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  1. Cheers Andy ! Times online 19th World Rod Varley Grand Pacific Hotel, Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji - Image ID: KPYMDN Athens, Greece. 14th June, 2020. Vasilissis Olgas street, which lays in central Athens, is seen turned into a bicycle path and pedestrian walk. Credit: Marios Lolos/Xinhua/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2C15Y49 Athens, Greece. 04th Sep, 2020. A few tourists walk in front of a Greek flag at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece on August 7, 2020. Photo by Thomas Maresca/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CF9KTG Ael Athens Panepistimiou street, traffic jam, gentrification, The “Great Walk of Athens”, one of the largest urban initiatives ever held in the capital - Image ID: 2C4B9CM Business Monty Rakusen Man Planting Young Trees - Image ID: BD0GH5 Lee Pelling London Canary Wharf city skyline at sunset taken from east india quays with water and reflections - Image ID: R8752J Yorkshire Pics A life size Tyrannosaurus Rex has been installed in the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre for visitors and customers to admire and take selfies. - Image ID: PD332R Ireland Simferopol, Crimea, Russia. 3rd Sep, 2020. A water tap in a kitchen.Credit: Sergei Malgavko/TASS/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CF5CBN Cork City, Cork, Ireland. 08th September, 2020. Picture shows Quadrangle at University College Cork, County Cork, - Credit; David Creedon / Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CFYDCW Scotland Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 24 September, 2020. Glasgow University students self isolating at home in Cairncross House a University of Glasgow hall of residence in the city. Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CTNEP2 Iain Masterton View of Police Scotland headquarters at Clyde Gateway in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Image ID: M428J6 Michael McGurk Police officer wearing PPE masks during the Coronavirus pandemic in Glasgow - Image ID: 2C6G670 News Colin Waters 1920 - Westminster Abbey - 4 military sentinels and 4 wax tapers surround the tomb of the unknown warrior. - Image ID: 2CG9BDW Iain Masterton Statue of Lady Justice on the Old Bailey central criminal courts in London United Kingdom - Image ID: DYXKMM Ammentorp Photography Cropped shot of elderly couple holding hands while sitting together at home. Focus on hands. - Image ID: G1GN5X Lbeddoe View of large exam room hall and examination desks tables lined up in rows ready for students at a high school to come and sit their exams tests paper - Image ID: R1J06F
  2. Scary ! Nice to see a bit of sunshine though, it's raining here - again. I drove into a service station yesterday to find that they had removed the pumps from the lane I'd chosen. Had to reverse out against the traffic. Bollards would have been good. It transpires that they are installing new pumps that will deliver a precise amount of fuel that you specify, e.g. £20 worth. Given that I generally just fill the tank, this seems to me to be a solution looking for a problem. The new pumps allow you to pay at the pump which is good with virus about, but I had a voucher giving me bonus points on the purchase and I couldn't see any means of using it, so I paid at the desk. Such is progress.
  3. Cheers Lynne, Alan, Steve and Paul ! Sunday Times online 18th World Bangkok, Thailand. 16th Oct, 2020. A protester try to stop riot police from dispersing the crowd during the demonstration.. Credit: SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D6ETT2 Business Diane Auckland Debenhams, Oxford Street, London. New facade by Ned Kahn in conjunction with Archial Norr. - Image ID: FA7HFC Birmingham, UK. 17th July 2018. General view Cadent employees operating a vacuum truck to suck up soil . © Lawrence Looi - All rights reserved Credit: NexusPix/Alamy Live News - Image ID: P9F0XD Chris Bull Operation Van Guard. Delivery of money to Abbey, Moseley Street. Picture: Chris Bull - Image ID: E8JY1D catwalkphotos Fashion Show, Catwalk Event, Runway Show - Image ID: P7GTEG Travel MH Canals Narrow boat on the Llangollen Canal at Ellesmere, Shropshire UK in autumn - Image ID: C92MEP Daniel Kühne Treseburg im Harz an der Bode - Image ID: KHCKPB dbimages Mystic Cruises tourist Catamaran, Turner's Beach, Picarts Bay - Image ID: M5HET3 Findlay "Sammy" from Antigua who collects coconuts and makes sun hats from the fibres - Image ID: BFKPT5 Graham Prentice Sightseeing: iconic panoramic view of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour