Image of Eileen Finch and Chrissy standing side by side and holding up a copy of Up and Down written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, and a funding application Chrissy is about to send out.

Access2books and The Birmingham Bodenham Trust to Distribute 30 Free Books in Birmingham

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The Birmingham Bodenham Trust have provided Access2books with funding to distribute 30 accessible books, giant print with Braille and specially adapted pictures, free of charge in Birmingham.

Eileen Finch, the team leader at Access2books, is overseeing the project to ensure people who need the books have access to them.

Image of Eileen Finch addressing delegates at the conference while they look on.

Eileen Finch from Access2books acquaints the delegates with her project Access2books which produces accessible books in giant print and Braille mainly for people with visual impairments and others.

The Birmingham Bodenham Trust help organisations like Access2books and other charities, individuals and voluntary and community organisations with funding, specialist equipment or care provisions for people with special educational needs who are under the age of 19.

Eileen started the Access2books project after she lost her sight and encountered problems trying to read normal print to her grandchildren.

However, she couldn’t find the books that suited her. So she was inspired to start the project to create beautiful books like the ones found in store.

You can read more about that journey here.

Picture of Eileen Finch and Lauren Child chatting and holding an accessible version of Charlie and Lola between them.

Eileen Finch shows Lauren Child an accessible version of Charlie and Lola. Lauren is seeing the book she wrote and illustrated as an accessible book for the first time at the Imagine Children’s Festival at the London Southbank.

She is one of approximately 500 000 people in the UK in the latter stages of macular degeneration: it is only one of many conditions that mean you need access to read print.

She can’t read Braille but she can read giant print [75 point]. She reads the books she publishes to her grandchildren.

Her dream is for people to share these books and read them. This is partly why she initiated this project with The Birmingham Bodenham Trust to distribute these books for free because not all the intended users have access to them or can afford them.

This project is to provide more popular books for children to read whether the child or their family need access to read to them.

Picture of Sue Hendra, Eileen Finch and Mike O'Sullivan as they chat about book related matters at the London Southbank. Behind them is the London skyline visible.

From left to right, Sue Hendra, the author of Supertato and Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell, chatting to the founders of Access2Books Eileen Finch in the centre and Mike O’Sullivan on the right.

Do you live in Birmingham?

If you live in Birmingham, then you are one of the lucky few who is eligible to receive one of the free books courtesy of The Birmingham Bodenham Trust.

The books are unique. They are beautiful. They are all individually handmade by the Access2books’ team.

The books have giant text on the left hand page and pictures or illustrations on the right.

The text or picture descriptions in Braille appear below the page text and illustrations as demonstrated by the interior pages of A Squash and a Squeeze written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Interior pages of A Squash and Squeeze. The page on the left hand has text which reads, "And flapped round the room knocking over the jug". In the footer is a Braille text of that sentence. On the opposite page is a picture of a white hen flying over the shelf and a spotted jug falling over the edge. In the footer of the text is Braille picture description of the picture.

An example of the interior pages of A Squash and a Squeeze written by Julia Donaldosn and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The pages illustrate the formatting: text appears on the left hand page and Braille in the footer; specially enhanced pictures are located on the right had side with picture descriptions in Braille in the footer to make the books accessible to as many people as possible.

As mentioned above, the pictures are specially adapted; i.e. they are enhanced to make them more accessible to people who happen to have sight impairments.

The formatting makes the books accessible to as many people as possible.

Picture of Elvira using her magic pen to improve an image on her computer's screen.

Elvira using the magic wand in her hands to conjure up the magic that transforms an image and enhances it to make it more visible to someone who happens to be visually impaired and would have problems accessing the image in a normal book.

The books are going to be distributed through the RNIB and Action for Blind People‘s members. If you happen to be one, look forward to one of these beautiful books coming your way.

Would you, a child or baby you know need access to stories and good picture books now or in the future?

Would you prefer black, big or clear print, Braille or better pictures in your story books?

Feel free to contact Eileen on 01525 853825. Alternatively email her at efinch@access2books.org.

Picture of a young mother in a black coat and dark hair listens to her daughter in a blue coat reading an accessible version of Pant at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank. Her son is also engrossed in the big, colourful pictures in the book. The mother and daughter are both running their fingers over the Braille at the bottom of the page.

A Mother and her children bond over an accessible version of Pants in giant print with Braille and large beautiful pictures at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre in London.

