Amazing really that all those years ago I started Animatedscience.co.uk as a small flash based site for my own pupils. Today I was looking at use stats across the world for 2019 and the stats just keep going up and up! 100,000 unique visits to the site from across the world, with 4.4 million hits and 470GB of information shared. This is massive positive as a non-profit concern all resources are provided free of charge and web hosting fees are balanced with ads.
I am so happy to be able to provide the resources for everyone, and in particular some the developing countries around the world.
If you have any trouble with flash files, I can provide some source files to play locally if you need them as in 2020 Dec Flash will not be supported properly anymore.
This post is to celebrate a moment in time from 1994 when Gloucester Youth Orchestra played at Cheltenham Town Hall. On this occasion a recording was taken on DAT tape and some copies made for the players to listen to their own music.
Having had this tape cassette in my car for the past 10 years or so I decided to digitise the whole concert so it was preserved for the rest of time on youtube.
I have not altered the recording or cleaned up any noise so please realise this is not a perfect recording but simply a memory to share with any of the other players at GLO at that time, and also for future musicians to be inspired.
I have included an image of the full orchestra compliment which also included some guest players on the day.
It is also interesting to see that many of the orchestra have carried on their musical careers after the orchestra. To name but a few…
Charles Peebles who has gone on to conduct many other orchestras in the past few years.
Matthew Elston who now plays as Principal 2nd violin of the BBC Concert Orchestra and teaches music
Diggory Seacome – musical director – went on to become a Conservative Councillor!
Sky lights up over Sicily as Mount Etna’s Voragine crater erupts
Display of volcanic lightning inside giant smoke and ash cloud over Europe’s tallest active volcano is Voragine crater’s first eruption in two years. The night sky lights up over the east coast of Sicily as Mount Etna’s Voragine crater erupts for the first time in two years. The giant plume of smoke and ash thrown up by the blast creates a dazzling display of volcanic lightning, a mysterious phenomenon seen in many of the most powerful volcanic eruptions.
It is thought that ash particles rubbing together inside the cloud could lead to the buildup of an electric charge that triggers the lightning strikes, much as a weak charge builds up on a balloon rubbed on a jumper
When the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, the combination of dust with ice and water from an overlying glacier produced a spectacular “dirty thunderstorm” that sent streaks of lightning leaping around inside the plume that drifted overhead.
The tallest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna stands 3329m high and has been erupting for an estimated 2.5m years. In modern times, towns and villages in the foothills of Etna have been protected by ditches and concrete dams that divert lava flows to safer ground. The volcano has five craters: the Bocca Nuova, the north-east crater, two in the south-east crater complex and the Voragine. The Voragine crater formed inside the volcano’s central crater in 1945.
Volcanic activity in the region is driven by the collision of the African tectonic plate with the Eurasian plate. Magma from molten rock erupts as lava and ash and builds the volcano in the process.