By Rory McGrath

A poignant yet hilarious trip into the arcane global of birdwatching via the most renowned names in British comedy, Bearded Tit is Rory McGrath’s tale of existence between birds. From a Cornish boyhood wandering gorse-tipped cliffs hearing the tune of the yellowhammer together with his imaginary female friend, or drawing gravity-defying jackdaws in school whilst he must have been employing himself to physics, to quoting the Latin names of birds to provide himself a scuffling with likelihood with the main appealing lady he had ever obvious. As an grownup, or what passes for one, Rory recounts turning into a card-carrying birdwatcher, watching his first skylark—peerless king of the summer time sky—while stoned; his again and again failed makes an attempt to wake up on the dawn just like the actual twitchers; and his mistaken bid to teach his totally unreconstructed consuming mate Danny within the methods of birding. Rory’s story is a completely academic, sometimes lyrical, and hugely a laugh romp in the course of the hidden byways of birdwatching and all its attendant arcane wisdom.

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16. An idea of how such a plane looks may be gained from Fig. 17 although the angle from which the photo­ graph was taken is not the best for showing how the atoms lie. A clearer view of the same type of plane ap­ pears in Fig. 3. For reasons that will become obvious in a later section, the plane abc is known to crystallographers as a (111) plane. THE NAMING OF PLANES Because frequent reference must be made to different types of planes, a convenient way of specifying them is desirable. A satisfactory system was developed years ago by W.

3. Marie L. V. Gayler: "The Constitution of the Alloys of Iron and Manganese," Journal, The Iron and Steel Institute, Vol. 128, 1933, pp. 293-340.

A lattice should not be imagined as a set of lines but as a phantom three-dimen­ sional array of points that is superposed on the substance and is related to the position of its atoms. In a simple metal such as iron or copper, an atom is imagined to be centered on each point. 3 In some substances, the atoms may be considered merely to be associated with the lat­ tice points, the points themselves being unoccupied. 3 For a body-centered cubic metal, two sets of points are needed, one for corner atoms and one for center atoms.

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