In the meantime, if you are in Birmingham and a member of the RNIB or Action for Blind People, keep an eye open for one of our books coming to you soon. We would like to thank The Birmingham Bodenham Trust for making it possible to distribute 30 free books from Access2books.

P.S. Birmingham is just the start. This programme is going to be rolled out across the UK as we secure more funders to distribute more books. We will keep you in the loop of more similar projects. Thanks.

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Picture of Eileen Finch, Sue Hendra and Mike O'Sullivan chatting at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre with the London skyline behind them.

Access2books hits the SENCO Bulletin

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June and July have been great months for Access2books. And we just couldn’t wait to share the news with you. First up, Access2books was featured in the SENCO Bulletin [Special Educational Needs Coordinator] last month. The article was written by Karen Nicholls who is a Visual Impairment Specialist Teacher in Essex County. She also happens to be an Access2books Director or Trustee.

Here is her article below.

Picture of article by Karen Nicholl's written in the SENCO bulleting. The heading says:  Early years resources for children with Visual Impairments- Karen Nicholls, Visual Impairment Specialist Teacher   The body of the article states:   Several months ago, while I was visiting one of my weekly braillists in a village school in mid Essex, the Library book bus arrived in the school car park.  The class of the child I was visiting and I trooped on to the bus and I went up to the driver, asking if he had any large print or braille copies of children’s books, knowing what the answer would be.  He took me to a section of the books, but the print was not very large at all.  We selected some picture books and returned to class.  A few weeks later, when I was visiting there, the child’s learning support assistant showed me some books that had come in the recent visit from the library bus. They were the most beautifully produced books, in size 72 print and also had braille! The librarian had obviously gone back to the central library and forwarded my request.  I was very impressed with the books, but I had a concern about the braille, as it was embossed on both sides and very young children need braille on only one side.  I contacted the publishers, Access2Books and mentioned my concern.  Eileen Finch contacted me several times over the following weeks and invited me to her place of work to see production. In return for my feedback, she has given me several copies of her books, each worth at least £25 and they have been distributed among the Visual Impairment Specialist Teachers in Essex.  They have acted on my advice and are also producing books with braille on only one side.  Although these books are expensive for parents to buy, I have discovered that they are available in many Essex Libraries. Parents need only ask for them to be available in their local branch.  Please see the website for more details.  http://www.access2books.org/  At the bottom of the article are some pictures. The one on the left shows the front cover of the ook The Gruffal written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. In the image,  The Gruffalo standing on the edge of a gravel path and holding onto a tree. He is lloking down at a mouse on the path. Beyond the Gruffalo is lush green grass and tall green trees.   To the right of the front page are two pictures merged into one. One of the pictures at the bottom are the inner pages of the grufalo. The left hand side is text with Braille at the bottom while the right is an enhanced picture of the mouse standing on a stone in the midle of the forest surrounded by tall, dark, brown trees. The picture above is the original picture from the original book but it is not as accessible as the one from the Access2books' picture because it hasn't been cropped and made to focus on the important things in the picture.

A SENCO, in a nutshell, is responsible for day to day operations of the school’s SEN policy. All mainstream schools have to appoint someone to be their SENCO.

Appearing in the SENCO Bulletin is wonderful news for us here at Access2books.

We are proud to be making such inroads and helping to raise awareness about what we do.

It is also great news to witness how our books are making an impact in a community that is close to our hearts and quite a distance away from us.

When we make our books in-house, they are just orders and numbers.

We don’t get to see the users and what kind of an impact the books have on them until we get  feedback from some of the users, librarians and parents who interact with someone or people who use the books.

Such feedback for us is priceless as we can gauge if our books are meeting their needs.

The feedback also drives us to improve the quality of our books as illustrated by the feedback by Karen about the double embossed Braille.

We have taken her comments on-board and duly implemented her concerns into our formatting.

In addition, as mentioned last week, we have since revamped The Gruffalo and made the pictures more lighter, colourful and improved the overall quality of the pictures.

We were not very happy with them because that book was one of the first we worked on. We were still learning the ropes then.

More than 60 books later, and we have since honed our techniques and have better software which allows us to produce better pictures and that is what we did to The Gruffalo to improve the user’s experience.

We would like to give a special shout-out to Karen for letting people know about Access2books and spreading the word about our books.

The last bit of exciting news is that we have recently had two applications for funding approved.

