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Title: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 28, 2020, 06:39:09 PM
Any day now someone will come up with a catchy name to encapsulate these momentous times.

In an effort to maintain sanity and humanity I have decided to try and record what is going on, and how it impacts me and my family. So, to start:

Sunday 22nd March - Mother's Day

By the 22nd we were already being told to keep away from the elderly, so our plans to spend Mother's Day with my parents, brother etc. were abandoned. Restaurants were still open, and it was surprising how many were prepared to ignore the tide of opinion and gather with the elderly. In a week or two this might prove to be folly on their part.

This is Silverdale Glen; everyone keeping their distance from the handful of other people about.

The first picture is the Monk's Bridge, close to the Abbey in Ballasalla. This was part of the ancient road system on the Isle of Man, and the bridge is over 1000 years old.

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Thursday 26th March

Less than a week since the schools closed early. The Island now in lockdown: within 24 hours the borders were totally closed (even to residents). Every non-essential shop closed. Enforced social distancing. Limits to shop entry and strict queuing protocols. To ensure we do not succumb to endless screen time we are finding other ways to be creative. Today it was still life drawing.

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Friday 27th March

Alex is missing his swim training, and is trying to maintain fitness (as we all are). He does a circuit every day, and really works hard.

Charlotte does too, and she still has school work to do. This is her doing her work online.


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We went out for a fast-paced walk. I've always wanted to photograph this church but it has never been practical to stop the car as it is on a busy road. We walked past it and I took the opportunity. It seems sombre and melancholic but was not planned that way. It makes me think about the terrible situation in Italy and Spain, and what the UK and US may have coming.

I'll try and keep any future posts positive and avoid this type of picture!

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: sfs on March 28, 2020, 08:04:16 PM
Thanks for sharing those photo's of real life Coolkorat. this situation is certainly going to change all our lives for who knows how long, but finding things to keep you occupied is vital and you and your family seem achieved this, so thank you for your insight.

Keep safe and best regards

Steve
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on March 28, 2020, 08:27:15 PM
Very informative report and that pic of the Church is stunning
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 28, 2020, 09:10:07 PM
Thanks for your kind words sfs and Caller: I am going to keep posting, and sharing what we find to keep us occupied. Please treat this thread as a place for us all, and feel free to add your own experiences in these trying times.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Alfie on March 29, 2020, 11:41:57 AM
Yes, great photos, CK.

As for me filling in the time, I have changed the derailleur gear cable on my bike - something I've been meaning to do for about a year. Now it's done. I've also fixed up my wife's bike, which had been sitting alone and neglected for ages. It is now roadworthy and has been used several times already.

One thing I planned to do this month was go to the dentist. That has been postponed for at least a month, maybe longer.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Robert on March 29, 2020, 11:46:37 AM
Hi CK,

I really love the picture of the Monk's Bridge. Just imagine how many people used it in all these years......
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on March 29, 2020, 02:15:40 PM
CK thanks for the pics - a nice change of pace here  :)
You're looking pretty fit for a change, doing those press ups and leaps  ;)

Take care.



Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 29, 2020, 07:16:15 PM
You're looking pretty fit for a change, doing those press ups and leaps  ;)

Obviously Alex is a chip off the old block and takes after his father in the fitness stakes. The apple never falls far from the tree etc....
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 29, 2020, 07:23:17 PM
Yes, great photos, CK.

Thanks Alfie! Have you been able to take any pictures recently?

As for me filling in the time, I have changed the derailleur gear cable on my bike - something I've been meaning to do for about a year. Now it's done. I've also fixed up my wife's bike, which had been sitting alone and neglected for ages. It is now roadworthy and has been used several times already.

The local police have been complaining about cyclists abusing the 'one period of daily exercise' exemption; various people have been going for mega-rides (one did a full six hours in the saddle yesterday and foolishly put it on Strava). Cycling is massively popular over here; Mark Cavendish is currently staying at his house in Laxey with his family (but he has a fancy indoor set-up).

One thing I planned to do this month was go to the dentist. That has been postponed for at least a month, maybe longer.

My appointments with both dentist and hygienist have been cancelled and the dentists are closed. Emergency only and at the hospital.

