Historically ground-breaking and yet it will never happen again in our lifetime. No, I am not talking about the final of “The Voice”…I’m talking about that tiny chunk munched out of the sun by our fellow planet. This made me think, what is the fascination with space? E.T should phone home and certainly tell us!
Seen by a few, yet affecting us all…the voyage of Venus must be one of the rarest happenings of our time. However, why do we all secretly want to become astronauts? Why do our minds trail off when we read Le Petit Prince? And why do we ask why?
Vol de Nuit
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) was one of a kind… And I quote that figuratively as well as ironically. They say the first signs of madness are in Jesuit teaching, and that certainly came to light when Saint-Exupéry started to compose his own language at a young age. However, thanks to Mr Saint-Exupéry, every adult can re-live childhood in a different way. How so? Well, you only have to deny being part of the grandes personnes to be one. This little book seems to be tossed and turned through many generations in order to show the power of imagination. The fact that we grow emotionally attached to such a naïve character shows that there is still compassion in this world!
“On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur”
So this little transit of Venus is a product of imagination. A bold statement, je sais, but if those 18th century astronomers ignored the wonders of outer space we would never have to learn “My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Names” [of planets, for those of you who are out of the GCSE loop] nor debate over Pluto even being a planet. So what I suggest is take intuition as doctrine, perhaps you will predict whether the mouton ever ate the fleur…
Women are from mars
This Venus fellow is rather mysterious. Although there was not as much hype as the lunar eclipse (our free “lunar” glasses in The Sunday Times are definitely collecting dust) but it sort of brings an eerie sense of the historic timescale. Think about it, the last time this happened in another century, people were going crazy-there was even a race across the seas in order to measure this bizarre move of Mother Nature. Therefore, grab your glow in the dark stars and dream on, there is no harm!
Before I zoom, the usual youtube clip is needed. This week, a tribute to the Prince: whether ye be young or old…in this case, Bowie is both!