This was Nigel’s first ever eclipse, and he was determined to embrace it most robustly . He had been up to the Science department and asked for instructions on how to make a “safe” viewer, and then had come back to me in a state of flux, where we made one together, using our spookily poignant “eclipse” copier paper and a drawing pin to make a hole for the sun to shine through…….
…… and then we went outside on the field, where, it seemed, the whole school was out embracing the moment too.
It seemed that all the other office staff had raided our copier room for “eclipse” box lids with which to make their high tech “safe” viewers!
And, there was much jovial ecliptical banter as to which was the best way to hold their said box lids for maximum ecliptical viewage.
Even Nigel’s colleagues from the kitchen abandoned their bread kneading and pizza topping duties for a while to share in this spellbinding occasion.
…… as the magicial, predestined paths of earth, moon and sun started to slowly alignment into position ……
And then, when it was finally over and the totality had returned, Nigel went inside to watch it all over again on the big screen, to be equally mesmerised second time round.