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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-04-01 08:54
Subject: Things I have not seen
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Things I have been in the right place to see, and still not seen:
  • The Northern Lights. We spent two overcast nights in Iceland.
  • A total solar eclipse (it certainly went dark, but the cloud cover was solid and leaking rain)
  • Fujiyama: well, certainly bits came and went, but not the entire mountain in one go
  • Austria: that end of Lake Constance was hidden by a haze bordering on fog, hiding the Bregenz end of the lake as we climbed out of Friedrichshafen
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sphyg
User: sphyg
Date: 2009-04-01 08:20 (UTC)
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kaet failed to see the Northern Lights in Greenland. We did see unexpected whales though.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-04-01 08:38 (UTC)
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I've seen icebergs from the air, passing Greenland, but whales are probably too small to have much of a chance of seeing from an Icelandair plane passing by 10 km up.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-04-01 09:09 (UTC)
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Ah, I wonder if that's punning: 山 as 'san' definitely seems appropriately honorific. Or am I overstretching, Feorag-san?

As for things we now have seen: I previously had Liechtenstein as a possibility in my list, as I wasn't sure whether you can see it from the railway platform in Sargaens, or not. Having been back, and having been on that platform again, I think you can, but having walked to the very centre of the country (at least, its cartographic benchmark point), I ca no longer say I've not seen it.
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Muninn and Huginn
User: muninnhuginn
Date: 2009-04-01 09:31 (UTC)
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M has a similar problem with the Isle of Man: each time we visit my old home and look out across the water, there's cloud in the way. He, therefore, claims the IoM doesn't exist. Where he thinks I went when I was actually visiting Ramsay on business I've no idea.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-04-01 09:36 (UTC)
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Sneaking across to Dublin for a nice pint at the Porterhouse, I expect.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2009-04-01 10:15 (UTC)
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You didn't manage to see the Northern Lights when they were visible from the UK, 6-7 years ago? I went out in the fens and saw the green billowing curtain things. Alas before the days of affordable DSLR cameras...

My sole experience of a total solar eclipse is almost the same as yours, on a mountaintop in Austria under thick cloud...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-04-01 10:27 (UTC)
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Nope - I'm not even sure I was aware of them at the time.

I know that, very rarely, they get down to these latitudes and even further south, but 6-7 years ago, we were still under the London sky glow, and there's little you can see through that. Just the brighter stars and one or two comets. Oh, that Moon thingie. Mostly planes, though I did on one occasion see a very bright light go horizon to horizon at high altitude in about 30 seconds in a way that cried out 'satellite'.

Comets have the advantage of hanging around in the sky for a reasonable period, and even so, we only saw one, maybe two, from Ealing.
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