Journal Entry, Dienstag 06 Sept ’11:
Yesterday morning I logged on to check the Telegraph website and found that the Google logo – normally just a series of colourful Times New Roman – had been replaced by a vivid purple geometric frenzy.
So I clicked on it, and it announced that “Today Freddie Mercury would have been 65 – Happy Birthday”, before launching into a charming & very witty cartoon sequence over the song ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.
Today on the way home from work, saw my first ‘61’ plate vehicle; an upmarket Audi people-carrier.
Went to the pictures to see ‘Apollo 18’ which was utter, utter, UTTER shite as I so eloquently pointed out on Pigsy’s website.
Journal Entry, Sat 11 Apr ’87:
Rejection letter and returned photo from Pyrene Chemical Services.
“I dare not guess, but in this life of error, ignorance and strife
Where nothing is, but all things seem, and we the shadows of the dream” (Shelley)
Outside it is gloriously sunny – I am thinking of making an LP of Sitwell’s Metamorphoses for electronic ensemble and string quartet.
Went to Treasure Trove in Cotteridge – bought three books: ‘Hands’ by C G Norris, ‘Adventures of a Sailor Boy’ and a paperback of the Kama Sutra. (Note: I was convinced for many years that my copy of ‘Hands’ was actually from the Salvation Army charity shop in Smethwick, purchased around 1975. But I was wrong….)
In his book ‘Sixty Seconds that will Change The World’, Peter Hadfield described the possible impact of an earthquake and tsunami on Japan. Massive events like this have been recorded at intervals of approximately eighty-three years; the last giant quake, in 1923, killed 140,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes and factories. Since then, however, Japan has fallen in love with technology and the automobile and chemical production and nuclear power; and the vast industrial empire was seen as being vulnerable to the effects of a major seismic event.
When the super-quake finally arrived in March 2011, it caused massive upheaval, damage to property and loss of life. It also caused a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power station, with the reactor cores suffering meltdown.
And recent studies have shown that insect life in the vicinity of the stricken plant is showing signs of genetic mutation which could be linked to radioactive contamination from the Fukushima reactors. Specimens of the pale grass blue butterfly have been found to show deformed eyes and wings; scientists have been carrying out experiments where they allowed mating between abnormal insects and unaffected partners, to monitor the progress of genetic damage in the species.
The artist Cornelia Hesse-Honegger examined the insects found in areas which had been affected by the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl; she began to record, in a series of watercolour paintings, the curious deformities present in flies and other insects. Naturally, in the finest tradition of scientific discoveries, her work (illustrated in the book Heteroptera) was condemned by the establishment.
And now we learn that the uranium processing plant at Aldermaston is to be temporarily closed for repairs to the structural steelwork, which is beginning to corrode – rather like the machine tools which were gradually annihilated by hordes of invisible scouring fleas in the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still.