Friday, 24 February 2017

Pangaea and Mini BAR

Did you see Arty's Special Blogville Announcement this week that he and Dory, along with Murphy and Stanley, are organising a Mini BAR retreat in Oregon this August?

I wasn't able to go to the BAR (Blogville Awesome Retreat) in Indiana last year, 'cos I live on the wrong side of the Pond.

The idea behind a Mini BAR is that small groups of Blogville citizens can organise local meet ups, to make the travelling easier. 

Of course, to your geologically minded Bouncing Boffin, alternative solutions sprang to mind.

Oh but what a shame it is that we are not living around 270 million years ago, when all the continents - yes, even Australia - coalesced into one huge land mass called Pangaea and one could have travelled by automobile or railway train (had those forms of transport then been invented) from Scotland to Sydney via Seattle without once having one to dip one's paws in the briny or, horror of horrors, board an airplane.

It is of course perfectly possible that, at some point in the next few hundred million years, the world's tectonic plates might realign themselves such that our continents all come together again. (Just think how many walls Mr Trump would then have to build...)

However, the truth of the matter is, at least as far as Europe and North America are concerned, the direction of travel is not just now in our favour, with Iceland pulling itself apart at a rate of centimeters per year for the foreseeable future.


Reluctantly I have to conclude that the prospect of seeing my dear non-European friends in the furs is remote indeed.

Anyone for a Mini BAR in Scotland? 

We can guarantee a warm welcome at Aberdeen railway station.
Slight delay in setting off for Nottingham this morning...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Empathising with Human Granny

Friends, I have most excellent news to report. My paws are finally feeling a whole lot better. I even ventured to run a short distance on the grass a couple of days ago. Yes, I actually ran! For the first time in over a month. Gail caught in on camera and says it is the best ever video of me (albeit only eight seconds long).

This coming weekend, Gail and I are heading south on the train, as a visit to Nottingham is overdue.

Gosh I am so looking forward to seeing Human Granny. She suffers badly from arthritis in her feet. In fact Gail says that aching feet have been one of HGY's favourite topics of conversation for many decades now, and so I am sure she will be full of sympathy for my recent plight. Oh yes, we will have much to discuss.

Won't that be fun, Gail?

Sunday, 19 February 2017

My 7th Birthday Weekend has included....

...a super special card from my dear friends Madi and Mom,

....lots of snuggles with Gail,

....a short trip to the beach,

....followed by a meet up with Gail's friends at the Inversnecky Café.

....Then I sniffed out the early Spring blooms in the Cruickshank Botanic Garden,

....enjoyed freshly cooked liver for my Birthday Tea, pigs ear treats from 'Pet Comforts',

....and finally, er, some different antibiotics.

I only wish I could tell you that my paws were completely healed; that would have been the best birthday present by far, but it was not to be. Although the itchiness has now died down, the infection is proving hard to shift and I still find it hurts to walk, which is making Gail very sad. We live in hope that the new antibiotic will finally do the trick.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Finding common ground with the POTUS...

Friends, I have come to realise this week that I, Bouncing Bertie Boffin, have something in common with the current President of the U.S.A!

That got your attention, didn't it?

Yes, the fact is, we are both big admirers of former British Prime Minister and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill.
Churchill and his beloved poodle Rufus
So much has been written about Churchill's colourful life and personality that it's hard to come up with anything new to say about him. But this week, both Gail and I were amazed and impressed to read in a newspaper article how Churchill was so keen to keep abreast of developments in the world of physics that one morning in April 1926, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Baldwin's government, he set aside his papers to dictate a summary of quantum theory, then the latest big thing in science.

Gosh, a man after my own heart indeed!

What a great example to the current POTUS don't you think?  Wouldn't it be nice to think that, taking inspiration from his hero, Trump too might be attempting to inform himself about the current state of scientific knowledge (and in doing so gaining a respect for facts, evidence and rational thinking)...

Perhaps I should direct the Donald to my blog page with links to all my past science posts?

It would be a start wouldn't it?

PS It's my 7th birthday tomorrow, although it is never a given that Gail will have remembered. One lives more in hope than expectation, on this and other matters......