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Thursday, November 23, 2006


The inscription on my bed's headboard reads:

Orion, light your lights; come guard the open spaces
From the dark horizon to the pillow where I lie.
Your faithful dog shines brighter than its lord and master;
Your jewelled sword twinkles as the world rolls by.

Words by Jethro Tull

The "faithful dog" is, of course, Sirius the Dog Star.

Orion - a picture for Ju's Little Sister


Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

Yes.... I see you have "changed over". I had a lot of fun when I 'customised' and gave labels to everthing, and realised how easy it was to add things to the sidebar. My experience with 'customising' was that most 'linky' things on the sidebar stayed - I think so long as you keep the same blog design. The only thing I had to do was repaste the html for the clustrmap.... but there was a nice wee section that made that easy to do.

5:25 pm  
Anonymous Ellee said...

It certainly looks very graceful in flight.

6:33 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Thank you Maalie :-) Very happy.
I really love our Orion and love working on them. We currently have one in Texas at the moment having all of it's systems upgraded and I am one of only nine ground crew (maintenance) who were selected to go over and learn everything there is to know about the new systems.
The P3-K looks very similar to the picture you have except without the bulbous antenna underneath. If it's a met plane I assume that would be for the weather radar?
We also have a long 'stinger' out the back called a MAD boom which is used to detect submarines below the surface of the ocean. MAD stands for Magnetic Anomoly Detector.
And thank you ellee, I think they are graceful - for a turbo-prop aircraft. I shall see what pictures of ours I can find and put them up on Libramentum today.

8:21 pm  
Anonymous Plumpy said...

Mum keeps logging back on to your blog to gaze at your Orion. She's trying to think up ways to get the poem framed too...

10:18 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Dear Plumpy,
Run your paws over the poem with a mouse (now don't get excited, I mean that plastic thing your mum pushes around next to the computer) holding down the right side of it. Then click "copy" from the edit menu. Then open a word processing programme such as Word, and click "paste" into it. Choose a font from the font menu. Then click "print" from the file menu. Cut out the poem and laminate it in a laminating machine (ask you mum to ask a pilot where to find one of them). Trim the lamination into a nice oval shape (or shape of your choice) and blue-tack to your basket. Pilots and astronauts know what blue-tack is - they use it to stick reminders on their windscreens about dropping the undercarriage before landing.

10:36 pm  
Blogger Ju's little sister said...

Thanks Maalie,
I told Mum what you said and she said that her pilots aren't allowed to use blue-tack anymore because it's her job to clean the windows and it's too hard to get it off. She glues post-it notes to the control column for them instead.

Also, the Navigators aren't allowed coffee because they spill it all over the workspace.

And Auntie Emma says she has a laminator at her work Mum can use. Have a look at my little outside shelter on my blog and let me know what colour paper you think she should use... (Auntie Emma thinks yellow)

3:04 am  
Anonymous Plumpy said...

er... i didn't realise Mum was already signed in... I didn't meant to use her account for the comment!

3:04 am  
Blogger Tim Rice said...

That's a fabulous photo of the plane flying. You were able to take that photo personally? It's impressive.

2:04 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Tim, I'm tempted to say I snapped it out of the window of my plane on the way from Australia. But no, it's linked to another source (not downloaded). If you right-click over the image and then click on "view image" you will see the URL in the navigation field.

4:08 pm  

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