Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Nightmare on Bed Street

Random facts from an insomniac wireless listener:
1. In Jakarta they're passing a law making it illegal not to exclusively breast-feed Indonesian babies for the first six months;
2. The US mid-terms are looking bad for President Obama, but the Republican Tea Party phenomenon might just be the last gasp of the older generation of American voters. Two years ago, and for the first time in it's history, more people under the age of thirty voted than people over sixty;
3. CBeebie's Andy presents schools radio programmes in the middle of the night. And so does Mr Justin Tumble;
4. The moon - far from being made of cheese - is actually made of earth, our earth, part of the planet that sheered off after a catastrophic meteor collision several million years ago.
And talking of the moon, that was the answer to the mystery-photo question last Saturday. Lots of people guessed correctly; many said 'the Moon' in one form or another but it was neither Harvest Moon nor partial eclipse but the full-moon last Monday evening rising over the sea at Robin Hoods Bay. We spent a very pleasant day there in half-term last week, and sat as it got dark watching ships on the horizon. At first we thought the ghostly orange glow was another of them, but as it rose huge and orange from the water it started to resemble one of the many Halloween lanterns decorating the shops and houses of this tiny Yorkshire fishing town.
I don't seem to recall having the same difficulty sleeping last week. No doubt I was lulled by the ebb and flow of the sea. Anyway, thank-you BBC World Service for keeping me entertained and informed last night. Aren't you glad I was paying attention?
So, what do you do when you can't sleep?

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