Mike Vickers' Blog

May 18, 2019

A Happy Story

Filed under: Notre Dame, World Class — derryvickers @ 9:31 am

A happy story at last

Wood for Notre Dame

Wood for Notre Dame

April 25, 2019

Hardenberger playing Haydn – A relief from Brexit and Climate Change

Filed under: Hakan Hardenberger, Music, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, World Class — derryvickers @ 10:50 pm

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra gave an excellent concert this evening in the Queen’s Hall Edinburgh.

The main soloist was Hakan Hardenberger, one of the world’s greatest trumpet players, and his playing of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat put Brexit and Climate Chamber right out of my mind for half an hour. Hardenberger and Conductor, John Storgards achieved an amazing balance between trumpet and orchestra and the audience just loved it.

April 16, 2019

Notre Dame

Filed under: Europe, In Our Time, Italian, Notre Dame, Sustainability, Travel, World Class — derryvickers @ 3:17 pm

Molti anni fa, ben circa dieci anni, noi, come una famiglia, abbiamo visitato Parigi per il fine settimana con Ryan Air. Siamo andati in giro, siamo passati SacréCoeur, abbiamo visitato il Louvre, visto il Mona visto da lontano e siamo andati al centro Pompidou con tutte le sue tubazioni esterne, e abbiamo salito la Torre Eiffel. Abbiamo apprezzato molto la cucina francese.

E, naturalmente, abbiamo accodato per andare in giro per la Notre Dame.

Non sarà aperto di nuovo nella mia vita, ma speriamo che nostri figli  saranno in grado di farlo. Anche così non può essere proprio come prima del fuoco. Capisco che ora non ci sono alberi abbastanza alti almeno in Francia per sostituire i legni del tetto.

I giornali sono pieni di bruciato, ma non catturerà la tragedia di essere solo sul Seine e guardare il tetto crollare.

April 12, 2019

Our Young are showing The Way

Filed under: Climate Change, Education, Greta Thunberg, Italian, Sustainability, World Class — derryvickers @ 2:28 pm

What more is there to say, other than Bully for all of you out there who spending your Easter holidays on the picket lines

https://ukscn.org/ys4c-where

The Guardian article

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/live/2019/apr/12/youth-climate-change-protests-across-britain-live

A Young Volunteer

 

From Corriere della Sera

Greta Thunberg invita all’assemblea di FridaysForFuture in Italia

Appuntamento a Milano il 13 aprile per discutere la direzione che deve prendere il movimento studentesco contro il climate change che il 15 marzo ha riempito le piazze del mondo

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2019

Scozzese Giornale: 11 aprile 2019

Filed under: Black Holes, Brexit, Italian, Knoydart, Land Ownership, Scotland, Travel, World Class — derryvickers @ 10:23 pm

Nello scozzese Giornale di oggi: 11 aprile 2019

  1. Naturalmente,, Le Simulato foto of il buco nero in galassia M87.
  2. Macron infelice con la Brexit ritardata rischiando il Rinascimento dell’UE.
  3.  Varadkar (EIRE President) si collega al Regno Unito per rimanere nell’Unione doganale con l’UE.
  4. Traffico legato all’asma.
  5. Il volto di Bonnie Prince Charlie (non sembra che Bonnie a me).
  6. Borders Rail treni sovraffollati e spesso cancellati (sono un appassionato di treno).
  7. Un’altra storia sulle ragazze di Derry e quanto è fedele alla vita dei tempi. Buona TV ma un paio di volte è sufficiente.
  8. E in Real Homes una tenuta in Kilchoan Knoydart è in vendita per £ 5m.

Numero 8 mi interessa soprattutto perché è adiacente a/a sud della Fondazione Knoydart dove abbiamo buoni amici.

Per il blurb sulla tenuta di Kilchoan si veda https://www.onthemarket.com/details/6572192/

Ma per saperne di più della Fondazione Knoydart andare a http://www.knoydart-foundation.com/.

Il villaggio principale della Fondazione può essere ottenuto solo in barca da Mallaig.

La tenuta di Kilchoan è una tenuta sportiva; Io non sono un fan di Sporting Estates ma mi rendo conto cervo bisogno di essere colti, ma preferirei che fosse per il pasto non per lo sport.

Sarebbe eccellente se la Fondazione potesse acquistare la tenuta. Non posso che sperare.

 

BTW oggi è ancora un altro giorno in cui non abbiamo lasciato l’UE; Spero che ci saranno molti di più.

April 10, 2019

Una fotografia di un buco nero

Filed under: Black Holes, Brexit, Italian, Politics, Space, World Class — derryvickers @ 2:55 pm

Lo trovo affascinante.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/black-hole-picture-captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough

Un’impresa magistrale!

