Monday, November 6, 2006

Aurora Borealis

Before you do anything else, remind yourself of the truth of the beauty of this world, entirely in nature at:

At 7am this morning, the world outside my window consisted of white cloud. On the way to work, the Chief and I pondered the difference between mist and fog.

"What is the difference?" I asked.

"This is mist," announced the Chief.

When we arrived at the Culture office, Miss Sally told us, "This is fog."

Fortunately, I was only a Google search away from discovering the difference between the two. Turns out the difference is about 200 metres, because as the BBC report, "visibility has to be less than 200 metres before it can be classed as fog."

So, it turns out Miss Sally was right, as always. One should always pay attention to the Miss Sally's of this world.

My friend Kate has returned home today from Africa. She has been delighting me all evening with tales of South Africa. I was enchanted with her description of Robben Island, which you can discover far more about here:

Kate was shown around Robben Island by a fantastic guide who had also been a former inmate of the Island. The message of 'reconciliation' that runs though the philosophy of Nelson Mandela and those like him struck a powerful chord in me and reminded me, as it did Kate of how small our concerns are when weighed against the realities of our world.

Tonight, Bean has supplied us with a quote from the ever inspiring Bertrand Russell, philosopher, logician and mathematician, who once declared:

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible."

Today's Beautiful Things

1. The spirit of the office, the singing, the laughing, and the tea and sympathy

2. Kit Kat Kate coming home!

3. Sacred Harp singers, again - I can't get enough of the sound these people make

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