Oh dear, unaccountably up by a lot today. Or maybe the scale is just being playful again.
I did have a semi-plan for going somewhere today, but a check of train times showed a crucial three-hour gap between the train I wasn’t going to get to the station in time to catch and the next one, which pretty much ruled that out. Never mind, I’ll get there eventually….
Having decided not to do what I was planning, I decided not to do much at all, and stayed in. So here I am.
Here’s another view of Ovingham Bridge. This one was taken through a hole in the gate that closes off the bridge, and using the X-T1′s articulated screen to get a good angle without articulating myself into an awkward position:
While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:
After the usual breakfast and shopping, I decided to make the most of the weekend and get out somewhere. I’d more or less decided on Durham, but while I was on the bus heading for the station, I remembered that there was something happening more locally that I wanted to see, so I headed down to the Quayside and saw some of this:
Yes, the Tyne is playing host to the Zapcat Grand Prix this weekend. The powerboats are all of a standard design, so it’s all about the skill of the crew rather than a battle of technology. There was a moderate crowd gathered along the Newcastle Quayside, but not a huge one, which meant I had no trouble getting in to take some photographs.
The boats move very quickly, and not only do that almost flying over the water thing, but can rise up almost vertically:
I remember reading about the mysterious moving stones of Death Valley more years ago than I care to remember. They were often a feature of books and TV shows about unexplained phenomena, often presented in overly dramatic ways, but never mind…
If you’re not familiar with the story linked below gives the general idea.
Anyway, some actual Science has been done – an experiment was set up to monitor an area of the valley where the stones have been known to move. This involved Fun Stuff like fitting stones with GPS units as well as weather monitoring kit. And then they waited…
And patience paid off, and the mystery appears to be solved. Read the story: