Sundials & Horses
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You've reached the Web page of the Powers family (Patrick, Catherine, Victoria and Mark) in Harpenden, Herts in the UK. It should now be clear what the interests of at least one of us are! To those interests you can also add canal narrow boats and a reasonably rare (only four known of the actual type and year) 1932 Morris-Cowley two-seater; see car restoration link below...
Mark and his wife Jane announced the birth of their lovely first baby Evelyn Siobhán, on 31st December 2009. As at the end of May 2010, Evie was well over a stone in weight, by June 2011 she was walking and at 4 she was chattering all day long. At 5 she completed her reception year in school and started in Year 1. She is now 7! Here's a picture of her at six months. How time flies. Now, Evie has a little sister, Anna Róisín born 18th January 2013; shown here, on the right, sleeping. She is now 4 and chattering to anyone who will listen!
Sundials come in many shapes, sizes and
styles. They represent a fascinating link with a past technology. A
little bit of explanation here and some hints on how to find out
more... You can also learn how to join the British Sundial Society
(BSS). There's also information here too for
anyone wanting to know more about the society and to
explore an independent archive of documents, information, policies etc relating to
the society, current news and comment on sundials generally as well as some reflexions on recent conferences.
Information and Comment about Sundials, Sundial Websites, Sundial
Societies and Related Matters.
Including an independent web resource that may be of interest and use to everyone interested in the world of sundials. Over 100 documents are now archived or linked here and all the pages are updated regularly too. There have been well over twenty thousand visits to this part of the website!
Here to visit
|The Barrow-on-Soar Dial. Declared open on 3rd July 2004 by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, this is the new Millennium Park and Sundial at Barrow on Soar. Pictures of this imaginative dial on its opening day will be placed here shortly.|
The Amble Dial. Opened to the public in May 2001. Photos of the 12 metre diameter Millennium Dial and of the opening ceremony can be seen by clicking Here or on the photo on the left. I did the calculations (it's called the 'delineation') and following some excellent work by the artistic consultants and the building company, the dial has proved to be remarkably accurate.
The Amble Development also won the 2002 RTPI Planning Award for Town Regeneration!!
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Here are some photographs of the on-going restoration of my 1932 Morris-Cowley Tourer. Owned by me since 1956 but until 2014, not driven since 1965! Stop by from time to time to see progress. Together the Cowley & I have seen a lot. The photo on the left was taken in the winter of 1962-63 and I still have it framed, here in my office at home. Yes, it started first time after the snow had been cleared off! The Cowley has been away for the engine to be un-seized, for new wings to be made and for certain other works. But it is now back. Its 85th Birthday will be on 18th June 2017! The Cowley was first registered on 18th June 1932 you see.
September 2014 it was driven again and even made it up Kop Hill at the
2014 Kop Hill Climb!
I - Details of the wiring and operation of the Lucas 'PLC' Ignition Switch, the Lucas 'CFR2' Cut out, the Lucas 'A900R' Dynamotor as used on a 1932 Morris Cowley Tourer are HERE. Mention is also made of the original Lucas 'CF1' cut out that was originally fitted to this car AND there is a diagram of the wiring of the dashboard.
II - Details of the chassis layout, operation of the fuel gauge, component parts of the hydraulic brake master cylinder and even how to fit the doors and locks back on are HERE.
III - Replacement hubcaps in stainless steel are easily obtained for this car but not so the nuts that attach them to the wheels. Details of the necessary hubcaps and nuts and how they may be obtained are HERE.
HERE are some pictures of some of the cars that came to the 2013 Kop Hill Climb! Sadly my Cowley was not amongst them that year; BUT with a lot of help we finally got there in 2014, and took it up the hill too!
|And now for Horses!!
