Carmelo’s Back!

I hadn’t seen Carmelo the raven for about a month, and I was starting to worry. I’ve seen lots of other ravens, but Carmelo’s easy to recognise by his ankle bracelet. He’s also much the friendliest (or maybe just the cheekiest) and I’m very fond of him. So it was quite a relief when he turned up on the heliport yesterday to guzzle most of my elevenses. Many thanks to…

May 25, 2014

Snow and ice

People associate the Canary Islands with sunshine for good reason. But the Canary Islands at beach level is one thing, and the Canary Islands at 8,000 ft (2,400 m) is another. In the middle of winter, Mt Teide often has snow, and the top of La Palma can have snow and ice too.

January 1, 2014

The William Herschel Telescope

The William Herschel Telescope at sunset. . The William Herschel Telescope was for many years the biggest and best optical telescope in Europe (until GranTeCan opened in 2009).  The main mirror is 4.2 m across (165″, or 13′ 9″) which astronomers call “a good light bucket”. It’s rather old as world-class telescopes go, since it opened in 1987, but it still produced excellent science. In fact data from the WHT…

August 7, 2013

Where to buy the guide books to the observatory

This guide book is now on sale from the Dragon Tree Publishing website, or from the following shops: Santa Cruz de La Palma Libreria Trasera La Molina Artesania Best of La Palma Papiro Libros Casa Fideo San Pedro Museo del Puro Libreria la Estrella Los Cancajos Artesania Las Nieves Bazar Costa Souvenir (beside Costa Salinas) Mazo El Molino Casa Roja/Belmaco Los Llanos Maria Luisa (Just below the church) Tijarafe El…

April 10, 2013

A Wonderful Surprise.

The Daily Telegraph travel section have a rather good article about La Palma, and they mention my book, right at the end.

February 13, 2013