31 January 2021 at 7:33 am #574879
New out this weekend to stream on Netflix is ‘The Dig’.
Although it principally covers the events of the summers of 1938 and 1939 as Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown unearths the Sutton Hoo burial treasures the film does include some of his previous activities in astronomy.31 January 2021 at 10:18 am #583767
Good film, a few historical Inaccuracies but very good. Nice telescope while watching it I did wonder what else astronomically he did1 February 2021 at 2:39 pm #583773
Interesting article about Basil Brown, I didn’t know he passed away as recently as 1977.1 February 2021 at 4:37 pm #583774
Yes, perhaps not unsurprisingly the astronomical side of Brown’s life there was uploaded by me.
A more detailed analysis is here.1 February 2021 at 6:32 pm #583777
Excellent link very interesting thank you for sharing it4 February 2021 at 12:49 pm #583785
Useful and interesting link.
We Decided to watch it on Netflix. Hadn’t made the connection until I realised I’d had his book for several years! Google provided the BAA link and that it was one and the same Basil Brown, just before the telescope appeared.4 February 2021 at 1:13 pm #583786
May I ask which edition, 1932 or 1968?4 February 2021 at 2:40 pm #583787
The first edition seems to be considerably more expensive. Are there any major differences? On ‘tinternet it suggests that the book became recognised as a reference text which prompted the reprint and also that Basil would welcome some more income.4 February 2021 at 3:01 pm #583788
A quick trawl for the book shows it’s all but unobtainable for less than silly money for the 1st edition.
When I was looking for it a few years back I paid about £14 for the 1968 edition thinking that £68 I think it was for the 1st edition was a bit steep. Seems like I should have bought it as it sells for about 30 times more than that now, if you were silly enough.
Hard to believe it’s the film that’s caused this inflation.4 February 2021 at 5:49 pm #583790
From memory the 1968 edition is merely a reprint of the 1932 edition. The images are of a slightly lower quality though.
As you might guess I have one of each.4 February 2021 at 6:01 pm #583791
Here is Basil Brown’s Wikipedia recent pageview graph. It bumps along at less than one hundred hits on most days, then the film comes out and it spikes to 44½ thousand!9 February 2021 at 9:00 pm #583826Ernesto GuidoParticipant
I shared a few photos of my copy of the book (1932 edition) and some info here:
Ernesto20 February 2021 at 5:03 pm #583866
If anyone is looking for a copy of the Basil Brown biography, a limited stock has just gone on sale.24 February 2021 at 8:07 pm #583882Jack MartinParticipant
I saw the movie, what a character, nothing short of brilliant.
Essex UK not far from Suffolk !26 February 2021 at 7:53 pm #583896Steve KnightParticipant
I think I got lucky, bought the 1932 edition from Amazon for £42 in January.
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