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  1. The Guardian online 2 July https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/02/country-diary-here-the-orchids-grow-to-above-your-knee Simon Stirrup - a lizard orchid 5 July https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/05/country-diary-black-redstart-finds-a-home-in-londons-blitzed-ruins-1946 FLPA - a black Redstart at the nest 12 July https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/12/country-diary-disused-railway-track-becomes-wildflower-haven-1971 Charles Stirling - wildflowers growing through an old railway track 13 July https://www.theguardian.com/envi
  2. The Guardian website 18 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/18/securing-their-swift-return-how-a-simple-brick-can-help-migratory-birds-aoe Simon Stirrup - W8TWPE & W8TWJX Swift nesting bricks, Cambridgeshire Nick Upton - Common swift chicks in a nest brick 19 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/19/governments-achieve-10-year-target-of-protecting-17-percent-land-aoe EyeEm - Gonarezhou national park, Zimbabwe Matthew Williams-Ellis - mother orangutan and babies 21 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/21/pollutionwatch-i
  3. The Guardian website 1 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/01/country-diary-the-lapwings-are-back-but-without-a-warm-welcome Mark Boulton - lapwing 3 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/03/country-diary-otter-lusts-after-pink-fleshed-salmon-1921 NPL - a female atlantic salmon migrating upstream 7 May https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/07/a-furry-imposter-hovers-above-the-flowers JohnatAPW - A bee-fly on an alkanet flower. 8 May https://www.theguardian.com/environme
  4. The Guardian website 15 April https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/15/country-diary-a-hospital-visit-a-motorway-verge-and-the-first-swallow Chris Grady - swallow in flight 16 April https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/16/country-diary-lets-hear-it-for-the-unappreciated-earthworm blickwinkel - earthworm 19 April https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/19/country-diary-rich-birdsong-among-the-trees-of-rothiemurchus-1946 David Noton Photography - he Rothiemurchus forest and Cairngorms in winter 22 April https://www.t
  5. Ed, they may not even know what caused it. These things aren't always obvious and, as you've discovered, not everyone working on behalf of them is an expert. But if the woman who served you was flying blind she should have called in someone more experienced. It's always best to admit when you honestly don't know. Our local Apple tech is a real whiz on networks, MS and other stuff too but even he gets stumped (at least as to the cause) at times. Thankfully between us we usually find a solution. Did you ask about what folders you should back up in case it has to be wiped
  6. For anyone considering an iMac I would certainly suggest they look at an M1 Mac mini with SSD and a separate monitor. These days even average desktop monitors are excellent. And even Macbook fans might think about having an SSD Mini desktop plus a lower spec, smaller and lighter Macbook model for portability. You have 2 devices available if the unthinkable happens (and sadly it can). If you're managing a large image collection you may want to consider a NAS or similar network storage accessed by both devices. It will still require multiple backup strategies - at work we run a 2TB S
  7. Greenpeace website campaign to support LTNs https://act.greenpeace.org/page/76992/action/1 Shakeyjon - a low-traffic neighbourhood area in Tooting, London, August, 2020 The Guardian website 5 April Country diary, Cornwall https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/05/country-diary-1921-the-coral-like-stonecrop Ekaterina Hill - English stonecrop 7 April Country diary, County Durham https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/07/country-diary-the-buck-stops-with-me-momentarily Washington Imaging - The deer house on the Auckland Cast
  8. The Guardian website 1 April https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/01/april-fools-day-2021-police-sausage-dogs-self-jiggling-tea-bags-and-gina-rineharts-new-book Igor Stevanovic - desktop calendar showing 01 April 2 April https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/02/countryside-code-has-worrying-holes David Robertson - worn sign 'Please keep dogs on lead' https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/02/give-seals-space-during-easter-break-public-told Danielle Connor - grey seals on a beach 3 April https://www.t
  9. I can't guarantee the translations but my limited knowledge and google translate suggest these from the Imperial War Museum are pretty accurate. To the Army, men of Gwalia! Hateful the man who hates not the enemy of his country. Wales for ever! https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/27867 All able-bodied men required. Enlist until the war's end. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/28391
  10. Guardian online: A tunnel linking Scotland and Northern Ireland? Fantasy has replaced British modesty, 19 February https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/19/tunnel-scotland-northern-ireland-fantasy-modesty-train-journey TXF2M5 Big Water Of Fleet viaduct, Dumfries & Galloway - Larum Stock Top 10 books about castaways, 24 February https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/feb/24/top-10-books-about-castaways BNE7MY - Bishop Rock Lighthouse, The Scilly Isles - Ian Cowe Country diary, 26 February https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb
  11. Guardian online: Country diary, 1 February https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/01/country-diary-all-the-waters-a-stage-for-this-dramatic-display-of-nature PGF1DP - kingfisher on a branch - Vince Burton https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/feb/01/country-diary-home-intelligence-of-very-early-spring-1921 2B4HDFK - jackdaw - blickwinkel Country diary, 4 February https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/04/country-diary-dazzled-by-the-dance-of-the-sanderlings 2AWDAAD - sanderling - Ian Talboys Country diary, 8 February https
