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A shot of happiness

I don’t know who any of these people are, but this video sure did cheer me up this morning.

Rocket Launch as Seen from the Space Station

This is the launch of a Russian Soyuz-FG from Kazakhstan, back in November 2018. It’s nice to have a reminder that we are capable of really special things.

Jed Bartlet and his Jacket

I’m still plodding my way through The West Wing. It continues to be very good, though one of the weird things about watching a long-running series over a short period of time is that the cast ages super quickly.

One thing that keeps catching my eye is the unusual way that President Bartlet puts on his jacket. I am not the only person to have noticed this.

It’s not an affectation. Martin Sheen’s left arm was damaged when he was born, making it three inches shorter than the right one.

The Sound of a Tesla Motor

I don’t know what I wanted a Tesla motor to sound like, but it turns out that this is exactly what I wanted it to sound like.

Eddie Van Halen: 1955-2020

The scenic route

The satnav offered me two options for my journey home from Staffordshire earlier this week, a large stretch of the M1 (shorter) or straight through the heart of the Peak District National Park (longer).

Despite the worrying check engine light sign that has plagued my dash for the last month, I opted for the latter and enjoyed an hour of heather lined winding roads, engine stressing hills and picturesque villages.

Please enjoy a minute of my journey through this marvellous place.

Very, very frightening

Thunderclouds above our house

Brilliant sunshine gave way to belligerent clouds this evening, and with them dozens of lightning strikes and thunder that rattled the windows and agitated the neighbourhood dogs.

Even as an adult I find thunder unsettling. The lightning, not so much.

E slept peacefully through it all. My mother used to wake me when there was a good thunderstorm. She would first unplug all of the electrical appliances, in case there was an electrical surge, and we’d watch it out of my bedroom window with all the house lights off. I used to laugh when I thought about this later, until I lost an ADSL router during a storm and was without internet for a week.

Au revoir, auf wiedersehen & arrivederci

I’m hesitant to see politicians and politics in entirely black and white terms. I believe that the majority of politicians are hard working, and in general want the best for their constituents. I don’t expect them all the share the same views as me. I have no particular love or hate for any political party. The single quality I’m looking for is competence.

It’s been a while since we’ve had anyone competent in charge. Tony Blair is the only one that I can think of. He was thoughtful, intelligent, charismatic and competent, but not infallible. Why is it that leaders with such qualities are so few and far between? I suppose a better question is: why do we not vote in people with those qualities?