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  2. Edo My hopes are that your health recovers soon. I appreciate you have ruled out the UK but as an Irish citizen my understanding is that you would qualify for most rights from day one, including health care in the UK. See this Irish Times article or Citzens Advice. The habitual residence test is probably not needed for healthcare for an Irish citizen and anyway that should be straightforward as you have no other home, speak English, have an income to support yourself and an Irish paspport that gives you the right of residence and to work if you wished. As an Irish citizen established as habitually resident in the UK other social benefits, like free bus pass (I use mine all the time) or winter fuel allowance will probably also be available. As far as I am aware there is no requirement for an ex-pat British or Irish passport holder to have paid tax in the UK to access healthcare, would be needed for a UK pension of course. As Allan has mentioned, living costs can be a lot lower in the Midlands, North, Wales and Scotland than in Londown and the South of England. Obviously there are still unaffordable hot spots all over the UK. Returning to Oxford would probably be too expensive. Bear in mind that the pound is weak against the dollar at the moment so your savings/ US income will go further, for the moment anyway. I hope you get yourself sorted soon. All the best Martin
  3. Haha! Just logged in to see ‘who’s on line’......just me it seems.......
  4. Climate March in Copenhagen 25th May 2019
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  6. Thank you for your thoughts Paulette. My situation is not as bad as Edo's though and my thoughts are with him also. Thanks Edo. Yes Yorkshire is a nice area but not surprisingly property is quite pricey there too and the winters can be severe depending on which part of Yorkshire you or I might be in. At the moment Lincolnshire is looking favourite. Thank you Marianne. Allan
  7. Recently I photographed a Tibetan demonstration in London that marched to the Chinese embassy. Initially two security personnel were unhappy as I photographed demonstrators in front of the embassy entrance, but they couldn't interfere as I was on the public pavement. Sunday's are a quiet time to shoot embassies for stock, and often many are in the same area, but the lighting may not always be ideal for all.
  8. I've never used any Topaz software, but only last week I was asked for advice by someone using Topaz Gigapixel AI to resize iPhone photo's, as he knew I used Mac's, and said it ran dreadfully slow on his 27" iMac. He contacted Topaz, and told me they gave him a spec for a suitable iMac that seemed way over the top. Only the iMac Pro, with the GPU upgraded to 16GB, met that spec, and would have cost him over £5.5K. I advised him to buy a decent DSLR rather than that iMac just to run Gigapixel AI.
  9. I know the website.. they have bought a number of my images. But I notice that they also buy from a certain big microstock agency. So I wouldn't be surprised if they approached Alamy and said something along the lines of "we like your images, we will buy several hundred of your images but you have to match the other guy's prices.. else we get all images from the other guy." If you are Alamy, what are you to do?
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  11. USA, Smithsonian magazine, June 2019 issue Pg. 1 and Pg. 14, Abacus, Settaphan Rummanee (Alamy credit only) Pg. 12, Photo of Katherine Thomas but can't tell from which contributor, multiple identical photo from various contributors (Alamy credit only) Pg. 14, A Khipu (cut out), Heritage Image partnership LTD (Alamy credit only) Pg. 14, Photo of a sector measuring instrument that I cannot find (Alamy credit only) Pg. 14, A Napier's Bones calculating machine, Science History Images (Alamy credit only) Pg. 14, A Canon calculator from the 1970's, Chris Wilson (Alamy credit only) Pg. 14, An Amazon Echo device (cut out), Russell Hart (Alamy credit only)
  12. The answer is simple, the market is imperfect. No buyers have all the information, not all buyers use the same economic or pricing model. The pricing, discounting and subscription models make trying to rationalise prices and sales at more than a consolidated level pointless. Buyers do not, normally, make one purchase. They will make different purchases at different price points at different times. You have no way of measuring this so your statement is unsound. There is also the marginal cost for buyers where if it costs more to find a lower price than the difference in price then it is rational to pay the higher price. I can buy cheaper food at the next town but the time and travel costs make the difference close to zero so I stay with the higher priced food. My wife tells me off for not hunting for