Share a ‘tail’ or two as gallery opens its doors

Stockport Times West - - THE LAUGHING BADGER - SEAN WOOD

IT has been a par­tic­u­larly good year for read­ers mi­grat­ing to the Laugh­ing Bad­ger Gallery in the far-flung vil­lage of Pad­field.

It has to be said that ev­ery vis­i­tor has had an in­ter­est­ing tale to tell, ques­tion to ask, and pho­to­graph or arte­fact to show me, in­clud­ing an an­cient quern-stone found by the reser­voirs, amaz­ing sculp­tures of wrens – which I bought – and count­less re­ports of sight­ings from Wilm­slow to Crow­den, and from Rochdale to Stock­port, of roe deer, bad­gers and foxes; barn owls, pere­grines and hen har­ri­ers; grass snakes, lizards and toads, and all shared over cof­fee and a beer, so here’s your chance to join in the fun.

There is a spe­cial open week­end at the gallery on Satur­day, Novem­ber 29, and Sun­day, Novem­ber 30, and ev­ery­one is wel­come to come and see what we get up to.

Just check out www.laugh­ing­bad­ger­gallery.com which will take you to my Face­book page.

So, it’s all good, and the best two let­ters came hard on the heels of each other, after I had writ­ten about my trip to the Faroe Is­lands with my son Culain.

With­out giv­ing too much away, it in­volves two mem­bers of the Bri­tish Forces who were there in 1942 as part of Op­er­a­tion Valen­tine.

The ‘oc­cu­pa­tion’ was to pre-empt any at­tempt by the Ger­man Forces after they had in­vaded Norway and Den­mark.

One chap, a crew mem­ber of a Sun­der­land Fly­ing Boat, and the other, part of the Pi­o­neer Corp who were build­ing the run­way on the Is­land of Va­gar, told me a heart­warm­ing and funny ac­count of their time there.

With Mr Carlisle liv­ing in Cheshire, and Bill How­ley, in Rochdale, I’m just won­der­ing whether they knew each other 70 years ago in the wild and windy Faroes, but you will have to wait un­til next week to find out.

On March 20, 2015, a to­tal so­lar eclipse will once again cover the Faroe Is­lands in dark­ness at 9.41am.

The Faroe Is­lands will be one of only two places in the world where this eclipse can be ob­served from land, the other be­ing Sval­bard.

See­ing a to­tal eclipse is per­haps one of the most spec­tac­u­lar astro­nom­i­cal and nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena that you will ever see.

Be­ing on the right spot is es­sen­tial, and on March 20, 2015, the ob­vi­ous spot to view the to­tal eclipse will be in the Faroe Is­lands.

A so­lar eclipse oc­curs when the moon passes be­tween the earth and the sun and blocks out the di­rect light of the sun.

A to­tal so­lar eclipse oc­curs when the moon blocks out the sun com­pletely, form­ing a shadow on the earth.

For this to oc­cur, the sun, the earth and the moon come in a straight line in their or­bits and it will seem like the moon has cov­ered the sun.

In a to­tal so­lar eclipse you will be able to see the Baily’s Beads, which is where light from the sun breaks through the un­even sur­face of the moon.

The di­a­mond ring ef­fect marks the be­gin­ning and end of to­tal­ity as a bright flash of light and is one of the most amaz­ing fea­tures of the eclipse.

When the shadow of the moon cov­ers the sun en­tirely, the sun’s at­mos­phere – corona - can been seen as a faint halo. This phase is known as to­tal­ity.

As the moon moves away from the sun, Baily’s Beads may be seen again be­fore the sun fully emerges.

In the mean­time, get over to the gallery for the open week­end, and I look for­ward to wel­com­ing you with a glass of red, and if you’re re­ally lucky, one of my award-win­ning scones.

Satur­day, Novem­ber 29, and Sun­day, Novem­ber 30, from noon un­til 4pm.

A sculp­ture of a wren owned by Sean Wood

The Laugh­ing Bad­ger Gallery, 99 Platt Street, Pad­field, Glos­sop sean.wood @talk21.com

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