A Real Diamond Geezer …
I just love this. These fine words come from Bertie Charles Forbes (1880 – 1954). He was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine.
Strictly speaking, the science of this is on rather dodgy ground. Both coal and diamonds are made of carbon, yes, but they were formed in processes which occured under very different conditions over a period of hundreds of millions of years.
All the same – I would like to draw an analogy here. In writing, we take our ideas and fashion them into words. The process includes drafting, editing, cutting and polishing. When it is finished then the words will sparkle like the true diamonds they are. Hopefully the process won’t take millions of years although it may sometimes feel like it! And like the man said – Diamonds are Forever.
And talking of diamonds – scientists have recently discovered a planet which is quite literally covered in them. The planet – called 55 Cancri e – has a radius double the size of Earth’s and weighs eight times more. The new planet is thought to be covered in diamonds and graphite. At least a third of the planet’s mass – the equivalent of the weight of three Earths – could be diamond.
You probably won’t want to book a trip there anytime soon.The diamond planet orbits it’s host star at hyper speed – its year lasts just 18 hours, in contrast to Earth’s 365 days. It has a blazingly hot surface temperature of about 3700 degrees Farenheit. It’s also 40 light years away.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.