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A thing

Sitting in the vastness of empty space: Is a thing. Its colourless and formless, has not purpose, but is none the less, a thing. If we had to recognise its whole, it would surely cease to exist, so we watch it from the corner of our eye and hold our breath in case it becomes a nothing. Why: we do not know, but it will be a thing forever, if we do not seek to control it’s reason for being. Never look at that thing, it is not actually there, but we know with all our awareness it is our reality. So live life in all its fullness, diversity, colour and form but please know, the thing is and is a certainty for eternal days beyond our own.



What is my relationship; Poetry?

What is my relationship; prose?

One is not rhyme, but should be,

is not whole, but should be.

Is speculatively conceptual snippets, only coalescing in “MY” head.

The other; is story, a ride, a place, a moment, a bright wakening for people and places.

Sketches like video sweeping between breathless lines and swooping away again, flitting on winds, likened to butterflies!

Why and what and who and when and; where are we travelling, you and I.

Concept and story. Ha. Rhyme and reason.

NB: I will have to investigate but I suspect that Bing Translate really messes with the words Blotting reads in original flitting strange

Times passed

Emptiness was here and now, its purity is tainted, by words only observing themselves.

Just splashing the cup with a few moist droplets, so it wont crack, bleed out and die from misuse.

A page was created and behold now it has form and purpose and will be with us for a time. As with all things its longevity is unknowable.

Cease before we bring forth more than drivel and give meaning where none should be.


The world is smaller by the day

The world is smaller by the day, and anything that breaks the surface of the web, is gobbled up; tabulated and exists. Our thoughts all stored, analysed and valued in gigantic digital fortresses owned by the corporate world looking to cent and penny to larger balances so they can feed their popularity.


Something I wrote for a G+ post in April 2014, Liked it so Thought I would share it again


Meter and rhyme of living in modern

Snapshots of moments, click, pressed and passed

Electronic blue flashes feeding oblivion’s sweet record

Significant to nothing but memory’s abstraction

Readers connect through golden synapses

We store and save, we digitize and snap

Hold fast to pure moment, all this is to sharp.



Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P



Europe’s Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P

cometRosetta has caught up with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Europe’s Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase.

In a first for space history, the spacecraft was manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping its surface in detail.

The spacecraft fired its thrusters for six and a half minutes to finally catch up with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

“We’re at the comet!” said Sylvain Lodiot of the European Space Agency (Esa) operations centre in Germany.

“After 10 years, five months and four days travelling towards our destination, looping around the Sun five times and clocking up 6.4 billion km, we are delighted to announce finally ‘we are here’,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, director general of Esa.

Deep slumber

Launched on board an Ariane rocket in March 2004, Rosetta has taken a long route around our Solar System to catch up with comet 67P.

In a series of fly-pasts, the probe used the gravity of the Earth and Mars to increase its speed during the 6 billion km chase.

You could almost feel the sense of relief in the corridors that, after managing a 10-year trek through space with extraordinary accuracy, and after investing more than one billion euros, all has gone so well.

The signal took nearly 23 minutes to reach us and, when it came, it was a dip in a line on a graph.

But this showed that the final burn to reach the comet had finished and this key moment was the trigger for a wave of pride rather than jubilation.

Getting a spacecraft to match the speed of a comet and effectively ride alongside it is a landmark in space exploration.

But the hard work starts now.

To save energy, controllers at Esa’s centre in Darmstadt, Germany, put Rosetta into hibernation for 31 months.

In January they successfully woke the craft from its slumber as it began the final leg of the daring encounter.

For the past two months, Rosetta has been carrying out a series of manoeuvres to slow the probe down.

The comet is travelling at 55,000km per hour (34,175 mph). The spacecraft’s speed has been adjusted so that in relative terms it will be flying beside the comet at a slow walking pace of 1m/sec (2.2mph, 3.6kph).

At a distance of 550 million km from the Earth, messages are taking over 22 minutes to get to Rosetta.

The distances involved are so great that the complex final command sequence for Wednesday’s crucial thruster burn had to be issued on Monday night.

“This arrival phase in fact is the most complex and exotic trajectory that we have ever seen,” said Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of the French Space Agency CNES.


Rosetta will have to continue to fire its thrusters every few days to maintain a hyberbolic orbit at 100km above the rotating rock.

The craft will then travel alongside the comet for the next 15 months, studying it with a range of instruments.

Rosetta has been taking increasingly detailed photographs of 67P as it gets closer. The mysterious comet has been dubbed the “rubber duck”, as some images seem to show the familiar shape as it twirls in space.

Rosetta key facts

  • Total cost of the mission is said to be 1.3bn euros
  • The probe weighed in at 3,000kg at liftoff back in 2004, with over half of that made up of propellant
  • It has two 14m long solar panels to provide electrical power
  • The orbiter carries 11 experiments
  • The lander, Philae, carries nine experiments including a drill to sample beneath the surface

Project scientist, Dr Matt Taylor, said: “For me this is the sexiest, most fantastic mission there’s ever been. It’s ticking a number of boxes in terms of fascination, exploration, technology and science – predominantly science.”

Harpooning a comet

As it moves towards the Sun, 67P will warm up and its trailing halo of gas and dust – known as the coma – will increase, offering the orbiter the chance to do some detailed scientific work.

These images were recorded by Rosetta’s navigational camera

“We’ve seen evidence of the out-gassing of the coma, the outer atmosphere of the comet, this is made of dust and gas,” said Dr Taylor.

“We have instruments on board that will start sniffing for this gas and taste it, we will also be collecting some of this dust and touching the coma itself. Hopefully that will occur sometime this week.”

The mission gets even more ambitious in November when, after moving Rosetta closer to 67P, mission controllers will attempt to put the Philae lander on the surface.

The lander will use harpoons to anchor itself and will carry out a series of experiments, including drilling into the material that makes up the comet.

The mission aims to add to knowledge of comets and their role in ferrying the building blocks of life around the early Solar System.

Its like fast food for the soul.