Planet Simon weekly roundup

So here we are it’s Friday! TGIF!!!! Even better is that this is a long weeken with the May bank holiday and so it’s three days off and a short week next week! Some of you may have notices, new header image templates and a new look. If not take a look:

Let me know what you think!



I’ve added some more humour this week – with a new strip from my Numpty’s creation and sone controvesial views on lies that men and women tell…

Also there’s a new spot on Miinion thoughts which I hope will  be fun!

Numpy’z – Empowering the Staff

Lies Men tell Women

Lies Women tell Men

Minion thoughts – Childhood Memories

Scifi & Writing:

Asusual I’ve taken part in this weeks blog battle – carrying on the Tita’s Mystery story, things get interesting as two people from different times meet and the plot unfolds a new twist:

The Titan Mystery – Part 5

With this I’m ramping up for what I’m hoping will be a great new feature involving some of my fellow bloggies journeying round the universe in the Explorer – a fantasy spaceship:

Spaceship Explorer


Space Stuff:

As usual ther’s my spattering of space news withthis week’s weekly NASA news, a rather funky Lunar explorer page from ESa a huge, mahoosive crack in the crust of Encalaedus and the discovery of a moon around a little dwarf planet called MakeMake.

Solar System – Things to know this Week

ESA – Lunar Explorer

Encalaedus – Huge Y reaches across it’s surface

Dwarf planet MakeMake has a moon


This is my last week of regualar music posts, they’ll probably be appreaing from time to time but I’m trying to focus on more of my own actual content that trying endlessly to find new music themes to share with you all.

So this will be the last time for a while that the DJ spaceman sppears and I’m leaving you with more Two Steps from Hell!


Music – Two Steps from Hel- – Realm of Power

Music – Thomas Bergerson – Empire of Angels

Music – Two Steps from Hell – Winterspell



Other bloggies & posts:

I always put up a little about you bloggies and what’s caught my interest over the week. A post from my good friend Lucy caught my eye early in the week with a post called:

If blogs were houses

I always love how Lucy’s humour gets into her posts. If you’re not following her already go over and have a look at her blog! I mean house!

Erika put up a really exciting post too – So Excited

It was a real joy to read, make sure you visit Erika too!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Simon 🙂


Dwarf Planet MakeMake has a moon


In the outer regions of the solar system beyond Pluto is a region called the kuiper belt, a stellar junk yard of debris left over from the creation of the solar system. It’s out here that we suspect comets come from. Also out in this region is  one of five known dwarf planets called MakeMake. Discovered in 2005 and names after a creation deity of the Rapa Nui people of Easter Island.

Recently Hubble trained it’s sharp eyes onto MakeMake and discovered that the little world has a small moon. The article below gives all the details:

Simon 🙂

No ownership claimed on images or materials – Credit NASA


Spaceship Explorer looking for Crew

Following on from my post the other day, this is an update !!!!

I’m building a space ship and I need a crew – this is the long and short of this post. Unfortunately this isn’t real life, it’s in the blogoshpere. During Niki’s meet and greet at the weekend  I met up and got chatting with a fellow blogger at some point in this conversation she suggested that my blog os like a spaceship going on adventure and I was the Captain.

If you still want to join the crew – sign up! The Explorer is filling up nicely! The page for this is currently in progress, I’ll let you all know when it’s completed, from there the information on each of the adventures will be linked. I’m hoping this is going to be interesting for everyone! So you keep up with it make sure you’re follwing universeofpossibility

In a flash of promted inspiration I thought about this and a feature which would be Simon’s spaceship (that’s not what it’s going be called ok? I’m not that shallow lol), like all spaceships we go on adventures and we find stuff, battle weird aliens maybe. The crew (i.e. anyone that signs up to this) write about their own adventures on this spaceship, adding in their own humour, passion for exploration or whatever. This will be an exploration in writing and of course yourselves. So, how is this going to work?

What’s the idea?

The spaceship Explorer (good name, cos that’s what we’re going to do) is going to be sent on missions and there will be a story scenario set up, which I as Captain will write. Think of this as the Captains log of events for this mission. This is will be the prompt for you as the crew to write about this mission from your point of view. To give everyone time the mission will be posted at the start of the month with the conclusion and all your stories will be posted at the end of the month and we see how we go. I’m going to have no limits on the amount you write, I would suggest 500 – 1000 words, but that is only a suggestion there are NO limits!:-)


What do you need to do?

Basically, respond to this post with an idea or suggestion of the crewmember or function you would like to serve. I will set up a page defining everyone’s role and will try and keep this up to date!

When will this happen?

I’m planning to launch the first mission of Explorer in May. The stories / logs of each of the crew can be posted on your blog anytime. But I will need them for posting in the mission conclusion at the end of May (say the 27th).


What roles are there?

Here is an extensive list of the roles we will need. This is not exhaustive – if you think you have what it takes to fulfill another role then by all means suggest this.