from the famous Shirley Heights Lookout, the best viewpoint in Antigua - Image ID: GG3KX3 Georgios Tsichlis Glyka Nera beach (Sweet Water or Fresh Water). View of the remote and famous Sweet Water Beach in south Crete, with its unique tavern on the rock insi - Image ID: K66C23 Hercules Milas Toplou monastery, close to famous Vai beach, Sitia, Lasithi prefecture, Crete, Greece. - Image ID: KJ7JJD MARKOS DOLOPIKOS Two women preparing traditional cheese pies, called “kaltsounia” or “kalitsounia” - Image ID: AJTFP7 Money Cyberstock Using iPhone smart phone to display logo of NS&I , National Savings and Investments . - Image ID: H7J6PB Home Giel, O./juniors@wildlife Miniature Labradoodle. Adult running towards the camera. Germany - Image ID: M1M83Y Marc de Boer Red Amaryllis in a pot indoors with a decorative interior - Image ID: JB8586 Ian Grainger A macro shot of an emerging amaryllis minerva plant. - Image ID: KGRYEK Julie Pigula Hippeastrum Amaryllis 'Lemon Lime' - Image ID: D2T4X6 Graham Prentice Large maroon trumpets of Hippeastrum papilio (butterfly amaryllis) growning in the Glasshouse in RHS Garden, Wisley, Surrey, south-east England - Image ID: 2B98N24 ? crop Ireland Alex Nedorez Blonde in medical mask and protective gloves standing by window in bus. - Image ID: 2C19C0A Andreas Berthold Herd Of Cattle On Pasture In Ireland - Image ID: F85WN8 Thomas Born Old man, male hand gripping a walking stick, nursing home, retirement home, Berlin, Germany, Europe - Image ID: CR0C3Y Prisma/Vidler Steve England, London, Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility, Waste Recycling, Detail of Compressed Metal Can Bale - Image ID: MB0PJR Cork, Ireland. 9th July, 2020. New Look clothes store in Opera Lane, Cork city, remained closed today due to the Coronavirus, with a reopening date uncertain. Credit: AG News/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2C6EWW1 Radharc Images Campus Oil petrol station east wall Dublin Republic of Ireland Europe - Image ID: RY9H55 Richard Cummins Construction cranes in Alexandra Basin, Dublin, Ireland - Image ID: 2A76P5R Design Pics Inc Irish Personalities, Dervla Murphy, Writer - Image ID: B1R7K7 George Munday Dervla Murphy (born 28 November 1931). Photographed in her study at home in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland. Image ID: PKJND9 Deborah Vernon Symphytum officinale. Man carrying cut down comfrey plant to make into liquid fertiliser in May. UK - Image ID: W5D9MG Album Original Film Title: SCROOGE. English Title: SCROOGE. Film Director: RONALD NEAME. Year: 1970. Stars: ALBERT FINNEY. Credit: 20TH CENTURY FOX / Album - Image ID: P1G22N Scotland Arco / F. Scholz Harbour, Fraserburgh - Image ID: DWMTBF Day 3 at the Scottish National Party hold their annual conference in the SEC in Glasgow. Featuring: Shirley-Anne Somerville Where: Glasgow, United Kingdom When: 09 Oct 2018 Credit: Euan Cherry/WENN - Image ID: R15CAH News Tommy London Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. - Image ID: PR078R Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards
  4. Cheers Simon and Iain ! Times online 17th World Shenzhen, China's Guangdong Province. 14th Oct, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Credit: Ju Peng/Xinhua/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D5PB26 Tucacas, Falcon, Venezuela. 4th Jan, 2020. January 04, 2019. Finish the work of fishermen on the shore of the beach in the town of Tucacas, Falcon state. Venezuela. photo: Juan Carlos Hernandez Credit: Juan Carlos Hernandez/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2AJN3X2 John Hartung and ArtThatSmiles.com Mute Swans at Lake Morton in Lakeland, Florida. - Image ID: D2D0J8 Travel Andrew Ray EASTBOURNE PIER, EAST SUSSEX, ENGLAND, GREAT BRITAIN - Image ID: CP10YE - ? a photo of a windmill !! travelbild View over the harbour of Charlestown, Cornwall coast, England - Image ID: F1E8JP travelbild The Roman Baths complex, a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath, Somerset, England. - Image ID: EX1T1K Andy Newman / Stockimo Pony drinking from Ober water stream at New Forest, Hampshire, England - Image ID: S2XK14 blickwinkel/Cairns peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), feeding on wood pigeon, United Kingdom, Scotland, Cairngorms National Park - Image ID: CNY2DA S. Vincent A bicycle, scooter and flower boxes by a shop in Ostuni in Italy. Ostuni is known as the 'white city' (Citta Bianca). - Image ID: EPKEEB Steven Bramall Fiushing boats and yachts moored in the small harbour of Kioni, Ithaka, in the Ionian Sea. - Image ID: 2C11HW9 