NO2ID News No. 104
14 August 2008
++ NO2ID AT THE PARTY CONFERENCES ++
Once again NO2ID will be holding fringe meetings at the party conferences taking place this year, which will take place in September/October. We will be holding a TUC fringe meeting in Brighton on Monday 8th September at the Brighthelm Centre, chaired by our Union Liaison Christina Zaba. We have a presence at the Green conference and our General Secretary, Guy Herbert, will be speaking at fringe meetings at the Liberal Democrat and UKIP conferences, both in Bournemouth. At the Conservative conference in Birmingham we have a stall (highly prized, now the Conservatives are widely seen as winners by lobbyists) on the Home Affairs day, and we will be at the Labour conference in Manchester.
Volunteers for all these events are needed. If you are available to help at one or other English Party conference please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the relevant NO2ID local group. If you can help at Scottish Party conferences please contact NO2ID Scotland (email@example.com), and we would be delighted to hear from people involved in Welsh or Irish politics (particularly the latter where our contacts need developing) – email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Science does it again. The date in 55 BC on which Julius Caesar is believed to have invaded Britain is wrong. Apparently, the English Channel was flowing the wrong way on the date in question.
On the day which corresponded closely to the traditional date for the invasion, Dr Olson carried out a basic experiment – dropping an apple into the sea off Deal pier at roughly the time of afternoon when Caesar described the fleet moving.
The apple floated south-west towards Dover, suggesting that the Roman fleet could not have travelled up to Deal from Dover on that day.
“The English Channel was flowing the wrong way,” said Dr Olson.
Which begs the question, why an apple? An homage to Sir Isaac Newton or was it just something that Dr Olson had handy at the time?