Pretty Boys

These handsome green visitors are now permanent residents in South Manchester. Linsey talks to local ornithologist Tony O’Mahony. “It’s always that distinctive squawk you hear first: they don’t sound like any other wild birds in Manchester.” Tony’s talking about the Ring-necked Parakeet (Psitticula krameri), Britain’s only naturalised parrot. There are …

A journey into sound

Trevor Cox’s eyes shine when he talks about sound – there’s genuine excitement and an insatiable hunger to experiment, collect and unlock its secrets. Trevor is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford and former president of the Institute of Acoustics, which makes him an expert in the world of sonic …

Are we beach brain-ready?

The recent furore (can I say furore?) about a certain poster campaign has irritated me.  Not as much as the hostile ‘get-a-life’ Twitter response from the brand’s marketing manager, of course, but that’s another story. For anyone who may not have seen it – and I’m not going to name …