Friday, 20 March 2015

Eclipse

I would like to say that  the pavements of Trelawnyd were thick with open mouthed locals gazing up at the sky this morning, but the truth of the matter was that only Barbara Parry could be seen by the village green, gamely pulling at her unfeasibly large shopping trolley.
Down at Bwthyn -y-Llan, it was just me and the neighbours who were watching the skies
 With the help of a large welding mask, we " enjoyed" the event
 And had a lively discussion about how Prehistoric Trelawnyd folk could have dragged local virgins up The Gop for ritualistic sacrifice during eclipses in history.
Almost dark


39 comments:

  1. something to be remembered for a long time.

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  2. The good old days, of hauling out the virgins when something unexplained happened. Hard to do in some corners of the country today, find a virgin over the age of consent.

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  3. Thick cloud in Cambridge so we didn't get to see a damn thing. Mind you, I remember watching the previous one which must have been late 90's or so which was almost total - really eerie when all the birds stopped singing!

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  4. Have you got any local virgins over the age of 14 in your area?

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    1. Or under the age of 80?

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    2. AND you pinched my blog title!

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  5. It should be seen here now(12:40) but i think i shall wait for the next time (2020).

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  6. Just a damp squib here. Cloudy, uninteresting, and ignored.

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  7. Could see it behind the cloud but it was a bit of a disappointment, enjoyed the birdsong though.

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  8. I thought an "Eclipse" was either a chocolate bar or an American car.

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  9. Ah yes, the good old days of sacrificing virginity!

    What, that wasn't what you meant?

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  10. I thought an "Eclipse" was either a chocolate bar or an American car.

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    1. 'Cadbury's Eclipse' - I wonder if they make bum-hole chocolates too? What would they call them?

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  11. Waste of good virgins if you ask me.

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  12. Bit of an anti-climax really. It got a bit darker and then it was lighter. I was expecting night-darkness, the birds to stop singing and Elsie howling. Nothing. Disappointed of Hertfordshire..

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  13. Didn't see a thing here! It just went rather dark. The cloud was so thick. Of course now the sun is shining brightly, there are blue skies and no cloud at all. Typical!

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  14. Didn't even seem to get darker than it already was due to cloud cover. However, my husband and the son's Welsh girlfriend en route to the doctor's office just happened to be in the right place as the clouds parted just in time to see the total eclipse appear! I really felt so left out!!!

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  15. I was so looking forward to seeing the eclipse here in Southern Spain. Instead, we had rain and the strongest, strangest wind gusts -- which also made me think of how earlier civilisations might have reacted to that. I love your solar eclipse helmet.

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    1. Would those have been winds of the 'cyclonic' nature, Mitchell?

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    2. Would those have been winds of the 'cyclonic' nature, Mitchell?

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  16. I just saw a view of the eclipse from Germany on TV. Spectacular!

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  17. The fascination with eclipses has always alluded me. But this morning's doom and gloom (my desk runs along the window - so I am privy to all comings and goings) did remind of what I imagine the world to look like when it comes to an end. Awful.

    Other than that: Some of your commentators, not least Hippo - I am more forgiving of Tom Stephenson - seem to think that all Virgins are female. Please do put them straight, John.

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    1. ..."eluded" me. Mustn't give Hippo or (worse) Cro Mag the slightest excuse to come down on me like a ton of bricks.

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  18. Wonderfully amazing event.

    I have witnessed three in my life and missed more. Each were magical even though I knew it was going to happen. I can't imagine the fright it generated when no one knew.

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  19. Seems to have gone darker there than it did with us John. As to dragging virgins up to the top of the hill for sacrifice, I don't think we have too many round here judging from what I see and hear.

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  20. ...not much point BEING a virgin if all your going to do is get your throat cut....where is the fun in THAT?

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    1. I totally agree...... That is why there are no virgins left.... who wants to go that way... might as well have a little fun and live to see at least a few more years

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  21. Was so keen to see it (84% partial due here) I even delayed my weekly Waitrose shopping for an hour Such dedication!. Alas, skies thickly overcast, but did watch the TV progs covering the awesome event. Roll on 2016 when, with bit of luck should still be around, but if that's also overcast I'll be 145 years old when the one after that comes round - which is unlikely to be a pretty sight! Still, Brighton in 1999 had completely clear skies and said spectacle was wondrous to behold, so we've had the experience.

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  22. Gosh that mask looks heavy! I didn't bother to look at the sun I took a couple of quick photos using a tilting LCD screen, but only a couple and only quick because I had no heavy duty filters and didn't want to fry my processor!

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  23. Dang! I missed the eclipse! Another decade before the next one?

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  24. Just looked like it was going to pour with rain here. Very disappointing

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  25. Didn't see any eclipse in Belfast. It was hidden by a huge bank of cloud. I demand my money back.

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  26. It was all very surreal here. Set against a brilliant blue sky. Then it went all still and the light was very weird, like a giant LED light had been switched on. Then it went chilly and the light came back. I think it did something to my head! The only question I would ask about it is, how come a 30 second occurrence can produce so many tv hours with all those people talk, talk, talking! They're still talking about it now and I'm actually sick of the sight of Prof Brian Cox!

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  27. Love the photos, especially the old church.

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  28. great photos. I slept through it, and most of it we wouldn't see because I don't think the sun was high enough for us to appreciate it. But, we're expecting snow for the first full day of spring, and there were some Northern Lights sightings, so all is well.

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  29. Must have felt very eerie when all gets dark in the middle of the day!

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  30. Crikey and there was me thinking you kept company with Darth Vadar... or is that Vador

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  31. Someone phoned in to Radio 2 and said he tried to take a photo of the eclipse through his welding mask, as his camera had automatic focus all he kept getting were pictures of the inside of his welding mask, how frustrating that must have been.

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