‘Doctor Who’ Actress Writes WWI Novel
With the centennial anniversary of England’s entry into World War I approaching—the U.K. declared war on Germany on Aug. 4, 1914—numerous books and exhibitions commemorating the war are showing up.
Of particular interest is Wake, a novel written by actress Anna Hope and published in the U.K. last month and in the U.S. earlier this month. Hope has appeared in smaller roles in several British TV shows, including Coronation Street, but she gets the most cred with Anglophenia readers for her two appearances on Doctor Who.
She played Novice Hame, a member of an order of cat-women nuns who ran a hospital in the “New Earth” episode in 2006 and the “Gridlock” episode in 2007. She also portrayed the same character in a 2006 segment of Tardisodes, the mini-episodes that preceded Doctor Who in during the 2006 season.
Wake is Hood’s first novel. It follows the lives of three women in London, each of whom has been affected by the war. There’s upperclass Evelyn, who’s about to turn 30 and remains unwed after the man she loved died fighting in France; Hettie, 19, works in a dance hall to support her family because her brother came back from the war incapable of holding down a job; and middle-aged Ada, who can’t recover from the loss of her son. The book is set during the five days leading up to Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1920, when the Centotaph “empty tomb” monument in Whitehall was unveiled and the body of the Unknown Warrior was interred in Westminster Abbey.
Hubble spots spiral galaxy being ripped apart
ESO 137-001, a spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe, is a delicate and beautiful sight.
According to a March 4 news release from the European Space Agency’s Hubble Information Centre, a new image captured by the space-based telescope shows the spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 as it crosses the center of the galaxy cluster Abell 3627. The cluster is ripping out the guts of the spiral and throwing them into space, leaving behind brilliant blue streaks in the cosmic ether.
ESO 137-001, a spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe, is a delicate and beautiful sight. The bright blue streaks are hot young stars, surrounded by wispy streams of gas that are being torn away from the galaxy by its surroundings as it moves through space. This violent galactic evisceration is due to a process known as ram pressure stripping, a drag force felt by an object moving through a fluid. In this case, the fluid is superheated gas, found at the centers of galaxy clusters.
Top 10 facts about astronomy
1. Flamsteed’s task was to chart the “motions of the heavens” in order to “find out the so-much desired longitude of places, for the perfecting the art of navigation”.
2. The post of Astronomer Royal gave Flamsteed a stipend of £100 a year. That amount has never changed.
3. He was the King’s Astronomical Observator. The term Astronomer Royal dates back to 1714.
4. The word astronomy dates to the 13th century but originally meant what we now call astrology.
5. Astronomer is an anagram of moon starer.
6. In 1801, the astronomer William Herschel pointed out that there is a correlation between sunspot activity and the price of wheat.
7. In 585 BC, the Battle of the Eclipse between the Medes and the Athenians ended when an eclipse of the sun was seen as a sign of God’s disapproval.
8. In 2134 BC, Chinese royal astronomers Hsi and Ho were beheaded as punishment for failing to predict an eclipse.
9. In 1992, the Vatican admitted that Galileo was right in 1633 about the Earth orbiting the Sun.
10. All of the 27 known moons of Uranus have been named after characters in Shakespeare’s plays.
We’re back at The Monarch in Camden on Mar 17th with the quiz which kicked off this whole shebang of an idea a year ago, Time-Space Quizualiser, an uber-geeky mind-meddling quiz covering 50 years of the Whoniverse. Plenty of time for you to watch all of them again to swat up, I’m sure you’ll agree. ALL OF THEM.
As usual, book a table via firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time we fell back in love with science
A few decades ago, we used to revere scientists as heroes. These days, it feels like the Enlightenment has gone into reverse, says Alex Proud
Olivia Coleman, Peter Serafinowicz, Josie d’Arby and Robert Popper in spoof science show Look Around You Photo: BBC
When science used to tell us things we didn’t want to hear, we listened. Now we stick our fingers in our ears and say “lalalala” before finding someone who will tell us what we do want to hear.
Of course, science is usually right in the end. To take a rather important example, pretty soon it’ll right about antibiotics. Science has been telling us for years not to dose farm animals indiscriminately and demand penicillin for every minor ailment as this leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Well, now it’s happening in a big way and, over the next few decades, one of modern medicine’s greatest weapons could become effectively useless. Of course, if you know nothing about science, you probably think alternative medicine will come to the rescue.
And you’ll be wrong. As the American politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” So Prince Charles and Gwyneth Paltrow and Deepak Chopra and Oprah won’t help you. But science might.