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David Bradley
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Science journalist, photographer, musician. Sciencebase
Science journalist, photographer, musician. Sciencebase

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I strongly suspect it will be of little interest to any fellow G+ people how I imagine I write my songs...but...well, for the sake of provenance, I've blogged briefly about it and also tagged my latest musical creation about time - Just a minute

http://imagingstorm.co.uk/my-songwriting-process.html
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Send me an email - birds@sciencebase.com - to get a free 10-bird sampler of my forthcoming book "Chasing Wild Geese: Spotting your first 100 birds"
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35 years ago this month since my one and only Rolling Stones concert...at St James Park, Newcastle. So, in honour of that (whatever), number 20 in my Classic Chords series is "Brown Sugar".

It's a Jagger song, but Richards played it in 5-string open-G tuning, makes it a lot easier and gives it a stronger sound than if it were played in standard tuning.
Messing around on a guitar in open-G tuning you do randomly alight on other songs that were presumably recorded with guitars tuned that way:

I accidentally wrote another Stones song "Start me up" while noodling around and the jangly part of the background riff to The Allmann Brothers' "Jessica"...oh and the BBC snooker theme (not Black and White Rag, the other one)

https://www.sciencebase.com/science-blog/classic-chord-20-brown-sugar.html
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So having posted an old photo of mine of a barn owl from years ago...Mrs Sciencebase and I took the dog for a twilight walk a couple of nights ago and saw one hunting, got some nice shots of him in the setting sunlight and saw her catch a shrew. Quite pleased with this shot, there are more, they will be with the scheduled blog post on https://www.sciencebase.com later this month...watch this space.
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Photo from my archives of a barn owl hunting in water meadows alongside the river Cam north of Cambridge

I've not managed to photograph one since, although I've seen a few...not a great shot, not perfectly sharp and very noisy/grainy, added to my gallery of British Birds nevertheless.

http://www.imagingstorm.co.uk/british-birds
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I'm endessly amazed at just how many different birds there are around if you care to look and have the patience to prowl around woodland, fen and coastal margins. Of course, there are endless sparrows and chaffinchs, starlings, blackbirds, thrushes, robins, goldfinches and the like.

But there also wheatears, meadow pippets, willow warblers, chiffchaffs, jays, whitethroats, kingfishers, turnstones, stonechats, redwings, fieldfares, wagtails (pied and yellow), redstarts, buzzards, red kites, kestrels, mistle thrushes, goldcrests, lapwings, dunnocks, swans, mallards, pochards, jacdaws, rooks, egrets, herons, and so many more...

Check out my gallery to which I usually manage to add at least a couple of new species each week

http://www.imagingstorm.co.uk/British-Birds

Pictured is the second Garrulus glandarius I've snapped recently...jay 2 oh, you might say...
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We had a lost weekend in in the Brecon Beacons recently, here are a few of my snaps from the trip...

https://flic.kr/s/aHskTKswsH
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Sciencebase has been my website since July 1999, it's the central hub for much of my creative output - Science news and views, Songs and commentary on music, and many of my photographs. Take a look, now with added "s"

https://www.sciencebase.com
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