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Posted: 15th March 2021

Second Star to the Right,
and Straight on Till Morning

A NASA star map used by Apollo 11.

We need different maps for different situations. The one above was used by NASA astronauts for the Apollo 11 mission. No matter how good the map is, the usefulness depends a lot on our personal literacy: the ability to read maps is way underrated.

Our contributors have done a bang-up job of map-reading this week.

You'll see: we've been around the globe again, and rooting in the attic, and exploring with our imaginations. Here are some of the things we've come up with:
    Dwarf Chameleon Baby by Ruan Strander
  • Natural Beauty. Willem and his friend Ruan were sneaking around after dark peeking at these tiny chameleons. We get to see them, too. We also get a first glimpse of the Hanglip Forest (more to come!). Meanwhile in Europe, there are signs of spring. In Pennsylvania, I drive over some history. From England come sunrises and moonrises, while Scotland's landscape continues to delight.
  • Much creativity. There are two chilling scifi stories. I tackle Dr Seuss, and wrestle him to the ground. (I've been wanting to do this since I was 10.) Solnushka visits an astonishing art museum. We dip into the archives and find a ballet dancer who walks like an Egyptian; meanwhile, PT Barnum dredges up a childhood memory that will make you laugh.
  • Humour and Tall Tales. Bluebottle's plot keeps thickening. Desideria's friend muses. Martin Hyde keeps swashing and buckling. Take a peek at the cartoons. Let Awix explain about the big butterfly.


We'll be back next week with more Stuff. (Send more Stuff!) Keep warm, stay safe, and remember: the rain (and snow!) fall on the just, the unjust, and small, aggravated dogs. So be quiet, Lola.


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