Category Archives: Astronomy

Scenes on Sunday ~ Dance

hand in hand, on the edge of the sand
they danced by the moon’s last light

Just to do something different, here’s a dance mashup with scenes from some great films. Most of which I’ve been lucky enough to catch, at one time or another.

I hope you enjoy.


jack collier


Dance with me in Dreams

until the end of Love

Songs on Saturday ~ Drunk On A Plane

eventually the cabin staff will cut you off

Following the Dierks Bentley song Somewhere On A Beach I posted earlier today, I also came across this little ditty.

I have so been there.

Except I didn’t actually go to Cancun.


jack collier


but Marmaduke always has my back

Songs on Saturday ~ Somewhere On A Beach

it’s got to be five o’clock somewhere

This song by Dierks Bentley says everything about the kind of summer vacation that I can’t enjoy right now.  As a matter of fact there are some fabulous beaches near the garret, but it isn’t warm, it isn’t relaxing, and there is certainly a dearth of hot girls in skimpy bikinis.

If it comes right down to it I can’t play the guitar either.


jack collier

but I can dream

can’t I?

Thank You For Being A Friend

friendship is all about trusting each other, helping each other
loving each other, and being crazy together

This song is for a friend, someone to whom real friendship means everything.

Maybe, someday, I can repay her friendship.

Maybe it will always stay this way.

Well, I can dream, can’t I?


jack collier

one rose can never be enough

unless it’s given in true friendship

Songs on Saturday ~ Adiemus

in bad Latin adiemus means ‘let us approach’

Just for once I was listening to my Walkman yesterday as I strolled by the sea.  This Enya song inspired me to enjoy my perambulations a little more.

The music was once used on a Delta Airlines commercial.  It seems that not all adverts are tasteless.

Serenity, Peacefulness, Inspirational.

Listen with happiness.


jack collier

reminds me of sailing

love is light

every moment is made glorious by the light of love


she walks in beauty in the night

the moon and stars her tender light

a soft brightness her soul incites

to taste of love’s passionate delights


jack collier

starlight serves to highten her charms

Solstice Dawn

dawn was at 04:28 today
but at these latitudes it doesn’t get dark in June





jack collier

but even in June it’s damn chilly here of at dawn

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Space Oddity

they say it will take a year and a half to get to Mars
I should volunteer, I’ve been in lockdown that long

David Bowie had some very odd hit records, this is not the strangest, but it’s certainly the oddest.  I chose this following the Urban Spaceman post of earlier today.

Seen from space the Earth is very small, blue, bright, and fragile-looking.

The current crop of politicians are doing their best to ruin it.


jack collier

The Southern USA at night

Atlanta is very bright

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I’m the Urban Spaceman

in the 449 days I’ve been in lockdown
I could have taken a rocket ship to Mars

There can’t have been many bands with a name as stupid as the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, (if you can think of one then please let me know).  But I like this song, and right now I quite feel like I don’t exist.

At least Ground Control in the USA is still listening to this Englishman.


jack collier

the good old Saturn V

often copied but never bettered



Food on Friday ~ Rosemary

redolent of Mediterranean mists and sea-dew

Rosemary grows wild on the shores of the Mediterranean, and is widely cultivated in the more temperate areas of Europe and North America.  This glossy shrub can be seen in decorative borders, kitchen gardens, herb gardens, and physic gardens, wherein medicinal plants are grown.

In Greek mythology rosemary is said to have been draped around the otherwise naked figure of Aphrodite when she came out of the sea.  A more Christian legend is that the Virgin Mary draped her blue cloak over a white rosemary bush while she was resting on her way to Bethlehem and the flowers turned blue.  The shrub was henceforth called ‘the Rose of Mary’.

Most decent cooks are familiar with this herb as an addition to meat dishes, lamb in particular.  However, it can be used judiciously as a seasoning to a wide variety of recipes; soups, casseroles, salads, and stews.  Use rosemary with chicken and other poultry, game (especially as its strong flavour enhances the strong flavours of game dishes), lamb, pork, beef steak, and fish, especially oily fish.  It also adds flavour to otherwise bland grains, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, and greens, (especially good with spinach).

If you a drop of strong drink, then perhaps try this rosemary pomegranate grilled meyer-lemon sparkler.  But beware, it’s much stronger than it looks.  For some reason rosemary adds a lot to the taste of pomegranate juice.

Rosemary also goes very well with gin, try putting a sprig of the herb into a fresh bottle and letting it stand for a week or so.

A rosemary gin fizz is a very refreshing, if potent drink.

Rosemary tea is easy to make and is said to have a host of health benefits, try sweetening it with Manuka honey.

The main active ingredients in this herb are tannin and saponin. (There is also a little thujone, which is the active ingredient in wormwood, used to produce real absinthe.) Technically this adds up to rosemary being good for the immune system, blood circulation, reducing cancer forming free radicals, as an aid to digestion, enhancing memory and concentration, (especially after a stroke), staving off eye problems, and staving off aging of one’s brain, (dementia).

Rosemary can have a beneficial psychoactive effect, it will not get you very high, but it will make you feel both relaxed and alert, at one in the same time.  As a sleep aid it can give you wild dreams.  (Actually rosemary is a very mild ‘legal high’.)

Rosemary is best gathered in spring and summer, but as an evergreen it can be collected fresh at any time of the year.  It dries very well.


jack collier

the flowers are very much favoured by bees

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