The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

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April 12, 2013, 6:11 am
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I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I returned from my sojourn to the North of the planet … I know I said I wouldn’t do it … I know hearing about someone else’s holiday is about as boring as hearing someone talk about the dream they had the previous night … but I feel I have to write something about it, because being with my Mum aside, the experience was something very special.

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If I’m being honest, I’d previously not given much thought to the Northern Lights.

Of course I knew about them, but it wasn’t something I’d ever had a massive desire to see … but thankfully my Mum did, which is why I am able to sit here and still feel blessed I have witnessed them.

It all started while we were having dinner in the restaurant [loosest sense of the word] and someone shouted, “They’re here”.

Out we trotted and looked up.

At first we didn’t see much, then we noticed a dark, dark green strip of light cutting a swathe through the night sky.

To be honest, you had to really concentrate because on first glance, you didn’t – and couldn’t – see much.

To be even more honest, my first impression was, “Is that it?”

After a few minutes, we went back into the restaurant, [1] because we needed to finish our meal and [2] it wasn’t exactly the sort of thing you felt was going to change your life.

20 minutes later, that opinion was turned on its head.

As we left the restaurant and exposed ourselves to the -27 degree temperature, the sky was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.

It wasn’t just that I was looking up at a sky that had glowing streaks of green in it, but it was alive … dancing and flickering with a myriad of glittering colours that a peacock would be jealous of.

To be honest, I was transfixed.

More than that, I felt humbled.

I literally felt I was witnessing a higher power in action … something akin to the scene in ‘Close Encounters’ where the alien ships announce they are in the sky.

To be honest, it made me feel both very small and very happy – not just because my Mum was witnessing what she had always wanted to see – but because I hadn’t felt that sense of sheer wonderment in a very long time.

It was literally awe inspiring.

Huge and dramatic and yet graceful and delicate.

Everything about that trip was special, but for those few days I was in one of the most beautiful desolate places on earth – seeing nature in all it’s brutal and beautiful glory – it was something I’ll remember, treasure and feel empowered by, for the rest of my life.

If you haven’t already, I hope you have the chance to experience it.

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I was hoping you would talk about your trip. I’m very glad you saw the lights, especially your Mum, it sounds like a unique and amazing experience. Now we all want to go. More expense courtesy of you.

Comment by George

Apparently that’s what ‘I do’. Well, it is according to Andy who still somehow blames his alimony costs on me.

Anyone would think I’m John Terry the way he goes on.

[For clarity, I’m not and I had nothing to do with his divorces. Maybe one relationship breakup [by a comment I once made, not because I did anything wrong] but definitely not his costly marriage disasters]

Comment by Rob

Here’s another perspective that I forgot to point you towards

Comment by John

Weirdly, that’s not as impressive as seeing it from earth, looking up. God, I’m a pretentious little sod aren’t I.

Comment by Rob

Or with less annoying music

Comment by John

You know Rob will now talk with Branson to get his Mum on a Virgin Galactic to see this, don’t you John?

Comment by Pete

At great expense, yes.

Comment by John

Not to Mr Blagger.

Comment by DH

It looks and sounds amazing Rob, especially with the Close Encounter reference and your trademark Rob Campbell get-stuck-in-your-head summation, “brutal and beautiful’.

Comment by Pete

We used to call Rob “Mr Headline” for those quips. Never stopped coming out of his mouth.

Comment by DH

You never stopped coming out of Rob’s mouth? So that’s how you got the big payrises.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Will you pay for me to go Rob? I’m willing to wait until I’m 80.

Comment by DH

I’ve watched the video so I’ve seen them. So I’d prefer the cash.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Maybe if you hit 200 years of age.*

* Without any medical assistance.

Comment by Rob

Sounds like an amazing trip!

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Dammit. Now I want to go to there

I actually told people you’d done this for your Mum, which was about as interesting as telling someone about someone else’s dream which you don’t really understand because you weren’t really listening as they told you about it… But I still think it was a really cool thing to do.

Your moment of humility made me smile.

Comment by @MurrayDG

I have attempted to see the lights on 3 separate occasions but have always failed. I am very jealous, but console myself with the view that if anyone should see them, it should be your mother.

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Comment by Rob

I thoroughly enjoyed following this trip. I have never seen the northern lights and I’m a tiny bit jealous. Good morning.

Comment by Marcus

Hello lovely. You well?

Comment by Rob

Very busy and very happy, thank you. You?

Comment by Marcus

But not so busy to write comments on here. Ha.

Comment by Rob

It’s called taking the time. Making an effort. Trying, etc. You cheeky fuck.

Comment by Marcus

Normality has now been restored.

This makes me happy. Ha.

Comment by Rob

I’m envious in a good way. Excellent work.
By the way, does brutal and beautiful describe any of Andy’s wives?

Comment by northern

The first 2 … his current wife [which shouldn’t sound like it will end but it’s the only word I could think of to describe her even though she is the one he should of married from the start] is just beautiful.

Out-of-his-league beautiful.

Just like mine.

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