It also isn't possible to get a haircut: we might look like 1970's throwbacks when we emerge from this!
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 29, 2020, 07:26:59 PM
I really love the picture of the Monk's Bridge. Just imagine how many people used it in all these years......

Thanks Robert. There are various ancient roads that start at the Abbey and go to all the religious sites. St. Patrick came to the Isle of Man on his way to Ireland, and we also do not have any snakes (of the legless, slithering variety. We have plenty in the commercial sector). Your reply prompted me to try and find maps of these old roads; there is a book in the Manx Museum but I can't access it but am determined to now!
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 30, 2020, 05:09:31 PM
Sunday 29th March

We are allowed to go out for a "reasonable" period for exercise (but driving anywhere is frowned-on). Luckily we have a park only five minutes walk up the road, so off we went. Skipping has become a daily exercise for us all: I'd forgotten how hard it is! No wonder boxers use it!

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Gandy's Circus is not coming anymore. But the signs are still posted everywhere (and probably will be for months; who is going to take them down?).

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No one bowling; usually a sunny Sunday would see a competition in full swing. There are a number of greens here, all imaculate.

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Alex loves basketball and it is very popular here. There is a large community from the Philippines and they are avid players. Basketball must be one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK.

Everyone had a go shooting hoops. Alex has a significant advantage over his tiny sister, but she got plenty of hoops!

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The Centinery bandstand. Can't see this being used during the summer....

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In a handful of weeks this park would be full of show tents and, VIP areas and food courts. It is besides the grandstand and the main area for the TT. No TT this year - it is cancelled.

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I've always the loved design of this terrace. I don't think it would get planning permission these days, which is a shame.

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With the hour going forward at the weekend it seemed later than it was. Long shadows, including mine.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: dam12641 on March 30, 2020, 08:40:01 PM
Great photos.
And in the spirit of posting some feelgood stuff.
I'd post the below.
A city that can produce this has nothing to fear from anything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py6Zs2xbPCg

(please indulge me!)
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on March 30, 2020, 09:12:44 PM
Great photos.

Thanks Dam!

A city that can produce this has nothing to fear from anything.

Massed pipes are something else; one of the most evocative sounds there is. Once this dreadful period is history I hope they do this again in NYC.

Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on March 31, 2020, 11:05:31 AM
Basketball must be one of the fastest-growing sports in the UK.

They have been saying that since I was at school in the 70's!!!

I remember that my school in SW London got through to the all London finals so off we went, bussed to somewhere in the Swiss Cottage area to support the boys. We lost, I left, and that was that.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 01, 2020, 02:27:36 PM
For those Brits feeling fretful about home, the Houses of Parliament :-

https://www.thejigsawpuzzles.com/Puzzle-of-the-Day/Big-Ben-and-Houses-of-Parliament-London-jigsaw-puzzle
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 01, 2020, 06:55:18 PM
Monday 31st March

We had a brief escape to go to the supermarket for milk and bread. It's only 15 minutes walk away.

This terrace of houses has very unusually, ornate brickwork. Clearly Victorian, they also have flat roofs which must have been very rare at that time. Each block is named after a duke (and the terrace is on Upper Dukes Road).

The poacher sign is a well-worn joke!

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Everyone is cooking/ baking/ keeping fit/ creating. Charlotte and I made this marble cake. It was pretty tasty! Alex ate a massive chunk almost immediately.

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Tuesday April 1st

April Fools Day. I'm not sure anyone is in a joking mood at the moment and I haven't noticed the usual 'funnies'.

My sketchbook from the Brooklyn Art Library finally arrived. These strange times mean I will have things to put in it to record a period that will be notable and historic. One day what I include might give someone an insight into life under C-19 and what started as an curiosity for me (before Covid 19) may turn out to be more worthwhile.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Alfie on April 01, 2020, 11:24:06 PM
Monday 31st March
This terrace of houses has very unusually, ornate brickwork. Clearly Victorian, they also have flat roofs which must have been very rare at that time. Each block is named after a duke (and the terrace is on Upper Dukes Road).

(https://i.imgur.com/VC3B4y8.jpg)

A nice bit of Flemish Bond brickwork, CK. Are the yellow bricks painted or the bricks actually yellow (unpainted)?
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 02, 2020, 05:48:38 PM
A nice bit of Flemish Bond brickwork, CK. Are the yellow bricks painted or the bricks actually yellow (unpainted)?

