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Crowd Surfing the Gravitational Waves is Forbidden… and a transformative exhibition

345am alarm. Relieved again that by being woken by an alarm that must necessarily mean I have been asleep. Brian has a lovely long lie in until 430am. Should his beauty sleep be too truncated, that can have ramifications for … Continue reading

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Beauty Spot Head Cavity – Day 10 (or 11 or 12 or 9) of The Brian Cox Tour

It doesn’t take long when a sea is between you and your family and you change hotel four to five times a week to feel that this has been your only life. Tour sleep peculiarities, airport check-ins, unpack, repack, “where’s … Continue reading

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Drained of Pudding in the Oxygen Tent – the tour goes on

Monday – Auckland Breakfast. Gym. Quick foray to Auckland Art Gallery. Look at Frederick Goodall’s The Finding of Moses. “Many Victorian secretly relished displays of , so long as they were legitimised within biblical and historical subjects.” “Eileen Agar refused … Continue reading

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the skin becoming conscious with the shock of sportswear enveloping it. Day 7 – Brisbane – Auckland

Today is the first day a stranger has ever said to me, “have a good workout”. Things must be changing. Hotel gyms were once mythic places, but the new regime of cosmology and weightlifting is in place now. Unfortunately, I … Continue reading

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Brisbane day two – tour day six – the pumpkins swell

Resorting to my penultimate Temazepam, I find a solid four hours sleep. It succeeds a broken two hours of Melatonin sleep that conjured up a foul dream of being parted from my son. Thank you, Mr Sandman. After our exercise … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Brisbane, Richter and Multi-storey car parks

Boiled egg and vegemite, airport lounge, muscle rediscovering workout, meal by a river, and failure to sleep, the tour has hit a rhythm now. We reach Brisbane city centre at 2.15. Brian goes to lift weights in a botanical garden … Continue reading

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The Jukebox of Gemini Spacecraft and on to Mars – Australian/NZ playlist and explanation

Some people have been asking about the playlist while the audience are taking their seats on the current Australian/New Zealand tour, so here you are. It was hastily gathered together from the songs I had on my laptop. I would … Continue reading

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Comedy More Complex Than Physics – Day 4 of Brian Cox Tour

I wake up at 5.10am, relieved that I have managed to fall asleep. The night before, Brian eats a large piece of ravioli with a runny egg yolk inside, he is intrigued. It is pasta with a hint of Eraserhead. … Continue reading

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Airliner and Eyeliner – day 3 of tour

Some days on tour, nothing much happens. It is as a series of incidents of comfortably waiting. You comfortably wait for Brian Cox to finish his promo interviews. You comfortably wait for a car to the airport. You comfortably wait … Continue reading

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Bullwhips and belligerent sleeplessness – Brian Cox Southern Hemisphere Tour Day Two

Day two – Sydney I am sure if Professor Cox hadn’t suggested Melatonin was a placebo then none of this would have happened. Okay, I’m not sure. If there is one thing you learn from working with a physicist it’s … Continue reading

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