Archive | March 2007

University of Birmingham Guild Awards 2007

Last night was the University of Birmingham Guild Awards 2007. These took place in the decked out Deb hall (it had a massive star cloth which looked well cool!). It was a good night (once a few sillness’ at the start were sorted). Of course I am going to be happy as I won an award! YAY!
I was awarded the “Ross Barlow Memorial Prize for outstanding individual student” which means alot. I have been invovled in Guild societies (abliet mostly astrosoc) for 6 years and I feel I have put in a huge amount of time – enjoyed every second. The Guild means a lot to me, though I do moan about it most of the time! I’m not sure exactly what to say on this, I’m not saying I don’t like attention but I am used to being the person who does lots of organisation and isn’t always in the spotlight.
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I found Ben Whitehouse’s (Project and Event Support Co-ordinator.) words on facebook quite fitting…:
“My other favourite memory will be watching the various groups and individuals who won look slightly surprised as they punched the air. I even got a little teary as I watched Sam George accept his award for outstanding individual student. It’s been two years since I met Ross Barlow briefly at my first event at the guild of students. It was the student group awards on the Tuesday of my first week at work. I was very new and very unaware of just how passionate our groups could get. Ross clearly loved volunteering for various groups and got a kick out of being involved. Ruth described Ross as having a dry sense of humour… I caught just a little of that on the night. Ross died in a hang gliding accident later that week.”
More about the event: [redbrick]
And now some pics… me and Lizzie having fun..
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Me and Kym,
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Adam and Maz perform for Ballroom dancing..
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Emergency Info Worldwide..

Ever wanted to know what emergencies are going on world wide? huh.gif Well you can with… [hisz.rsoe.hu/]… its rather interesting but also a little scary

The Moon last night

I managed to take an image of the Moon with my digital camera in projection on my scope. I’m sure if my mount was a bit better I would have gotten a much better image, maybe time to invest.
Anyway here we go…
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Wikisky.org

Fancy having an online planetarium program that allows you to search for object, see the normal map and the SDSS map with astrophotos for most objects? If so take a look at [www.wikisky.org] .. and no its not a google tool, but it does remind me of google maps. Really cool.

Moon and Venus

Whilst out the other day I got the chance to take a lovely shot of the crescent Moon with Venus.. you possibly need to look at the larger versions to full appreciate that Venus is on these images..
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Kym’s 21st

For my friend Kym’s 21st birthday party we went out to Nando’s, followed by cocktails, Flares and then a house party.. gosh that girl got it all biggrin.gif.
Here are a couple of photos that really stick out from the night….
Lizzie with hat…
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Kym turning nice a quickly so I get a face full of hair..
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Adam, well being Adam…
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It’s above you…
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Me and Tom with the ‘fro’s…
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Maz and Adam giving us a light show on the dancefloor..
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BBC WM: Is there anyone out there?

Oh yes I was on the radio again yesterday! This time to do some promotion for the talk we had at the University of Birmingham last night. Oh out of interest this was a talk by Prof Ian Morison of Jodrell Bank Observatory. He was talking about the possibilities and the quest for the detection of extraterrestrial intelligence. Anyway, I gave my 2pence worth on this subject earlier in the day.. on the radio, ekk.
Oh here is the link to the file (thanks to filewind!)… [BBC WM: me on Aliens]

Current Music choice…

Panic At The Disco – Karma Police (live in denver)
Legion of Doom – Crazy As She Goes (Mash Up).mp3
Arctic Monkeys vs The Killers – Scumbody Told Me
Cobra Starship – Bring It (Snakes On A Plane)
Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock
+44 – Lycanthrope
Paramore – Emergency
Editors – French Disko
Boston – More Than a Feeling
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby

A trip to Liverpool

On Friday I travelled up to Liverpool to give a talk to Liverpool Astronomical Society. I spoke about extrasolar planets (full title being “Extrasolar Planets and their Aurora”). I have to say I very much enjoyed it and it was a pleasure to speak at the oldest Astronomical Society in the UK (and the world, I think). I felt it went down well and I hope I was clear with my explanations, though I know I can be “hand-wavy” on occasion. I love giving talks about astronomy.
Anyway since I was in Liverpool I went to meet my good friend Katherine, who incidentally put me up overnight..
On Sat morning she gave me a tour of Liverpool, which I very much enjoyed… now come the pics, which are much better than my boring text.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral at night (where I gave the talk, not in main room – I would have been scared if it had been!):
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Radio City Tower:
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My fast food place (yeah, right! laughing.gif ):
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St Luke’s Church that was destroyed by air raids in the second world war:
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outside the Anglican Cathedral:
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inside the Anglican Cathedral:
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Liverpool University:
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My London Trip

Last weekend me and Lizzie celebrated one year together by taking a short trip down to London. It was a nice few days away and also lots of fun…
On the Sat we went to the Science Museum were I had my pic taken next to an F1 car.. sssh, I don’t think we were allowed to take this but we didn’t notice this till after, woops.
Me next to an F1 car
I also got to start off some vibrations…
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On the Sunday we travelled down to the London Eye but it was a bit busy so we just took a walk up the river.
The eye had red noses added:
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Lizzie doesn’t seem to impressed with my constant taking of photos, I’m obviously happy:
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Lizzie takes photos of Big Ben
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We visited St Paul’s Cathedral on the Sunday before we left…
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