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Sundials on the Internet - arguably the first and certainly the world's leading, international sundial related website, founded 14 years ago this month, came under a 'trojan hacking attack' on 11th April 2013 with many of its pages affected. Remarkably speedy action by the site owner, Piers Nicholson, has ensured that the damage was immediately contained and few if any visitors affected. But just to be sure the site was reloaded on the 15th April. Normality has resumed but it may be a day or so before the search engines conduct a new scan and give the go-ahead.
The Sundial Atlas Project has now recorded a total of 14,882 sundials in over 60 countries of the world. Visit their website and see for yourself here
The 2013 Annual BSS Conference was held in the lovely city of Edinburgh over the weekend of 5th-7th April 2013 in the John McIntyre Conference Centre overlooking Arthur's Seat.
There were some fifteen presentations in all, six about dials made by the speakers themselves, others on historical and conservation aspects of dials and there was a presentation about sundial-related Apps for Smart phones. Several delegates brought dial-related material to show to other attendees and there was a Saturday afternoon walking tour of dials along the Royal Mile, at George Heriot's School and at the National Museum of Scotland. Those unable to be at the conference can see some of what was seen on the tour here. The Andrew Somerville Plenary Lecture was given on the Sunday by Dr Tony Freeth about the amazing Antikythera Mechanism. Those unable to be at the conference this year can see, a 30 minute interview with Tony here where he describes the background to this astonishing analogue computer dating from 60-70BC. He touches on its star calendar and a mechanism that is believed to take into account the lunar anomaly. It might also have been able to predict the hour of possible eclipses and maybe even the motion of the then known planets. A delegate discussion forum was held during the conference. More details of this shortly.
BSS President Chris Daniel's latest Sundial Commission, a Noon mark on Faversham's Guildhall in the Market Place, was formally inaugurated by the Mayor at a ceremony at 12:45 BST on Wednesday 3rd April 2013. It was followed by a viewing of an exhibition at the Upper Gallery of Gallery Studios, 1 Abbey Street, Faversham of Chris's extensive sundial works entitled 'Marking Time'. After the opening Chris remarked to the local press that it was quite an honour for the town council to give him permission to paint a sundial on the Guildhall as, after all, it is a listed building. He wanted it to be something special to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The dial was painted by Simon Scamp, a local sign-writer and it was funded by local brewers Shepherd Neame as well as by a number of anonymous donors.
Some background to the construction of this dial may be found
Winners announced for the biennial BSS Photographic Competition for 2012/13. Entries had to be with the 2012-13 BSS Competition Organiser by 28th February 2013. The judging took take place during March with the entries being sent to a number of judges around the country. Each judge assessed the entries against the usual criteria of Choice of Dial, Artistic Merit, Focus, Exposure, Illumination, Title, Print Quality/Size, Presentation and Overall Impression. Winners were announced at this year's Annual Conference in Edinburgh. There was also a vote taken at the Conference to obtain the choice of attending delegates. Certificates were awarded to all those who submitted winning and runner-up entries. More details here .
The results of the last BSS Photocompetition may be found here.
06.09.2012, updated 23.09.12, 16.11.12,03.02.13, 28.02.13
The Sundial at All Saints' Church in Isleworth is being restored. As well as the ordinary problems associated with any dial restoration this one has a few more! Some initial information can be seen here. This will be updated as the restoration proceeds. More soon!
20.04.12, 16,01,13, 02.03.13, 07.04.13
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