Friday, 9 September 2016

Beauty at both ends of the day

The days aboard are precious at the moment, mostly because I know what is coming  - I hate the long dark nights as I am sure do most but when living aboard you really understand the changes in the seasons.

I am still able to sit out in the evening and the mild September start allowed a beautiful evening star watching

You can see my company for the evening.

TV was the stars in the sky....I selected one at random and used an app on my iPad to tell me it is Alpha Ursae Majoris - Dubhe.....The star's traditional name, Dubhe, comes from the Arabic phrase "zahr ad-dubb al-akbar", meaning "the back of the Greater Bear". It is known as the First Star of the Northern Dipper or the Celestial Pivot in Chinese. Dubhe is the official star of the State of Utah.

Now the really mind blowing fact....

The light I am seeing tonight started out 124 years ago....

1892 and what was happening in 1892 when this light was emitted......
Monarch – Victoria
Prime Minister – Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury (Conservative (until 11 August), William Ewart Gladstone (Liberal) (starting 15 August)

Events 14 January – Death of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, second in line to the throne. Next in line is his younger brother Prince George (later George V).

February – Scottish Universities Commissioners publish an ordinance authorising Scottish universities to provide for the education and graduation of women for the first time.

6–8 March – "Exclusive Agreement": Rulers of the Trucial States (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain) sign an agreement by which they become de facto British protectorates.

15 March – Liverpool Football Club founded by John Houlding, the owner of Anfield, who decided to form his own team after previous tenants Everton left Anfield in an argument over rent.

19 May – British troops defeat Ijebu infantry at the battle of Yemoja river, in modern-day Nigeria, using a maxim gun.

22 May – British conquest of Ijebu-Ode marks major extension of colonial power into Nigerian interior.

24 May – Prince George of Wales (later George V) becomes Duke of York.

25 July – The Community of the Resurrection, an Anglican religious community for men, is founded by Charles Gore and Walter Frere, initially in Oxford.

27 June – Small Holdings Act empowers County councils to provide smallholdings for sale or rent on easy terms.

4–18 July – General election: Unionist government loses its majority, but remains in office.

14 July – Official inauguration of the Liverpool water supply from Lake Vyrnwy. The Vyrnwy dam is the first high masonry gravity dam in Britain.

11 August – Robert Cecil, Marquess of Salisbury loses a vote of no confidence in his government.

18 August – William Ewart Gladstone becomes Prime Minister at the head of a Liberal government with Irish Nationalist Party support. The Queen vetoes the appointment of the radical Henry Labouchère to his Cabinet.

26 August – An underground explosion at Parc Slip Colliery, Aberkenfig, Glamorgan, kills 110.

2 September – Everton play their first game at their new Goodison Park stadium following their exit from Anfield earlier this year. Their first game at the stadium ends in a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest.

3 September – Three years after the formation of the Football League, a Second Division is created. Its 12 members are Small Heath of Birmingham, Sheffield United, Darwen of Lancashire, Grimsby Town, Ardwick of Manchester, Burton Swifts of Staffordshire, Northwich Victoria of Cheshire, Bootle of Liverpool, Lincoln City, Crewe Alexandra, Burslem Port Vale of Staffordshire and Walsall Town Swifts.

December – Following a merger of Newcastle East Football Club and Newcastle West Football Club earlier in the year, a new name is given to the club: Newcastle United Football Club.

7 December – Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co, a leading case in English contract law.

21 December – Brandon Thomas' farce Charley's Aunt begins a record-breaking London run at the Royalty Theatre (following a pre-London opening at Bury St Edmunds on 29 February)


Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes collection The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (book publication 14 October).

George and Weedon Grossmith's comic fiction Diary of a Nobody (book publication).

Rudyard Kipling's poetry collection Barrack-Room Ballads.

Michael Field's poetry collection Sight and Song.Births

3 January – J. R. R. Tolkien, professor and author of The Lord of the Rings (died 1973)

9 March – Vita Sackville-West, poet, novelist and gardener (died 1962)

13 April – Arthur Harris, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command during World War 2 (died 1984)

3 MayGeorge Paget Thomson, physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1975)

11 May – Margaret Rutherford, actress (died 1972)

13 June – Basil Rathbone, actor (died 1967)

8 July – Richard Aldington, poet (died 1962)

11 August – Hugh MacDiarmid, poet (died 1978)

14 August – Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, composer, music critic, pianist and writer (died 1988)

6 September – Edward Victor Appleton, physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (died 1965)

5 November – J. B. S. Haldane, geneticist (died 1964)

6 December – Osbert Sitwell, writer (died 1969)

21 December – Rebecca West, writer (died 1983)

January – Doncaster, racehorse (died 1892)

14 January – Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, second in line to the throne of the United Kingdom (born 1864)

21 January – John Couch Adams, astronomer (born 1819)

31 January – Charles Spurgeon, preacher (born 1834)

19 April – T. Pelham Dale, Church of England priest prosecuted for Anglo-Catholic ritualist practices in the 1870s (born 1821)

18 July – Thomas Cook, tourist pioneer (born 1808)

06 October - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, author, poet (born 1809)

11 December – William Milligan, theologian (born 1821)

Who needs TV and don't we all feel a little more insignificant !!!

Mornings are also very quiet and tranquil. I walk Leia to Common lock and back. This morning there was an early boater - the same boat who went past late last night in the darkness. An Aqua boat returning to Mercia for tomorrow morning (Sat) no doubt.

I need to sort out a coal delivery I have a week s worth and it will last this time of year, I have not lit the stove yet but when this lovely warm spell ends Autumn will come tumbling through.


KevinTOO said...

WOW, what an excellent history lesson Nev, thanks :)

Nev Wells said...

.... Google is our friend for such history lessons ! It is the new wayI understand ;-))