This means that we are going to be able to circulate the books we produce in different counties and put the books directly in the hands of those who need them.

We will keep you updated about these developments as they unfold. Once again, thanks to Karen, the county libraries, book distributors, organisations, friends and followers who are doing their bit to spread the word about what we do.

Tomorrow, we will be in Liverpool courtesy of the wonderful Gwyneth McCormack from Positive Eye at a conference to discuss our work.

A medium shot of Eileen Finch from Access 2 books chatting to Gwyneth Macormack the Director of the Positive Eye chatting at the Visual Impairment Residential Study Weekend at the University of Birmingham

Eileen Finch team leader from Accesss2books sharing ideas with Gwyneth McCormack, the director of Positive Eye, at the Visual Impairment Residential Study Weekend at the University of Birmingham.

We will keep you updated about how things go.

Thanks again!

Picture of the red Coca-Cola cans standing in a row. They all have Braille written on the side

Coca-Cola Braille Cans: Inclusive design or Cheap Advertising Gimmick

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Everywhere I turned last week, that is in the virtual world, I was bombarded from all angles by articles or videos talking about or showcasing Coca-Cola’s usage of Braille on their cans and bottles. It was almost impossible to avoid the trending articles and beggared the question: is it inclusive design or a cheap advertising gimmick.

The Coca-Cola initiative generated talking points within the community of people who happen to be blind or visually impaired.

Picture of a man with grey hair standing in the foreground holding a red Coca-Cola can with Braille on its surface. He is running his fingers over the Braille characters. In the background is a blind woman standing in front of a red Coca-Cola dispensing machine with white Braille characters superimposed in its front face. There is a subtitle at the bottom of the picture which reads

A frame taken from the Coca-Cola ad with the gentleman in the foreground feeling the Braille characters on the can spelling out his name.

Coca-Cola video sparked conversation and dialogue

It initiated conversations and dialogue across social media. Blogs were written about it. This article is part and parcel of all that activity.

Without it, this article, other blog posts and discussions would probably not be happening with the same intensity.

That is not to say these conversations don’t happen regularly. That would be ingenious to insinuate that.

These conversations happen regularly. The Coca-Cola initiative, if I may call it that, made this particular topic trend on social media.

The Coca-Cola adverts popped up in numerous groups I frequent and filtered into my Facebook feed. The excitement from within the the communities I interact with was palpable. It was infectious.

Addressing access issues

I can appreciate their excitement. A fundamental need was addressed, in the short term. That is the question of access. We all face it at one point in time or in different guises.

Picture of a man in a gray suit standing in front of red Coca-Cola dispensing machine with white Braille charcters on its ront and side. He is holding a Coca-cola can in his left hand.

Another frame from the same advert. The man feels the Braille characters on the can of Coca-Cola.

It may not have been Coca-Cola’s primary goal to address the question of access. However, whether or not it was, they touched on it.

Did it really address the question of inclusivity and access? That is another, or “the”, question.

Share a Coke Campaign

Coca-Cola’s ‘Share a Coke’ campaign was launched in 2011. It was initiated across 80 countries worldwide.

However, this phase fizzled out but it was recently reignited when Coca-Cola realised it had missed out a section of the population. 

They personalised their cans using Braille, enabling people who happen to be blind to read their names on the cans.

Closeup picture of a woman reading Braille on Coca Cola can with her fingers. The subtitle on the screen reads Julia.

The screenshots above and below are from the video. The woman and boy run their fingers over the embossed Braille on the cans to read their names for the very first time.

Picture of a boy sitting by a piano. He is holding a can of Coca-Cola and running his fingers over the embossed Braille on the can to read his name. The subtitle on the screen reads Jose Alfredo.II

Coca-Cola collaborated with a Mexican ad agency, Anonimo, to create special editions of their cans for people who couldn’t see their names printed on the cans. Hence, the need for Braille.

They changed the names on the cans and shared the new versions with a not-for-profit, Fundacion ProCiegos: they assist adults who happen to be blind or visually impaired to find their way into the workforce.

Picture of a cinema complex. In the centre of the forecourt are four red Coca-Cola vending machines embossed with white Braille characters. A group of men and women are descending on them to purchase their cans of Coca-Cola with Braille embossed on their sides.

The Braille cans with Spanish names were presented at the Comité Internacional ProCiegos I.A.P. in Mexico City.

They used a vending machine with Braille characters to dispense personalised cans to the users of the centre, providing hundreds of students with the opportunity to read their name on a can of Coca-Cola.