Click the image on the left to go to the Horse section of this
My horse Domino was covered by Dandy, her new owner's stallion, in late June 2006 and she finally gave birth to a colt on the morning of 3rd June 2007 at something like 07:30 BST. He wasn't there when they checked Domino at 06:15 but was when they checked again at 08:30! He's a piebald (black - or nearly chocolate - and white) coloured colt and was named Patrick! He has four white legs and a white blaze just like his Mum. So, there was great excitement all round. Photos? Well, some pics of him can be found here
*** DOMINO - UPDATE ***
Regular readers will recall that the 20th August 2005 was a sad day! After a lot of thought I had decided to sell my horse, Domino. I had not been riding for a while and she was not getting enough exercise or attention so I sold her to a friend in Ireland who had known her when she was here and who had just started up a new riding school in Malin, Co Donegal - Rose Cottage Riding School which, following expiry of the lease on the land has now sadly closed. Domino was collected around noon on the 20th August to take only her second trip in a horse box (the first was when she first came to the yard aged 4) and her first sea trip as far as we know! Her journey took over two days but she had rest stops overnight en route in Carlisle and Omagh. I went to see her in Malin on Tuesday/Wednesday 30th/31st August. She had of course settled in perfectly, I think I worried more during her journey than she. She had immediately recognised the lady to whom I sold her as she came off the box and has never looked back. I have since been over a few times to see how she's doing - I am spending nearly as much on trips to Ireland as I did on her! Well, not quite of course!!
Her then new owner, Kate, had Domino covered by her own black and white piebald cob stallion, Dandy, in July 2006 and on 3rd June 2007) the result of this union was finally born as you will have seen from the above!!
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They always say that converts are the worst...<gg> A late comer to riding, I have come across a little bit about horses in recent years... This is really an excuse to put up pictures of Domino - she the 'cutie of the huge hooves' - and of Badger a mischievous horse owned by a colleague. As of 2009, Domino was 18 years old but by 2005 she had not been ridden by me for ages firstly because of a foot injury which seemed to flare up whenever I rode and then just as that got better I was prevented from riding because of the Foot & Mouth epidemic! Even though that was eventually lifted and we could ride out again, I seemed to find more excuses not to than I should.... Before going to Ireland Domino had lived and wintered out in her field where she was No1 (or sometimes No2 to a 'pushy' gelding) and was used in the School on a few days a week.
Some photos here of a sometimes dishevelled Domino!!
In 2011 the Riding School in Malin closed following the expiry of its lease. Domino was then transferred to another riding School in County Donegal where she does much the same! She is now (2014) aged 23. Patrick is currently with a lady in the South East of England.
**** Sadly we heard on the 16th July 2014 that Domino had been found dead in her field on Thursday 10th July 2014. She was lying with her head between her knees and is thought to have probably died from a heart attack****
Coming soon! (?)
|Some light relief from Sundials and Horses! "Can that really be?" I hear you all cry. Well, Yes - no effort spared on this web site.... We shall shortly have views of some of the Temples of Egypt taken on a trip there in March 2003 and some photos of the Narrowboat we used to have. Come back soon to see them... (Oops sorry - it's 2017 and still none of these are up - we have mislaid the images. Soon though....?|
Now, you Maths freaks....1
What's the significance of this sentence?
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics. All of thy geometry, Herr Planck, is fairly hard...
For the answer click here.
Now, you Maths freaks....2
|Have you recently taken A-Level Maths?: Want to see if the paper you took is the same or harder than one set 60+ years ago in 1954? If so then CLICK here and join in the 'Dumbing Down' debate about education today by sending in your comments too.... You may need to print the papers out to see all the detail.|
The logic behind Income tax and why it can be necessary to bring back tax thresholds lost by removal of indexation - despite what the SNP think in Scotland....:-)
The tax system explained using a beer analogy:-
Suppose that once a week, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this..
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay £1.
The sixth would pay £3.
The seventh would pay £7.
The eighth would pay £12.
The ninth would pay £18.
And the tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.
So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men drank in the bar every week and seemed quite happy with the arrangement until, one day, the owner caused them a little problem. "Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your weekly beer by £20.” Drinks for the ten men would now cost just £80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free but what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share? They realized that £20 divided by six is £3.33 but if they subtracted that from everybody's share then not only would the first four men still be drinking for free but the fifth and sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fairer to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage. They decided to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.
And so, the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (a 100% saving).
The sixth man now paid £2 instead of £3 (a 33% saving).
