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I'm a British mathematician, been in the Netherlands for 35 years ("chercher la femme"). Recently became a double proud grandfather. Have a compulsion, but it's not secret, to want to correct miscarriages of justice involving abuse of science, see Dhamaka's plea

THE 9-11 was my 50th birthday. That's why I use it in my internet name, but English fashion, 11-9. The other part is my surname.

No-one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition

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Aarhus Dolphins

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Today when I went early morning swimming (6 a.m.) there were five dolpins swimming quite close by. Two were even doing formation-swimming: they came to the surface in perfect synchronization, next to one another.

Apparently this is the Harbour Porpoise. Fairly common in the North Sea but becoming rather rare in the Baltic.

They have a strong connection with Aarhus. They figure on the university seal, and play a role in some versions of the story of St. Clement, patron saint of the town and patron saint of fishermen. In the church is a beautiful model of a 17th century warship. Apparently it was being taken from Holland to St. Petersburg on board a ship, which was wrecked, but dolphins brought the model safely to Aarhus bay shore.

Pics nicked from internet, credits: Harbour Porpoise, Aarhus University Seal, Martydom of St. Clement
4th Aug 2007, 09:03   | tags:,,,

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JokerXL says:

Oh, so cool!
did you get that close to them in the water?

4th Aug 2007, 18:52

gill1109 says:

Maybe 10, 15 meters away...

4th Aug 2007, 21:14