Wise before and after the event

So, Boris ‘bus-liar’ Johnson’s chief political strategist, Dominic Cumberbatch—or someone with access to the password for his blog, at least—has been caught retrospectively doctoring an old blog post to make himself look far more prescient than he really is.

That really is a very cheap trick. But it doesn’t surprise me one iota. In fact, I think you’ll find I saw this exact thing coming over a year ago, in February 2019.

Steady Mercury

Last night, I spotted the new crescent moon setting over Heptonstall, accompanied by Venus off to the far right. So I grabbed this photo…

Moonset over Heptonstall
Moonset over Heptonstall last night

It was only while I was processing the photo this morning that I realised I'd also bagged Mercury (faint dot, just right of centre).

Not bad for a 300mm telephoto lens hand-held at a ridiculously long ⅙ of a second.