Wouldn’t it be great if journalists in the United States would grill our politicians and bureacrats like this! This interview reminded me of a Monty Python skit on steroids. Despite the pathetic John Hirst in this video, Great Britain has contributed mightily to the world of meterology and travel.
English clockmaker John Harrison (1693-1776) invented the marine chronometer, a long-sought and critically-needed key piece in solving the problem of accurately establishing the East-West position, or longitude, of a ship at sea, thus revolutionizing and making long distance sea travel more safe, according to Wikipedia. Read the fascinating book about this by Dava Sobel, link below.
Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy of the Royal Navy(1805 – 1865) the captain of the HMS Beagle during Charles Darwin’s famous voyage, was a pioneering meteorologist who made accurate weather forecasting a reality, according to Wikipedia. Wikipedia isn’t always reliable, but I think we’re safe here.
Dava Sobel’s website.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time (Paperback)
I found the viedo above, thanks to a commenter on the meteorology blog “Watts Up With That?” which you can find in my blogroll.
Also, a site I recently discovered about journalism is “Big Journalism.” I’ve added it to my blogroll. Check it out.
Robert Plant with Prince Charles.
(Photo by Johnny Green)
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant , right, receives his CBE from Britain’s Prince Charles during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, July 10, 2009.
Robert Plant Receives Commander of the British Empire Award.
Associated Press, July 10, 2009 — Robert Plant received a royal honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Friday, putting the former Led Zeppelin front man one notch above his old band mate Jimmy Page.
But, Plant joked he and Page would not be fighting over rank, even though Plant’s new Commander of the British Empire is a higher honor than Page’s Order of the British Empire.
“If we can remember each other’s phone number at this time in life it’s a miracle,” he joked. “We’re still good friends, we both enjoy a rather dark sense of humor that comes, I think, from being from rather the wrong side of the tracks for all those wild years.”
Plant opted not to take part in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour last year, choosing instead to concentrate on his collaboration with American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss.
Also receiving the CBE on Friday was English actress Liz Smith, 87, who appeared on the British TV series “The Royle Family.”
Link to my earlier post on Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin, my favorite band.
Link to my earlier post on “Sir” Robert Plant.
Robert Plant with his children Logan, left, Carman and Jordan on the right.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant with his son Logan, left, daughter Carman and son Jordan, right, pose for a photograph with his CBE which he received from Britain’s Prince Charles during the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, July 10, 2009