Lasse Eklöf Greece, Kalamos, Men standing by old concrete windmill built on seashore - Image ID: HY3EKW eye35.pix Bristol Temple Meads Railway station Bristol Avon England UK GB EU Europe - Image ID: ETYMMX Matthew Clarke Railtour / Landcruise on the West Highland Line from Oban to Fort William seen crossing Loch Awe. - Image ID: BB3TF0 phil.e / Stockimo Illuminated peacock - Image ID: S2D37P Weekend Boatload of Alamy flower pics here SJ Images Espalier grown Apple 'Egremont Russet'. - Image ID: 2CD9P9Y Nik Taylor Guinea fowl, UK - Image ID: W8NETN Chris Button A Common Darter at Rushbush Pond in the New Forest. - Image ID: HDMTE5 Money Terraced crescent probably Victorian - can't find it DCPhoto Small business and self-employed women, young hispanic woman working as fashion designer with sewing machine in studio - Image ID: CY1CTT Lynne Sutherland Elizabeth I silver sixpence coin dated 1594 cut out on a black background - Image ID: CCAFHH ronstik maintenance service engineer working with home gas heating boiler - Image ID: K37W83 Business True Images A woman shopping on the Boohoo website with a Boohoo package in the background - Image ID: WDFHJN Kathy deWitt Female shoppers with carrier bags walking past the John Lewis store slogan NEVER KNOWINGLY UNDERSOLD in Cardiff Wales UK KATHY DEWITT - Image ID: CF01EF Dave Ellison JD Sports shop in Liverpool. - Image ID: HW71G0 London, UK. 31st January, 2020. Tim Martin the wetherspoons boss speaks - Leave supporters gather in Westminster to celebrate the day Britain officially leaves the EU. Credit: Guy Bell/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2AT9GH2 Hanneke Wetzer Zig Zag Building, Victoria Street, London, UK. - Image ID: FCMGJG Ireland Stephen Barnes/Law and Order A PSNI Police Officer looks towards an armoured Landrover parked in the middle of a road - Image ID: DABA98 Scotland Mark Caunt Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) amongst the woodland, stood on a fallen tree. Highlands, Scotland - Image ID: F15DET ARCH WHITE/SCOTTISHCREATIVE/ALAMY Blair Castle - can't find it Alba David Robertson Heather Moor in the Lammermuir Hills. Looking south to Dirrington Great Law and Dirrington Little Law. Scottish Borders, Scotland. - Image ID: 2CER1NF ? a crop of this South West Images Scotland Farm diversification Cream o’ Galloway’s delicious organic fairtrade dairy ice cream made in the dairy at Rainton farm Scotland - Image ID: A3N3BP News Hayley Blackledge man using mobile phone texting whilst driving - Image ID: J0P6AC Toby Andrew Police tape for crime scene with writing 'Police Line' and 'Do Not Cross' in blue on white, blurred generic detail in background - Image ID: CMRYW7 Scott Hortop Travel William Harvey House, Royal College of Physicians, just off Park Square East on the outer circle around Regents Park, London - Image ID: DANBC8 Chronicle The Canterbury Pilgrims on the road Date: First published: circa 1387 - Image ID: G36MFE ? a few of these Brighton, UK. 9th June, 2017. Lloyd Russell-Moyle of Labour celebrates winning the Brighton Kemptown seat at the counts for Brighton Pavilion, Hove and Brighton Kemptown taking place at the American Express Community Stadium Credit: Simon Dack/Alamy Live News - Image ID: JB0FYA Westminster, London, 16th Dec 2019. Dehenna Davison, Conservative Party MP for Bishop Auckland.. Credit: Imageplotter/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2AFMTWK
  5. Wish we had a similar camera store over here! There used to be a good shop in a nearby city but that closed last year. The lens repairer that I use also sells some used stuff, and there is a good place in Leeds, but that's the best part of 100 miles away. I have bought second hand from Ebay in the past, but with mixed results. Yes for architecture the 12 mm is very useful. However mine focuses beyond infinity so I do have to check the focus on most occasions.
  6. Yes it's great piece of kit to play with, and wonderfully sharp most of the time, you did well to pick a good one up used. It does suffer more than a bit from CA that you need to look out for, but it's generally fixable. ( Even though I know this, I still sometimes find myself at the end of an editing session finding CA that should have been removed at the start - D'oh.....). I've taken a few shots that are inexplicably soft at the edges, but most of the time I very much like what I see. I took the waterfall photo that I posted here using the Rokinon hand held at 1/15th sec. Currently contemplating the purchase of the Rokinon 16mm (APS-C only) or 20mm (Full frame) but lots of cash involved and 16 is pretty close to 12.