  12. Guardian online, 24 February https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2021/feb/24/feed-your-moths-and-hide-your-trousers-the-expert-guide-to-making-clothes-last-for-ever 2DBWKFF - Light blue ripped jeans with rhinestones and gold thread - Panther Media GmbH EPBHDN - Close up of thread, button and needle - deefish
  13. The Guardian website, 15 February https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/15/the-guardian-view-on-british-history-we-need-to-know RD04WP - Chartwell House in Kent, the family home of Winston Churchill - @diana_jarvis https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/feb/15/how-can-we-get-our-deposit-back-after-our-holiday-cottage-fell-through D948NW - 'holiday let' hanging sign in the Cotswolds - Ian Shaw https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/feb/15/uk-travel-campaign-ramps-up-pressure-to-allow-holidays-abroad-from-1-may F1T54H - Cala Macarelleta, Men
  14. Catching up with The Guardian's recent Country diary entries online... Country diary, 4 January https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/04/country-diary-lakeland-smittle-places-for-wildlife-1971 BGHDEP - 2 fishermen at Bassenthwaite lake, Cumbria - Glyn Thomas Country diary, 7 January https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/07/country-diary-a-tawny-owl-hoots-and-retreats-into-the-enveloping-dark A2JJBP - late afternon winter sunlight silhouetting an Ash tree - Les Gibbon (Tineye suggests that The Guardian have used this image a
  15. I think Olympus saw that the OM range had no real future - building an AF-based system to appeal to news and sports photogs was gong to be both expensive with a small market share. They felt that starting from scratch and designing specifically for digital was the way to go, especially the optics. The OM 35mm system is no less redundant now than it was then; and while you can use legacy F-mount lenses on their DSLRs this has become less and less workable as models have changed. In the end it's about buying the most appropriate tools for one's intended purposes (finances
  16. Not a high profile snapper but local nature and wildlife photographer and author Andrew Peters switched from Canon to m4/3 a few years ago and seems to be very happy with it (Q&A).
  17. FT.com, 24 January 2021 Family businesses are welcome winners in the pandemic https://www.ft.com/content/acb9d0c3-bbfc-471d-9d66-9c37d482ab1f K3Y3DP R.J.Balson and son, England's oldest family butchers in Dorchester, Dorset. - chrisstockphotography
  18. That's odd. This evening the article now shows a different image of close-up of loose sweets, credited: Alicia Canter/The Guardian Guardian website, 8 January 2021 New £90m Asos investment to create 2,000 jobs https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jan/08/asos-invest-90-million-online-clothing-beauty-distribution-centre-lichfield EWC8NC ASOS PLC Warehouse, Barnsley - Scott Bairstow
  19. The Guardian website - 2 Jan 2021 Country Diary https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/02/country-diary-the-awkward-teenagers-of-the-seal-world AC90TE Flock of wild geese over snowy fields in Orkney - Doug Houghton Re. Cassius' post above, the 21 places to go in The Guardian is also online: https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2021/jan/02/21-places-for-2021-holidays-were-dreaming-of
  20. Carbon Brief, 17 Dec 2020 Why the new Met Office temperature record shows faster warming since 1970s https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-why-the-new-met-office-temperature-record-shows-faster-warming-since-1970s RY5KAA Horizon At Sunset - Ryhor Bruyeu The Guardian website (I'm being idle today): 23 Dec 2020 How Barcelona is democratising public space https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/23/two-way-street-how-barcelona-is-democratising-public-space BMFXCC Traffic jam in the centre of Barcelona - Bilderbox 25 Dec 2020 This year, I took a leap of fa
  21. The Guardian website, 26 December 2020 Government names 72 high streets in England to share £831m recovery fund https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/dec/26/high-streets-england-recovery-fund 2B0WDHH Jury's Inn, Swindon - Seafarer F2B1NN Entrance to Sunderland and Metro Station - Washington Imaging Demand for action on racial harassment in social housing https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/26/demand-for-action-on-racial-harassment-in-social-housing J0G94K Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, south London - Mark Kerrison
  22. British Farmer & Grower - January 2021 (NFU member print magazine - front cover) a North Downs kissing gate in snow HANTFE - Tony Watson Guardian website business live news - 21 December 2020 Wallis and Evans clothes stores in Main Street, Gibraltar. CF179Y - Jan Mika / Gibraltar photos Tesla Model S electric car at the Brussels Motor Show, Jan 2016 KHE4F4 - VDWI Automotive https://www.theguardian.com/business/series/guardian-business-live/2020/dec/21/all
  23. I love the combination of elements and their positioning in this - the delivery guy, the apparently downbeat looking older man with mask walking in the opposite direction, 'Closed' on shop door behind... It all works so well.
  24. No, you're right and the Win10 forced updates seem to have prompted much tearing of hair. I sent the Photoshop link in this thread to our tech support guy in case he'd not seen it yet. He is not enjoying the new OS, he had to roll back 3 macs at a local printers earlier this week because they couldn't print anything, the whole business ground to a halt. Not covered by contract so in theory chargeable but he won't do that to a loyal customer. Safari 13 release also caused him a big headache at another client, he had to wipe & reinstall everything on 5 brand new macbooks.
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