Archive | October 19, 2015

‘6 images for the day’ — October 19, 2015.

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I plan to make this ‘6 images for the day’ (6 my lucky number) a regular, if not daily, post. These days I take a LOT of pictures each day — just for the heck of it. Think about it. It wasn’t like when I was young. There is no processing cost per se, though YES, there is an expense associated with the additional electricity that is used to charge the batteries, upload the images and display them. But that is, at most, a few cents a day. Soon I am going to be taking daily pictures with at least two cameras, the Lumix FZ1000 & the Canon PowerShot G1X that I ordered (on the cheap) yesterday. The only way I can learn how to use these increasingly complicated and convoluted ‘computers’ is to use them daily. So I thought I will share some of the images with you. You can tell me what you think. I won’t bite and I will not be offended.


Taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. JPEGs, as usual, with no post-processing, whatsoever. Straight out of the camera. I am not a lover of post-processing.


Original 5472 x 3648, ~7Mb,
JPEGs reduced to 1024 x 683, 280Kb, for display here.
So v. low resolution. Sorry.

Click pictures to ENLARGE.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







Enjoy. Thank YOU.


Willow TV Cricket/Sling — Yes, There Are Video Playback Issues, Particularly Pakistan v. England Days 3 – 5.

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willowoakengbannerBasically any of the popular (in-demand) matches, especially Pakistan v. England, that are more than 48 hours old, can have playback issues — typically load errors or choppiness.

Sling now knows about it and were able to reproduce the problem for Days 3, 4 & 5 of the Pak. v. Eng. 1st Test. So that is good. They are looking into it.

In the meantime the easiest workaround. Just watch matches being shown in the last 48 hours. So, today is Monday, and as such anything as of Saturday noon should be good. Where you will run into problems is if you want to watch a popular match being shown on say Wednesday or Tuesday. Got that.

I will keep you posted.


‘Bumbles’, Botham & Other Commentators SO Wrong On England’s Prospects of Winning 1st Test Against Pakistan.

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From ‘cricinfo.com’. Click to ENLARGE.


On the 2nd day of the 1st Test, in the UAE, as Pakistan declared at 523-8, and the players were trooping off, Bumbles, with Botham (I think) concurring, said something along the lines of: “Only one team can win this now. The best that England can play for is a draw”.

As a keen observer of the game, that surprised me. It seemed WAY too premature. If the score was 723 I could have had more sympathy.

As we all now know England came within a whisker of WINNING this Test and should have IF they didn’t stop play for bad light with 11 overs remaining. So Bumble and Botham were WAY off mark. To be fair they are usually very good, astute given their vast experience and canny as hell. This was atypical.

I thought Misbah declared too prematurely. So he wanted 23 overs against England that day. That was too much. He should have tried to have batted for another 5 overs and got at least another 20 on the board. Wahab is capable. He can bat. Those 20 runs could have made such a difference.

But the point. You can, NOT these days, ever call a Test match UNTIL, at least the 3rd innings. Remember how Sri Lanka won against India earlier this year?

Good Test match. Enjoyed it. 


Check Out “New England Nomad” Blog — Beautiful Pictures, Great Stories.

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Click to access the “New England Nomad” blog. You WILL thank me.


Somebody else I met through this blog. He is a frequent, and much appreciated, visitor who often leaves ‘LIKE’ messages. Since I don’t get many of those — because I guess 99% of YOU don’t like my posts — I notice his efforts and am grateful.

Well, you should check out his blog. You will definitely LIKE his work. Enjoy.

Thanks, Nomad.

[Isn’t ‘nomad‘ such a interesting word. Only in English. It is from the Latin, nomás, for pasturing flocks’. But in English it sounds like to be a ‘nomad’ is to be ‘no’+’mad’. Had you ever thought of that?]


IF Amazon Thinks They Only Have 1,000 Fake Reviewers They Are Definitely ‘Under The Influence’ At Work!

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From ‘marketwatch.com’. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


This is a BIG joke on the part of Amazon, just in the same way that most of us, who actually do real business on the site, know that at least 50% of the reviews are a JOKE.

They are out-and-out BOGUS and Amazon has ENCOURAGED that for decades.

There were people in the U.S. writing reviews for the Sony RX10 II, that they claimed that they had bought from Amazon, 8 weeks BEFORE the camera started shipping in the U.S.!

