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2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

To take photos from any bus in this area you need window wipers on the inside and outside to clean them before you can take them.

 

Allan

 

 

I know what you mean.

Need to clean the seats as well !

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1 hour ago, sb photos said:

My first trip this year into nearby Oxford to shoot their Kill the Bill protest. Went to park in an area I've used before without resident parking that was an acceptable walk from the  City centre only to find it was now residents only parking. In the past before Covid I always used the park and ride, but I didn't fancy it currently. Luckily found a spot with parking after 1pm. My other choice would have been metered parking, but that's only limited to 3 hours. Then I had to contend with harsh contrasty lighting and breathing double masked, but all ended well.

 

There is practically nowhere in Oxford now with free parking, and lots of unhappy residents who now need permits! Luckily I can get a bus in from almost outside my front door, takes about 10 minutes traffic willing. The buses  are pretty empty but the  city centre  is quite crowded, even on a week day. And there are a lot of tourists who have presumably flown in to the UK which surprised me. I didn’t stay very long! 

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

 

There is practically nowhere in Oxford now with free parking, and lots of unhappy residents who now need permits! Luckily I can get a bus in from almost outside my front door, takes about 10 minutes traffic willing. The buses  are pretty empty but the  city centre  is quite crowded, even on a week day. And there are a lot of tourists who have presumably flown in to the UK which surprised me. I didn’t stay very long! 

 

Good to hear buses from your village are pretty empty. Yesterday Oxford was bearable by weaving about, and sometimes waiting for narrower areas to clear, a bit like moving around in a supermarket. I left Oxford via the Cowley Road, and was surprised how busy it was, during 2020 walking it was acceptable, glad I didn't park off off it and walk down it. Yesterday it was as if the Covid Pandemic had never happened. The busiest I'd ever seen Oxford's Cowley Road was during the 2019 carnival, picture at https://www.cowleyroadworks.org/carnival-gallery-2019/ then scroll down 25 rows and click on the second image from the left. I shot it with a D750 and 24-70 held high on a monopod.

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Yesterday we drove to Whitley Bay and walked north along the coast, catching a bus back.  There were very few people on the bus, but driving home through Newcastle was a nightmare, as everybody and their dog were out on the roads with queues everywhere.   We normally use public transport but have been avoiding the often crowded Metro system during lockdown. Won't be taking the car back into north Tyneside for while. 

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5 hours ago, sb photos said:

 

Good to hear buses from your village are pretty empty. Yesterday Oxford was bearable by weaving about, and sometimes waiting for narrower areas to clear, a bit like moving around in a supermarket. I left Oxford via the Cowley Road, and was surprised how busy it was, during 2020 walking it was acceptable, glad I didn't park off off it and walk down it. Yesterday it was as if the Covid Pandemic had never happened. The busiest I'd ever seen Oxford's Cowley Road was during the 2019 carnival, picture at https://www.cowleyroadworks.org/carnival-gallery-2019/ then scroll down 25 rows and click on the second image from the left. I shot it with a D750 and 24-70 held high on a monopod.

 

The roads in and around Oxford are totally back to normal. We went to buy charcoal today (it’s bbq weather, hurrah) and it took much longer to get there and back because of all the folk heading into town to the reopened shops.

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It's almost 2AM as I write this, and we've just had the 4th false alarm go off tonight. There are 6 firetrucks outside, and I can't count the firemen. These false alarms just won't stop. There was one Eastern Sunday morning, another when I was in the shower, another when I was fixing lunch. 

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Oh man, sorry about that Edo.  When I saw that you just posted in the Bad Thing thread at your late hour of the night, it did get me concerned!  It’s just not right that you go through so many false alarms. And if the real thing happens, you may not react as you should.  
 

hope you get some sleep!

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

It's almost 2AM as I write this, and we've just had the 4th false alarm go off tonight. There are 6 firetrucks outside, and I can't count the firemen. These false alarms just won't stop. There was one Eastern Sunday morning, another when I was in the shower, another when I was fixing lunch. 

 

Not good. The only consolation is that the Fire Brigade charge your landlord for attending false alarms. You would think they would have sorted the problem to avoid the bills.

