The other day I go the opportunity to watch a film I’ve had my eye on for ages – Interstellar. In short it’s about an Earth that is dying and the efforts of one man and his crew to find a suitable planet for the human race to live on. The human race is not yet able to travel between the stars, so we manage this by taking the Endevour (the space chip you see above) through a wormhole near Saturn. This worm hole doesn’t just take us a few star systems away – oh no. We don’t muck about – it takes them to another galaxy and a start system with three potential new planets.

The first thing I felt about this film was it felt in place very 2001 / Arthur C Clarke and in other’s a bit like Gravity. Which is ironic, because much of this film revolves around the human theories on gravity. The loneliness and the separation of the crew from their loved ones really comes out in this. and I feel mixed about this film because of the tragic swings in the story. Also when they discover a lone scientist who had survived in hibernation and later when their spacecraft is damaged. You can easily sense the increasing hopelessness.

There were a number of bit’s in the plot I really didn’t get. like how our hero (Matthew McConaughey) in sacrificing himself to the singularity end up in a dimension where he can see his daughters room and was himself the very presence his daughter could sense and was the person sending gravitational messages. He eventually ends up back around Saturn where he is rescued. It’s far fetched, but you can do that with Sci Fi where you can’t in other dramatic genre’s. Also one small point – if you need a space helmet to live on a planet, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be a good match for the human race I think.

It is a quality film and I’m glad I watched it, but it’s not something I could watch again and again. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think.

Simon 🙂


2015 in review

Like many other bloggers, I got a nice email yesterday with a breakdown of my blog activity over the year etc…

There’s more good stuff to come so keep reading and I hope that great things are going to come 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 640 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2015 in review

Like many other bloggers, I got a nice email yesterday with a breakdown of my blog activity over the year etc…

While this is a great summary and covers some of the great people I’ve had the pleasure to chat with there are so many more nor mentioned. I’ve found so many friends, geeky and not so geeky, writers, poets and picture takers. Thank you to anyone who has liked, commented or viewed a post. To my recent followers, come and say hello. Really…

Things will change a bit in the new year, but those that have followed my activity will see those changes quickly – I’m keeping shush and not wanting to spoil any surprises… watch this space. 🙂


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

Following on from my post the other day

I hought something on the flyby would be need to to complete this story. The feature image I used shows a world covered in cracks in it’s icy surface  and craters poc marking the surface. This world has surprised many with it geological activity and no dobt there will be more on this after the data has been processed.

Credit: NASA

Simon 🙂

Over the Festive Period

This is just a note to all my bloggie friends that from today over the next week or so I’m not likely to be contactable. So have a great Christmas, thank you all so much for making this year, the best blog year ever and I know that you will make it even better next year.

I’ve got some posts scheduled and there will hopefully be one or two surprise posts as I go to make sure I’m not forgotten ;-P

See you all soon!

Simon 🙂

The Dirty T-Shirt

So it happened. Always does at some point during the winter, beacuse it’s dark in the morning and you have little clue about what you put on. I got to work thinking I was relatively presentable. Until I looked down… My T-Shirt looked like I had eaten last nights dinner off of it.

What does one do when this happens? I mean… seriously!

Simon  🙂

Epic Awesomness Award

Out of the blue my friend from books and hot tea nominated me for the  Epic Awesomness Award and I have to say I was touched. As my fellow bloggies know I love getting an award and so to get the Epic Awesomnness Award was kind of awesome. Thank you for nominating me – I loved the surprise 🙂


The rules are as follows:

1. You are awesome; tell us why.
2. You are my friend; tell us about other (blogger) friends.
3. Be creative, but it’s ok if you are having trouble with this one.
4. There are no direct questions to answer; let yourself run wild!
5. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
6. Notify your nominees.

And here are my answers:

1. Self praise is no praise – if my bloggies say I’m awesome then so be it. But I have given this blog my all lately. All of the posts are insights into my universe and if my reader like it then that means they’re awesome 😉

2. In the real world I dont have many (if any) friends so I love the community here and I know some truly amazing people like Erika who puts up with me a lot and totally inspires me (to be honest I think she looks after me a little too). But I also have friends like :



And many, many others…. I’m sorry I can’t mention them all but I think you’re all great and you know who you are – yes. You too 🙂

3. Be creative? Like how? I mean I could write a bit about the dirty t-shirt. YOu know the one, in winter you pick it up in your darkened room in the morning. Only when you get to wrok (or wherever) that you realise it looks like you’ve eaten last night’s dinner off of it.

