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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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Relativity: When dark days feel like months

By Chris Barnardo

In the future it should be possible to nip about the universe from star to star by warping space, two American scientists have recently told us1, confirming what millions of Star Trek fans have known for at least the last 40 years. This is good news, even if the progress is only theoretical, because ever since Einstein hobbled the human race by setting the universal speed limit at the Speed of Light, people have gazed up at the stars and hoped that someday his calculations would be found to be faulty. No one wants to have their dreams limited by a cage, even one of cosmic proportions. Mind you, Einstein may well have shown us the restraint but it seems that he also provided a glimpse at the key to unlock it, because while working out that in our universe the Speed of Light was a permanent fixture, he also discovered that Time and Space were things that could be monkeyed with. If he’d have asked me, I would have told him that. Time and Space are strange beasts. For me some days flash by in the twinkling of an eye, and I find myself on the top of a hill where I can clearly see the most distant horizon, while on other dark days, Time drags itself ponderously past me and I know if I looked up I wouldn’t even be able to see my hand in front of my face.
. . . These were the times when I wished my friends and family could understand that my Time was running slower than theirs. These were the times when I wished I could refer them to an elegant mathematical equation by way of explaining my drastically altered reality. These were the times when the hours barely crawled by, and the days seem stretched out into months. These were the days of pain that every day I woke I hoped would be over. These were the days that the more I wished to get by them the more they dragged. Although the platitudes about “just giving it time” and “letting time heal you” actually turn out to be right in the long run, when those close to you tell you as much, the notions are as inconceivable as the advice is unhelpful. When you’re feeling depressed after separating from your partner, all anyone can say is that you need is time, but the sad fact is that Time is something you seem to have far too much of.
. . . When you’re experiencing the train wreck of a marital separation, there really aren’t any elegant equations that describe what you are going through. Perhaps we would have had some if Einstein had turned the glare of his prodigious problem solving ability to the question of The Fluctuating Effects of Depression on an Individual’s Time Perception instead of concentrating on describing the Photoelectric Effect. Perhaps now in place of Special Relativity we would have a theory of Personal Relativity. Instead we have Freud’s dreamy sexual repression, some spooky Jungian mythology, and Robert Plutchik’s basic emotional number crunching to choose from, and none of that is actually much use at the coalface of serious relationship break up. No, if you want immediate relief from the most acute symptoms of leaving-the-family-home, then only the chemists have the answer, and even they can’t promise a long term solution.
. . . Of course my friends and family were right, Time is the key, but speeding it up by filling it with things to do was my answer. To get where you want to go as fast as possible you need to expand your Space and compress your Time. Get out, spend as much time as possible in the light and air. Fix things up to do that you know you’ll enjoy even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t be put off by a slow start, one day you’ll look up from what you are doing and discover that a week has gone by without you noticing it and you’ll find yourself wondering where all your Time has suddenly gone.
. . . And what of the two scientists who want to smooth out Einstein’s speed hump? Well they calculate that even a small spaceship would require the energy-mass of a planet the size of Jupiter to get it going... I wouldn’t book your galactic holiday just yet.

1. Richard K Obousy and Gerald Cleaver, Warp Drive: A New Approach, The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, September 2008, London.

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