Pleasurable Distractions


I sit down to do some work and then some­thing dis­tract­ing comes through the post. A couple of weeks ago it was the Antiquarian Astronomer, the journal of the Society for the History of Astronomy. I was a mem­ber of this, but not cur­rently as you have to renew mem­ber­ship with a cheque and I own neither a cheque­book nor a quill. With art­icles like “W. Henry Robinson: Popularising astro­nomy in Victorian Walsall and Birmingham” by Stuart Williams you’d expect it to be an abso­lute snooze­fest. In fact it’s not too bad. For instance that art­icle is actu­ally an inter­est­ing bio­graphy of an admir­able guy and looks a little at the con­text of his life.

The cover is inter­est­ing. It’s L’Atmosphere: Météorlogie Populaire, as dis­cussed in Laputan Logic.

L'Atmosphere: Météorlogie Populaire
A wood­cut thought to be a lot older than it prob­ably is. It’s first known from L’Atmosphere: Météorlogie Populaire by Camille Flammarion in 1888.

Yesterday I got the latest British Archaeology through. It’s has an awful lot to do with Stonehenge. There’s 100 years of the Druids, the Battle of the Beanfield, English Heritage’s new plans, an art­icle on Preseli and also a look at Alan Sorrell’s work. If you’re not famil­iar with his art, there’s an example at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum. The only prob­lem is the book review sec­tion which tells me Steve Mithen has another new book out which I’m told is “his best yet”. Oh dear.More pain for my credit card.