I don't know if it is still current but there is a Project DRAX donation page here.
Well done, Reg, I enjoyed this article and don't think anything else I read is likely to have brought this to my attention.
As I approach the Wales-England border, the rolling Herefordshire countryside sharpens into steep hills and narrow valleys. Powys is a county covering a quarter of Wales, but it is home to just 133,000 people, making it the least densely populated area of Britain south of the North Yorkshire moors. Limited population means few …
"As I approach the Wales-England border, the rolling Herefordshire countryside sharpens into steep hills and narrow valleys."
"Nice part of the world this, guv'nor. It would be a shame if it was LEVELLED in the equivalent of a 100kton blast. You get what I'm sayin' ?"
... south of the North Yorkshire moors.
But what about north of the South Yorkshire moors?
Ah, that would be Highland region, with only nine hielanders per skwer kilometer.
Dumfries and Galloway is pretty quiet too. I'm off to a holiday cottage just outside Newton Stewart in a fortnight. It's only a mile or so from the Kirroughtree dark sky park.
It was quite a shock the first time when I got up in the middle of the night to go to the loo and realised there was no night light for the hall. Then it became a more serious problem because I didn't remember where the light switch for the main light was nor the how many doors there were. Plus it's an L-shaped hall which added to the mystery (and the urgency).
First time in many, many years that my night adapted eyes left me totally blind.
Mine's the one with the emergency torch in the pocket :)
""a holiday cottage just outside Newton Stewart"
We did that last October when it gets dark enough soon enough to really appreciate dark clear skies. Don't forget your binoculars. Just don't forget that it never really gets fully dark in summer. I'm on the NE coast of England on almost the same latitude as Newton Stewart and even at 1am there's still a glow in the sky to the north, even when you head off into the darkest countryside along Hadrians Wall meteor spotting.
That's a definite place to include in the day trips when I go on my hols later this year - got a fortnihjt in a brewery in the Marches (not kidding - cottage in yard of the Three Tuns brewery in Bishops Castle. What more is needed for a perfect holiday: excellent beer, WiFi, nice little eateries and a trip to the Armageddon Avoidance Centre)
In 2000, the UK government commissioned a comprehensive report on NEOs and decided to give the National Space Centre in Leicester £300,000 to build an exhibition and website, designating it as the National Near Earth Objects Information Centre.
Don't you just love the the UK gov, £300K to increase awareness of a potential problem (Doomsday) with an exhibition centre and website but actually fund some active science? Not a bloody chance!
That was Bliar and our dim little mate Dave is no better on the science front.
Oh! unless it's observing the population, a couple of whom I suppose could leave a fair sized crater after falling out of a holiday jet.
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