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The Astrologer's Newsletter - September/October 2008

Comings, Goings & In Transit

By Val Dobson

Some Olympics data

The Olympic flame was lit on 24th March this year at 11:30 am EET (09:30 GMT) on Mount Olympus in Greece (22N15 40N05); the flame was lit at the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing on the 9th August at 00:04am CCT (16:04 GMT 8th August).

The Games were formally declared open at 08:08 pm CCT (12:08 GMT) on the 8th August 2008 in Beijing (39N55 116E25); AS:6Pis12 MC:16Sag25.

The USA's Michael Phelps is the most successful athlete of this or any other Games, winning 8 gold medals in the swimming events and setting new world records with seven of them. He already holds 6 gold and two bronze medals from the 2004 Olympics. He was born 30th June 1984 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (39N17 76W37); no time known. Source:

Chris Hoy has so far been the British team’s most successful athlete, winning three golds in the cycling events. He was born March 23rd 1976, Edinburgh.

Rebecca Adlington is the most successful British woman athlete so far, winning two golds in the swimming. She was born 17th Feb 1989 in Mansfield, UK, 53°N09', 001°W11; no time known. China is well ahead in the medals table and looks set to stay there. China: October 1, 1949, 3:15 pm CCT (07:15 GMT), Beijing.

The birthdates of all of this year’s Olympic athletes can be found on the web at

American Thomas Beatie gained world-wide notoriety earlier this year when he became perhaps the first legally transgender man to become pregnant and give birth. There seems to be no publicly available birth data for Beatie, but his daughter was born at 8:55pm PDT (+7:00) on June 29th 2008 at Bend, Oregon (44N03 121W18). Source: People magazine July 23rd 2008.