Per maggiori dettagli tecnici si veda:
https://eventhorizontelescope.org/

Trovo difficile capire che si vede il buco nero stesso non oscurato da gas caldo, ma accetto la spiegazione che è un effetto di gravità attorcigliata intorno al buco.

Scusa se è una deviazione inutile dalla Brexit.
Ma per me è un piccolo gettone che le persone possono e lavorano in cooperazione in tutto il mondo.

PS

Prendo nota del Corriere della sera

La prima (storica) immagine di un buco nero: in Rete i paragoni più ironici, dal tortellino all’occhio di Sauron

An Image of a Black Hole

Filed under: Black Holes, Brexit, Space, World Class — derryvickers @ 2:32 pm

A change from Brexit where cooperation within the EHT consortium is not dimmed by National Identity.

This cooperation on a World scale and shows what can be done where the spirit is willing, people want to work together and politics takes a back seat.

From today’s Guardian – 10 April 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/10/black-hole-picture-captured-for-first-time-in-space-breakthrough

For more technical detail see:

https://eventhorizontelescope.org/

A masterly feat!

I find it difficult to comprehend that you see the black hole itself not obsured by hot gas but I accept the explanation that its an effect of twisted gravity round the hole.

PS I note that Corriere della Sera

‘The First (historical) image of a black hole: in the Net the most ironic comparisons, from Tortellino to the eye of Sauron’

April 2, 2019

Richard Ashworth’s Valedictory Speech to the European Parliament

Filed under: Europe, European Parliament, Politics, Westminster, World Class — derryvickers @ 8:44 pm

Richard Ashworth had the Tory Whip withdrawn  in 2018 and is now an Independent member of the European Parliament.

Here is his excellent valedictory speech to the European Parliament as his time is coming up and as the matter stands there will be no further UK representatives in the European Parliament.

I particularly draw reader’s attention to the paragraph in italics below; I cannot emphasise it more widely.

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[Richard Ashworth] welcomed the comments made by European Council President Donald Tusk, who had called on the MEPs in Strasbourg to be open to the UK participating in the Parliament’s next term in the event of an extension.

 ‘I want to say thank you’
Richard Ashworth said Brexit serves as a ‘cautionary tale’ for Europe. (Photo: EP)
He said: “President Tusk, on behalf of a million people on the streets in London, on behalf of 6 million people who have signed the petition, and on behalf of 63 per cent of the British population who did not vote for Brexit, I want to say thank you. “I want to say thank you to this house for the support you’re showing, and I want to reassure you that Nigel Farage does not speak on behalf of that 63 per cent of the population.

“May I add as a comment to the European people that, for over 25 years now no British Prime Minister ever explained to the British people what Europe did, what are the benefits, and why it matters.
“They never defended against the untruths which were spoken, and they never took ownership of the decisions that they took in Council. “Because of that, the British press ran a 20-year campaign based on populist mistruths, lies and deceit.”
‘Divided like never before’
He warned that the current divided state of the UK should be a “cautionary tale” to other Europeans, saying: “The consequence of that, we see today in Britain, is a sad nation, divided like never before, and a House of Commons in crisis.

“So let Brexit stand as a cautionary tale to the people of Europe. To the people of Europe, I say this; You are the generation who have lived through the longest period of peace and the greatest level of prosperity ever.

Never take it for granted. Value it. Fight for it. Defend it every day.”

[Ashworth’s] speech received a standing ovation in the chamber and was subsequently shared many many accounts across Europe.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/news/brexit/simon-ashworth-mep-speech-brexit-donald-tusk-video/

 

April 1, 2019

No April Fools Joke –

Filed under: Climate Change, Greta Thunberg, Personal, Politics, World Class — derryvickers @ 9:06 pm

I need to say no more other than ask you all to watch and do not then forget

Greta Thunberg

March 29, 2019

The Antipodes – Jacinda Arderns

Filed under: Brexit, History in the making, Personal, World Class — derryvickers @ 10:48 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/jacinda-arderns-speech-at-christchurch-memorial-full-transcript

“And so to each of us as we go from here, we have work to do, but do not leave the job of combatting hate to the government alone. We each hold the power, in our words and in our actions, in our daily acts of kindness. Let that be the legacy of the 15th of March. To be the nation we believe ourselves to be.”

“To the global community who have joined us today, who reached out to embrace New Zealand, and our Muslim community, to all of those who have gathered here today, we say thank you.”

What more is there to say?

I make no apology for bringing the words of Jacinda Arderns to the fore again.

New Zealand is the Antipodes in more senses than one to what is happening in the UK now.

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