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That's bad news, Paulette. I grew up in the city, in Brooklyn, and walking in traffic was an early skill. We used to play stickball in the traffic. 

 

As Wim will tell you, even in Amsterdam, where bike lanes are a religion, accidents happen. I saw two people get hit in the city's park in 15 minutes of the other. 

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On 21/06/2021 at 18:08, RyanU said:

A bloke entered mine and my girlfriend's flat while we were out, digging through drawers, cupboards and the wardrobe looking for valuables to take and sell. Luckily a flatmate was also woken up by him entering her room, after which he went back to ours and put things back, shortly after which we returned to see the damage...

 

Turns out the property manager just handed a master key off to this guy and let him go free roam through our rooms to offer a "clearance quote", requested by a flatmate who's abroad at the moment.

 

Thankfully we have a recording of him speaking on the phone from the moment he entered the room until he left, and it was clear that even though he had no express permission to take or be in that room, he intended to take items to be checked for prices and then come back for the rest later.

 

He had a keen eye on my camera which was sitting out...

 

I sincerely hope you have involved the police at the bare minimum.

 

I don't know whether you rent or own, but a lot of people I've talked to who rent (it sounds like you do here) don't know their rights. A useful tidbit of info should you need it: when you rent under a tenancy agreement you gain the same Exclusive Possession rights that you would if you owned the home. This means that you can bar anyone you like from entering without your express permission (even the LL themselves) unless they have a court order. It also means that your LL or their agent cannot simply give keys to someone acting on their behalf and allow them to enter your property without prior arrangement. This is true for properties in England, I believe it also applies in Scotland as well although the law there is slightly different in parts. I don't fully understand what's happened here but even if you expressly invited that person in it sounds like they've way overstepped the mark. If you didn't invite them expressly then your property manager is in a lot of trouble as well.

 

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On 21/06/2021 at 18:08, RyanU said:

A bloke entered mine and my girlfriend's flat while we were out, digging through drawers, cupboards and the wardrobe looking for valuables to take and sell. Luckily a flatmate was also woken up by him entering her room, after which he went back to ours and put things back, shortly after which we returned to see the damage...

 

Turns out the property manager just handed a master key off to this guy and let him go free roam through our rooms to offer a "clearance quote", requested by a flatmate who's abroad at the moment.

 

Thankfully we have a recording of him speaking on the phone from the moment he entered the room until he left, and it was clear that even though he had no express permission to take or be in that room, he intended to take items to be checked for prices and then come back for the rest later.

 

He had a keen eye on my camera which was sitting out...

 

Wow, unbelievable. Your property manager is in big trouble! Good luck sorting this out.

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21 hours ago, hsessions said:

Out with the A6600 today, 'birding' and a bit of other stuff at our local public park.  Kid on a bike rode past at top speed and smashed his handlebar into the LCD .  Camera on Peak Design Slide strap attached to lens foot; lens horizontal held close to body and he had to fly by that close to accomplish that.  So now instead of post processing images, reviewing captions and keywords which I always manage to misspell I will be looking for replacement parts and reading about whether I can replace the LCD myself or not. 

 

And the good thing that happened today, which would belong in the other thread I suppose, is that the lens is intact, and the camera body internally still working, is undamaged, and he did not smash his bike into me.  Once initial shock and panic were over, I realised that it could have been a really bad day but it isn't.

Still upset though.

 

 

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Helen

Sorry to hear that Helen, hope the repair isn't too expensive. And yes, lucky it wasn't thrown on the ground I guess and that he didn't hit you. Hope your camera's not out of action too long. Just take it as 'scouting' when you go outside and see things you want to shoot...

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1 hour ago, Steve F said:

Sorry to hear that Helen, hope the repair isn't too expensive. And yes, lucky it wasn't thrown on the ground I guess and that he didn't hit you. Hope your camera's not out of action too long. Just take it as 'scouting' when you go outside and see things you want to shoot...

Thank you Stephen.

I have done just that what you have suggested.  Earlier this morning I took it out again with the LCD scotch taped, only I was able to use it.  I was determined to get some shots of a Goldfinch I saw yesterday but the images I got yesterday had some distractions in the background so went out again today and got lucky.  I'll be parting with the camera for about 3-4 months I have been told by the camera store.  Been given a number of another place to try that might be able to get it done sooner before I bring it in to them.

 

Worse things have happened to most photographers I am sure compared to this.  But still in fifteen years this is a first for me.

 

Helen

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Went shopping today for my usual two weekly grocery shop. When I got back home I realised I had forgotten to buy three of the items on my list.

