Wednesday, 27 February 2013

My Brother Has A Hero.

I'm going to start this post off by apologizing, I wanted to post more often, my plan was to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays but my body decided that it wanted to become really ill, to the point of quite nasty pain and me wondering if those cluster headaches were coming back. This, and I don't think you need me too tell you, is a rather unpleasant thought.

I'm still not totally over it, but now I have the power my Phone, the Internet and my Bed. You can make your own jokes. But don't feel sorry for me, because that gets none of us nowhere and you just end up wasting your energy.

Unlike myself, my little brother likes mornings. He wake up in the morning and floats out of bed, ready to take on the day. I get out of bed like something from a deranged Disney movie that went horribly wrong after the animators got high on acid, and died. When I stomped into the living room he was on the sofa, with one of my books, (Wonders Of The Universe by Professor Brian Cox.) I saw something wonderful, the universe invited him in, and in way said welcome to your new playground, in just the same way that it did for me when I read a book* about space which came with a CD-Rom and in the 90’s this was considered top of the line technology and awesome when you where 5 
The book that inspired my little brother. Thanks Professor Cox.

I’m sure that myself and my brother are not the first two people to be inspired by space, but for me, it puts into perspective because the universe doesn't really care who you are, it accepts and invites you in, you just need to open your eyes. 

There is a reason for this, we are the universe, and we are all connected. The atoms in your body are traceable to stars that went supernova and gave the dark void of space the building blocks of life, we are children of the universe, a fact which sadly some people are yet to comprehend.


*I can not remember the name of the book that first inspired me 15 years ago, but I do remember some details, and I really want to find it again. It was A4 size and about 50 pages, the front cover had a astronaut with a silver circle behind him, surrounded by The Space Shuttle, The ISS and a view other things here and there. However the thing that really stands out for me, is somewhere in the middle where the book where there is a two page spread about the end of the suns life, on that page was an image of what the sun would look like when it expands, and it is being viewed from earth by a boy and golden retriever in middle of a field. I would love to find this book again to show my brother.               


  1. The universe is indeed very interesting. I can't get enough of it :D

    There is so more yet to discover, like alien life for example. I believe it is out there, I have no doubt. It feels too random that we are the only beings alive in our massive universe. What do you think about the possibility of alien life, Thomas?

    1. I, just like you believe that alien life is out there. On our door step, Mars and Europa are prime candidates for life, anything and anyone could be under the surface.

      In terms of the wider cosmos, we can't be the only rock that is just right, but you don't need precise earth conditions for life, just shelter from space, and liquid water.

    2. Many scientists talk about water as a key factor to life. Yes, it is. To life as we know it. But how can we be so sure that life can not be created without liquid water? It could very well exist.

      I guess only time will tell us.

    3. Exactly, we cannot be sure that life is able to evolve with out water. Until proved, it only remains improbable, not impossible and for me, that is one of most beautiful things about science.

      It's life Jim, just not as we know it. (Sorry, couldn't resist)