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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

SHOOTING STARS

Date: 13th August 2010

SHOOTING STARS

The number 13 is supposed to be my lucky number!  Well it proved to be so in the wee small hours of Friday 13th August.  I'd read about the Meteor shower which was going to be in evidence in the small hours of the morning.

Each time in the past that I've wanted to see 'Shooting Stars' or a Comet, the skies have clouded over and the opportunity was lost.

I thought the same was going to happen on Thursday/Friday - Thursday morning was gorgeously bright and sunny, then the rains came and by early evening the sky was totally blank.  I managed to keep myself awake by watching an old film - Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart - and at midnight discovered that the sky was clear and the stars twinkling.  So set off at 1.00 am and went to Walmer Beach.  The sky was absolutely fabulous and I saw about eight 'Falling Stars' and some of them were very bright indeed.  I was so excited and shouting out my delight that I forgot to make a wish!!  Stupid me.    I think I've only ever seen about three Falling Stars before in my life - one was in Austria in 2004 as my friends and I were struggling through deep snow on a very steep slope making our way back to our Chalet.

So for me Friday the 13th was a little bit of MAGIC. 

And I must now add a thank you to Phil for not only informing me of the name of the Meteor shower I saw on the 13th - the Perseids  - but has given me advance information on the next Big Show - in November and its called the Leonids.  Apparently one can see Shooting Stars most nights/early mornings if the skies are clear.  But, exciting though it was, I'm not really into going to bed in the wee small hours every night.

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