I think they are actually yellow bricks Alfie: they are consistent along the entire terrace and I don't recall seeing anyone paint them over the years. I'll have a closer look next time I pass.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 03, 2020, 04:50:06 PM
Thursday 2nd March

We limit our main shop to every 10 days (roughly), but need to get milk and bread more often. We get through a lot of milk and a lot of eggs. Charlotte has always been vegetarian (well, pescatarian as we do make her eat fish). Alex has also gone mainly vegetarian, including drinking soya milk and avoiding fish. We now eat very little meat, which is no consolation when I walk past the butcher and see very enticing joints and well-aged steaks in the display. Alex does make exceptions: Toad in the Hole and fajitas being the main ones.

So we had a family excursion to Marks and Spencer. The promenade is just down the hill, so off we went. The little castle is the Tower of Refuge on Conister Rock, built by Sir William Hillary the founder of the RNLI after he witnessed a shipwreck on it (and participated in the rescue of stranded sailors). At the height of the Isle of Man's tourism industry 100 years ago, a cafe operated from there (people could rent rowing boats to row round the bay).

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The offices of Utmost, a financial services company. Used to be Axa International. I've never been inside but it is an interesting building given it is only 20-something years old.

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We headed off around the harbour, passing the older piers on the way, and Douglas Lifeboat station which houses the 'Sir William Hillary'. His former residence overlooks the station. The RNLI boots are a fitting display!

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Douglas Head was a major tourist site. The bay in front of the lighthouse was full of cafes, an open air pool, landing jetties for rowing boats. There was even a furniclar up the hill (long gone). The Camera Obscura still operates and opens in the summer (in normal times).

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This is a memorial to the men from the Isle of Man who died at Trafalgar. There were a disproportionate number of Manxmen in the British fleet, perhaps understandable given the IOM is a seafaring nation with a long tradition of producing mariners. Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty fame, whilst not born on the Isle of Man, came from a Manx family and moved back in his teens. Captain Bligh was married in Onchan on the island. Captain John Quilliam was First Lieutenant on HMS Victory at Trafalgar.

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Further round the headland is Marine Drive. Now closed to traffic, the road follows the cliff and is spectacular in places. This is the former tollhouse.

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Retracing our steps and the sun came out. The red shape in the foreground is a huge poppy memorial.

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Back down the headland and into town down the long steps. Easier going down, but many people run up and down these for exercise. A few times up and down gets the heat beating!

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 03, 2020, 05:52:33 PM
Wednesday 1st April

We are trying to avoid too much screen time. My wife has decided to learn the ukulele, and Charlotte decided to have a go. Alex plays guitar: he prefers his electric guitar but is just as good with the acoustic. Both of them also play piano, and Charlotte also plays violin. I am the least musical person going; they didn't get this from me! They can also read music, which is a mystery to me.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Alfie on April 03, 2020, 09:52:42 PM
I needed a haircut and all the barbers are closed due to Covid-19 so my wife kindly offered to cut my hair for me today. She did a good job - with my very careful guidance.

This week, my wife, my daughter and I have been quite musical - playing the ukulele, guitar and singing (ukulele, me and my wife; guitar, my wife, and my daughter singing).

And we've been doing a bit of art. This time last year my wife and daughter went to a week-long summer art class. This week my wife has been teaching me what she learned last year and also doing her own paintings. It's nice to learn new things but I will never be an artist.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 04, 2020, 07:57:13 AM
Thanks for the pics CK - I'm certain the bricks ARE actually yellow not painted and I've noticed that elsewhere, Exeter or Exmouth maybe   ???  Nice to have something else to think about. Isle of Man looks deserted enough so I guess that's your 'hour a day' exercise.

Marks and Spencer ? I thought UK was only allowing ONE person per Family to do the Family shopping which made sense to me. ATB

Alfie - the VON ALF family players ? Sounds fun.

Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 04, 2020, 06:19:30 PM
Isle of Man looks deserted enough so I guess that's your 'hour a day' exercise.

