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Le Grand Jacques February 6, 2009

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The Guardian today has a nice article about a new Jacques Brel album recently released with the Belgian legend’s earlier songs from the 1950s – aptly named Jacques Brel in the 50s: The Birth of a Genius. The article has some great quotes from other musical legends like David Bowie about Brel.

Brel is one of my favourite musicians – one of many that I will sadly never get to see. But I never get tired of his music, and here is one of my favourites, Amsterdam. And did I mention he’s from Belgium?

IYA: Yours to Discover! January 2, 2009

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iya_logoThe International Year of Astronomy is here, yay! Check out the website to find out about the activities taking place in 2009, and follow the links to your country’s IYA webpages to see what’s happening near you. Here’s some of the projects I like:

  • The Cosmic Diary – astronomers round the world keep a diary so people can see what our lives and jobs are like. Extra points for a snazzy website!
  • 365 Days of Astronomy – an astronomy podcast, every day of the year. Follow 365 days on Twitter.
  • She is an Astronomer – “will promote gender equality in astronomy (and science in general), tackling bias issues by providing a web platform where information and links about gender balance and related resources are collected”. I’m not really sure what that means yet but I look forward to hearing more.