• A Breathtaking Window on the Universe
  • The Seer’s Stone
  • The Dodo Dragon and other stories
  • About Sheila Crosby

The Tsunami Risk

You may remember the fuss in 2001 when two geologists, Steven Ward and Simon Day, announced their theory that the west side of the island of La Palma would collapse one day, creating a mega-tsunami that would cross the entire Atlantic and still be anything up to 25 metres high when it hit New York, and indeed everything from Newfoundland in Canada to Recife in Brazil. These days, almost all…

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The Dodo Dragon and other stories

“The Dodo Dragon and other stories” (Science Fiction). Nine quirky SF stories from the off-beat imagination of Sheila Crosby. Chose from .mobi (for Kindle) .ePub (for iPad, Sony reader etc.) or .PDF for almost anything. Due to the changes in EU sales tax, this book is currently only available from Amazon. Amazon.co.uk Amazon.comand  Amazon.es If you want a format other than .mobi, send me an email and I’ll see what I can…

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Constitution Day. 40 years of democracy.

The dictator Franco died in 1975, and the new constitution was adopted on the 6th December, 1978: The Spanish Nation, wishing to establish justice, liberty and security, and to promote the welfare of all who make part of it, in use of her sovereignty, proclaims its will to: Guarantee democratic life within the Constitution and the laws according to a just economic and social order. Consolidate a State ensuring the…

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The famous sea-front balconies in Santa Cruz de la Palma

The Famous Balconies

These are the famous sea-front balconies in Santa Cruz de la Palma. Actually these are the backs of the houses: the fronts look onto the Calle Real. When I first came to the island in 1990, the woodwork was all green and the plaster all white. For the town’s 500th anniversay, in 1993, the whole lot disappeared behind acres of black plastic sheeting for weeks while they were repainted in…

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Francis Drake on La Palma

Francis Drake tried to enter Santa Cruz harbour on November 3rd, 1585. This was after Drake was knighted and before the defeat of the Spanish armada. The Spanish regarded him as a pirate, with some justification. Drake left Plymouth with 23 ships and over 2,000 men, heading for the Caribbean. The prevailing winds meant that the logical route was via the Canary islands, so he headed for the biggest port…

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Rocks on the road to the Roque de Los Muchachos

Rocks on the Road

La Palma is the steepest inhabited island in the wold, so it’s in a losing battle with gravity. Sometimes rocks fall on the road, particularly after heavy rain, a freeze or a thaw. (Of course the last two only happen at high altitude.) Normally the roads get cleared pretty quickly, but the road to the observatory takes a little longer, maybe a day and a half. Then you get to…

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