F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Reunion

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OVERVIEW

Another fascinating video documentary over on Vimeo.

This one marks the fortieth anniversary of the famous photo of Earth taken from space. The planet was likened to a ‘blue marble’ and became an iconic photo.

This documentary looks at astronauts experience of seeing the Earth for the first time from space.

Click the pic to go to Vimeo to watch it.

OVERVIEW

Prague’s Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock in Prague’s town square just celebrated it’s pretty amazing 600th anniversary. I visited Prague last February and my friend described the feature as ‘The Big Gay Clock’. Well look at the big queen showing off for its 600th birthday right here.

Loving the commentary at the beginning of this albeit long video, where the guy says “That was an anti-climax!” only to have his eyes melted by a fantastic projected light show. Watch now please!

In Memoriam

I’ve been very busy over the past few days, but I wanted to make sure I posted a remembrance post for those who died on September 11th. I can’t believe it’s already 9 years since the terrorist attacks. I (as I’m sure everyone can) remember exactly my reaction and where I was on that Tuesday morning and the terrifying aftermath that followed it. I was working as a library assistant at the time and I remember a colleague telling me what was unfolding. I didn’t believe her at all initially and went on to the internet to see for myself. The internet was down as the servers had crashed with everyone attempting to access the news. Work halted and everyone surrounded the tv in the video library watching in stunned silence as the news footage played. There was a sense of utter disbelief.

Nine years on and that feeling still remains for me. The scale of what happened was so unprecedented and unforeseen, it seemed unimaginable that something like this could happen. Whatever the intent of the terrorists actions, they may not have accounted for what happened during the course of events during and immediately after the attacks. Unity. Rescuers worked tirelessly and determinedly sought out unlikely survivors. Families came together in hope. Strangers lent a helping hand to one another. I hadn’t been to New York prior to 2001, but I made my first trip there in 2006 and then again in 2008. Even then in 2006, five years on, I felt a palpable sense of community in such a large city. The residents and workers in the city appeared to have formed a bond with one another and the city in itself. Quite remarkable.

So, now 9 years on, we remember those harrowing events and the men and women who lost their lives. God bless, you will not be forgotten.

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