Coca-Cola Video and reactions

The reactions from the video, as you can see below, are touching and overwhelming.

More can be done, however, not only by Coca-Cola but by more companies to make their products more accessible to users who happen to be blind or visually impaired.

Considering the profits multinationals make annually, it wouldn’t cost them much to add Braille to their packaging to allow users who have problems reading small print to read labels by themselves so they know what they are buying, allowing them to make informed purchases.

Pharmaceuticals and Braille Packaging

It is not impossible. The pharmaceutical industry is miles ahead in this respect. By law, their packaging needs to have Braille on it as illustrated below on the pack of Paracetamol.

Picture of a blue and white box of Paracetamol with Braille and illsutration of two tablets on it's front face. It is branded Tesco in white in the left hand corner and Paracetamol in the middle of the package in a dark blue colour.

From the 30th of October 2010, all medicines now in the UK and EU display the name and the strength of the medicine embossed in Braille on the packaging or on a label affixed to the package. This is to comply with a European Directive passed in 2004.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People [RNIB] conducted a survey of about 165 adult Braille users around the UK with regards to the implementation of the European Directive passed in 2004 for Braille on pharmaceutical products. They reported that:

  1.  The Braille on packaging made a positive impact on users.
  2.  Over 95% of the participants used the Braille on the packaging.
  3.  Over 40% of Braille readers confirmed that the quality of the Braille on the product had improved than in two years.
  4. 4% believed it was worse.

The use of Braille on packaging helps people who can read it to locate products they need independently.

This addresses the question about access touched on above.

This initiative by Coca-Cola could extend beyond the realms of gimmickry and short term campaigns to create viral videos to improve their advertising or marketing campaigns or accrue social capital.

It could be a permanent fixture to their packaging: it will benefit users who happen to be blind or visually impaired.

It could be rolled out across the world empowering non-sighted users to locate their products independently.

Other companies providing Braille on their products 

It is possible. There are companies who are already providing Braille on their labels to cater for customers who can read Braille as illustrated in the pictures below.

Picture of two bottles of wine. One has a yellow label and seal and the other has a black label and seal. Next to them is a close up of the yellow label embossed with Black Braille characters.

There are already some products on the market that have Braille characters embossed on their labels to make them more accessible to consumers who happen to be print disabled. It empowers them to make informed decisions about the products they are purchasing without the need for a sighted person to read out what the contents of the products are.

Picture of a Wonderee chocolate in a dark brown like chocolate packaging with Braille. The top of the bag is folded and held together by a wooden clothes peg that has Braille on it. Also in the picture is finger running over the Braille characters on the packaging. Above the Braille characters is the word CHOCOLATE written in upper case.

As illustrated above, Braille in the packaging can extend beyond gimmickry and address the aesthetics of the packaging as well which also improves their visual appeal to sighted users as well. This illustrates innovative packaging and a company that cares for its consumers.

It’s great to include people and demonstrate it as Coca-Cola have. It is good to find a way to include access.

Coca-Cola and other companies are able to produce automatic Braille which illustrates that there are facilities to make it possible to produce products with Braille.

Irony about Coca-Cola’s inaccessible video

Considering Coca-Cola’s best intentions, their video is not accessible. Why? They did not make the visuals auditory yet the video is about a community without vision.

If you haven’t got any vision, then you need auditory access. The community of blind people in that Coca-Cola video cannot access it.

It seems like they and other people who are blind or visually impaired were not the intended audience for this video.

It is a disappointment if you consider the quality of what they are doing because the video is a good idea.

However, it looks like they were catering for the visual world; they did not include the sight impaired community, yet this video was about the non-visual community.

The video above is difficult to access for people with visual impairments but are not blind.

However, the intention by Coca-Cola is great; the video is not very accessible although it could be. It is inaccessible because they did not use people that can’t see to monitor what they were doing.  

Accessible books

Accessibility in books is central to the most popular children’s books we publish. It is a key issue in the design of our books. It is something we try to address in everything we do, including working with non-sighted users.

This is why our books are made in a dual format as illustrated in the interior pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? below. 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See Inside Pages

They include giant print [75] point which makes it accessible to a wide variety of groups and not only people who have visual impairments.

They have Braille to cater for readers who happen to be blind and are Braille readers or learning it. Other blind people or visually impaired readers use electronic devices to access books.

