Archive for March 24, 2011

Swans on the Taff

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by telescoper

The lovely spring weather continues here in Cardiff. I awoke this morningto bright early sunshine and a vibrant dawn chorus supplied by more different kinds of birds than I could count. This evening as I walked home along the Taff past the cricket ground I noticed some swans – two pairs, to be precise – cruising up and down as if they owned the place. I took a couple of pics with my phone and then they spotted me and approached, no doubt thinking I had food. Close up, swans are easily big enough to be scary so I beat a hasty retreat.

I have always thought it curious that the collective noun for swans is a lamentation (which seems most inappropriate for such beautiful creatures), although four probably isn’t enough to qualify as a lamentation anyway.

Tomorrow night is our annual Physics Ball, and if the weather carries on like this I’ll be forced to don the white DJ and pretend to be a toff.


Sine Nomine

Posted in Politics with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by telescoper

This morning’s hymn is No. 641 from the English Hymnal, and is chosen in honour of all those participating in today’s strike by the University and College Union.