Wednesday, April 25, 2007

up-to-date, near enough, hazel down

"This is the time. This is contacts. This is you." A woman explains her mobile telephone to her mother. "Much more up-to-date than mine," says the mother.

Scientists, I read, have discovered a planet, not much bigger than Earth, covered in oceans, and only 20.5 million light years away.

At this time of year hazel down floats on the wind like swarms of pale insects. They form little piles and drifts. On a cobweb, the combination of silver threads and white down looks like the milky way.

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