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Richard those pictures are absolutely charming - Sicily looks stunning. Thanks
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Thanks Roger. It is a great place, well worth visiting and very easy to get to from the UK (we flew to Palermo from Liverpool - just three hours and very inexpensive).

Lots to see and do; driving is easy outside the cities but frankly manic in them; not a problem if you've got yourself covered by third party insurers! £40 covers excess for a full year!

I also covered my camera/ gadgets with a specialist insurer; more expensive, but they cover the 'sneak theft' issues that are not covered by most insurance which only covers demonstrable theft; mugging etc. Sneaky one this: I has no idea there was such a gap in insurance cover. And by far the vast majority of thefts are sneak thefts. Cost nearly £200 but covers £4000+ of technical gear for a year.


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I've just had a quick trip to London (overnight). Flew into Heathrow for the first time in many years (and will probably be the last for many years as the route is being axed again). T2 has been transformed; I was amazed.

Beautiful sunny day and we came in over Canary Wharf. Remember when 1 Canada Square (the building with the pyramid on top) was the most impressive building in London visible for miles? Now it's part of the commercial jungle. And it's only 50 stories: how many in BKK are taller?

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I stayed in a 'Gastropub with rooms' and it was very nice, but bloody expensive. Everywhere in London is expensive. The reason for this photo is not the display of gins; gin is the fashion item of the moment, and if you ask for a G&T they will ask which gin. And which tonic...Just wait until they ask which water you want your ice made with - it's coming. The shocking part are the dog treats on the top shelf, together dog drinks. Buy your dog a drink for £3.00.......

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Yo!Sushi. Great food, really enjoyed it. Nice chicken katsu.

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Loved the pics of my home city - although my bit is further west and south.

The food looked lovely!



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Loved the pics of my home city - although my bit is further west and south.

The food looked lovely!

Thanks Caller! I like Yo! Sushi, but it isn't cheap. But that's London....


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No.1 son has been training in Peel this past weekend giving me a chance to rack up some kms. It's a bit fresh at this time of year...

Took these with the phone (Huawei P20 Pro). The compression taking them out of Lightroom and then into IBB has not done the images any favours; they are grainy and a little blurry, although the howling wind might have played a part!

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Panto time of year. This was more like a musical than a panto; not a great panto and missing the slapstick element that younger kids like. And some of the 'jokes for adults' were too obvious (Captain Hook to Mr Smee "You should get a hobby like ships in a bottle". It wasn't even a funny joke).

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I haven't posted in a while, and have not had the camera out the bag nearly as much as I would like.

Like most rural, introspective places, the Isle of Man was rife with tales of witchcraft, strange creatures, superstitions etc. Someone I follow on Instagram has a book from 1922 which details these, and the quantity is amazing. Back in the day, if you walked your dog and it farted when passing a pebble in the road, it would be worthy of a new superstition. Still happens today, but is called Facebook.

The first three are an ancient bridge called the Fairy Bridge. Originally an old monks road, this bridge is now down a remote country lane and has no purpose whatsoever. Some enterprising Edwardian spotted an opportunity and decided a bridge on the main Douglas-Castletown road should be the Fairy Bridge (and opened a tea rooms and shop to cash in). To this day, we local mugs dutifully wave at "The Fairies". They are much more progressive on the mainland: they go on daytime TV and advertise rip-off car purchasing websites.

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The next image is a shameful steal from my son. I know this because me, wife and daughter are in the background.

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This is a Lensball. I got it for Christmas and am just beginning to experiment. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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Last one. Clearly not the Isle of Man. Beautiful light in London when I was down a couple of weeks ago. I was on my way to meeting at the East India Club. I can't think I'm a 'club' person, particularly a men-only, tie-and-jacket place. Too many rules.

p.s. this statue is often mistakenly said to be Eros. It isn't - answer here

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Some great pics, CK. Well done to you and your son.


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My photo isn't beautiful scenery. Sorry  ???
It's an imagine photo during boring take a piece of cookie with coffee.
I jut try to make a difference.  ;D
And this photo may make some members laugh.  ;D
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That made me smile Pookie, and that's a great thing at the moment! If you are going to the vigil would you be able to take and post some pictures?


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The winning images from the Wildlife Photograher of the Year have been published, see fighting mice


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Hi Alfie, I can certainly see that. Very nice picture too!



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