 

Now I will have to go back later just for those.😠😠😠

 

Allan

 

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6 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Went shopping today for my usual two weekly grocery shop. When I got back home I realised I had forgotten to buy three of the items on my list.

 

Now I will have to go back later just for those.😠😠😠

 

Allan

 

 

I'll put a spin on that. Consider yourself lucky that the nearest shop is not 200km away or more as is often the case in Oz away from the coasts....

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42 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Went shopping today for my usual two weekly grocery shop. When I got back home I realised I had forgotten to buy three of the items on my list.

 

Now I will have to go back later just for those.😠😠😠

 

Allan

 

 

Exercise?

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13 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

My God, that sounds like one of the most famous pages from Irish history — 1845 to 1852.

Unlike the Irish population back then, I'll just eat another foodstuff.  You will pay the price if you're a fussy eater...

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15 hours ago, Colblimp said:

The whole of the potato crop at our allotment has been decimated by blight.  😢

 

You sure it's blight Andy, early season blight does happen, but unusual ?

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55 minutes ago, Bryan said:

 

You sure it's blight Andy, early season blight does happen, but unusual ?

Yeah, leaves are yellow and plants are dying.  Potatoes are very small but oh so tasty!  I'll just try again next year with a different variety.  The thing is, all my allotment neighbours are blight free and they didn't spray copper mix...  It's all a learning curve.

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1 minute ago, Colblimp said:

Yeah, leaves are yellow and plants are dying.  Potatoes are very small but oh so tasty!  I'll just try again next year with a different variety.  The thing is, all my allotment neighbours are blight free and they didn't spray copper mix...  It's all a learning curve.

 

A couple of mine have gone down with black leg, I removed and destroyed the tops but we got a boiling of small spuds. This causes a similar look to the leaves, i.e. yellow, but blight is normally brown with a grey ring on he underside. Different climate over here though, a good deal dryer - although it rained heavily yesterday and all last night.

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2 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

A couple of mine have gone down with black leg, I removed and destroyed the tops but we got a boiling of small spuds. This causes a similar look to the leaves, i.e. yellow, but blight is normally brown with a grey ring on he underside. Different climate over here though, a good deal dryer - although it rained heavily yesterday and all last night.

Hmmm, interesting.  The whole crop has gone now, anyway so I'll keep them in the ground and just dig a few every couple of days.  Next year...

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2 hours ago, Colblimp said:

Hmmm, interesting.  The whole crop has gone now, anyway so I'll keep them in the ground and just dig a few every couple of days.  Next year...

 

Sorry to be depressing, but if it were me I'd lift and wash the lot.  If it is blight the spores may have fallen onto the soil, and there is a risk that the tubers might become  infected,

 

I've had an entire crop damaged by rats in the past, they like to nibble each and every spud, while slugs are also partial to a tasty potato, so I plant early, risk the frosts, and lift ASAP.  Having said that, I hope my current lot of Charlotte and Red Rooster will stand for a few weeks yet. 

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We have International Kidney, Charlotte and Winston all cropping well…….but the blackfly have descended on the broad beans! Luckily as we over wintered them we have picked a lot already. 

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18 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Sorry to be depressing, but if it were me I'd lift and wash the lot.  If it is blight the spores may have fallen onto the soil, and there is a risk that the tubers might become  infected,

 

I've had an entire crop damaged by rats in the past, they like to nibble each and every spud, while slugs are also partial to a tasty potato, so I plant early, risk the frosts, and lift ASAP.  Having said that, I hope my current lot of Charlotte and Red Rooster will stand for a few weeks yet. 

Oh dear.  How do I store all those spuds once they’re dug?

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2 hours ago, Colblimp said:

Oh dear.  How do I store all those spuds once they’re dug?

 

In a brown paper sack (top closed) in a cool dry place where the sunlight cannot get to it.

 

Allan

 

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51 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

Ta muchly.  👍

 

I'm not a gardener, either veg, fruit nor flowers. but living in a farming community some years ago I did learn a bit.

 

Allan

 

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16 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

I'm not a gardener, either veg, fruit nor flowers. but living in a farming community some years ago I did learn a bit.

 

Allan

 

I bow to your greater knowledge, Master. 👍

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9 hours ago, Colblimp said:

Oh dear.  How do I store all those spuds once they’re dug?

 

Be careful to ensure that none of the tubers are affected by the blight or whatever it is the tops suffered from, discarding any that are dubious, as the rot will spread throughout the batch otherwise.  A sack in a dark place is a good solution for healthy spuds, but, personally, I store mine in ventilated trays within the garage. That way, if one turns bad, its effect on the others will be limited. I also check them periodically and discard any that might have turned bad.

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