  7. After one of the wettest Octobers on record, a great time for waterfall photting Mark. Sunshine a bonus.
  8. Lots of unwelcome rain of late but it does improve the appearance of the waterfalls! Hareshaw Linn in Northumberland, England
  9. Cheers Iain ! Times online 16th Business Tommy (Louth) AO delivery, AO.com, Delivering AO appliances, AO delivery truck, AO, delivery, delivering, appliances, AO electrical, electrical goods, AO World - Image ID: T08DTM Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK – Friday 24th January 2020 – Engineers review the progress on the construction work at the massive site of the new Curzon Street station in central Birmingham which forms one part of the huge HS2 Photo Steven May / Alamy - Image ID: 2APPHHP Ian Dagnall North York Moors countryside, Osmotherley, near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, UK - Image ID: ETKBEX Dave Porter Sunset over Electricity Distribution Pylons Cambridgeshire England Britain UK - Image ID: AWW1TH CEO Summit 2020 Łukasz Szczepanski Couple working from home during coronavirus pandemic. Candid image of man and woman sitting at one table with their laptops and other stuff nearby. - Image ID: 2BAA9RP Iain Masterton Tesla electric car charging at free charging station in Tesco supermarket, UK, United Kingdom - Image ID: 2B7E2CG Bricks and Mortar Chris Godfrey A dramatic sunrise over Bristol City with the Avon gorge and Clifton Suspension bridge in the foreground. - Image ID: EF3WR3 ? crop of this Tomasz Zajda Heat Pump Replacing by Professional Caucasian Heating Technician. Industrial Theme. - Image ID: T2D69E Julian Eales New houses for sale on a new property development in Willingham Cambrdgeshire UK by the Kier Group with signs and advertisements - Image ID: 2BC71TF S Swenson Victorian terraced houses in autumn night, Harringay, London - Image ID: FEE9RD Ireland Castletownbere, Cork, Ireland. 22nd August, 2020. Fisherman Edward Nova from the French trawler Kalicoba mending nets on the quayside in Castletownbere, Co. Cork, Ireland. - Credit; David Creedon / Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CCJDP2 John Rodgers Cork University Hospital - Image ID: MMAT34 Radharc Images garda irish police patrol car sligo republic of ireland - Image ID: EN8KW7 James Byard GALWAY, IRELAND - JUNE 2, 2017The National University of Ireland in Galway. - Image ID: JCGX1G Scotland WENN The Scottish National Party held their Spring Conference at the SECC in Glasgow ahead of the General Election on May 7th with 3,000 delegates attending Featuring: Margaret Ferrier Where: Glasgow, United Kingdom When: 28 Mar 2015 C - Image ID: EW03XM Robert Matton AB Close-up of hands using the laptop on a wooden table - Image ID: C5CYD3 News Noppasin Wongchum Rome sunrise city skyline at Rome Forum (Roman Forum), Rome, Italy - Image ID: KD7DXT A.F. ARCHIVE PIERCE BROSNAN JAMES BOND: DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002) - Image ID: HEHE54 MediaWorldImages Firstgroup trains TPE; The Class 185 is a diesel multiple-unit passenger train First TransPennine Express, York Station, England, UK. - Image ID: DXBPYF James Hoathly Generic Law court picture a member of the bar wearing barristers wig. - Image ID: B4HG94 Register UK Weather. London, UK. Saturday, October 3, 2020. Brent Valley golf course in Hanwell, London, is flooded the day after heavy rain caused the river Brent to flood. Photo: Roger Garfield/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D0W9T5
  10. You're clearly a great deal more careful with your camera gear than I am John. My NEX 6 and 16-50 kit lens both died in unrelated circumstances. However I still use the NEX as a rather expensive battery charger. Re the labrynthine menus, I tend to use a sub set of the functions and have keys programmed to do what I need most, so now don't find them a problem. I've briefly experimented with some of the cleverer features, but not found them to be particularly useful, e.g. multiple images at various exposures. Maybe if I were to carry a tripod it would make a difference, but that's not going to happen. I did splash out on a Rokinon 12 mm f2 lens and that was an unusually sound investment. A single photo paid the bill while I make far more use of it than I imagined when it was bought. However times have changed and such fees are becoming part of history.