The 'one hour' was always advisory: people soon pointed-out this was folly, given there is plenty of space (as you can see!). A friend went for an 18km run this morning and only passed 6 people. The lack of traffic meant he could run in the middle of the road to avoid them. I think common sense is prevailing. There were fears good weather might tempt people outside, but it's raining!

Marks and Spencer ? I thought UK was only allowing ONE person per Family to do the Family shopping which made sense to me. ATB

Couples are allowed in. They would not want entire families. The kids waited outside for us. Some shops don't allow children at all (except in exceptional circumstances) which makes sense as they are much more likely to be carrying the virus unknowingly. I was surprised by the number of elderly people in the queueing system, given there are times set aside for this group. Both of us shopping meant we could do the shopping in half the time as we split up and grabbed what we needed.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 04, 2020, 07:13:11 PM
CK sometimes . . .  ::)

For sure deserted is OK until someone else is there. Just as well all your M8's don't do it or   >:(   As for running in the middle of the road - OK until something goes wrong   ???  Rain is no excuse.

Advisory - yes - so heed it ?

Common sense may prevail but let's hope C-19 doesn't.

As for the Kids waiting outside M & S while you shop - OK - so they're NOW around all the comers and goers. You have no idea who they talk to. Leave them at home ?

You really live in a World of your own and on I-o-M. In England for a fact, 'elderly people' have turned up at SuperStores at 'times set aside' (like 6am) to find that they can't even get into the car park for the traffic queues  ::)  Why not leave the Kids at home and either you or your Missis do the shopping ?

ATB
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 05, 2020, 07:56:49 AM
Sorry CK - I'm always grumpy on Saturday nights - (there's no episode of 'The Archers'). Just seen that Birmingham and Manchester are getting worse - the virus is moving North slowly.

Wilful failure to observe 'social distance' is costing the lives of courageous and devoted NHS workers, often sent into the fray by a Govt. without the wit or balls to have made sure they have sufficient protective eqpt.

As for this below, I'd spray these buggers with yellow paint :-

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-weather-covid-19-lockdown-143940128.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8186935/Police-tell-holidaymakers-stay-home-Easter-holiday-period.html

It's 'quiet' in Th. at the moment, 2000 cases and 20 deaths yet I believe that Thailand was the first outside China to have Covid-19. However, I guess it could turn very nasty here too, at any time. TCOY's
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 06, 2020, 04:17:07 PM
Sunday 5th April

There are a number of glens on the island that are renowned for their spectacular displays of bluebells. Sadly we will miss out on seeing it this year. M&S were giving away daffodils, so this will have to make do for the moment.

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Off for our exercise. It was a bit grey and overcast but the rain held off.

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I've always liked this view of Douglas when the tide is out.

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This chap was taking social isolation a bit far! That pipeline was covered in seaweed and didn't look like the safest place to walk!

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A this point there was some grumbling from the two ahead: Alex has his basketball and is desperate to get to the court. His sister is grumbling in sympathy.

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This couple were a long way out on the rocks and the scene seemed to sum-up these strange times perfectly. To the left and out of frame the ferry is heading into the harbour. The sea was fairly choppy: no passengers on board though; just freight and the ferry workers. The border is closed, and the only way to get in is with an exemption issued by the Cabinet Office.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 16, 2020, 06:14:27 PM
Time seems to be at a standstill and the day blend together.

Good Friday, 10th April 2020

We've had a run of good weather; a good thing as the government might have struggled if people had been trapped inside by cold and miserable weather (and had to queue in the rain; it is averaging 45 minutes to get into Tesco at the moment, and once inside it takes at least twice as long to follow the one-way system and social distancing).

We walked up to the Millenium Oak forest, a decent hike and great views. This sculpture is of the Manx Sword of State, the IOM equivalent of the ceremonial mace.

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We completed a circuit, coming back via the disused Douglas to Peel railway line, now a popular walking/ cycling/ jogging route. A small section is also the access road during the TT (the only way to get inside the course when racing is on). This railway crane lived in Ballasalla for many years.

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15th April 2020

Charlotte officially starts school on Monday. They are going to run it remotely, with the children 'registering' at the start of each school day, and following an online lesson plan. I am not sure how successful this will be, but we can only try. Alex has finished school until the Autumn term; all exams are cancelled and we now have to hope the arrangements to award grades are fair and equitable.

