My Experience of #Eclipse2015

Annular eclipse at sunset

For the first time since 1999, the UK was plunged into darkness this morning as a partial eclipse left millions in astonishment. At least 83% of the eclipse was visible to the whole country (if they were lucky enough to have clear skies) and the people of Faroe Islands even had a chance to see the full eclipse!!

It all started at 8:45, as children from across the country made their way to school. The media had expressed the importance of putting safety into consideration, and to not look directly at the sun. People from around the country were getting ready to view the rare sight. It was time!

At 9:00 AM Professor Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain presented a special edition of Stargazing Live on BBC 1. This included live coverage of the eclipse, from first sight to the very end.

In half an hour the eclipse was at its position for sightseeing. Unlike many other people who got the morning off, I was in school at the time, however, for the occasion was allowed out onto the playground to see if we could spot anything. Let’s just say it was disappointing. As predicted, the cloudy weather blocked my town’s view of the solar eclipse. It was interesting to see how dull and cold it got outside once the eclipse started, so much so that I could see my breath while it lasted. The school’s hamster also came out to play, probably because the lighting tricked him into thinking it was night time.

By 11:00 it was all over. The lighting was back to usual, and it began to warm up. One thing that was really annoying was that at lunch time break the clouds had cleared and the sun was out! Typical British weather!

Did you get a good view of the eclipse? What was your experience? I’d love to read some comments below! 🙂


The Truth About Essex

In recent years, reality TV show, The Only Way is Essex has gave the world a bad view on Essex. People of Essex are now stereotyped as being dumb, annoying, and to have only two words in their vocabulary. Shut and up. This is a great example to show how powerful the media, how it has control over what we think and do. Well I’d like to prove the world wrong. I’ve lived in Essex for more than three years ago now, and I can tell you that the people of this county can say a lot more than two words! Everyone knows how to tell the time, and everyone can say a lot more than two words.

The truth is that most of the people here are exceptionly friendly! Although you get the odd wannabe TOWIE people, all others are just ordinary people just like anyone else.

I have previously lived in Cumbria, but I still think I would stay here over choice. Yes, it’s lovely to be surrounded by countryside and silence, but it’s also to meet new people, or visit the many shops and restaurants in town, for example. In my town, a beautiful river runs through right next to a cycling path and tons of nature and trees. It’s a great walk for the weekends, or just as a walk home from school at the end of the day.

I’ve took many photos down the walk which you can find on my Instagram page, @hayden_cooper123. Here are just a few…



Thanks for reading, and don’t believe everything you hear!