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  2. Hi Edo sorry to here about your troubles. Things to do in order, first get your PPS number, then register with a GP (your nearest health clinic)they will tell you what bits of paper you need to register, then apply for a medical card. If your eligible and you should be that entitles you to health care virtualy free. Your drugs if they are classed as for certain conditions (ie diabetic) are free, there is a list. Hope that helps a bit. Andy
  3. Look on the bright side looks like the hospital workers are out on strike on thursday, might be a picket line or two around.
  4. Weather is supposed to be good tomorrow. I'm photographing a conference in Cork city - ugggggh.
  5. My daughter and I visited Gettysburg on a spur of the moment detour as we were driving home to NY after visiting schools in the midwest. Until I got there, I hadn't really thought about the fact that it is a memorial to both sides, the North and the South. It was eerie to think we were walking along where Lincoln had given his famous speech, and on ground where so many lost their lives. It was similar to how I felt walking through the Roman Forum and thinking Julius Caesar had walked there. We Yanks have such a short history. Monument to the Civil War Veterans of the 111th New York Infantry, Gettysburg National Military Park Gettysburg Pennsylvania USA
  6. USA, National Geographic History magazine, July/August 2019 issue Pg. 89, Aerial of the Shirley Plantation, Virginia, Chuck and Pat Blackley
  7. Thanks V muchly just keep bashing away, hopefully for some fine sunny weather shots this summer.
  8. This one has a personal connection, as my husband and I frequent the dry cleaners run by the deceased soldier's parents and surviving brother - Even though the intent of the photo was to honor her, her son, and her family, I felt almost like a voyeur taking this photo on assignment as the pain in her eyes was palpable. Gold star mother Soon Chay whose son, Army SSgt Kyu Hyuk Chay was killed in Afghanistan, being comforted by Hillary Clinton during a Memorial Day celebration in which a bridge in the town was named after her son. SSgt Kyu Hyuk Chay, an army cryptographer who survived his first tour of duty in Iraq, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the US with his parents in the 1980s. The SSgt's father and surviving brother stand just behind. - Image ID: EMXW9N Since this choice obviously really got me thinking, I'll just that add that the young naval officer in white to the left played soccer with my daughter back when they were both 5-year-olds, and they graduated from high school together. Both of these are kids (the boy who died and the young officer pictured) who could have easily just gone on to college and lived a privileged upper middle class existence, but they chose to join the armed services. I'm just glad that today, unlike the Viet Nam era during which I grew up, even those of us who are against the war feel an intense pride in those who have chosen to serve, rather than casting aspersions on the kids who were drafted and lived through war's horrors. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we lived in a world where there was no need for any of this?
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  10. Excellent choice. It's really a great topic for what we aim to do with our images, convey that emotion. Your examples reminded me of seeing the rows of crosses and the occasional Stars of David at Normandy on a 3-week trip I took to France, back in 1989. My Great-Uncle Bill, who survived being shot twice in World War II, and who was later a POW, was supposed to land on the beach in Normandy on D-Day with the men under his command, but my aunt almost died in childbirth, so he was kept back and instead ended up in the Japanese theater. All his men died there, and it haunted him, so seeing those rows of graves, so far from home, and knowing his personal connection to some of those buried there, made it even more poignant, as did the fact that my friend Sonja, with whom I was traveling, had lost relatives in the camps. It really brought the enormity of the war home in a very tangible way. Seeing those rows upon rows of graves was more powerful to me than any of the many stories I had heard. A picture, even if it is in our heads rather than one we've taken, can really bring it home to us So many powerful images here.
  11. Atlas Obscura: Stories June 10, 2019 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/alang-shipyard-market Dinodia Photos/Alamy: here is the 2nd photo: CE763B
  12. Atlas Obscura: Stories 6/10/19 https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/alang-shipyard-market Dinodia Photos/Alamy: See the second one in reply below. I still lose what I type when I try to include a second photo.
  13. Hi Ed, thanks for your comment. It just so happens that I recently purchased a pretty good 70-300mm lens (nothing special as I'm on a tight budget) and I've been pointing it at the local wildlife, mostly the seabirds that frequent the beach and harbour. Thing is the little blighters won't sit still while I try and get them composed - it's almost as if they don't want their picture taken - so results have been underwhelming so far. But I shall persevere and, who knows, in the next few months I might have the odd ornithological image ready for viewing.
  14. The point of my story about the three pharmacies is that this might be true or that might be true. Or the answer might be something else.
  15. Hi KHA, Glad you like what I do! You know, even at 70 (just) I still find it astounding the sheer expanse of nature's works in our world. I get excited when I see something new and the immense variety is mind-boggling. One of the easiest ways to look at the micro-world is to get a decent illuminated loupe and keep it in your pocket. Look on the bark where it is covered in green or dark areas of moss or lichens, fungi or anything that looks unusual, you won't be disappointed. Trees are the source of life for many organisms. Best of luck with what you do, drop me a line through the web site If I can help any time. Regards, Barry
  16. If Ireland has walk-in clinics like those in Canada, you should be able to get a doctor at one of those to give you prescription renewals. But you probably know this already being the seasoned nomad that you are... Hope things work out in Galway.
  17. Maybe young crust fungi (Kretzschmaria deusta)? https://www.mushroomexpert.com/kretzschmaria_deusta.html andre
  18. Derisory world distro. EU editorial website 5 years. My cut won't pay the £1.50 one-way train fare.
  19. I was walking around in a t shirt in West Cork today. Sun is still shining! Good luck with everything Edo, if you need anything, give me a shout.
  20. I’m with you. I’d have been bundled up, too. Many a time with a wind chill of 40F, I’ve walked into the supermarket in jeans and coat while someone nearby wore shorts, a tee and flip-flops. Brrrrr. Takes all kinds. Good luck. I’d say first order of business would be to find a doctor, but one usually doesn’t do that until they settle in one spot. Which is first, the chicken or the egg?
  21. It is true that my photos are not news photos, but this is, as far as I know, also not required. It was Chuck, who talked my PF down. In fact @Bill Brooks you are right, everybody can look at the fotos. In my PF and in the PF of Chuck. So everything is ok for me.
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