Atom Science Market

The ATOM Festival talks this year have been very successful with ticket sales exceeding expectations.
ATOM
The Market Place activities also went well. It was a dry, warm and sunny day today with blue skies.
ATOM
Abingdon Astronomical Society were there with telescopes and information of what to look out for in the sky at night.
ATOM
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy had robots people could operate, and under a dark cover a plasma ball, to demonstrate some of the technologies and science they use as they look to generate energy from fusion.
ATOM
A group at Sandford Lock are looking for investors to finance a hydro to generate electricity.
ATOM
The Abingdon Naturalist Society had lot of pondlife for people to observe.

One of their new projects involves nesting boxes for swifts to try and halt the decline of the swifts’ population. They also do interesting talks.

Other stalls included: a sample of the blackest material yet made; and nano surfaces that waterproof mobile phones and make water roll about like drops of mercury. There were lots of very interesting things going on, and it seemed especially family friendly.

5 Comments March 25, 2017

Marie Curie daffodils at the Fire Station

Marie Curie
Next to the Abingdon-on-Thames Fire Station there is a ‘Field of Hope’ dedicated to Marie Curie Cancer Care with daffodils planted in memory of people who lost their battle with cancer.
Marie Curie
Next door, the Cross Keys, on Ock Street, has been turned into private flats. Work on the conversion is nearly completed, and an estate agent’s boards show that some of the properties have been ‘Sold’.

1 Comment March 24, 2017

On the Way to the Brewery Tap

Brewery Tap
This is Jamie on his way to the Brewery Tap last Sunday lunchtime. Jamie was dragging his owners – he was so keen to get to the Tap and possibly a few morsels of Sunday Roast under the table. He enjoys going to all the Abingdon pubs, especially those that do good traditional food.
Brewery Tap
I met Jamie and owners coming through the Brewery housing development – near the Barrel sculpture.
Brewery Tap
I had been taking a picture of the magnificent building behind.

2 Comments March 23, 2017

Evening Walk by The Thames in Abingdon

Evening Walk
As I walked out this evening the sun had already gone down, and the air was quite smokey from one of the boats moored by the Abbey Meadows.

Over the lock, and heading back along the far bank an orange halo still showed behind the distant steeple of St Helen’s Church. Two runners came the other way.
Evening Walk
Getting nearer Abingdon Bridge and the lights of Nags Head Island made quite a show.
Evening Walk
Inky blue clouds were reflected in the River Thames all around.
Evening Walk
The clocks go forward this weekend so there is every chance the evening walk next week will be in daylight.

3 Comments March 22, 2017

5km Parkrun, and Egg and Spoon championships

5K run
On Saturday morning I caught the start of the 5km Parkrun that starts at Rye Farm Meadow at 9am. The race director welcomed runners from lots of different places including Didcot, Oxford, and the University of Birmingham. He also gave an update on the course conditions, and a notice about lost property.
5K run
Then he lined them all up
5K run
and they were off …
5K run
The runner with the fastest time, from Headington Road Runners, came in at 17:46. The last and 349th runner to finish had a time of 51:37.
egg and spoon
Also there watching the race was Paul Gustaffson, the author of the Eggbert’s Adventures books. I saw him later that morning at the Charter where the Abingdon Community Hospital Friends had a fund raiser. Paul has been organising the World ‘Eggbert’s Adventures’ Egg and Spoon championship on 15th April in the Abbey Meadows. He was scouting out the 5km run at Rye Farm in case the venue needed to be changed to somewhere bigger.

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