I have review on some of my books from people who I know, just from what the review says, never saw the book let alone bought it.

Amazon, and here I speak as one who has MORE of a monetary stake in Amazon (in terms of the number of shares I own) that in any other ‘thing’ (including our (very modest) house) in the World. Yes, I am a genuine stakeholder. I want Amazon to do well. But on this issue I know that Amazon will always be disingenuous and even duplicitous. They WANT reviews — more stars the better. They EVENTUALLY published my 1-star review against the Sony a77 Mk II, but only after 72 hours when my 4- and 5-star reviews get published in seconds!

I do plan to attend the next shareholder meeting, in Seattle, in person. My main goal is to address the issue of Kindle books and the widespread misconception that you need a Kindle to read a Kindle eBook. That drives me nuts. Amazon share are going gangbusters. But the share price does not reflect quite a few things that are drastically wrong with this company — their encouragement of bogus reviews high on that list.


Dylan Thomas & Ralph McTell — “The Boy With A Note”: In Preparation For Cambridge Revels.

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“The Boy With A Note” CD by Ralph McTell. Click to access Amazon listing. A musical biography of Dylan Thomas.


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YouTube video of Ralph McTell singing “Summer Girls”, from the CD — one of its many evocative, very easy on the ears, songs.


Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet (who died young at 39), best known for Under Milk Wood, is due for a resurgence of fame, at least in New England, because Cambridge ‘Revels’ (the ‘mothership’ as I call them) is doing a “Welsh Celebration” as the theme of their Christmas (Solstice) show — whereas ‘Revels North‘, (Dartmouth as I call them) are doing a ‘”Scottish Bash“. So two very British, very celtic shows by the two NE ‘Revels’ powerhouses. The “Welsh Celebration“, as I immediately knew it would be even before I read the ‘blurb’, invokes Dylan Thomas — since he is BEST known in the States for A Child’s Christmas In Wales.

Well Dylan (as well known for his dipsomania as for his classic words) and I have a connection. I know that most of you don’t fully appreciate my Welshness and have no idea that my distinctive accent has very Welsh undertones. Well given this connection I wanted to do a few posts about Dylan ahead of the ‘Revels’.

This magical CD, by Ralph “Streets of London” McTell, was a good place to start. I have had a copy of it for 23 years and still listen to it! It is one of my favorite CDs, and if the truth be known I have two copies since I like to have one in the car.

Watch the above YouTube and you will understand. Ralph McTell is an amazingly gifted musician.

There is also a story as to HOW I ended up with that CD.

In 1992 I was in London doing a seminar. In those days, from 1986 to 1998, I used to go back to the U.K. 2 to 3 times (sometimes more) a year to do seminars. So this was anothre one of those trips. The seminar was at the Holiday Inn, in Swiss Cottage, London — one of my preferred venues for London seminars. As was always the case those days I had a rental car since I liked to drive around my ol’ stomping grounds in the evening. And that is what I was doing one evening, listening to the BBC on the car radio, when I started to hear these songs. I was captivated. Loved them. I wanted that music. But for the world of me the BBC never told me who it was and where the music came from. Aaahhh!

I lucked out. All the UK seminars were invariably done for the UK IBM Consultancy firm called Xephon. Xephon and I went back a long time. My primary contact at Xephon was Mark Lillycrop, a giant of a man in many ways, and not just because he was 6′ 7″ and as such qualified per the British definition for a ‘giant’. I explained my dilemma to Mark. I begged him to find out where the music came from and to get the music for me. Mark did! He contacted the BBC. Tracked down what the program had to have been. Mark is resourceful. Today, via Facebook, where he is a ‘friend’, I thanked him for this AGAIN. He smilingly pointed out that it was NOT easy in 1992 — when there was no Web or Amazon. He is, of course, right.

So that is the story of how I got the CD.

You don’t have to jump through those hoops. You can just order it from Amazon.

Trust me. Great CD. Tells you the whole story of Dylan Thomas, graphically, with music. Basically every other track is a genuine song with short narrations, by Ralph, in between. Listen to “Summer Girls”.

More on Dylan this week.

In the meantime try saying Cwmdonkin Drive. Yes, Cwmdonkin Drive, Uplands, Swansea.


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