Raising funds for an Observatory
Last Friday, Annie Dachinger and her son Oliver, who is a talented composer and pianist, performed in the Board Room at the Hall to raise money for the proposed SAstroS observatory. Oliver played a mixture of his own compositions – Void Interludes (with voice) and Concert Waltz and works of other composers. This was interspersed with some excellent poems which Annie had written.
One of these was ‘Voyager‘, relating to the two small vehicles sent into space by NASA in the 1970s which have now reached and exceeded the edge of the solar system:
Far, exceptionally far,
The retreating speck that is Earth
Now nothing more than a zircon molecule.
She still talks, shrinking in infinity
And I respond – my signal a whisper
And the stars go on for ever. (first verse)
and Painted Lady: (First verse of a shanty lyric)
Love hit me like a hammer
When I saw her on the ‘jammer
Now I’ll never sail another
She’s my one and only lover
She’s a brazen little lady
And she’s mine, lads, mine.
The planned observatory has been marked out recently on the proposed site and the request for construction was made to the Development Control committee in October. However, more money needs to be raised and Annie and SAstroS will be grateful for any donations.
Words and photograph supplied by Amanda Petrie.