Doors Open Days are great for the above average sized family like ours. It’s an initiative which gives you free access into a number of fascinating buildings. Last weekend it was Edinburgh’s turn to host the event, so we made a visit to the Royal Observatory. The fact that one of our children has been granted the opportunity to take a ‘placement week’ at the Observatory was another reason for visiting.
One of the first exhibits we encountered was a hologram of the EELT (European Extremely Large Telescope). Whilst this was impressive given the sheer scale of the project, it was nonetheless a bit surreal because construction has just started in Chile and the telescope will not become operational until the mid 2020’s.
Last weekend, Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, appeared before an ‘open-mouthed’ audience at the 2014 Nantucket Project in Massachusetts. It was quite the spectacle as he sat on a stool beside filmmaker Eugene Jarecki sharing his thoughts on the importance of public access to free information, research, and the impact of censorship on history. But why an ‘open-mouthed’ audience? Because Assange, having sought asylum in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden, has been confined to [...]