Tuesday, 9 March 2010

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If you write the numbers from one through to ninety nine you will notice that there is not one "a". Isn't that fascinating.

Talking about fascinating, on Sunday I caught the first of five TV programmes called "Wonders of the Solar System" presented by Brian Cox, Professor of Astronomy. It's being repeated tonight (Tuesday) on BBC2 at 1900, failing that I guess you could catch it on iPlayer. For years Davy had trouble sleeping and I used to read to him. Brian Cox was one of his favourite authors. He is a truly great communicator and the programme is not to be missed.

He used to be a musician, travelled Europe with many rock bands including Thin Lizzy and then decided "I think I'll go to University". He is now 42, good looking and my kinda guy.

17 comments:

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Fascinating fact about no "A"'s - I'll take your word for it though RAC. Thanks for the tip about the programme tonight - I may just take a look. Good to see you again by the way. A x

Maggie May said...

I have just caught up on a few posts I missed.
This last one was fascinating. I had never given it a thought.

Nuts in May

Eddie Bluelights said...

Just catching up after my hip operation. Fascinating about the absence of the letter 'a'.
And thanks for the tip on The Wonders Of The Solar Syestem. I shall watch it tonight.

Sarah said...

yes, watched it after yoga.
even i understood it!

Anonymous said...

Wish I had BBC. That sounds really interesting. I love the stars and looking into space at night wondering what's out there. Guess my imagination will have to do for now. Flagmaker

DogLover said...

Oh, I don't know - between seventy and ninety there's a-ty.

I think in fact, though there are 99 numbers, there are only 26 individual words between one and ninety-nine, aren't there?

Brian Cox is an extraordinary presenter, isn't he. It was a fascinating programme with some fabulous sequences. It showed some of the wonder of the total eclipse of the sun which I hope brought back good memories for you, R&C!

Unlike Sarah, I didn't understand it all!

Guineapigmum said...

Good programme, wasn't it? Mind you, I thought Brian Cox looked about 15 and wasn't commenting to my OH that I must truly be getting old when presenters look that young. And THEN, right at the end, when the credits rolled, I found out he was a professor. Oh how old am I?!

Guineapigmum said...

Of course that "wasn't" should have been "was". Put it down to age.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I have to come clean Anne, I heard that one when I was listening to Steve Wright in the afternoon on the car radio.

Retiredandcrazy said...

DogLover also has his spin on this one Maggie!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Hope you are recovering Ok Eddie.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Don't take any notice of DogLove Sarah he is super intelligent and certainly DID understand all of it.

Retiredandcrazy said...

I've emailed you a link to BBC iPlayer Flagmaster. For anyone else abroad the link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rf172/Wonders_of_the_Solar_System_Empire_of_the_Sun/

Retiredandcrazy said...

I loved our trip to see the eclipse such a magic experience. I would encourage anyone who hasn't seen a total eclipse to make the effort.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Brian Cox is actually 42, but very well preserved! Makes me look 100!!

DogLover said...

He's a particle physicist, whatever that is, and is currently working in Geneva, Switzerland on the Large Hadron Collider. Clever chap!

I hope he knows what he's doing and the Collider doesn't blow us all up. Aeons ago there was probably a civilisation somewhere in the universe that thought up a Large Hadron Collider of their own. Then when IT blew up, it set off the Big Bang ...

But never mind, according to Brian Cox, cosmologists are beginning to think that the universe isn't unique and there are plenty of other universes to go round!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Well DogLover all I have to say to that is that he can come and work on my LHC anytime he likes!