Command :

Captain – Myself

First Officer – K (This lady was the inspiration so, she get’s the 2IC spot!)

Flight Officer – Ships pilot – Adam my 500th follower wanted to join up to fly the bird!

Operations Officer – Running of ships functions – Kristi said she wanted a menial role – I’ve given her this as i covers that and more!

Medical Officer – Vacant

Counsellor – Vic (To help people deal with their robot arms!)

Cook – Requested by Rachael – I’m not sure we’re going to get fed, but there could be a few amusing mis haps 😛

Security – Leigh has stepped up to this with the idea of being a shape shifter or some other kind of inventive character. I’m hopeful of some inspired creativeness.



Chief Science Officer – Niki ( A geologist who’s going to find life in the rocks on distant planets)

Science Officers – Vacant



Chief Engineer – Kerry (Chatty) We even have the great fortune of a Scot taking this post:-) Also good with Gaffa tape!

Engineering officer – Roger (A gneral ship based technician – Doesn’t want to be the unnamed crew member – we all know what happens to them!)

So you see – there’s lots of possibilities, a universe of them in fact. That’s why you’ll also need to follow my Scifi / writing blog to keep up with this as this is where it’s going to happen!

So – who’s in? You? Yes, you… thinking you might but not sure. Do you dare? Join me and the crew of the Explorer ans see where it takes you!


No ownsership on image – IXS Enterprise

Lies Men tell Women

I saw a post the other day that inspired me to write this – I hope you enjoy it, it’s nothing serious and it’s meant to raise a laugh!

Lies men tell women:

  1. You have nothing to worry about darling, the secretary is 50.
  2. No, your bum does not look big in that.
  3. Of course I’ve remembered our anniversary.
  4. (Over the phone) yes of course the kids are in bed.
  5. I was not out drinking darling – I was working late!
  6. Yes my dear I’ve bought everything on your list and nothing else!
  7. I don’t know how that much got spent!
  8. I’ve pushed the boat out this year and got you something expensive.
  9. I’m not driving too fast, it’s how you’re looking at the speedo.
  10. Your perfume smells nice dear.

These are the ones that came to mind as I was typing? What about you guys? Any more you think I could add?

Simon 😀

Lies Women tell Men

To go with the “Lies Men tell Women” post I thought it a good idea to put the other point of view on! Sorry ladies, you’re going to be hating on me for this – but it’s the male perspective:

  1. I saved money on these shoes.
  2. I only bought one pair darling.
  3. Yuk – I don’t like him – too many muscles.
  4. We didn’t see any men on our girly night out.
  5. I’m fine.
  6. I’m not angry with you  – I’m just disappointed.
  7. *smiles sweetly*
  8. I don’t know where your cash went darling.
  9. I don’t need to wear a coat out.
  10. You can trust me internet shopping…

These are the ones that came to mind as I was typing? What about you guys? Any more you think I could add?

Simon 🙂

The Titan Mystery – Part 5

The small capsule was racing it’s way back to the terminal room they had all come from, they had just passed back though the cavernous internals of the Titan and were now back in tunnel, it wasn’t long now and they would arrive. Seanna was sat there, arms crossed and had said nothing on the journey back.

“You’ve not said a word on the way back” McKinley was kind of asking, kind of stating “on the way here I couldn’t shut you up!”

“I’m not in the mood for this now” Seanna grumbled, looking away from him.

“Listen Seanna” McKinley drew closer to the young woman who failed to react “I know that things don’t look good on the surface of things, but think about this – where’s the bodies? You don’t know you die in that room you know!”

“You’re right the facts don’t look good, but can you explain why I would take this suit off?” Seanna responded sharply. McKinley sat back in his chair silently. A few moments later they pulled into the bay.

“Sealing airlock – repressurising the chamber” The computerised voice announced, Seanna got up to depart the sound of rushing air filling the capsule, then dying off slowly “Cabin pressure restored.” With that the door opened and one by one they began stepping out. Seanna regained some purpose, the core of the Titan was massive and she could see no way of shutting it down without causing a violent and destructive power backwash, destroying the Titan and probably the Tycho as well.

“How do we get out of here?” She asked, hald demanding to McKinley.

Looking at her sternly he said “You don’t get it do you? There is no way out of this. They tried before and failed!”

“They tried before? Who did…” Seanna was trying to get somewhere, it was then she heard a voice. Fear rose inside her, iut was the last voice she wanted to hear, yet also relieved.

“In here, I’ve got them on the scanner” was the muffled voice on the other side of the bulkhead. All the team looked at here with shock.

“What do we..” Jearo started to ask.

“Stay here, hide him” she hissed, pointing towards McKinley. Then the bulk head door slid open with a clank, Seanna standing there in front of her commanding officer. Not the aged and wild McKinley, but the McKinley she had tried to keep away.

“What’s going on? I couldn’t stand around any longer, I had to contact the Tycho to track you all. You went deep into the bowels of the ship, have you success?” McKinley was as enthusastic as she remembered, Seanna had to stifle her desire to hug him.