4. For this one, I’ll just write down some things which I find awesome.

Walking in the rain while I’m dry.

Being out in a lightening and thunder storm.

The sea.


Great Films.


5. Thank you again – although I’ve done this at the top 🙂

6. My nominee’s are:


Shara Lee





I hope you can all join in with this. Needless to say far more of you are Epic Awesome that just the people mentioned here. Have a great Christmas to everyone, especially the awesome ones that read this post.

Simon 🙂


The Jedi Duel #Blogbattle #Scifi

Once again is’s blog battle time – Rachel Ritchey’s duel between the blogs of 1000 word stories. This weeks word is flake and there are the rules:

  1. 1000 words max
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. State the Genre of your story at the top of your post.
  7. Post your story on Tuesday, by 11:59 PM PST
  8. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post)
  9. Have fun!

I’ve been inspired by Star Wars here – no surprises as those that know me know my favourite genre is Sci Fi. No apologies for thos ethat have seen the film, yes this story is based on the duel in the film but is NOT the same!

The Jedi Duel

Rey stood there, collecting her thoughts. “Which way to go” she was thinking. Her breath visible in the biting cold air, the cold air hurting as it hit her lungs, snow flakes falling hard now melting on her pale skin. She was breathing hard, each breath of cold air stabbing at her. Deciding on a direction she broke into a run, Kylo Ren couldn’t be far behind and he was hunting her down.

Rey stopped for a second, still not sure where she was going. She spun round to the left and there was a tall dark cloaked figure, walking towards her.

“Give me the lightsaber” He demanded. Rey stood there, trying to work out ther options, there weren’t many. She took the light saber from her belt and held it up.

“If you want it come and get it” get shouted in the strongest voice she could muster.

“Alright – I will” Kylo Ren replied menacingly. A wave of his hand and the trees fell before rey like a charging wave, throwing her back into a snow drift. Coming to – Rey was breathing even harder, her eys were stinging as much as her lungs now, she wiped them and the bright red blur cleared to see Kylo Ren reaching out for her lightsaber. Reaching out herself she watched as it flew round Kylo and straight into here hand. Surprised by this power as much as Kylo was she flicked the switch and the bright blue blade appeared with it’s harsh electrical hum.

Kylo flew at her, his cross blade held high and coming down as he neared. Rey blocked his blade, responding to his attack with force she swung her lightsabre out to wards his torso. With a clash of blades both of them fought hard to get the upper hand, Kylo was forching Rey back, gaining ground with each strike as his more powerful form pushed Rey despite her every effort to push him back. Rey never gave up and to run she scaled a boulder to get the upper hand. Kylo lauched himself toward her, knocking her off and back down into the thick snow.

Rey’s body was now shaking, she wasn’t used to the cold and it was now straining on her body, as she got up Kylo forced another attack. Pushing his weapon onto hers, his red blade a mere inches from her face. Feeling the heat of the blade on her pushed hard to fight back, every sinew of her body fighting his massive strength. His metallic mask so close to her face, filling her view. In a moment where time seemed to slow, she closed her eyes, and in some effort of will she found from within Rey pushed back onto her foe.

Amazed at her strength she had pushed Kylo back across the clearing.

“I’ll kill you” Kylo threatened her, his anger boiling over in his voice.

“Then come here and do it” She yelled back at him. “You’re a monster but I’m not scared of you anymore” She re-ignited her lightsaber and held i back to challenge him.

It was then that she heard the sound of engines, Rey brielfly looked up to see the millenium falcon hovering overhead. She looked back ay Kylo and as he got up to strike again a blaze of weapons fire was lauched at him from the Falcon. blazing at him he fled into the forest. The ramp of the Millenium Falcon lowered and Rey wasted no time in climbing it. The ramp rose as she entered the spacecraft and the bulkhead doors closed behind her. As the moment passed, she felt every limb and muscle of her body ache and she collasped to rest on the nearest bulkhead. Her hands hit the floor and her lightsaber landed with a clatter. Breathing hard the warm air soothin on her lungs, but she shivered from the cold. For now she was safe, but she knew this was no going to be he rfinal encounter with him.

Copyright Simon Farnell 2015

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