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Stephen Lloyd

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    Twickenham, England
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    Wigan Athletic, Travel, Comedy, Music, theatre, anything "live"


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    10 Feb 2006

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  1. Makes me feel old as I watched Alex's dad play at both Stoke and Port Vale. Sadly Alex did score against us at Wembley back in 2014 (me, bitter, yes)
  2. So far in my life I've been all ages from 1 minutes (and crying) to 61 and a bit, still crying but that's down to my football team more than anything else. So that covers a lot of ages:)
  3. remember when looking at the RAM ,what speed is it? DDR4/DDR3? What can the board take? I used to do all my own builds but less so now. Solid states are good - but higher capacity comes at a price. If using windows it can mean a reinstall and reconfigure if you don't want Win10 to try to send everything, including some app files, to the Windows Drive option. After a recent crash I rebuilt and speed only came back after I'd made windows do what I wanted and not what MS did.
  4. I suggest you look at Alamy measures, see what keywords are being searched. You can see "Mustela putoriuss" there for Latin names and "zvartnots" also "zurich schipfe" for local names. I am not suggesting put bateau in alongside boat, but proper names do put in.
  5. There is a good clue about keywords and search criteria in there. I recommend making sure your images have the words so they can be found
  6. Imagine sitting at home, drink in hand, watching a new sports series on Amazon Prime called "Back Of the Net". During a segment where Harry Redknapp (he of his dog Rosie fame) is sat telling a true story to the camera, illustrated by a number of pictures on screen. Whoa! I recognise that pic, freeze, rewind and pause to see one of my Alamy images in glorious not 4K, not HDR, not Dolby Vision or HDR10+, but still on TV. Check my sales - nothing there. Now I understand delays in payments etc so this is now one series I will watch. The pic was used to illustrate Sheffield Wednesday FC - GEB3RE
  7. I can verify that my garden frequently gets cat releases.
  8. Two things on this from me, one bothers me, the other I've not seen or may have missed. First is the size - I've got big hands. My D810 and drive work well for me - as did the predecessors D700 and drive, F5, F90 and drive etc..... My wife has a D5100 and I find it small for me - so nice as the Z's may be, perhaps we Neanderthals need help:) Second one is form factor. I see the adaptor for old lenses, but does that move the lens further away? Are we getting any change in focal length 9in effect) like using an FX lens on a DX body? The adaptor looks a bit long. As said, it may have been covered by Nikon, but if so I missed it.
  9. And I'm grateful for the 28 cents I suppose, as it's a 28% hike on the basic (a Roberto Martinez-esque positive view). That's probably the lowest return I've had on any image and a bit demoralising as it is sold as "Worldwide" "travel and tourism" "NU Editorial website and app multiple use" - the timescale is "In perpetuity". The image is BR2M17 - nothing special ,just a record shot of a sign post for a famous and madly eccentric store in Singapore that sells everything from tin tacks to tractors. Can anyone tell me what "NU Editorial website" actually means?
  10. That's down to the person - it's not for tourists, but those who want to make their own informed decisions. If anything my own hardened after going, but now they're based on observation not rhetoric. The only thing I really hate is admitting Orwell was right about something.
  11. I've just returned from a trip to North Korea. Before I went I asked about a small camera to take that would be Alamy acceptable and got a few answers, which was appreciated. Now I'm back Here's a few notes on my experience which may help anyone following me there. Photography is allowed, but controlled, i.e. they tell you what not to shoot. Soldiers and officials, except the traffic directors, are no-nos. This is strict and I saw one person who pushed the evenlope have her SD card removed. Taking a shot of a soldier "wanding" us at the War Museum was not smart and we had already been warned. Photography should be "nice", i.e. not critical of the country. They say "nice" but its a language issue not getting the real meaning over, I saw a great shot of a woman with child on her back working in a rice field, yellow top against green, but was told not to take it. I would consider it a tribute to the woman but they did not see it that way. You're accompanied all the time, and they watch, so candid shots are hard, but not impossible, so long as you do it discreetly and not all the time. I am pleased with many we took. A polariser is useful as often you're shooting through glass (train, bus). Trains are an experience themselves, but 26 hours each way from Beijing-Dangdong-Pyongyang is not easy. We only took my wife's Nikon 5100 with us, with 18-200 lens on it. I left my bigger Nikons at home, but did not need to. Lens size, not body quality, was what they looked at, so an 80-200 at f2.8 - will be likely stopped. Some of my tour had larger Canons with short zooms, nothing long. Most of the rest had 4/3 CSCs or smaller Nikon/Canon bodies. I had my Huawei P8 phone viewed by my guide who was disappointed to see virtually nothing on it. One guide looked at my camcorder and was very familiar with the controls - even though they're not on sale there. Nothing deleted, probably too much to review. Checks on the train on the way in were number of phones, tablets, cameras and if your camera has a GPS option. They're keen not to geo-tag anything. Checks were not 100% and there's a degree of profiling on the people who did get checked, not a lot different to Heathrow in that respect. Contact with people on the street is about zero, but you'll get scenic and grab shots. We fell lucky on one 1st birthday celebration. The guides will either quietly, or in one case bluntly, check photos on phones/camera and camcorders - and delete things they do not like. I backed off the SD card daily and we lost nothing, but some "landmarks" were removed from other travellers. Biggest issue was large groups of tourists from a neighbouring country who mob photos and photo-spots, regardless of you or if you are there first. Be prepared to fight for your spot! There's a circus they can take you to, but it has bear acts if you are sensitive. I am so did not go, which led to catching the birthday whilst waiting for the others to return. The beer is surprisingly good. Overall the countryside from Dandong to Pyongyang is rice fields, which make good shots as there are many workers etc. and there's some interesting architecture in the city. At the "gifts museum" in the mountains the hills are like you'd expect to see in classic Chinese panoramas. Scenically it's good. In short, I'm glad I went, it was an experience more than a holiday, got some good photographs and saw Orwell's 1984 in reality. Being from Wigan I've never been an Orwell fan, but this he did get right. If you go be prepared to keep your thoughts to yourself. We all burst into conversation when arriving back in Dandong, probably itself worth a day in as it's an "old-new" city in China. I hope this helps anyone planning a trip.
  12. Scary for me as "back in the day" I was a student in punk. The Police supporting the Abertos, the worst band I have ever seen, punk duo the Ak Band supporting the Kinks and then doing the same for Steve Gibbons. Even Spotify has missed them,thankfully
  13. Jeff, I am now out of NK and can say it was an enlightening experience if not the way the hosts expected it to. I cannot imagine any openness at anytime without chaos as the conditioning and programmed hate of two particular countries I see as impossible to reverse without a complete mind wipe. It was like an Orwell novel in many ways. However at least now I have seen it with my own eyes. Surprisingly nice beer though!
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