Friday 12 October 2012

Not such a busy day!! Hooray!!! But the first lesson is with H... I get through it, he has made some progress, and he informs me he's decided not to hire a car in which to practice at the week-end. The residents of Basingstoke should breath a big sigh of relief.

Mid morning, I see Liesha, a welcome contrast to H. We have a good lesson, lots of swearing from Liesha, and finally I see Joe, who is getting closer to test standard. We spend the lesson driving on fast roads, concentrating on slip roads and lane changes. Good fun.

At two, I pop over to see my Dad, who seems OK, although a bit sleepy. We try to ring Vaughan (his brother-in-law, my uncle), but only get the answerphone.

Back at home, I go for a run. The low autumn sum bathes my body in it's golden light, the trees have just started to turn orange and red, all is well with the world.

Tina is home when I return, and I manage to find a holiday home in Whitby which is available... tomorrow! We plan to stay until Thursday next weeek. I looked at the weather forecast for t'Yorkshire, and it doesn't look too bad. A few days of walking, lazing, reading, eating, drinking, and a few photos. Perfect. We hope.

On to more important things. Do you know what the width of a human hair is? I'm going to tell you anyway: 0.1 of a millimetre, or four one thousandths of an inch. I know this, because I had to pass the time somehow in Brian's workshop in Oakley, and the nearest thing to hand was usually a dial caliper. And I used to have some hair in those far off days. Although it was falling out quite quickly, as my workmates were keen to tell me.

  • So it's 92,960,000 miles from the earth to the sun.
  • There are 15,840,000 human hair widths in a mile.
  • So it's 5.87 miles from the earth to the sun if a mile was a human hair's width - if you see wot I mean...
  • Therefore, if a mile was the width of a human hair, it's 1,584,545 miles to the nearest star (which you will know is Proxima Centauri - you were paying attention earlier, weren't you?).

Is it just me? Or is that totally mind blowing? Galactic scales of distance are just so.... big.