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David Bradley

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Mens Agitat Molem

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:47:04 +0000

The “Mens Bar” at Newcastle Uni Student Union still causes ructions apparently, despite the lack of apostrophe and that it’s short for “mens agitat molem”. Protestors suggest that it has patriarchal undertones and should be changed (they could name it The Wilko Bar after guitar-playing alumnus Wilko Johnson if they must). But, blame the Romans … Continue reading "Mens Agitat Molem"

Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:06 +0000

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) unmistakable at the river bank if you’re quick enough to hear the “pip pip” just before it darts across the water or if you spot on perched on a branch or mooring staring keenly at the surface investigating the depths with speary intent. Numbers seem to be on the rise … Continue reading "Kingfisher – Alcedo atthis"

The key to a long life

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:16:10 +0000

There is a whole industry dedicated to anti-ageing lotions and potions. They’re a waste of money. Best thing for longevity is simply to eat less (as well as to avoid lethal infectious diseases and being in the path of a speeding doubledecker bus). This esoteric-seeming paper explains the mechanism at the cellular level and it … Continue reading "The key to a long life"

Cambridge Science Park Goldcrests

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:02:54 +0000

I went hunting for waxwings on the Cambridge Science Park today, rumours abound that these Scandinavian/Siberian visitors had reached this part of the world having abandoned their home territory for lack of food. I stepped out of the car and heard a flock of twenty in a tree in the car park. They dispersed and … Continue reading "Cambridge Science Park Goldcrests"

Robin – Erithacus rubecula

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:47:03 +0000

The brightly coloured breast of the robin (Erithacus rubecula) is familiar to Brits particularly at Christmas, although both male and female birds have their rusty pectoral plumage throughout the year. Both male and female sing throughout the year although they have an autumnal territorial call and a spring mating call. They are, according to the … Continue reading "Robin – Erithacus rubecula"

Aerial views of the ground

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:43:08 +0000

Friend of a friend of a friend turned up with a quadcopter and we took some neat footage of the village, reveals very few rooftops with solar panels. Full story in my latest comment in Materials Today magazine. Music is my song “A flight of fancy” the Mono Stone remix. From my “Push the Button” … Continue reading "Aerial views of the ground"

Black-headed gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:38:59 +0000

Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) In summer the head bird has a dark, chocolate-brown head, but in winter the dark plumage is relegated to a dark spot on each temple. Looks like this fella is starting to take on more colour in time for the mating season. “Most definitely not a seagull,” says the RSPB, “and … Continue reading "Black-headed gull – Chroicocephalus ridibundus"

Broken City – Another funking rock song

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 14:36:41 +0000

Besides by Dave Bradley Broken City Hide it away, it’s not looking too pretty Running away I want to head for the city And if there’s something I can’t find If it sends me out of my mind Then I’ll know time after time You won’t take any pity I know the dreamers are screaming … Continue reading "Broken City – Another funking rock song"

Shooting more birds

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:42:02 +0000

Selected photos of birds I’ve shot recently with a 600mm Sigma on my 6D, allows you to get quite close without disturbing our avian friends, at least until they are startled by the sound of the camera shutter. Click the kingfisher to open my Flickr gallery or visit the Fluidr version of the page here.

Video of an alien solar system

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 18:27:31 +0000

There is a star in the constellation of Pegasus that is 129 light years from Earth. It’s a young star, a mere 50 million years old (cf the sun is 4.5 billion years old (ish) This star, HR 8799, has planets, hot planets far bigger than Jupiter and Saturn that swing around it in vast … Continue reading "Video of an alien solar system"