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The Great Bored Bake-off continues. These are my efforts at lemon drizzle cake. Now down to one, courtesy of no.1 son.

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So far four have died on the IOM, including a retired police sergeant who was only 58. Four men are currently in "the Jurby Hilton" (the local prison) for breaching the quarantine/ social distancing laws, including one whose 'essential journey' purpose was to buy drugs. There really are some complete numbskulls, and we are fortunate to live somewhere these idiots are already well-known to the police.

Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 17, 2020, 04:47:26 PM
16th April 2020

With the sun still shining we took the opportunity to get out for some more exercise and vitamin D. Charlotte loves to walk, and we managed a good 16.5kms including some decent climbs! I took my 'lensball' along; I've not had much chance to experiment with it since I got it.

Building rock towers on the beach is an absolute must!

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on April 18, 2020, 01:04:30 PM
Great pics as ever!
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on April 18, 2020, 04:50:55 PM
Great pics as ever!

Thanks Caller!
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 18, 2020, 07:55:28 PM
Boats . . . .  :'(

"The French navy is investigating how the coronavirus infected more than 1,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, amid growing pressure on government leaders to explain how it could have happened."

https://www.france24.com/en/20200417-france-reports-40-of-aircraft-carrier-group-crew-test-positive-for-covid-19
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on April 21, 2020, 03:33:25 PM
Hey CK - sorry to bring the dreaded C-19 into this lovely thread   8)
But it was an amazing picture of the Aircraft Carrier, (not the tragic story), that made me pop it in here   ::)  Keep 'em coming.
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times: emerging from the rabbit hole?
Post by: Coolkorat on May 04, 2020, 04:06:37 PM
We're into week 7, but life is gradually restarting. The rules are being relaxed, people in various trades are back at work. No word on the schools yet.

20th April 2020.

The bake-off continues. This time gingerbread men. I didn't have any crystalised ginger so had to make that first (with the pleasant by-product of lovely ginger tea). They didn't last long. Some of the decoration was questionable and perhaps leaned more to a liking for icing than artistic endeavour....

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24th April 2020

We went to a place called Santon Gorge. A really lovely place.

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Hard to see from this picture, but the house in the distance is circular. Build recently, it has a large atrium in the centre. It is owned by John Taylor who made his money by inventing the thermal switch in kettles (and various other things). He is a renowned collector of historic clocks and has a very valuable collection of international acclaim. The island has a strange connection to clocks: the late George Daniels lived on the island and created a handful of hugely valuable timepieces. His apprentice Roger Smith now produces watches on the Island that cost hundreds of thousands each - the kind of watch that is bought by billionaire collectors and spends its life in a display case or safety deposit box;Roger W Smith (https://www.rwsmithwatches.com/)

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Water+stones = skimming competition:

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30th April 2020

I have been participating in some group tutorials on Zoom, hosted by two professional photographers. The next one is tomorrow (Tuesday). If anyone wants to participate please let me know and I will PM the Zoom access codes. The group challenge this week was to photograph three things without styling the set. One of the photographers is Tim Clinch, who regularly wins prizes for his food and travel photography (and who often just uses the camera in his phone).

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Charlotte also had a photo challenge from school. This is her picture on the theme 'circles' (with me as hand model):

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1st May 2020

Another walk, this time up Glen Helen in the centre of the Island.

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The tree behind this plaque looks younger than the 87 years old it should be. I seem to remember the original tree was blown down in a fierce gale a couple of decades ago, and a new tree planted in its place. I didn't ask my kids if they had heard of Amy Johnson (they wouldn't have). Perhaps there should be another plaque explaining who she was and why the tree was planted and her legacy worth knowing. She disappeared just eight years after this tree was planted.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on May 04, 2020, 08:57:58 PM
It's an absolute pleasure being able to come here and enjoy your photography. I guess it helps that the props are wonderful in their own right, but it's what you make of them that matter!