Accommodating macular conditions and sight impairments

The pictures in our books are adapted from the originals and made more accessible for people with macular conditions or other sight impairments which renders the normal pictures inaccessible.

Elvira using the magic wand in her hands to conjure up the magic that transforms an image and enhances it to make it more visible to someone who happens to be visually impaired and would have problems accessing the image in a normal book.

Elvira using the magic wand in her hands to conjure up the magic that transforms an image and enhances it to make it more visible to someone who happens to be visually impaired and would have problems accessing the image in a normal book.

People with dyslexia can access the books produced by Access2books. This includes disabled too.

About Access2book’s book design

People with general eye conditions can read large print or use Braille. The book design helps people who want to read but who have different sight impairments.

The books are also popular with children who find it difficult to read normal print. The giant characters and plenty of white space make the books easier to read.

Picture of a young girl at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre is reading an accessible version of Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell which is published by Access2books. Her grandmother is looking over her shoulder and listening to her picking her way through the large characters surrounded by plenty of white space.

A young girl at the Imagine Festival at the Southbank Centre reads an accessible copy of Norman the Slug With the Silly Shell published by Access2books. Her grandmother is leaning over her shoulder and listening to her picking through the giant print on the page set out from the white space.

The book design makes it usable by as many people as possible. It is unlikely anyone would read anything bigger than 75 point print on paper. It is too difficult.

People with general eye conditions will either be able to read large print or use Braille. The book design helps people who want to read who have got sight impairments of different kinds.

Our books are designed to be as accessible to as many people as possible within the whole community.

People who have problems with their neck and eyes can read 75 point comfortably without moving their neck and eyes.

People who are learning disabled are supported by white space, good clear print; it can be 18 or 20 point but they can read 75, and pictures that support the text in some way. 

Access2books’ accessible formats contain as much of the easy read criteria as we can to include disabled people and other groups. The criteria is clear white space, clear printing, contrasting and clarity.

Picture of an inside page of the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The pgae is in 75 point print with Braille characters just above the footer. The text on the page reads,

The interior page of The Very Hungry Caterpillar featuring the text in 75 point print with Braille below and just above the footer. The formatting illustrates the easy read criteria: that is clear white space, clear printing, contrasting and clarity.

People with dyslexia also benefit from clarity, white space and they can use glasses to put colour over the picture. Dyslexia comes in many forms. But if you like a cream background, you use glasses to add that colour or whatever colour works for your condition.

People who are deaf or blind will be able to read with either their sight or Braille.

People with mental health issues can be confused and stressed by their environment and that includes their literature.

Our books are plain; that enables them to read text without loads going on: it doesn’t affect their stress levels and anxiety.

Picture of an interior page of the book Things I Like. In the picture is a smiling monkey dressed in a blue dungaree and green top and yellow shoes. His hands are folded behind his back as if he is hiding something. He is set against a white background. Below his feet are Braille characters: these characters are picture descriptions.

The interior page of the book Things I Like illustrating the enhanced picture of the monkey with Braille descriptions just above the footer and below his feet. The de-cluttered image against a white background makes it more accessible because of the clear white space, the contrast and clarity which adhere to the easy read criteria.

People with mental health issues are enabled by our format to share and read books.

Loads of communities benefit from our design. And the reason the Braille is there is simply because it caters for people who can’t read normal text and need it to access books.

Making products accessible

There are plenty of things Coca-Cola can and could do to make their products accessible which doesn’t only include Braille.

Using giant print to highlight one or two keywords on labels or packaging is another way to address issues surrounding accessibility. Voice activated vending machines is another. There are so many untapped opportunities.

Benefits of addressing access issues

If Coca-Cola used Braille on their products, like other companies already do, it would give them a lot of publicity. It would make them look like a good diverse community organisation. 

Their video is one of the best things they have done for their company. They have a reputation for creating great ads that work well. They are also memorable.

The impact of their viral video was really positive; they could have made it better by making it more inclusive by including the non-visual community.

They could have been seen as market leaders when it comes to inclusion if they asked the non-visual community and other disabled people to find out what would help them to identify their products and implement those changes. 

Missed opportunity

It is a missed opportunity. This missed opportunity might not cost them business. They will probably make loads of money from the back of this Braille initiative.

Personally, the initiative is a bit too gimmicky. It is about them creating great marketing and advertising material and probably social capital. It is clever advertising and nothing more.