  11. Cheers Iain ! Times online 15th World Stephanie Silver of Austin holds an umbrella to shade herself from the morning sun as she and dozens of other voters queue up in a shopping center parking lot to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in Texas: Bob Daemmrich/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D5HCT9 Naum Chayer Blair Hall, the western portion of which is part of Mathey College, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA - Image ID: J9F78R Topmi RF Angry roaring lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa - Image ID: P7P4EK Business Konrad Zelazowski Charging Bull statue by Arturo Di Modica (called Shanghai Bull, Bund Financial Bull or Bund Bull) on The Bund, Shanghai, China - Image ID: DY9FBX Overhead powerlines stretch through the golden sky. Picture by Jim Holden. - Image ID: AM69BX Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 14 March, 2020. Coronavirus scare causing panic buying of food and toilet rolls resulting in empty shelves in supermarkets.Pictured; Pasta sauces sold out at Asda store in Edinburgh. Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2B78742 Kidderminster, UK. 4th July, 2020. It's Super Saturday and pubs reopen their doors for the first time since Friday 20th March due to coronavirus lockdown.: Lee Hudson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2C5NB30 Ireland David Clynch The new Central Bank of Ireland headquarters on North Wall Quay, Dublin is an iconic building in Dublin City centre. - Image ID: MN1Y01 Scotland Cody Duncan Firth of Lorne and Insh island as seen from south of Kerrera Island, Scotland - Image ID: AETWPN Brighton UK 7th September 2020 - Rachael Holdsworth with daughters Romy (10) on left and Bodil (8) as pupils and parents arrive back at St Luke's Primary School in Brighton this morning : Credit Simon Dack / Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CFP7M8 Iain Masterton Exterior of Dundee Sheriff Court, Tayside, Scotland, UK - Image ID: 2D3926H Iain Masterton View of exterior of Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. - Image ID: JCFRTY News Tim Ayers MI5 Security Service, Thames House, Millbank, London SW1, United Kingdom - Image ID: BFEMNB David Bagnall Border Collie sheep dog on the Shropshire Hills England - Image ID: AJ07KM College Green, London, UK 27 June 2016 - Shadow Defence Minister Toby Perkins,Credit: Dinendra Haria/Alamy Live News - Image ID: G7Y2E6 London Entertainment Final preparations are made to BAFTA awards prior to the 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts. - Image ID: DT67GD Noppasin Wongchum Rome sunrise city skyline at Rome Forum (Roman Forum), Rome, Italy - Image ID: KD7DXT Moritz Wolf Coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), tree canopy, Muir Woods National Park, California, USA - Image ID: FEFPMJ Register Heritage Image Partnership Ltd Trees damaged by a storm of 15th October, Roehampton, London, 1780. Artist: Edwin Edwards - Image ID: DDNGRG Times2 RichardBaker Oxford University student cyclist and Radcliffe Camera in Radcliffe Square. - Image ID: BK739G
  12. My legacy Olympus Zuiko 50 mm f1.7 is probably the sharpest lens in my collection, it lacks a bit of contrast, and is admittedly not brilliant at f1.7, but it's wall to wall sharp at f8 where it is normally employed (on the a6500). A snip at £10 ( including an as new Olympus film camera). Bokeh! A tad too arty for philistines like wot I am. Still looking for a half decent 20 mm lens that won't break the bank. The old Pentax 20mm f4 is rumoured to be good, but copies go for crazy money, and, with a lens that old, there is lots that could have gone wrong. I'd maybe risk £50, but not a couple of hundred. Sigma appears to have withdrawn the 19mm f2.8 from the market, probably not making enough money from bargain basement glass. Prior to its fall from grace ( something amiss with its innards) mine was always pin sharp in the centre of the frame but the edges were never very good. I'm currently using my RX 100 V as a wide angle lens. Edo - Have fun with your new lenses, my middle name is Parsimonious, but normal folk enjoy using their cash.
  13. Indeed. Normally the only time I appear on photos is if a 3rd party comes forward and volunteers to take a shot of us both, it would be rude to say no ( but they might run off with the camera....) Having said that my sons both took a photo of me on my 70th birthday, along with the respective grandbairns, which was nice.
