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#1 PhilCo126

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:23 AM

The well-known amateur-astronomer & astro-photographer Martin Mobberley wrote an excellent biography of the late Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012):
It Came From Outer Space Wearing An RAF Blazer

Check it out on Amazon, the reviews speak for themselves...
In other news: Sir Patrick Moore's house "FarThings" in Selsey at the Southcoast of England will not become an astronomy center:
http://www.telegraph...re-astronomy...

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:17 AM

In other news: Sir Patrick Moore's house "FarThings" in Selsey at the Southcoast of England will not become an astronomy center:
http://www.telegraph...re-astronomy...


Oh man, that's tragic! How can they just discard a lifetime of unique stuff like that from a guy who contributed so much? What does Moore's family have to say about it? (Or does he have any family?) Hopefully someone will step up and do something about it.
(I wonder if the pun was intended? "Farthings" vs. "Far Things"?)

Poor Brian May! He's never going to lose the title of "Queen guitarist who got a degree". Simple respect would dictate ignoring the Queen part and referring to him as Dr. Brian May - but no! (It reminds me of a joke I won't tell here! :shocked:)

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:28 PM

It's a great book, though Martin would doubtlessly have been sued by the late Sir Patrick because he didn't like being called out on discrepancies; read the chapter on his fiance.

There's nothing "poor" about Brian May. he made millions as the guitarist for Queen, and continues to do so. I'm quite sure he's happy to refer to himself as a guitarist first, astronomer second. Nothing wrong with that.

I to refer to myself as an artist first, editor second.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:07 PM

"Poor" wasn't meant in the monetary sense. But, you may be right. Guess we'll never know.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 08:36 PM


Poor Brian May! He's never going to lose the title of "Queen guitarist who got a degree". Simple respect would dictate ignoring the Queen part and referring to him as Dr. Brian May - but no! (It reminds me of a joke I won't tell here! :shocked:)


Oh Please, Do Tell!

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:25 PM



Poor Brian May! He's never going to lose the title of "Queen guitarist who got a degree". Simple respect would dictate ignoring the Queen part and referring to him as Dr. Brian May - but no! (It reminds me of a joke I won't tell here! :shocked:)


Oh Please, Do Tell!


I can't; I'm in enough trouble around here as it is. :shocked:

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

Looks like the Telegraph journalist mis-understood Brian... here's what he has to say:
http://www.brianmay....bsep13b.html#31

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 11:41 AM

Great! Thanks for that link.

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Posted 24 September 2013 - 12:40 AM

Please check the topic on the petition to keep our favorite The Sky At Night program on BBC TV !

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 03:51 AM

Interesting news:
http://www.chicheste...elsey-starga...

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:53 AM

Just ordered it. :D

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:53 AM

Just received the book from Amazon and I must say, this is a big book, well over 600 pages. It will certainly keep me busy reading. :jump:

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:32 AM

Indeed it's a superb book and a page-turner, believe me :graduate: :imawake:

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 10:02 AM

Indeed it's a superb book and a page-turner, believe me :graduate: :imawake:


I finished reading the Kindle sample and was absorbed throughout. Yes, a page turner for sure.

Being 600+ pages, I feel I ought to buy the hardcopy. The 'real thing' would be a pleasure to read. Is that right? Is it better suited as hardcopy?

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 06:46 AM

I could have bought a Kindle version of the book but I felt a hard copy just seemed better.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 03:41 AM

Thanks Rich,

Yes, I'll go for the real book experience this time! Look forward to an engrossing tale.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 05:21 AM

I have just finished reading this engrossing account of Patrick's life. I first visited Farthings when I was 14 and ended up serving o the BAA council for a time. The lengths Martin has gone to in ensuring this book is factually accurate are astounding. I found all the pieces of his life that I was aware of being threaded together. Anyone with an interest in amateur astronomy or science in general will enjoy this. I went for the print edition and I am glad I did. Mind you I am of a generation that grew up with nothing else available and although I am typing this on a tablet computer still prefer to have the book in my bookcase. Well done to Martin and also congratulations to Springer for having faith in the author to produce what is a riveting 600 page biography.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:51 AM

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Indeed Martin Mobberley did an amazing job... a superb book full of anecdotes on the BIS, BAA, IAU, etc...
Meanwhile there are over 45000 signatures to keep SkyAtNight on BBC TV :jump:
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http://martinmobberley.co.uk/

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 02:16 AM

Thanks to 52721 supporters, the BBC has announced that the Sky t Night will continu in 2014:
http://www.bbc.co.uk...y-at-night.html

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 05:33 AM

That's GREAT news!

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 12:49 PM

ordered hard back from Amazon for $38 with free shipping

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 05:42 AM

I'm still not halfway thru the book and all I can say is that it's one of the most enjoyable books I've read in years. :bow: :jump:

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 04:24 PM

Good overview of the late Sir Patrick Moore's achievements
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Posted 05 November 2013 - 12:04 AM

I grew up reading Sir Patrick Moore's astronomy books. He nourished my interest in astronomy during the 1970s. I'll have to get this book.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:16 AM

I have just finished reading it for the second time. For anyone who grew up when Patrick's books were just about all that was available (talking 60's here) it is a veritable goldmine. Knowing the background story to all his TV appearances thru the Apollo era brings back the incredible excitement of those days. Who says nostalgia is not what it was?






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