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Sagitar last won the day on December 16 2018

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  1. Sagitar

    Long term maintenance

    Thanks Tony. I'm not sure that you can relate it to the size of people. Some of the porches on the Georgian houses are very large and include a fanlight over the door to let light into the space behind the door. I'm also not sure about the comparative size of the actual doors on the two houses in the picture. Next time I walk in that direction I'll try to get a couple of pics that make comparison easier. Did you notice the gateway behind the lamp-post on the right side of the picture? It's very tall, because it was made to allow a coach and horses through. Lots of the houses (and the pubs) have a tall gateway that opens into a yard.
  2. We have a lot of Georgian buildings in the centre of Ampthill. I'm no expert on them, but I guess they must be more than two hundred years old. They obviously need careful maintenance and some elaborate scaffolding has been set up recently on this one to do some chimney repairs.
  3. That's not funny. It's stupidly dangerous.
  4. I first came across it in a novel where an assassin kills his badminton playing victim by packing hydrazine into the shuttlecocks used by the victim.
  5. Sunday being twelfth night and, so Mrs Sagitar says, time to take down Christmas decorations, I took the chance to try out my widest zoom lens. We assembled all the Christmas cards that we had received and I took the photograph below.
  6. Sagitar

    Explain me this........

    Suppose that: The proud traveller, about to take a tourist ride, takes a selfie which shows the front of the bus on which he is due to travel. He boards the bus which starts its journey and drives some distance. On a dirt road with a poor surface of dry dusty clay the bus skids; its wheels leave the road and go down an embankment steep enough to make it roll over. Our proud traveller survives but in crawling out of a window to escape gets covered in clay dust. He takes another selfie to record his escape, but this time from the rear of the bus in order to show how it has gone down the embankment and rolled. Plausible? Both pictures look quite real to me.
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    It depends upon the criteria that you use. "The largest tyre manufacturer" implies that they use the largest volume of resources to manufacture tyres. I find that difficult to believe. If you had said that they make the largest number of tyres, I could believe that because it makes no reference to the size of the tyres. If on the other hand you had asked which company converts the largest amount (weight or volume) of elastomers into tyres I suspect you might get a different answer. Similarly, if you compare on the basis of sales revenue you definitely get a different answer. I noted that in one recent year Bridgestone had a revenue (from tyre manufacture alone) of $26.2 billion; while Lego had a total revenue from all sales of $2.1 billion. On that basis, they certainly don't look like "The largest tyre manufacturer".
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    This is the sort of thing that I was really after, but I got nothing remarkable. Bit of a waste of time really . . . . .
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    It's taken from inside our dining room through a window. I would guess the distance was 6 or 7 metres but I could be wrong. I'll measure it if you really want to know. I hadn't set up for the squirrels but for small birds that I expected to be moving quickly. It was dullish, so I pushed the ISO to 12,800, fixed the aperture at f/5.6 to get some depth of field and set the shutter speed to auto. The picture was taken at 1/2,700 sec. The camera was on a tripod, but swinging free on a gimbal style set up so the tripod was supporting the weight and keeping the camera horizontal, but not holding the camera still. The camera was a Fuji X-T3 and the lens a Fujinon 100-400mm zoom with image stabilisation and set to 400mm focal length. But I also cropped the image and the sensor is not full frame so I'm guessing that the focal length might be the full frame equivalent of about 900mm. I used auto focus and targeted the eye. It's a real credit to the Fuji optics, engineering and firmware that you can push the parameters in this way and still get the resolution that you see.
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    A weird bird on the feeders this week.
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    A day off indeed.......

    And the band played "Believe it if you like".
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    All lit up

    They were staggering a bit, maybe one too many? - never looked to their left at all, but I do try to be very careful because my car makes so little noise.
  13. Sagitar

    All lit up

    The boss and I ate out last Friday. We returned to Ampthill in the late evening and since the town was pretty quiet, decided to do a drive around the new lights with the dashcam running. I trimmed up the resulting video and linked it to YouTube. You should be able to see it below. http://youtu.be/fA57rpxmwEw I still haven't really got the hang of linking to YouTube