The seventh man now paid £5 instead of £7 (a 28% saving).
The eighth man now paid £9 instead of £12 (a 25% saving).
The ninth man now paid £14 instead of £18 (a 22% saving).
And the tenth man now paid £49 instead of £59 (a 16% saving).
Each of the last six was better off than before with the first four continuing to drink for free.
But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got £1 out of the £20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, "but he got £10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a £1 too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"
"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get £10 back, when I only got £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!" The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next week the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important - they didn't have enough money between all of them to pay for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works.
Reality at Last?
(Or pigs might fly...? An aside to the big issues)
laureate Ivar Giaever's speech at the Nobel Laureates' meeting 1st July
2015. Ivar points out the mistakes which Obama made in his speeches
about global warming, and shares other not-well known facts about the
state of the climate.
Well worth a
listen here! Especially the effect one match has...
At last, in January 2015 we have a simple peer-reviewed Climate Model that actually predicts what's happening and as of August 2015 it has even been shown correctly to predict conditions backwards in time too. Why do the other models show such variation and lack of correlation with reality? Maybe this is why?
Then as of February 2015 and despite today's worries about the warming effects on the climate of animal-generated methane, we have scientific proof that methane seepage from the Arctic seabed has been occurring for millions of years! In March 2015, it's clear that the temperature records on which much of current climate science has been based, have been 'adjusted'. And then, just in time to rescue the 'damsel in distress', comes this about Water Vapour. To make you laugh here is a cautionary tale. Finally the Quote of the Century. By the IPCC too. Why is it being ignored so much...? Perhaps more importantly why are some now trying to stop any research that's directed at testing the AGW theories of the IPCC? Such testing is surely the basis of the scientific method? Let us get the science right. Yet, in June 2015 we have the Royal Society of Edinburgh apparently making this very mistake.
In April 2015 an interesting investigative study concludes: "The question is why, in the teeth of the scientific and economic evidence, nearly all of the global governing class were so easily taken in or bought out or both by the strange coalescence of powerful vested interests who have, until now, profited so monstrously by the biggest fraud in history at such crippling expense in lives and treasure to the rest of us, and at such mortal threat to the integrity and trustworthiness of science itself". Is it right?
A true man of science. Prof Bob Carter died on 19 January 2016 after a heart attack at the age of 73. Just as with fellow countrymen and subsequent Nobel Prize winners Drs Marshall and Warren whose derided theory regarding heliocobacter-pylori was proved to be correct, Carter's Australian University vilified him for sticking to his scientific principles when all about him disagreed. He stood up for real science in the face of quite unscientific argument. Now in a really imaginative move a Turmuhrglockenspielmelodie has been composed for him by colleague Lord Monckton. Follow the link for details and the tune! Then follow this link to hear it as if played on the Ghent Cathedral Carillon! Magic.
German physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls Is a beacon of sanity in the matter of Climate Change. Drawing attention to the use of Argumentum ad Verecundiam he says “Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data – first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it. If they checked further, they would discover that every climate forecast made by the IPCC since 1990 has been wrong". Read more of this here
The Command & Control Center of Climate Alarmism The existence of a foreign command & control centre within climate alarmism has apparently long been ignored, despite palpable evidence. The obvious deterrent to recognising it was ridicule, as the Left manage to label anybody making such claims as a believer in a “conspiracy theory.” It is time (Dec 2016) to stop listening to fools and scoundrels. Yes, climate alarmism has a single command and control center. Read more of this here
William Happer Interview - a focused civil dialogue on Global Warming
Let the cobbler stick to his last! Paul Offit is a paediatrician. Yet, in an article for one of the sillier groupthink websites, he considers himself qualified to state that the “climate denialists” President Trump and his appointees to EPA and Energy, Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry, “deny the fact that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the environment have trapped heat, causing an increase in the Earth’s surface temperature … and consequent climate disruption” He also apparently believes the so called 'scientific consensus' . Read about this here
300 Scientists send a petition to President Trump, asking the President to withdraw the United States from the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. Read about it here and the response to MIT's complaining letter to Trump!
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