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Who is the thirteenth Doctor Who?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:30:29 +0000

I am really pleased that Broadchurch actor Jodie Whittaker is to be the next regeneration of Doctor Who (I know it’s a kids programme, just to be clear). But, there’s a lot of talk about her being the 13th Doctor, I don’t think that’s even vaguely correct. Ignore Peter Cushing and Paul McGann who both … Continue reading "Who is the thirteenth Doctor Who?"

Cottenham War Memorial – A fishy tale

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:02:30 +0000

UPDATE: It’s definitely not a dolphin in Cottenham. Who else has noticed the large “fish” leaning head down against the back of the legs of the serviceman featured in Cottenham’s War Memorial? Friend of the blog Patrick Coughlan certainly has and he wonders what it’s all about.. According to one web site it perhaps alludes … Continue reading "Cottenham War Memorial – A fishy tale"

Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:37:40 +0000

Tom Sawyer is perhaps the best known Rush song. It was the Canadian power trio’s breakthrough hit in terms of sales and popular appeal and was the opener on their 1981 album Moving Pictures. I remember listening to it on vinyl the day it came out and wondering how on earth I was going to … Continue reading "Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer"

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Just caught this thieving young magpie

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:50:37 +0000

Eurasian magpies (Pica pica) obviously have a special place in the heart of any Geordie, their black and white plumage with a hint of blue being the football strip colours of Newcastle United, obviously. The birds’ reputation as thieving magpies is misplaced, although like most corvids (crows), the bird is attracted to objects such as … Continue reading "Just caught this thieving young magpie"

Another pause for thought

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:39:04 +0000

I’ve mentioned the comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) previously on Sciencebase, but at the time didn’t have a photo of the underwing marking which gives it its name. Well, I do now, after a visit to RSPB Ouse Fen Reserve (spotted it resting on a bush just as I was heading back to the car park). … Continue reading "Another pause for thought"

RSPB Ouse Fen Reserve

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:10:56 +0000

I am bit reluctant to tell you about the little jewel I have found. It’s not three quarters of an hour’s drive from Cambridge. Although the title of this blog post sort of gives it away… It’s a lovely picturesque place, lots of decent footpaths, trees, ponds, hedgerows, reed beds, and lakes, and lots of … Continue reading "RSPB Ouse Fen Reserve"

Classic Chord #22 Elbow Bones

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 09:39:32 +0000

Elbow are a magnificent band, their proto-musical roots perhaps lie in singer Guy Garvey’s admiration of Genesis-era Peter Gabriel although the early elbow song Newborn was, he told interviewers, modelled on a song from “A Trick of the Tail”, namely Ripples, which was post-Gabriel Genesis. Nevertheless, they continue to write and play enigmatic and evocative … Continue reading "Classic Chord #22 Elbow Bones"

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How to Instagram photos from your PC

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:12:48 +0000

You have been able to access your Instagram account from a desktop browser for quite some time but you cannot post a photo without a workaround. The workaround is quite straightforward. You simply log into Instagram on your desktop browser, switch to developer mode (right-click “inspect” in Chrome) and choose a mobile device view. Full … Continue reading "How to Instagram photos from your PC"

How to use a guitar capo properly

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:58:05 +0000

One guitarist friend, Ted from local band The Lonely, refers to the guitar capo as the “Devil’s Clamp”. We all know what he means, it’s a necessary evil sometimes if the singer needs to be up a tone or two to match their range but the guitarist really doesn’t want to re-learn the song with … Continue reading "How to use a guitar capo properly"

Don’t miss the beauty of the kingfisher

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:27:56 +0000

The common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) I wrote about earlier in the year seems not to have taken up long-term residence where I photographed a female in January 2017. Mrs Sciencebase and myself saw others at WWT Welney, as one might expect. But despite watching and occasionally searching, even at a local nature site called Kingfisher … Continue reading "Don’t miss the beauty of the kingfisher"