27th August 2003: THE MARS PHENOMENON: Scroll down a couple of screens of this page to 18th August, where you'll find details of how to get your free on line map of the night sky local to *you*. Mars is due to be visible from the UK from around 11pm tonight (time varies for other continents) and will be the closest in recorded history. Wherever you are, don't miss this :)
24th August 2003: THE CHILDREN OF PALESTINE: We are receiving daily updates from Jenny Gaiawyn, in Palestine [see entry 3rd July, below]. We can't re-publish here everything she writes, but for a brief quote: "Where is the
truth of what is happening here in Palestine? how can
the mass media turn a blind eye and print whatever
they are told without looking for the truth?"
If you're in the media and you would like to know what is *really* happening, from someone who is actually there, e-mail Jenny and ask to be added to her mailing list. Project Hope also now has a website. [Editor's Note, 13/04/23 - previous website palhope.org seems no longer to be in existence, but a recently-located Project Hope site here refers back to 2003 (see their 'history' page).]
22nd August 2003: SOBIG-F VIRUS: This virus/worm seems to have made its impact felt :) and Sophos has recently advised that a "second wave" of attacks is due this weekend. Advice from Sophos can be found here and Symantec's page (with removal instructions) is here.
20th August 2003: WILL YOU HELP CHARLIE YELLOW? Please see the updated letter from Charlie's granddad in the Guestbook - the hospital in Minnesota has kindly reduced its fees to allow this operation to go ahead as soon as possible. Any donations from *anywhere* will be very much appreciated, to allow Charlie's family to cover all the associated costs.
18th August 2003: THE NIGHT SKY: With the planet Mars now said to be closer to the earth than at any time in the last 73,000 years, many visitors will be able to see it clearly now in the sky at night. We appreciate that most schools are still on holiday, but any kids with telescopes will be able to get an unparallelled close up over the next couple of weeks :) The Royal Observatory at Edinburgh is linked here and there's a wonderful site at https://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/ [Switzerland] where you can key in the coordinates of where you live [get these from a gazeteer or the back of an atlas], and see a map of the sky as you will actually see it from where you are :) Well worth a visit.
When you key in your location, it will give you a picture of the sky as it looks *now*. As far as we can gather, the "universal time" it shows is actually GMT (an hour behind BST here in the UK) - just add on the number of hours to what time you want to look at the sky, to the 24-hour clock time showing when you visit the site [make sure to move the date forward if you go past 24:00:00 / 00:00:00]. Mars is shown as a red circle background with a white-circle-with-a-little-arrow-coming-off-it-at-the-NE-angle.
6th August 2003: ANDY'S GUIDE TO POKÉMON: We're delighted to say the new cheats, tips, shortcuts, questions and comments are now starting to go on line - see the main Index to Cheats, Tips and Shortcuts. Long task ahead! - but thanks for all the related e-mails, which are coming in via every mail download now :)