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  • Specimen of the Week 173

    By Will J Richard, on 2 February 2015

    Scary MonkeyHello! It’s Will Richard here again, riding the blog flume that is Specimen of the Week. Last month I gave you an old man with a hole in his head, a family feud and the death of one of our closest cousins. Fun times… So this month I thought I’d have a look at something a little more optimistic. Something full of the promise of spring. A true story of hope, kindness and togetherness… at least that’s how I see it.

    This week’s specimen of the week is…

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    Celestial commanding and Solar supplication

    By Edmund Connolly, on 4 April 2013

    With the days lengthening and the bleak Beowulf-like nights withering we can start to revel in getting home from work in glorious sunshine (/grey illumination) and wend our commuter way with the street lights still off. Returning to my theme of spring (and Ancient Egypt), I’m now intrigued by the new affectation in the heavens:  the sun!

    Our sun is about 4.6 billion years old, comprising of 99.86% of the solar system’s mass. Probably the starkest visual image we can experience, the sun has inspired civilizations over millennia, and continues to affect our notion of time, season and even our emotions.

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/sun_and_planets/sun#default

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/solarsystem/sun_and_planets/sun#default

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    Spring Invocation 1: Birds

    By Edmund Connolly, on 28 March 2013

    Given that we are enduring a slightly tepid spring, I figured it’d be nice to pretend we are in the middle of the whirl of new life, joy and bouncing lambs that spring promises to bring. In this series of 5 blogs I am going to attempt to dust the cobwebs off my English degree[1] and evoke sounds, smells, tastes, touch and sights of what spring should be, mixed with an Ancient Egyptian garnish, just because, right now, the thought of 25+ degrees is the only thing keeping me from embracing this eternal winter and bunkering down to a Game of Thrones type existence.

     

    Chaffinch, courtesy of: www.rspb.org.uk

    Chaffinch, courtesy of: www.rspb.org.uk

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