  14. Cheers Sally and Phillip ! Times online 14th World Kilimandscharo, Tanzania. 12th Oct, 2020. The clouds of smoke from a fire on Kilimanjaro are visible from far away. A fire has broken out on Kilimanjaro. Credit: Thomas Becker/dpa/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D56008 Business Tony Farrugia Metro Bank, Join The Revolution, blue bags. - Image ID: KCREX8 Dover, Kent, UK. 12th Mar, 2019. UK Weather: Build up of lorries, queues at Dover on the M20 motorway in the port due to weather conditions from storm Gareth cause delays. Credit: Paul Lawrenson 2019, Photo Credit: Paul Lawrenson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: RY6618 Duncan Cuthbertson Aerial photo of the Ferrybridge Power Station located in the Castleford area of Wakefield in the UK, showing the power station cooling towers. - Image ID: 2A45DYW Manchester, UK. 30th Sep, 2019. Sajid Javid, Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Bromsgrove speaks at day two of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. Credit: Russell Hart/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2A2353T Chris Batson offices of Brevan Howard the European hedge fund management and private investment company, and BDO audit and tax advisory services London - Image ID: KCJ52H LIU JIE/XINHUA/ALAMY Gita Gopinath - can't find it, lapsed Live News ? Mike Newman Riggers drilling for geothermal heat for the unique Jubilee Pool, as Art Deco open-air Lido, in Penzance. Behind them is the iconic St Michael's Mount - Image ID: R1TCJ4 Alistair Laming City of London Skyline at Dusk including Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe, and Heron Tower from Bermondsey, London, England, UK - Image ID: BX76P6 LWH Asos online shopping clothes package logo - Image ID: PF2EYC Ireland Lucas Vallecillos Alley, in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland - Image ID: 2A7767X Scotland Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 31 March, 2020. Trams lie idle in depot at Gogar in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Trams are running a reduced service during the coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic and public lockdown. Credit: Iain Masterton/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2BBDY68 Perth, UK. 5 July 2019. PICTURED: Boris Johnson MP (left) and Douglas Ross MP (right) Conservative leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt : Colin Fisher/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2AXXGBE Ruthven Carstairs Lewes Crown & County Court (Former County Hall) High Street, Lewes, East Sussex, England, UK - Image ID: C58CF9 News Yorkshire Pics Leeds skyline with the refurbished Town Hall tower - Image ID: 2AW5MTW David Bagnall Border Collie sheep dog on the Shropshire Hills England - Image ID: AJ07KM Times2 Thomas Cockrem silky sifaka, fort dauphin (taolagnaro), madagascar - Image ID: D2NM1K
  15. Confess that it's not my favourite, but Ok for a change from multigrain bread. Our younger son worked for a while in a London office with people from around the world. They had the pleasant custom of bringing samples of their indigenous foodstuffs for all to try on a Friday afternoon. When his turn came our lad took stotty, pease pudding and ham, which, apparently, went down well with most of his colleagues. If you want to maintain the flat top you need to make a hole in the centre.
  16. For those people able to access the BBC website, some amazing nature pics there.
  17. Not sure that we will be persisting with home made bread - I used to make a lot of pizza when the kids were at home, but these days we idly buy the occasional pizza. However the sour dough starter idea is interesting thanks, and not something that I had previously encountered. My wife is slightly addicted to stotty cakes and I do have the genuine Greggs recipe - it's published in his book - so there may be further developments.
  18. We ran out of bread with a delivery due the following day. I was instructed to make some. Armed with some out of date yeast and old packets of flour, a mix of good for you nutty grainy stuff and plain white (not to mention a recipe for a Greggs stotty) I set to work. The yeast was past it and the bread didn't rise. Nevertheless it went into the oven for the regulation time and temp (15 minutes at gas mark 7). It came our looking brownish on the outside but it was pretty dense and uncooked in the centre. Cut it into quarters and back into the oven for another 10 minutes at gas mark 5. Came out very, nay extremely, dense - but edible. I've actually developed a bit of a taste for the stuff but the boss wasn't impressed. Never fear we are expecting a delivery later this afternoon - including some fresh yeast.
  19. I don't do animals to any extent, but looking though the papers these photos do sell. However, unless you get a current live news sale, (bear eating man would be good 😉) the fees are pretty poor. Presumably they are also used in textbooks etc which pay appreciably more. However, there is a stack of competition out there. While there are some niche areas that are very rewarding, for most of us I think that a large variety of subject matter and locations is the way forward.