“Errr, not quite. We’ve hit a problem” Seanna replied

“What kind of problem?” McKinley was pushing his way in. He sensed there was something going on.

“Stop!” Someone shouted. It was the wild McKinley “don’t move any further into this room you fool, or you’ll destroy us all!” The team members silently parted, McKinley locked eyes onto his future self. Stunned for a moment, he stepped back away from him.

“I knew I would never age well, but really you have let yourself go!” McKinley was joking, but he wasn’t smiling about it. “You kept this from me Seanna?” He asked.

“Yes, sir!” She replied, she felt like the naughty child who has been caught out.She could feel his disappoinment.

McKinley nodded “I see” He looked at her “Why? I trusted you.”

“I know sir” was all Seanna could reply.

“Don’t be hard on her” McKinley’s alter ego was now showing the first sign of compassion since they had stumbled across him “You’re me, I asked her not to tell you. She hasn’t exactly disobeyed you!”

“I know that!” McKinley answered back “Like me the girl is confused – I don’t know what to make of this. How are you here and where is the rest of your crew?” McKinley was now raising his voice.

“I’m all that’s left, like you we got caught in this time trap and couldn’t get out of it.”

McKinley frowed at his future self. “Why can’t I get too close to you then? There’s no way out of this?”

“None” was the curt reply “I just showed your team the ships core it’s too big to shut down” he explained wildly “If you touch me, we’re likely to tear the time and fabric of the universe apart. We’re two entities from different time zones – we shouldn’t be this close even.”

“I want to see the core for myself” McKinley demanded stepping into the capsule, waiting to be taken. Again the team boarded and in a few moments were back on their way.

McKinley’s mind was full of awe and full of questions as he looked over the immense interior. He said nothing as once again the team disembarked. Looking ahead he saw the control terminal, marching ahead without pause…

“Sir – wait..” Seanna tried in vain to stop him. She followed after him, trying to keep up.

“There’s nothing in there for you McKinley” The wild man shouted behind him. Just as McKinley got to the doors they opened again, walking toward the piles of suits, McKinley was taken back at first. He looked around, then started pulling off the suits, throwing them to the side.

“What are you doing sir?” Seanna asked him.Watching as he threw the suits, back each one older than other other. He picked up the last bunch and threw them back, he turned and looked up, smiling at Seanna.

“Looking for something!” He puffed triumphantly.

“It looks like a hatch!” Seanna was shocked, she had never thought that under that pile was something intentionally hidden.

“Oh aren’t you the clever one?” McKinley’s future self stood there obviously agrrevated by what had been found.

“Yes!” McKinley shouted at him, I’ll show you something else clever too. He flung himself at the wild man, who only got chance toput his hands up in protest as McKinley grabbed ityanking it behind his back and flinging him to the floor over the new discovery.

“I don’t see the universe ending right now either!” McKinley was in a rage “I recognise your face but not the man, I don’t know who you are!” McKinley shouted. “I think you know how to open this, so – get started!”

The man looked up, hair wildly out of place, a deep chuckle coming from him “Alright – but you don’t know what you’re asking!”

©Simon Farnell 2016

This story is part of Rachael Ritchey’s blog battle, the category is Science Fiction and the theme is:



  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!

Read all the short stories and vote! Winners are announced the Monday following. :)

Planet Simon Weekly Roundup

So it’s the end of another wekk, another week of work and the trials of life and to be honest the way I feel right now is perfectly illustrated in the header image of this post. I won’t go into details, but let’s say the world is a hateful place sometimes.

I’m hoping I can having a weekend with a little of this…


I hope so – becasue I bloody need it!

On another note, this blog passed 500 followers this week. Thanks very much to all of you for your support!


Simon 3


I’ve decided I’m dropping posting music daily on my blog – it may still come up and I hope it does – but for now it’s being shelved and I’m going to try and concentrate on writing more both on and off the blog.

However this is not until the end of April, so there;s still some music trcks to put on here. Si I finished off the movie themes and have started the ending on Two Steps from Hell.


Oblivion – Waking-up

Two Steps from Hell – Heart of Courage

Two Steps from Hell – Mercy in Darkness




I’ve been cheating this week – I’ve been a bit lazy and I’ve not been creating my own posts much. Ther’e have a been a few space posts though:

Space – A week in Images

Pluto’s atmosphere and icy plains


Writing and stuff:

So this week of course was the blog battle and I posted the fourth part of the Titan Mystery story:

Titan Mystery – Part 4

I’ve also had the idea for a virtual blog spaceship adventures. So far this had generated a lot of interest, but I’m hoping to get more people on board for crew. Have a look here for more info:

Spaceship Explorer looking for crew


Other bloggers and posts:

I like to promote a few bloggers and posts.I want to present two bloggers this week:





With Sacha Black’s post on Nominations for Bloggers Awards now Open being my post of the week! There we are – another week done with. See you next week!

Simon 🙂