Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dark Footed Gooney Bird

The dark footed gooney bird is a little part of the gooney bird family that has just about all dark plumage. A few grown-ups show white under-tail coverts, and all grown-ups have white markings around the base of the bill and beneath the eye. As the feathered creatures age they procure more white at the base of the beak. Its nose and feet are likewise all dull. They have just the one plumage. They measure 68–74 cm, have a wingspan of 190–220 cm and weigh 2.6–4.3 kg. Males, at a normal weight of 3.4 kg are bigger than females, at a normal of 3 kg.

Friday, 15 February 2013

One Louder

One Louder, with its slightly demented but giggly hosts Alexia and Hege, is all about the greatest of infectious rockabilly, swampy garage rock, delirious psychedelia and messy crossovers as well as a few things we find entertaining, like our regular 'Scream of the Week'. Hailed as the jewel in the crown of Subcity, One Louder has been described as a show 'fit for mental hospitals'. 

Check out our listen again section for such classics as the Louie Louie special, One Louder vs. Rock N Roll Meltdown, I Get Around, or the Innuendo episode; as well as our very special guests Holly and Sarah from Eyes Wide Open, Neil from RPM and Aaron from All Tore Up!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Up to eleven

"Up to eleven" or "these go to eleven" is an idiom from popular culture, coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, which has come to refer to anything being exploited to its utmost abilities, or apparently exceeding them, such as a sound volume control. Similarly, the expression "turning it up to eleven" refers to the act of taking something to an extreme. In 2002 the phrase entered the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary with the definition "up to maximum volume".

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Grey-headed Albatross

Mollymawks are a type of albatross that belong to the Diomedeidae family and come from the Procellariiformes order, along with shearwaters, fulmars, storm-petrels, and diving-petrels. They share certain identifying features. First, they have nasal passages that attach to the upper bill called naricorns. Although the nostrils on the Albatross are on the sides of the bill. The bills of Procellariiformes are also unique in that they are split into between 7 and 9 horny plates.

Finally, they produce a stomach oil made up of wax esters and triglycerides that is stored in the proventriculus. This is used against predators as well as an energy rich food source for chicks and for the adults during their long flights. They also have a salt gland that is situated above the nasal passage and helps desalinate their bodies, due to the high amount of ocean water that they imbibe. It excretes a concentrated brine from the nostrils.