Lamborghini Huracan Avio in matte green with Air-Force inspired stripes and graphics at the London Motor Show on the H R Owen stand
A note about the London Motor Show: this is the second year the event has been hosted in Battersea Park. It is not an international show in the style of Paris or New York. The London show is a smaller scale exhibition with stands provided by dealers rather than manufacturers so no concept cars or major debuts.
“To anyone visiting London, I’d say one essential thing you have to do is just to walk down the Southbank. You’ve got the National Theater, British Film Institute, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall.
So lots of culture in a kind of public space. All kinds of different people mingling, and to me that’s what makes London special.”
We’ve just learned of the passing of Alan Smith, prof. Emeritus of Cambridge University. A long-time friend, collaborator, and one of those kinds of professors who keeps you going when the going gets extremely rough…
I always joke that in my job, I move tectonic plates for a living, but only in the Jurassic, and I don’t move them very far.
Alan on the other hand, moved ALL the tectonic plates for a living, moved them everywhere in all periods of geologic time, and with an insistence on accuracy. He was, indeed, one of the founding fathers of plate tectonics, but he kept publishing cutting-edge global reconstructions for forty years. In the last years, he related plate positions to past, present, and future conditions of global climate changes,.
His work, and his student’s work, and the students of his students’ work, in Othris, Olympos and just about everywhere benefited Greece not only in interpretation of its geology, but in placing Greece in the forefront of geological research worldwide.
In addition to knowing him for 40 years, publishing papers together, sharing and spending many evenings with retsina and new models of “how Greece came to be,” I also met through him his students, who are among the most highly recognized geologists today.
At present, we are hosting the latest crew of young Cambridge students for their 40-days of field work here in Greece. We were in the field with them yesterday, and many Alan stories were passed down. He, apparently, took it on himself to instil all students coming to do work in Greece with sheer terror at the thought of meeting a Greek sheep dog in the wild. Fortunately, Greek sheep dogs are far less terrible than they used to be, but I’m sure no Cambridge student will ever see a sheep dog here without thinking of Alan.
I’m glad they’re here. Our working relation is part of the greater geoheritage of Greece that we want to pass down to those students and future students coming to join us in our eternal attempt to move the tectonic plates around in the proper directions…
Some of Alan’s publications (among possibly a thousand) include:
Bullard, E. C.; Everett, J. E.; Smith, A. G. (1965). “The fit of the continents around the Atlantic”. In P.M.S. Blackett, E.C. Bullard and S.K. Runcorn. A Symposium on Continental Drift (Oct. 28, 1965). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 258. The Royal Society. pp. 41–51.
Smith, A.G., Hynes, A.J., Menzies, M., Nisbet, E.G., Price, I., Welland, M.J.P., Ferrière, J., 1975. The stratigraphy of the Othris mountains, eastern central Greece: a deformed Mesozoic continental margin sequence. Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae 68, 463-481.
Smith, A. G. (2006) Tethyan ophiolite emplacement, Africa to Europe motions, and Atlantic spreading. In: Tectonic development of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Special Publication Geological Society of London, 260 . Geological Society of London, London, pp. 11-34.
Photos: by Dina Ghikas, Anna Batsi. Alan of course, and Alan crossing the old footbridge across the Aliakmon at the Vourinos Ophiolite suture zone. Bridge now submerged by Lake Ilariona. Alan ALWAYS ahead of us…
“David Bowie’s Lazarus to be revived in virtual reality at London’s V&A”
“David Bowie’s musical Lazarus is to become a virtual reality experience at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The VR show will be part of the museum’s fourth Performance Festival,
which celebrates all forms of live performance. Audiences will be able
to experience a recording of the production through VR headsets on April
Lazarus, a musical sequel to Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 science fiction film
The Man Who Fell to Earth, was Bowie’s final project before his death
in January 2016.