Very tired today, didn’t sleep well, even with all the tempur products I feel like a car crash victim.
I’ve put a pic in my profile of the Bristol Rovers Logo. Being brought up on the east side of the city, they were the first football team I saw. I think it may have been Rovers Vs Tranmere Rovers sometime in 1971.
I saw them play Manchester United in 72 (i think) in the FA Cup, and most of the greats were still playing, Charlton, Law, Stepney, Best, Kid etc etc…… I’m not sure if Nobby was playing but i’d like to think he was. I didnt actually see that much of the game, there were 28000 (? memory may be incorrect) crammed into the old Eastville Stadium, which was probably several 1000 over capacity. Rovers lost 2-1.
The stadium has now been demolished and is the home of IKEA these days.
Well at least its Blue and not Red…
I hardly ever go to see them these days, too cold sitting in the seats, and that was a sunny day in March.
This hot humid weather and I do not get on at all well, I will be glad to see the back of it.
The last few evenings have been good for star gazing, not that much can be seen from the builtup area of Bristol, but as the moon has not been visible at that time, it has provided the best viewing conditions. The skies have been very clear, which is surprising with this muggy weather.
There are a few meteor storms coming up in the next few weeks, and I have seen a few ‘shooters’ which always gives me quite a thrill. I was pointing out various constellations to my partner Fliss, and was amazed that she could see the visual double companion stars of Mizar and Alcor (horse and rider), in the tail of the Great Bear (The plough handle, or the Big Dipper handle). I havent been able to see them for quite a few years, and always thought my eye-sight was better than hers.
Just a little to the left of the Plough’s handle is a large triangle of stars, with a star in the centre, (nice big equilateral), this from what I remember is Bootes, the very bright orangy star being Arcturus (I think?). Slightly to the left is an indistinct cluster, indistinct to me with my worsening eyesight apparently, through binoculars or a good set of eyes, it is possible to see a small circlet of stars, the Corona Borealis.
Here’s a Wiki page on the Corona Borealis and links to other constellations at the bottom of the page.
Very muggy today. It seems worse than yesterday, even thoughts seem to turn to beads of sweat. There is a chance of a storm later, I just hope some good air follows it and it doesnt just break wind and pass on by.
My arm is still giving me niggles, so this is on top of the daily spikes. For this reason I declined the offer of a trip up the Wye Valley to Leominster, which ordinarily I would have snapped at the opportunity. The section betweeen Chepstow and Monmouth going alongside the eastern edge of the Forest of Dean and through Tintern is a top drive. My son has gone to pick up a bike he has bought. A 600cc something or other … it sounds like a serious piece of machinery. Not to be fooled around with.
Young lad has arranged for his band to practice here this afternoon, I just hope they’ve learnt a few more songs … and no more Coldplay pleaaaase!! I find it so dreary …
Was it an Ice Halo? I think this seems more than likely, the sky was clear except for some very thin wispy cloud, which according to the Cloud appreciation site is a snowfall at high altitude, Cloud of the month – Virga I was looking at the Spaceweather.com website and they just happen to have a feature on Ice Halos
The pics might not stay there long but more can be found about Ice Halos Here
Maybe it was a Sun Dog!
Edit: I think it must have been a Circumzenithal Arc
The angle of the sun which was low to the west (to the left in the pic) and the halo’s placement at the zenith would suggest that.
Whoa! the sky and atmosphere are quite dynamic… I’ve seen a rainbow high in the sky amongst the high cloud… a change is on its way… woohoo! ‘scuse me while I get back in my box . Pics to follow … of the rainbow … not me getting in a box!!
Well its really hot here already. I dont think today is going to be that good for me, and may well have to bow out for a few days. The reason, I crimped some nerves in my brachial plexus yesterday, it was only momentary, but because it has happened numerous times before and being prone to this sort of thing due to HNPP, it only needs to be momentary to cause mayhem. My neck and shoulder and left arm are mostly affected, lying down is agony. I havent slept well, as a result I have a blinding migraine and I am also having trouble swallowing. I have enough pain meds to knock out an elephant, but on a day like today being a grumpy spaced out elephant isnt going to go down too well.
I’ll sign off now for a while, otherwise I’ll just grumble all day, and no one wants to hear that particularly.
I’ll be back if I have something short and cheerful to say, otherwise all might be quiet in my corner of the blogosphere.
Tara for now.
I’ve added some pictures I took last year at Bristol Docks. It’s a great place to spend a day or two.
Bristol has a rich maritime and industrial history, although some of the history is rather shameful, ie the triangular slave trading routes.
There are two Art Galleries on the waterfront,
the Arnolfini Arts Centre
The Watershed Media Centre
There are numerous Bars and Cafes close by.
Crossing the Swing Bridge leads to the Industrial Museum with the three cranes outside and during the summer months a Steam train ride to the SS Great Britain.
The Industrial Museum
Crossing back over the Swing Bridge, There is the Thekla Night Club. Many bars and cafes line the harbourside on the way back toward Bristol Bridge and Castle Park.