The Times Diary: Sir Patrick Moore and his case of mystery

The Times

When Brian Cox met Sir Patrick Moore, the first thing he noticed about his fellow stargazer was that he was like a photon — travelling light. Cox had invited Moore, right, then presenter of The Sky at Night, to an event at Manchester University and was struck by his baggage. “He had this Paddington Bear suitcase,” Cox told The Delaunay’s An Evening With . . . series. “All it held was a pair of xylophone hammers.”

Moore went away with more the next morning, after many drinks and a night at the home of Cox’s supervisor. “He just staggered around and filled the suitcase with anything,” Cox said. His supervisor didn’t know until the phone rang. “Professor Marshall,” the caller said. “This is the