Dandyism Incarnate

The Evacuation

I usually only work Wednesday and Thursday, but my office furniture is being delivered on Wednesday so I switched (for this week only) to Tuesday (today) and Thursday.

As I passed the MCA in the morning, I witnessed the assembly of a bizarre structure in progress…

It’s always exciting when we have an evacuation at work – especially when it’s not a drill. Today we had a ‘test’ of the alarm system – they announced on the PA “This is a test of the evacuation system” etc. Then they sounded the alarm and we all ignored it as instructed. But then, about 30 minutes later, the alarm sounded again. This time there was no announcement – so we took it to be a real alarm – and we ran out of the building screaming in panic…

Workers mill about outside after evacuation

The fire department responded very quickly indeed. The fire engine was already parked on the road when I got outside…

Fire Engine

We milled about for a while and then a fireman yelled out “You can go back in”, so we did…

Firemen eye us with suspicion

In the evening I went to another meeting (my second) of the NSAS. Tonight it was the “New Astonomers’ Group” – a more practical meeting where people bring their scopes along to get help using them etc. Although I’m not exactly ‘new’ to astronomy, I went along anyway.

One dude brought his scope and the more experienced dudes helped him to set it up correctly. Most of it was fairly basic stuff for me, but I did get to see a laser collimator being used – which I’d never seen before – and it was interesting to see a scope quite different from mine.

Celestron 130mm Newtonian

It was an Celestron AstroMaster 130. The consensus was that there were some parts missing from it, which prevented the correct weight balancing of the instrument.

I understand that usually they would take the scope outside and do some observing with it. But the sky was cloudy, so instead a dude gave a presentation of some interesting objects which would have been visible if the sky had been clear.

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