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7 minutes ago, Sally R said:

Two days ago I was bitten by a suspected redback spider, suspected because I did not feel the initial bite but the symptoms that followed matched redback spider bite symptoms. I was on grass near a lake. I went to get up and put my left hand on the ground as I did so. About one minute later after I'd walked down to the edge of the lake I felt searing pain developing in the palm of that hand. Once home I found ice was the one thing that helped the pain, but once I removed the ice pack the pain was severe again within minutes. After several hours of this I called the health direct info line who advised it sounded like a redback bite and I should go to hospital emergency. It was about 11pm and I was reluctant. As I had none of the dangerous allergic reaction signs, the person advising me said I could see the doctor first thing in the morning, but with her primary advice being to go to the ED. So I went to the doctor first thing in the morning. She was very helpful and ran some blood tests to check things like liver function etc, and from a message on my phone late yesterday the results are ok.

 

This morning the swelling has come down significantly and only slightly painful. The two indicators it was likely a redback were initially not feeling the bite but the pain then coming on after a few minutes (very different to stings/bites from bees, wasps or ants) and the fact that ice alleviated the pain but it got worse again once the ice was removed. Apparently the initial bite can be painful, or is not felt at all, but it gets significantly worse after several minutes or over the first hour. Often no bite marks are visible because of the small size of redbacks. If you are in Australia, or the several other countries where redbacks now live, my advice would be to get medical advice straight away if you suspect a bite. I did visit a pharmacy on my way home and got antihistamines, but should really have gone to a doctor or hospital in the first instance. I did that thing of thinking it wasn't serious enough to go to a hospital, but really it is better to get it looked at quickly, especially as complications of redback bites can be very serious.

 

I didn't think to take a photo of my hand when it was all puffy for stock. Oh well.

 

Oh Sally! It could have been serious. Redback spiders are not easy to spot, especially in the grass. Hope this is all behind you now.

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8 hours ago, gvallee said:

Hope this is all behind you now.

 

Sally put her hand on it not her bum.🙃

 

Allan

 

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Sally! Ouch!

 

I'm wondering what the Aboriginal people did about all those dangerous critters? They must have devised some effective home remedies. 

 

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Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

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21 minutes ago, Bryan said:

Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

Yes, irons and toasters too. It's the bi-metallic strip I assume, one of the few things you can't readily fix. Did you try resetting the house breaker after plugging it in? Just diagnostic really, it's not really useable like that.

Our toaster that used to do it just stopped doing it. So who knows. I think our last iron cost about £5. It gets used at least twice a year;)

Didn't drop it without owning up did you😇

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

Yes, irons and toasters too. It's the bi-metallic strip I assume, one of the few things you can't readily fix. Did you try resetting the house breaker after plugging it in? Just diagnostic really, it's not really useable like that.

Our toaster that used to do it just stopped doing it. So who knows. I think our last iron cost about £5. It gets used at least twice a year;)

Didn't drop it without owning up did you😇

 

It caused the computer to shut down in use Mark and I'm not prepared to risk damage to the drives. 

 

Drop it, I never picked it up 😉

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bryan said:

Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

It probhably came out of the same factory in China that Phillips kettles come out of plus loads of other famous "home brand names" Bryan.

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My mother had a refrigerator she used for 20 years. She passed it on to another family member who used it another 10 years, and never once needed a repair. It was still working when that person bought new for wanting frost-free and a larger freezer section. Now you’re lucky if they last 8-10 years. I’ve had mine about 6 years and it’s already been worked on once.

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I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

Paulette

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On 03/05/2021 at 16:13, NYCat said:

I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

Paulette

 

That must have been the peak of perfection at the time.

 

Allan

 

Zenith = peak???

 

ITMA

 

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43 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

That must have been the peak of perfection at the time.

 

Allan

 

 

Yes. It is also stereo sound and that wasn't common then. It's also a good-looking piece of furniture. I paid what seemed to be a lot at the time but definitely worth every penny. Zenith were famous for lasting a long time but I didn't expect decade after decade. Not complaining. By the time I need a new TV they will probably do the dishes for me.

 

Paulette

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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

Paulette

You must have a digibox then! That's pre-digital. We only chucked away a 40-year-old one last year because there was no way to connect it to a digibox-it was pre-SCART.

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

It caused the computer to shut down in use

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

Drop it, I never picked it up

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24 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

You must have a digibox then! That's pre-digital. We only chucked away a 40-year-old one last year because there was no way to connect it to a digibox-it was pre-SCART.

 

You are definitely speaking a foreign language. I do have a "thingy" that goes between my TV and the Cable box because it is an analog set. Works.

 

Paulette

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