This post is designed to cheer you up about observing in the UK. Yes, we have light pollution and cloud and rain in Lichfield and Burton. However, look at this video below – at the point I videoed this tonight, it had rained for SIX hours with no sign of stopping or slowing down. In fact, it had largely been raining like this since we came to Penang two days ago and I am told for most of the month before that. On the good side, this is one of the coolest trips back to see relatives in Penang. On the negative side, there are a lot of mosquitos and any astronomical observing is impossible. There is a lot of cloud even when it is not raining……..perhaps Staffordshire and Derbyshire aren’t so bad after all!