bargains - but I point out that the extra time I have to spend hunting is not worth, to me, the marginal cost saving. Alamy is very good, I believe, in differentiating,, segmenting and adding value to their product so buyer decisions may not just made on the pricing That is why, as an example, some people ate willing to pay more for higher octane petrol. Buyers are human agents with informational asymmetry most of the time: they are not always rational from the viewpoint of observer: but may be rational from the viewpoint of the actor. There is also the potential for second order effects. Companies often sell items at a loss - but it is rational if the price contributes towards the fixed costs of the business allowing for more items to be sold at the margin to cover variable costs. Buyers operate in the same way. I would rather sell a few items at cost “A” each month provided that every so often I make a sale (10XA) every so often. Why is is the fact that other agencies are allegedly selling better than Alamy at specific price points an issue for you? (In passing, I do not believe you have sufficient data to make that statement) Rationally, if you believe that you should go to the other agency.... as I have noted before, as individual contributors we do not have anything like sufficient information to make a judgement on the highly segmented market with non transparent demand and pricing. As individual economic actors we make choices. If I decide to shop at Sainsbury’s it is pointless to complain about their prices, I either accept them or shop at Tesco. Complaining about prices is really a pointless activity: the market has no ears. Alamy has a common economic interest with contributors and buyers to make the optimum price for the product. I trust Alamy to do that for me. Simples
  13. Young Starbucks barista serving a virtual customer.
  14. Yes, Lake Chapala reportedly has serious pollution problems. Also, the lake has been shrinking for decades. It's not a healthy scenario. Thanks for the Orizaba tip. I've seen snow-covered Orizaba Volcano looming in the distance during travels in the state of Veracruz. It's an inspiring sight. However, I've never visited the town of Orizaba. No plans to move to Mexico at the moment. Canadian healthcare is too precious to lose at this stage of the game. Maybe I'll get to Orizaba one day, though. Now back to all things green and Irish...
  15. Hi DJ Myford, I appreciate your feedback, it is very helpful, I understand more clearly now, thank you.
  16. Thank you both for your input and experiences. KHA, I experienced a similar problem which seems to be rectified now. Not sure whether the pending Windows update or VPN or another problem caused this, and may never know. As this problem does not seem to be widespread I presume it to be a local issue so you could be correct KHA. thanks again Joe
  17. I've decided on Sligo. Sorry if I have not been clear.
  18. Looks like there's a regular bus service from Oranmore town centre to Galway and a rail station. Might be an answer?
  19. The market may well set the prices. The issue for me is as the prices the market appears to be setting other agencies are selling a lot better than Alamy. When a market sets a price of $x and one agency sells 10 items while the other sells 1 from the same amount of stock then questions need to be asked as to why the second is only managing 1 sale.
  20. Lots of pride of place with the Irish, it seems. I like that. But you sound as if you are talking about car country, John R. I'm on foot. Yeah, Andy -- a PPS number! Marianne, thanks for the Columbus tip.
  21. Having been in business all my life I cannot see how a $1.50 gross sale can be cost-effective unless it is fully automatic without human involvement.
  22. Got two of them. One with 10-18 W/A zoom and the other with 18-135 zoom. Gives me 15-200mm in 35mm speak w/o lens change. Great for 99% of what I do. Got 55-210 zoom as well to give me reach to 315mm. A gear stored out of reach. RX100M3 for pocket and walk about. Never any fails with these cameras. All processing in Adobe Cloud Raw and PS. Don't see a need to upgrade now.
  23. A Web site for Sony users Sonyalpharumors has an article about Topaz AI software. https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/150-off-on-the-topaz-ai-software-superbundle/ 'Now you can get all of the best-selling Topaz AI Products for one low price. Get DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, and JPEG to RAW AI for just $199 for a limited time! Get the superbundle here at TopazLabs.' Sounds expensive to me and I doubt the need of it for my purposes. I am quite happy with Adobe Cloud with LR and PS. Anyone with experience in using this software? Looks to me they are reducing the price because of a lack of customers.
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