  20. Cheers Ken and Andy ! Times online 13th World The Villages, FLA, USA. 23rd July, 2020. Ed McGinty, a 72-year old retiree from Philadelphia living in the Trump stronghold retirement community The Villages in Florida, has been staging a daily protest against Donald Trump Bryan Smith/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2C8G5P3 Kilimandscharo, Tanzania. 12th Oct, 2020. The clouds of smoke from a fire on Kilimanjaro are visible from far away. A fire has broken out on Kilimanjaro. Credit: Thomas Becker/dpa/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D56008 Maryna Voronova Borscht-vegetable beetroot soup, on the table with slices of rye cereal bread and gluten of sour cream, garlic and herbs. Rustic style. - Image ID: JDRHD4 Sharon Talson A homeless man walking across an intersection pushing a shopping cart loaded with his worldly possessions. - Image ID: T8R755 Business Greg Bajor Fleet of British Airways airliners at London Heathrow Airport UK - Image ID: C3HBTR Zoonar/zhang zhiwei solar power farm at dusk - Image ID: EJ9EN7 Avpics Telecom engineer working on box near the top of a telegraph pole. BT Openreach worker. Telephone and broadband repairs being carried out. At height - Image ID: RGFCD5 Andrew Ray Wheal Peevor near Redruth in Cornwall. - Image ID: 2AYKNT5 Dover, Kent, UK. 12th Mar, 2019. UK Weather: Build up of lorries, queues at Dover on the M20 motorway in the port due to weather conditions from storm Gareth cause delays. Credit: Paul Lawrenson 2019, Photo Credit: Paul Lawrenson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: RY6618 Register Steve Vidler Painting titled "The Opening of Waterloo Bridge(Whitehall Stairs, June 18th 1817)" by John Constable - Image ID: P43JMF Ireland Radharc Images Facebook Ireland headquarters building docklands Dublin Republic of Ireland - Image ID: HW2TTK Scotland Sally Anderson News Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 13th March 2020. Coronavirus testing unit temporary sign on the day that the first person dies from Covid-19 in Scotland in Lothian during the infection pandemic - Image ID: 2B74Y9R MMG1 A young boy of toddler age covering his face with hands, showing signs of distress, fear and dissapointment. - Image ID: REJ132 Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh. Scotland, UK. 9th Oct, 2020. 2019-21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifiers Scotland v Czech Republic. Pic Shows. Harrison Ashby Scotland vs Czech Republic. Credit: eric mccowat/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D4MKTE News blickwinkel/Dautel Blenheim Palace with lakes and fountain in the foreground, United Kingdom, England - Image ID: CW738W London, UK, 24 Sept 2020: People wearing face masks pass posters with NHS symbols and rainbows outside London Bridge Station, close to Guy's Hospital. Demand on NHS services is set to increase as coronavirus infections increase again. Anna Watson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CTPNNX
  21. Father McKenzie - that reminds me. Many moons ago I visited the Roman Catholic cathedral in Liverpool, a striking, relatively modern building. I asked if I could take photos inside to be told, sure, why not! Not what I expected and possibly not the case today? Early days and non good enough for Alamy sadly.
  22. Edo I've had more opportunity to shoot in Leeds and there are plenty of opportunities for stock, whether it be in the city centre or in, for example, in Roundhay Park. You can take the free water taxi from the station to the Armouries museum, while the city centre arcades, the old covered market and the corn exchange are all worth visiting. In normal times Manchester is a city with a buzz about it, it feels lively with lots of young people about and loads going on. However I've not had the chance to take many photos there, something I hope to rectify in the future. So take your pick! One thing, you can travel on the buses with an aged persons pass in either city, but you have to pay to use the Manchester tram network and it's not cheap. It cost almost as much for the relatively short tram ride from the city centre to my son's house as I paid for the discounted rail ticket from Leeds to Manchester.
  23. Being able to drive and cycle we are getting out and about locally at present, but that may stop if the lockdown tightens. We normally make a lot of use of public transport, but have decided to put that on hold for the time being, and have taken to having groceries delivered or use click and collect. I am seeing this as a percentages thing, some activities are relatively safe - cycling to and working on the allotment, maybe having a cup of something in an almost empty cafe etc, while others are not, e.g. travelling on a crowded bus with the windows shut, or mingling with hordes in a shopping centre. The older you are the less risk you can afford to take with this bug. When the number of cases fell over the summer we were more adventurous. We live in a semi rural location and there isn't much locally that I haven't already covered, that will appeal to customers. As Joseph says, Liverpool, or any large city, provides many more opportunities. Our sons live in Leeds and Manchester, but whenever we visit other things take priority - looking after grandbairns, helping with house restoration etc. Maybe in the future I'll be able to exploit those resources. The gloomy weather isn't helping, I walked some distance around Durham city yesterday and took one photo, which I have decided not to process, the weather was just too overcast and dull, while today, and possibly tomorrow, wall to wall rain is predicted. We hope to get out on Wednesday. But, back to similars. Yes it's a problem when you are confined to base. I have taken some shots not remembering that I already have that scene covered, and not bothered to upload. In the past I have replaced images with a better version, asking Alamy to delete if the two are very similar, or going through the long haul deletion process if not. Some customers shop by date, so I guess having a mix of recent and older photos is perhaps a good idea.
