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Watching the Perseid Meteor Shower in the Mendips

Well, the weather forecast held pretty much as I’d hoped for yesterday and shortly after 10pm we hit the road South out of Bristol, past the airport and into the Mendips where I’d identified an area with relatively low levels of light pollution using the UK light pollution map I posted yesterday.

Using Google Maps, we navigated to a dropped pin on a B road in the middle of the darker areas and then looked for somewhere to park up and watch from. We found a prime spot just here…

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…where we could park up and wander into a field (on a footpath!), found a nice spot to pitch the blanket and then lay back to enjoy the show (wrapped up in more blankets) of tiny satellites, hundreds of stars, a faint view of the Milky Way, no moon and of course the occasional meteor – some significantly larger than the average shooting star.

Unfortunately I don’t have the right camera equipment for astro-photography (but I now have a lockable shutter release on the way from eBay!) so I didn’t manage to capture any meteors (and I preferred to just enjoy seeing them anyway) but the BBC have some nice photos here.

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Top 100 Caravan / Motorhome Sites Guide 2015

Not sure if this is new news but I’ve just come across this “Top 100 Sites Guide 2015” from Practical Caravan / Practical Motorhome magazines containing a guide to their top 100 campervan / motorhome / caravan sites across the UK, helpfully organised by region.

I’ll certainly be checking out the section for Devon in preparation for my weekend with a vintage VW Camper in September.

Click here or the image below to head on over to the pdf…

top 100 caravan motorhome sites 2015

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School Of Life Journeys Journal

I have mostly good feelings about Alain De Botton’s “School Of Life” project. I think classical and contemporary philosophy and the commentary provided by artists, film-makers, theatre-makers, etc should be more present in our society’s conversation and politics – the questions “what am I for?” and “what does it mean to lead a good life?” are so fundamental to the way we see ourselves and our fellow humans, whether we consciously try to grapple with them or not, that we really ought to be better at tackling them.

I have a slight reservation that some of the School Of Life’s output can be obscure or esoteric to the point of being self-defeating in communicating the message but there are some great videos on their YouTube channel and some of their books (of which I’ve read these) are definitely worth a look.

As well as “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture” they also do a nice line in stationery and they’ve recently released this “Writing As Therapy” Journal for Journeys. It looks like they plan to release a series of these journals for other themes such as “Projects” and “Night Thoughts” but for now only this one is available.

School of Life Journals

If you’re in the market for a nicely bound travel journal (interestingly it’s neither ruled nor square nor blank paper – it’s square-dotted!) then this one looks pretty hardy and will fit well on your bookshelf once you’ve filled it.

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