Interview | Skin from Skunk Anansie

Victoria Adelaide: You grew up listening to reggae music. What was the link with rock music?
Skin: I grew up in a reggae household—I’m talking about old reggae, so it was more like ska. Then there was this time in the ’70s and ’80s, where all these white bands started picking up ska music and it was a massive thing. But then they played it with guitars and I discovered guitars. When I heard them, it was like one of those bluebeat bands, I recognized their music from my childhood. That was my link to rock music because it was the music I grew up with; it had a different vibe, a different angle and, instead of being played by old Jamaicans, it was played by young white boys. That was really cool; in terms of the sound, they were doing something different.


VA: Which performer inspired you the most in your youth?
S: Bob Marley was my Elvis, but the first time I saw Blondie on TV, it was a bit of a watershed moment and I remember thinking, “Oh, I want to do that; I want to be on stage,” which was weird because of all the people you saw play music on Top Of The Pops, which I watched religiously, it was Blondie who sparked my interest…


Interview | Dr. Karen J. Meech

Victoria Adelaide: On October 2017, you got the phone call astronomers dream about. NASA had spotted ‘Oumuamua, the very first visitor from another solar system. Can you tell us about that, as well as what ‘Oumuamua stands for?
Dr. Karen J. Meech: We asked some local Hawaiians to suggest a name. They came up with ‘Oumuamua, which means “messenger or distant scout from afar reaching out to us.” We thought this was a nice name for the first interstellar visitor discovered in our solar system. I had just returned from our main annual meeting on planetary sciences on October 21st, 2017. I had been working around the clock for months without a day off, so I was looking forward to doing absolutely nothing on Sunday. That’s when the PI (principal investigator) of the Pan-STARRS survey called me at home and said, “Karen, I think the object that we discovered on October 19th looks like it has an orbit; that means it’s coming from outside the solar system.”…

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