I'm a bit of a watch nerd, so both George Daniels and Roger Smith are names very familiar to me. George Daniels is credited with designing the first major improvement to the movement of the humble wrist watch in about 200 years, such was the genius of those that came before him, many of them British. By movement, I mean what's inside, not the rotor seen on the outside of the movement that powers automatic watches (invented by John Harwood with his 'bumper' watch. In the late 50's, Rolex had to apologise in print media World wide for claiming the invention as their own, even though his was from the 1920's). Daniels created what he called the co-axial escarpment which has two effects, less friction thus less lubrication, increasing service intervals; and maintaining efficiency or timekeeping accuracy as the watch begins to wind down (if not being used). Omega eventually snapped this up and now virtually all their mechanical watches contain the 'co-axial' escarpment, generally announced on the dial. I have three Omega's and two of them are 'co-axial movements'.

Daniels only hand made 30 something watches in his lifetime, now all keenly sought at auction by wealthy enthusiasts. Smith became his only ever apprentice after sending Daniels a watch he had hand made, only for Daniels to send it back saying do better. A few years later he did just that and this time he left his home to work with Daniels on the IOM and is also the keeper of the Daniels museum. All Smiths watches are made in the same way as Daniels were, it's all about quality over quantity!

Their relationship is enshrined in the film, 'The Watchmakers apprentice'.

A Daniels watch:

(https://i.postimg.cc/59QRk30Z/George-Daniels-Millennium-Watch.jpg)

Roger Smiths 'Great Britain' watch commissioned by the British Government:

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My two co-axials:

(https://i.postimg.cc/63LGKP7d/IMG-0077.jpg)

(https://i.postimg.cc/N0GvBKjw/IMG-0018-038.jpg)
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on May 04, 2020, 10:09:18 PM
Thanks Caller!

After Daniels died, his vintage car collection was sent to the UK for auction. It was so valuable the insurers would not permit the cars be shipped on the same ferry: they had to spread them over a number of sailings!

I have a friend who lives in Manila and is a keen watch collector, particularly Bremont and Bell & Ross. There is another curious link to the IOM with Bremont: it is the official timekeeper of the TT races, and one of their collaborations is with Martin Baker who make ejector seats. Martin Baker have a factory on the Island Martin Baker MB Brement (http://martin-baker.com/merchandise/bremont-watch/[url=http://Martin Baker MB Brement)

Lovely watches C: I'm sure these are appreciating assets and well worth having.

Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on May 05, 2020, 12:10:18 PM

I have a friend who lives in Manila and is a keen watch collector, particularly Bremont and Bell & Ross. There is another curious link to the IOM with Bremont: it is the official timekeeper of the TT races, and one of their collaborations is with Martin Baker who make ejector seats. Martin Baker have a factory on the Island Martin Baker MB Brement (http://martin-baker.com/merchandise/bremont-watch/[url=http://Martin Baker MB Brement)

Yes, I am a huge Bremont fan, still a fledgling British watch company. After formation, it took them five years to produce their first watch for the market in 2013 Their rise on the international market since has been incredible and they open their new Atelier in Henley later this year.

I have 2 Bremonts - the U2 Blue and the Martin Baker III (MBIII) and Pam, my other half, has the white Solo 37mm. They were sold in Thailand for a while via Pendulum, a major Bkk AD. But the market for innovative or new watches in Thailand is quite small. Face dominates, so the big and recognisable watch players are in demand by those Thais that can afford them - and there are many.  I also believe Pendulum  failed to understand the ethos of the company or promote it in the right way. At the time, they had several AD's in various malls in Bkk (many now closed) and they split the collection amongst their stores, rather than creating a dedicated display to promote them. I think this a failed policy and subsequently they placed them on display in their concessions at the Watch Galleria's at Siam Paragon and Central Chit Lom. But this did the brand no favours as they were placed alongside much cheaper brands (still very good quality), but it made them a bit 'fish out of water'. Also their staff really weren't clued up about the brand or watches. Hardly helpful if seeking to introduce a new brand to a new market.  I met only one sales rep who was really enthused and knowledgeable about the brand and when I see him as I do the rounds of the watch stores (not recently obviously), he still looks at my wrist to see what I am wearing.

I should add that most of my watches are of the cheaper variety, not all 'high end'! I like watches, not necessarily expensive watches,
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on May 05, 2020, 03:25:32 PM
Yes, I am a huge Bremont fan, still a fledgling British watch company. After formation, it took them five years to produce their first watch for the market in 2013 Their rise on the international market since has been incredible and they open their new Atelier in Henley later this year.

