Boeing and Space X’s epic space race to Mars

The new space race is here. Just as in the 1960’s where Russia and America raced to get a man standing on the Moon Mars is now in the sights of two competing tribes. This time though it’s not countries but companies that are fighting it out.

Boeing’s Space Launch System (SLS)

Boeing has boldly claimed that the mega rocket it’s building for NASA will get a human to Mars before Elon Musk’s Space X can. In a Tweet aimed directly at Elon Musk they threw down the gauntlet, Musk accepted this and now as they say the game is on!

Credit: Will Boeing Beat Space X to Mars?

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Coincidences – Is the Universe rarely so lazy?

I’ve been on this Earth a little while now and if there’s one thing I’m increasingly convinced that doesn’t exist or is rare it’s coincidences. The premise is that on your path in life many, many other paths cross yours in different ways and these are totally random events. But I’m not so sure.


Do coincidences exist? Possibly, probably, maybe. But as Mycroft Holmes said to Sherlock when he was summing up some facts and trying to explain them as coincidence “The universe is rarely so lazy” and I think this is a better way to look at it.

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Second Manic Monday of 2018

Hi there bloggies, we’re streaming through January – now past the 10 day mark. At this rate it’ll soon be Christmas again eh? 😉

Not much went on last week and I didn’t get around the the next installment of ‘The Great Galactic Service Station’ this is mainly becasue my mind became so twisted I actually thought on Thursday that it was Wednesday. Don’t ask me why… so basically I lost a day! Catch up with the previous parts here:

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 1

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 2

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 3

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 4

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 5

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 6

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 7

The Great Galactic Service Station – Part 8


In terms of the random blog posts not much is really changing there, I’m hoping to be bale to start on some new topics soon, I’m not sure what they all are but I’m definitely going to be posting on creating digital art with Inkscape and GIMP. There’s some more artwork coming from that direction too and it ‘s pretty cool! I hope.

If you’re into writing or or creating scifi stories in some form and what to give yourself that extra bit of visibility why not sign up to my  my SciFi and Fantasy Hub Universe of Possibilites. On here I let you as collaborators post on here any of their posts or highlight their work – no strings attached. There are already collaborators but it’s very inactive. It need life! Help me give it life!!!! 🙂



Also don’t forget my new projects:

These sites aren’t quite finished but these are where I publish my writing and other creative content, giving it the focus it deserves without the extra random stuff!

Also make sure you follow up what’s going on in the rest of the Planet Simon universe:

Planet Simon Facebook Page







Keep smiling, reading  and writing!

Simon 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award


I woke up this morning to a blog award nomination from MacKenzie. You really should go and have a look at her blog, she has a pretty long list of conditions she’s been diagnosed with but she refuses to let this get in the way and has some pretty inspiring posts so go and pay her a visit please as she’s great!



Mystery Blogger Award:

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Created by Okoto Enigma.

The rules are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).



Here are my answers from MacKenzie!

  • What’s your biggest goal for 2018?

To do what I do and have fun doing it.

  • What’s your favorite holiday?

A quiet one near the great outdoors.

  • If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would they be?

I thought about this and it drove me nuts. I would either have to be selfish or not and if I wanted to help others I couldn’t help everyone. So I gave up.

  • If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go?

The Lake District

  • If you could only have one type of sandwich the rest of your life what kind would it be?

Cheese and pickle! 😛


Three things about me are:

I always struggle to think of something new to put into these, but I’ll have a good go:

  1. I try to make sure I go for a walk everyday – I can’t stand sitting around.
  2. When I was at school I was really crap at Maths – so I went into engineering as a career. Nuts eh?
  3. I’ve recently been using step / sleep tracking in my everyday life. It’s funny the effect this has on you as I now try and take the long route when walking to get a few extra steps in.



My nominees:

Some questions I have for my nominees:

  1. What’s do you hope to better yourself in this year?
  2. What was your favourite Christmas yummy?
  3. What in the world now worries you most or would you like to see change?
  4. What’s your favourite biscuit?
  5. What is on Netflix right now that you can’t help watching?

I hope you can all join in – if not don’t worry but you it would be interesting!

Simon 🙂