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Polperro Memories

It's often said Polperro has changed little for generations, but this excerpt from the fascinating recollections of a resident who grew up there in Victorian and Edwardian times reveals something of how much it actually has changed since then:

Gone are the cobbled streets, so beautifully clean on Saturdays when every housewife swept and scrubbed before her door, the whitewashed cottages with a black tar strip at the bottom of the wall, green doors with copper latches and windows full of pink geraniums. Women on pattens, blue frocked fishermen, donkeys carrying seaweed to the cliff gardens, women knitting as they walked the cliff path or stood in their open doorways. Children everywhere, except in the sea, and always in boots and knitted wool stockings, for only ‘the gentry’ went bare-legged. All have gone, and gone, alas, that most lovely sight of the sailing of the fishing fleet, thirty luggers moving out of the harbour on a high tide.

The full article can be accessed here: http://www.polperro.org/Jerram/Jerram_Recollections.pdf

#walking   #polperro   #cornwall   #summer2012  
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*A Giant Squid in the Flying Bat *
 
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Very faint but also very large on planet Earth's sky, a giant Squid Nebula cataloged as Ou4, and Sh2-129 also known as the Flying Bat Nebula, are both caught in this scene toward the royal constellation Cepheus. Composed with a total of 20 hours of broadband and narrowband data, the telescopic field of view is almost 4 degrees or 8 Full Moons across. Discovered in 2011 by French astro-imager Nicolas Outters, the Squid Nebula's alluring bipolar shape is distinguished here by the telltale blue-green emission from doubly ionized oxygen atoms. Though apparently completely surrounded by the reddish hydrogen emission region Sh2-129, the true distance and nature of the Squid Nebula have been difficult to determine. Still, a recent investigation suggests Ou4 really does lie within Sh2-129 some 2,300 light-years away. Consistent with that scenario, Ou4 would represent a spectacular outflow driven by HR8119, a triple system of hot, massive stars seen near the center of the nebula. If so, the truly giant Squid Nebula would physically be nearly 50 light-years across.
 
Image Credit & Copyright: Steve Cannistra (StarryWonders)
 
#spaceexploration #nasa #esa
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