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Monthly Archives: June 2014

There’s nothing quite like a 40 mile dawn bike ride to mark the summer solstice. Setting out in the pre-dawn, mist over the fields, cold air in the valleys and warming sunshine eventually coming over the horizon.  Traffic – what traffic?  Completely magical!


Dawn Mist


I’ve been listening to Zizek’s lecture  Towards a Materialist’s Theory of Subjectivity again.  This is the third time I’ve heard the lecture.  Once at Birkbeck and this is the second time I’ve listened on line.  At last I’m beginning to grasp what he’s saying.  I’m particularly interested in what he says about contemporary science.  He says that instead of scientific progress being driven by the desire for mastery over nature it is now driven by scientists looking for ‘surprise’.  Really???



I think that I need to lighten the dark blue part of the background.


Been away on a cycle tour of the Suffolk and Norfolk coast.  Fantastic weather but now to get back to painting.


False colour x-ray picture of the Pleiades oil painting


M13 globular cluster

M13 globular cluster photographed from a location near Gatwick Airport in the astronomical twilight of late May in an area of high light pollution.

M13 is 25,100 light-years away from Earth.