Creating viral videos is the next big thing in putting products out there without making it too obvious that is what you are doing. 
Other companies that include Braille in their packaging don’t go about creating publicity hype. They simply do the right thing by being inclusive. 
Therefore, the Coca-Cola initiative is just another cheap advertising gimmick and not inclusive design.

How to Get Loyal Visitors to Repeatedly Return to Your Blog

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Great tips on how to get loyal followers to repeatedly return to your blog and creating a successful blog. Check it out for some great insights.

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Successful bloggers follow these tips There are certain criteria for blogging success

Confusing, isn’t it?

On one hand, you hear there is no right way to blog.

On the other hand, you have people like me telling you that there is a right way to blog.

Instead of taking my word for it, let’s look at successful bloggers and see what criteria for successful blogging they are following that make their blogs successful.

After all, if they can follow simple criteria to have thousands of loyal followers, so can you.

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Safe Ways of Watching the Solar Eclipse on the 20th of March 2015

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Solar eclipses happen once in a lifetime or quite rarely. Some people never get to see one in their lifetime. The last one occurred in 1999. With the solar eclipse predicted on the 20th of March 2015, chances are you might want to take a selfie for posterity and share it with your friends, family and followers and pets and whoever is interested.

It may sound exciting to catch this rare phenomena on camera to prove you actually saw it. But hear this: experts are ringing the alarm bells and when those in the know speak, at least take precautions. They say the risk of taking a selfie can damage your eyes.

It sounds like the experts are raining on your parade, innit? So how are you supposed to view this phenomena? Here are a few tips we gathered from the experts:

DO:

  • Use the pinhole method. I don’t know if you remember your science classes where you made a hole in a piece of cardboard, then held it up with your back to the sun and let the sun’s image project onto another piece of card or paper. It doesn’t sound like much fun but hey, your eyes will be safe or at least, that’s what the experts say. As they say, better safe than sorry.
  • An animation illustrating how to use the pinhole method of viewing an eclipse by using a hole in a cardboard to project onto another piece of paper or cardboard.

    Picture copyright H.L. Cohen. Source: http://www.astroadventures.net

  • Well, if that doesn’t sound like fun, then there is a better way to go about it and still be safe, you know what I mean. Get sunglasses, you know, with solar filters specifically designed for watching a solar eclipse. They come with the relevant CE mark. Make sure you ask for the right ones if you intend to enjoy this phenomena without damaging your eyes. It might cost you a few quid or Benjamin’s but the price compared to damaging your eyes is minimal.

Dont’s

  • It sounds pretty obvious, but common sense isn’t so common it should be called uncommon sense, so, don’t stare or look directly at the sun. That means even if you have sunglasses on, unless they are specifically designed for that purpose and bear the correct CE mark, because they don’t provide adequate protection.
  • Don’t use a pair of binoculars, a telescope, any camera [camcorder, SLR, smartphone, etc]. It is not worth the risk. The sun’s radiation is so strong it may cause a solar burn of the retina experts warn.

Now, that you know how to watch the solar eclipse safely, you may want to know what time to watch this solar eclipse.

If you are in and around the London area, watch for it between 08:24hrs and 10:41hrs.

For those of you in and around Edinburgh, keep your eyes peeled, not literally, from about 08:30hrs till 09:35hrs.
What is an eclipse? It is one of those rare moments when the earth suffers a blackout because the moon comes in between the earth and the sun and plunges the UK and other places into darkness. It may not be on the magnitude that we have heard of in Biblical narratives such as when Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross but it won’t be that dramatic but it will still be noticeable.
An image showing the moon in between the sun and the moon resulting in an eclipse.

Picture source: http://www.mreclipse.com

Remember if it is too much hassle building a pinhole projector or buying sunglasses to watch the solar eclipse on the 20th of March 2015, kick your feet up, grab some orange juice and a snack and let others do the hard work and watch it on TV or find a webcast broadcasting this phenomena. I know I will.

Enjoy this rare Friday where you have 3 celestial events taking place in one day; i.e. a solar eclipse, supermoon and spring equinox. That is like three in one. None of the supermarket chains serves up such great bargains like Mother Earth. Enjoy this rare occasion and what a fitting topic for our first blog on WordPress.

Help us to help you – and the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher!

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Opportunity to not only win £20 Amazon voucher but learn more about how to find out more information about your subject or hobby. You don’t know what you don’t know. Does that make sense?

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