What have I learnt this evening?
- I have no perception of quantity when it comes to choosing a pie.
- I will go any distance because a free lift is offered.
- Quality time can be spent in a car, even if it is going to Doncaster.
It is always nice to learn things and of course wander about life’s big questions whilst travelling in a car at night, whilst also pretending to be an ultra aware navigator. The stars are always one thing to consider in their colossally far-off aloofness, the vast distances and amazing nebulae, the abstract concept of the infinite reaches of space and all of that cosmic stuff, but on a motorway all the light pollution unfortunately scuppers the idea of contemplating the wonderful night sky.
So, I was left to ruminate on more terrestrial matters. Namely that bit of a journey that everyone experiences, when you reach the crest of a hill and a whole patchwork quilt of lights comes into view like some sort of monstrously huge set of christmas lights but without all the fun colours.
All the possible arrangements of those small bright beacons, the stories that can be conjured up and the idea that in a way these lights are like a whole series of constellations themselves, mirroring the very space that they help to blot out. I’m sure if someone was eccentric enough or just enjoyed living the life of an ancient Mesopotamian they could quite happily sit and make patterns of animals etc, like the astronomers of old.
Equally fascinating is the picking out of a single point of light from a house and imagining all the happenings and circumstances that are befalling the inhabitants bathed in the luminescence that shields the beautiful night sky from us.
The spark of electricity from a light switch is in itself is a small big bang, that brings into being a whole new world and a velvety impenetrable darkness outside. So here we have the unfathomable and mysterious world right here on earth, I think it’s high time I went to aim my telescope at the next door neighbours window.
I can now use the excuse, as if it was needed to post a link for my favourite advert ever (which you can find here in case YouTube stops it showing below) and realise that Louis Armstrong was right all along. It’s relevant honest.