With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

“Good evening this is the Intergalactic Operator, can I help you?” April 27, 2011

I have always been a big fan of space exploration and I remain extremely disappointed that the Apollo programme was ended way to soon. The last time a man set foot on the moon was 38 years ago in 1973. Since the first moon landing in 1969 only 12 men have set foot on any piece of land which isn’t the Earth. The big programmes since Apollo have been the Space Shuttle, which is very close to retirement, the International Space Station, now largely supplied by the Russians and SETI. The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence are the words that lend themselves to the SETI acronym.

For me the Shuttle was never a good replacement for the Apollo Programme and whilst it was and remains a brilliant act of international cooperation the International Space Station is hardly a mission to Mars is it? However the principles behind SETI have always meant a lot to me. An organisation and network set up with the aim of being there for any communication from alien civilisations is really exciting, isn’t it? If you’ve seen the Jodie Foster movie ‘Contact‘ then you’ll know how important and difficult it could be. do I believe that there are alien civilisations out there? Yes I do. How about you?

Anyway let me get back to the purpose of todays post; it appears that the SETI Institute has run out of money. Just how sad is that? Still as long as we leave an appropriate answer machine message we’ll be fine won’t we? I feel really let down that we have come to this. Can we not find a few billionaires with some spare cash to keep SETI in operation? read the report here in the Guardian.

So as I have said many times before this is a music blog so here are a few appropriate songs for this sad story, feel free to submit your own;


3 Responses to ““Good evening this is the Intergalactic Operator, can I help you?””

  1. If it doesn’t pertain to blowing things up, It seems that, sadly, we Americans can’t really come up with the cash.


  2. mickelodeon Says:

    Bif Naked, Spaceman.
    KaTe Bush, Rocket Man (because it’s KaTe and I do prefer her version to Elton’s any day).
    Voice of the Beehive: Man on the Moon.

    How are you, Bill. Glad to see you’re still blogging! Cheers and hope you’re having a great weekend!


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      Hey Mickey how are you and sorry it took me so long to respond to your comments. I can read the comments at work but responding to them is blocked for some reason. Corporate paranoia I think 😉
      Good choice of songs. I like Kate’s cover of Rocket Man but I still prefer Elton’s original. Have you heard her cover of Sexual Healing? I love that one!
      Incidentally I bought her new album yesterday, well technically I suppose it’s not really new. It has rerecordings of 11 songs from The Red Shoes and The Sensual World albums. Form me it is a very good album but not her greatest. I hope that the rumours about new original material soon is true though!


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