  24. Cheers Kay ! Times online 12th World Tehran, Iran. 8th Oct, 2020. A handout photo made available by supreme leader office shows, Ayatollah ALI KHAMENEI wearing a face mask prays during a single ceremony on the occasion of Arbaeen in Tehran, Iranian Supreme Leader'S Office/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D3DCC0 Tehran, Iran. 8th Oct, 2020. A handout photo made available by supreme leader office shows, Ayatollah ALI KHAMENEI wearing a face mask prays during a single ceremony on the occasion of Arbaeen in Tehran Iranian Supreme Leader'S Office/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D3DCAC Sanjay Marathe / India Photo Stock The Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus), known as 'Kala Bhalu' in Hindi, at the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darje - Image ID: C2503T Alto Vintage Images Ali kemal. - Image ID: PCTPJB GL Archive Ku Klux Klan cross burning, United States of America - Image ID: DXT3G8 US Navy Photo The U.S. Navy Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Seawolf conducts a brief stop for personnel in the Norwegian Sea August 21, 2020 off the coast of Tromso, Norway. - Image ID: 2CD5NWT JR Tadami Line, Japan. 3rd Oct 2020. Live pro wrestling is shown to about 40 passengers on a JR Tadami Line train between Niigata and Fukushima prefectures on Oct. 3, 2020.. (Kyodo)==Kyodo Photo via Credit: Newscom/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D0PN5J Otto Stadler Schloss Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig II, Graswang Valley, Ammergau Alps, Oberammergau, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria - Image ID: DGYG55 Times2 The National Trust Photolibrary An oblique view of the Entrance Front of Chartwell Westerham the home of Sir Winston Churchill for over forty years - Image ID: B8XF7T Business Robert Evans London Banks, Canary Wharf at dusk - Barclays, HSBC, State Street, CitiBank - Image ID: KM03C8 TGSPHOTO Ronnie Irani, Captain of Essex - Essex CCC vs Derbyshire CCC - LV County Championship at Ford County Ground, Chelmsford, Essex - 19/04/07 - Image ID: GRNHWE ken biggs Black Friday shoppers walking past a Peacocks store in Liverpool UK town center. 2018 - Image ID: R4B51H woman john lewis bag - can't find it Rostock, Germany. 09th June, 2020. At Veolia Umweltservice Nord Niederlassung EVG GmbH in the seaport, residual waste from the Hanseatic city and the surrounding area is delivered for further recycling. : Bernd Wüstneck/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2BYED83 reppans BANK STATEMENT DETAIL SHOWING INTEREST AND OVERDRAFT CHARGES. - Image ID: BJR4EA Ireland Cork, Ireland. 10th Oct, 2020. Aer Lingus and Ryanair aircraft sit redundant on the tarmac at Cork Airport as Ireland's Level 3 restrictions hit international travel hard. AG News/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2D4NWTR Myrtleville, Cork, Ireland. 10th August, 2020. Overflowing bins with bags of rubbish left behind following on from the glorious weather over the weekend which saw people flock to the beach at picturesque Myrtleville, Co. Cork, Ireland. - Credit; David Creedon / Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2CB18G3 Radharc Images garda no parking traffic cones on a street in Clones county monaghan republic of ireland - Image ID: ERWEJY Scotland Paula Solloway Close up of elderly ladies hand holding her walking stick in a care home, Yorkshire UK - Image ID: HXWWDM Prostock-studio Financial Crisis. Depressed black couple sitting with huge bills in living room - Image ID: 2BKKWM2 De Meester Johan Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) on summer lilac flowers / butterfly-bush (Buddleja davidii) - Image ID: DEJATM Derek Croucher Isle of Skye bridge, Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland, UK - Image ID: CW6PFW Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. 15th March 2017. Marie Curie celebrates its Great Daffodil Appeal with an installation of 2,100 handmade daffodils called Garden of Light in Edinburgh's St Andrew Square. Credit: Rich Dyson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: HW0CPF Porridge Picture Library Pastic cotton ear bud sticks washed up amongst seaweed on a beach in Fife, Scotland - Image ID: M1PMFN Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 16th July, 2020. Pictured: Bars and restaurants sit empty and boarded up still after the Coronavirus (COVID19) crisis eases. Credit: Colin Fisher/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2C7BHHM News BURGER/PHANIE Radiotherapy radiographer with a male patient treated for a lung cancer with respiration-gated radiotherapy, Latest generation - Image ID: E5RFEP London, UK. 12 May 2020. A cyclist passes by through a virtually empty Chinatown during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown Credit: Stephen Chung / Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2BN4B0N young-couple-moving-into-new-house-taking-coffee-break-and-unpacking-cardboard-boxes-in-kitchen - can't find it (in Alamy) paul ridsdale cyclist at dedicated cycle traffic light on leeds cycle super highway yorkshire united kingdom - Image ID: W0WRH0
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