I have 2 Bremonts - the U2 Blue and the Martin Baker III (MBIII) and Pam, my other half, has the white Solo 37mm. They were sold in Thailand for a while via Pendulum, a major Bkk AD. But the market for innovative or new watches in Thailand is quite small. Face dominates, so the big and recognisable watch players are in demand by those Thais that can afford them - and there are many.  I also believe Pendulum  failed to understand the ethos of the company or promote it in the right way. At the time, they had several AD's in various malls in Bkk (many now closed) and they split the collection amongst their stores, rather than creating a dedicated display to promote them. I think this a failed policy and subsequently they placed them on display in their concessions at the Watch Galleria's at Siam Paragon and Central Chit Lom. But this did the brand no favours as they were placed alongside much cheaper brands (still very good quality), but it made them a bit 'fish out of water'. Also their staff really weren't clued up about the brand or watches. Hardly helpful if seeking to introduce a new brand to a new market.  I met only one sales rep who was really enthused and knowledgeable about the brand and when I see him as I do the rounds of the watch stores (not recently obviously), he still looks at my wrist to see what I am wearing.

I should add that most of my watches are of the cheaper variety, not all 'high end'! I like watches, not necessarily expensive watches,

I did a quick search to see if I could find any Bremont MB1's. Watchfinder have three listed, each at just shy of £20k. A pilot in the US was selling his MB1 for US$55k: a lot of money, but ejecting from his plane broke his back and stopped his military career so he needed the money!
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on May 05, 2020, 09:41:49 PM
There's actually a great youtube clip of the Jimmy Fallon show, where he surprises his father in law with an MB1, which he qualified for as he too, had used a Martin Baker ejection seat for what it was designed for - and survived unscathed. Great publicity for Bremont.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0cn5C1-c90
Title: Re: KIng Cobra in Virulent Times
Post by: Roger on May 10, 2020, 12:45:44 PM
A large King Cobra is pulled from a drain in Singapore   :o

https://uk.yahoo.com/news/rescuers-capture-king-cobra-urban-094411661.html
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on June 01, 2020, 10:44:09 PM
Bit slow to post: here's a selection from this month:

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on July 29, 2020, 05:17:37 PM
Now seemed the right time to bring this thread to a conclusion. We have been free of Covid-19 for nearly 70 days and the borders are gradually opening (with strict quarantine). There is an airbridge to Guernsey (!) - people are travelling from one small British island to another one....

Shells on Fenella Beach in Peel (there are more later). This beach is full of shells, but the reason is simple - the fishing trawlers go out for queen scallops (a great delicacy). The scallops are processed and the empty shells transported up to a cliff-edge tipping site about a mile down the coast. Time and tide then brings the shells to this beach, washed clean by the sea.

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The wheat (or barley) growing nicely.

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We went for a walk at the Curraghs in the north. This is a wild wallaby; I thought it was a dog for a few seconds. There have been wild wallabies here since the 1950's when some escaped from a wildlife park. They are quite numerous now.

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I wondered what this group were doing pulling in a net off the beach, so I asked. They are the local anglers catching sand eels, which come for a month once a year. They got a lot of them. It seems they freeze them to use as bait.

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Moore's kippers. I keep meaning to ask the guy if he did send some to Boris. I doubt it. I am going to try and get access to photograph inside when he's smoking. I love kippers; grilled in a pan with a shallow bed of water, a smear of marmalade and some butter. Best eaten with good brown bread.

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A real Mog!

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These are from last night. It was choppy in Peel! There were people surfing and swimming though.

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Not easy to see, but that is a dolphin. There were three in the bay. They may have been after the sand eels. They have been in the bay for a couple of weeks. There were also a lot of seals.

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Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Robert on July 29, 2020, 06:37:12 PM
Awesome pictures as usual, keep them coming  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: Coolkorat on July 29, 2020, 08:28:00 PM
Thanks Robert! I might start a new thread with a more positive title as I'm sure we're all thoroughly sick of Covid-19 and need no reminders....
Title: Re: Life in Virulent Times
Post by: caller on July 30, 2020, 03:40:50 PM
Fantastic pics throughout. Its been a thoroughly enjoyable thread. Look forward to the next one!