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D&G Day

Down in Dumfries and Galloway today for two meetings; the first with Jim Patterson, the lighting engineer who put together Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park‘s lighting management plan (pdf) to pick his brains about carrying out lighting audits, which I will be doing on Sark in the Channel Islands over the next week. Surprisingly excited; expect lots of geek lighting porn!

Second meeting was in Kirkudbright with Chris Walker of the Selkirk Arms Hotel and Galloway Stargazers Ale fame. Had a swift half of the delicious bitter, and am delighted to hear that it’s arriving in bottles soon, so I should be able to smuggle a crate or two home. The meeting with Chris was very interesting; he’s setting up astronomy weekends at the hotel and I’m going to be his resident astronomer. The first two are planned for 12 November and 03 December 2010, with more to follow if they’re a success.

That’s all for now; got to put the baby to bed and finish packing. To Sark!


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