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May 4, 2007
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I love this picture of Professor Hawking looking so happy at zero g. You can see the genuine thrill on his face and zero g seems to relax rather than constrict his usually contorted body and features. It’s a great photo. It was his greatest desire to experience space and I am so glad that he managed it and obviously enjoyed it so much.

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13 Comments
  1. Annie permalink

    Awww! Cute photo

  2. Istvanski permalink

    Yes – Good for Prof for experiencing this.<br/><br/>This zero g thing was used in the filming of Moonraker. It’s in the scene where they are all floating around in the spaceship. Taking and filming the cast up in a plane that reached a certain altitude as it flew over earth at a certain angle was how they got those scenes of weightlessness. This was of course in the days before CGI.<br/><br/>It’s amazing what my art teacher used to go on about.

  3. Jimmy Page's Trousers permalink

    Hawkers rocks. <br/><br/>Some day, I’m going to buy another of his books so I don’t look like one of those band-wagon-jumping people that just have <i>A Brief History of Time</i> on their shelves. Another one would prove that I’m intelligent. I can even bend the spine out to make it look like its been read.

  4. Clair permalink

    That is the very definition of happiness *sniff*.

  5. rivergirlie permalink

    great, isn’t it? he looks quite seraphic

  6. Pod permalink

    what a pure expression of joy. he lloks so cheekily happy and full of grin i almost shed a happy tear. when i went to comment i somehow clicked on that photo of you and suddenly the lifesize face of romo filled my screen. i almost fell out of bed!<br/>have a cool weekend<br/>;0p

  7. Pod permalink

    ps. is that lady beneath him you? have you touched his clever bottom?

  8. rockmother permalink

    Annie – I know – it’s wonderful<br/><br/>Ister – that’s interesting – what was that to do with an art lesson? Drawing things floating in space? That reminds of one of the worst xmas presents a few years ago – a biro designed by nasa that you could write with even at zero g. Useful!<br/><br/>Jimmy Pages Troosers – I have read two Hawking books and remember enjoying them immensely but as dear old Jif once pointed out to me – I didn’t grasp most of what was being discussed at all and in fact misunderstood the bit about infinite horizons or something like that…..mumble…mumble (puts book back in bookcase well thumbed)<br/><br/>Clair – Welcome to Romoworld. Everybody say hello to Clair. Yes – very emotional all round isn’t it for lots of reasons<br/><br/>Rivergirlie – yes – it’s fab<br/><br/>Pod – you are so right. Sorry – did you get a special romo deathstare by mistake?! I bet that woke you up! No – I’ve never touched Hawking’s bottom but I’m sure it’s very nice.

  9. Istvanski permalink

    We weren’t drawing anything space related in the lesson at all. Our art teacher just loved to talk as we were getting on with it. <br/><br/>We used to be taken to the local picture house once a year as a sort of pre-xmas treat, and we ended up watching ‘Moonraker’.<br/><br/>That NASA biro would’ve come in handy for Mr Spiritualized perhaps…in fact, any biro would’ve done. At least you could use it to write with it if you’re upside down at the time (ie: on the way down from a bungee jump).

  10. rockmother permalink

    Ister – your art teacher sounds great. We used to have one who was a real hippy and used to take over and finish your painting or drawing for you – really frustrating. We once found a pair of mens y-fronts in her bag. She was a bit of a soap-dodger I seem to recall. Mind you – I’m sure we were a nightmare to teach.

  11. Istvanski permalink

    Used men’s y-fronts in her bag? Euargh! Any skids?<br/><br/>Still, not as bad as the time my mate and I went carol singing one xmas time.<br/><br/>A rather odd looking lady opened the door, we start singing and then she hops off to get the reward. The front door slowly opened ajar to reveal…a used sanitary towel lying on the floor in the halway.<br/>We made our excuses and left very quickly.

  12. Istvanski permalink

    PS – what were you doing going through your teacher’s bag, hmmm?

  13. rockmother permalink

    Ister – oh YUCK. That’s horrid! I personally didn’t go through my teacher’s bag but some other badder girls than me did and told me. Ask Miss Adventure – I’m sure it was her that told me!

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