone like my bro with no birding experience can't come along expecting to ID distant seabirds. It take years to reach the level of incompetence that I have. Alan R, can you resolve the issue please?
We're on the Norfolk coast this week, with a dodgy internet connection, hence the dearth of posts. I met the deadline for my dissertation (penultimate draft) on Thursday so I've been able to put my feet up a bit more. Here's last night's sunset over Cromer:
As I say, I'm on a self-imposed ban on having fun at the moment, as I have a serious MA deadline tomorrow. This means no nature, no astronomy and no drinking. It's hell, I can tell you.
Anyway, light relief was provided by this dragonfly which flew past my ear and landed on a tiny artificial pool. (A still from the video, hence dodgy quality)
I can't find its ID online so I believe this is a new species to science. In fact I'll stake my reputation on it. Here's the vid. Slowed to half speed and stabilised in Movie Maker, and it's done a pretty good job: