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We have a new manager at work and many a time we have crossed words. A lot of the time he can be a right nana.

I can handle the jokes and teasing to a point but today he went a little too far. 

Little did he know when he began teasing me about digital photography that it was my hobby and so when he made a comment about me not knowing anything about photography I played him one of my slideshow videos.

He remained silent all the way through then looked at me and said "Thats beautiful" and I saw the tears in his eyes. 

I reduced this man to tears. But not from harsh words, taunts or violence but the result of my hobby.

It was very humbling.

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 Wishing everyone a Happy Easter. I hope you all have a wonderful day

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Bore da
Dydd Gŵyl Hapus Davids i fy holl ffrindiau Cymreig ac i bawb arall hefyd.
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I took this photograph 13 years ago on my very first visit to Canada it was my first ever digital photograph


I decided on the first morning of my most recent vacation to take a comparrison to my first image just to see the difference

13 years on
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Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario

The Royal Canadian Naval Association Burlington Branch, unveiled that Naval Ships' Memorial Monument, May 14, 1995, with approximately 5,000 spectators, including over 1,000 veterans in attendance.

The memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 31 warships and the 2024 Naval Personnel of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 75 ships and 1466 merchant seamen of the Canadian Merchant Navy who were lost during World War II.

The cairn and ships' remembrance wall is Cambrian Black granite, inscribed with the names of all the 527 Warships that served during World War II in the Royal Canadian Navy under the white ensign, and of the 370 merchant ships that sailed under the red duster of the Canadian Merchant Navy. The ships' names are in gold, the crests are carved and in full colour. A bronze statue of a seaman tops off the cairn.

The memorial is located near the willow trees in Spencer Smith Park. If you served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, your ship's name is on the remembrance wall.

Naval Ships' Memorial Monument
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Kifaru is the male Black Rhino at Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom.

The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is a species of rhinoceros, native to eastern and southern Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Although the rhinoceros is referred to as black, its colors vary from brown to grey.

Eastern black rhinos are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered in the wild, with less than 650 now believed to remain across Africa. Black rhino populations in Africa are being decimated due to a huge surge in illegal poaching, driven by a global increase in demand for rhino horn to supply the traditional Asian medicine market.

The issue is being fuelled by the high street value of rhino horn, which is currently changing hands for more per gram than both gold and cocaine.

In January 2016 After a pregnancy lasting 15-months, Ema Elsa, a 13-year-old Eastern black rhino, gave birth to the male calf. The birth of the calf takes the total number of Eastern black rhinos at the zoo to 10.

“Exposed” Kifaru the Black Rhino.
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For all the Stargate fans, from this years EmCon I present David Nykl

David Nykl

From Ripleys Aquarium in Toronto anemone abs jellyfish



From Burlington Ontario's Lakeshore.


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I must apologise to all my friends here on livejournal for being away so long but so much has happened in the last two years.

Firstly my brother in law passed away suddenly at the age of 56 In December 2014 and as he was my husbands sole remaining family member it was difficult for him to deql wih and so l had to take on a lot of the responsibilities alone such as arranging the funeral registering the death and as the estate executor, managing the estate settling probate and finally clearing and selling the estate property. What didnt help was time as l could only work at the house during the weekends. Until October 2015 l worked on the property clearing 40 years worth of a family household and the detritus of someone who was a hoarder. A large amount of clothing was donated to Banardos, furniture donated to British Heart Foundation and many other thing to other worthwhile charities. I sold the house this last Easter.

Secondly as l was just about ready to sort out the sale of the house, my beloved grandfather took ill and l spent all my time with him through his illness until he too passed on. Granndad was 95.

This post on my wordpress blog is about Grandad.

Also what hasn't helped with keeping up with this journal is access to a computer that wasn't monitored as mine is at work and my smartphone wasn't really conducive toposting messages on here. Truth be told trying to use the tiny keyboard and the issue with the formatting of the page was frustrating to say the least. Now l havea lovely tablet that will help once l have got the hang of things.

So to all my friends whomever and wherever you are Hello Again.

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Last weeks was a special week for me. Not only did I celebrate my birthday but also my 20th wedding anniversary.

I can not believe that Colin and I married 20 years ago. Where has the time gone?

I also celebrated my friends David and Louise who married on the very same day as I and Colin.

Also was my grandfather's 95th birthday. The family held a small party for him. 25 people in his tiny flat was a bit of a squeeze but it was brilliant to see all my family again. We really should get together more for good things like birthday celebrations. There have really been far too many sad occasions recently for us.

One of the high spots of my birthday was the amazing greetings, blessings and felicitations from my many friends and most importantly, you my f-list. Thank you all so very much your gifts and messages are greatly appreciated.

My special thanks go to [ profile] tarlanx [ profile] wild7orchid [ profile] chootoy [ profile] exa777 for their messages
[ profile] selenic76 [ profile] sgamadison for their messages and pictures.
And to [ profile] aadarshinah for your virtual gift. Thank you also to [ profile] brumeier for the John & Rodney picture. I love it.

[ profile] ami_venis writing me a 300 word drabble. I love your drabbles, thank you.

And finally a thank you for my birthday tweet to David Hewlett

Thank you all so very, very much

Emcon 2015

Apr. 7th, 2015 06:54 pm
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Over 20 years ago I went to a wedding where the groom was a big Star Trek Next G fan.

There I met a lovely gentleman who was the spitting image of Sir Patrick Stewart. While I was at Em-Con I asked a gentleman dressed at Captain Picard if I could take his photograph and then had a little chat with him. I discovered he was the very same gentleman I met over 20 years ago. Since then I have discovered he lives near my aunt and knows my cousin. What a small world

Captain Picard

Picard & Riker

Em-Con 2015

Apr. 7th, 2015 06:45 pm
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Cosplay Characters Ghost Busters


Cosplay Character Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar

Cosplay Character Capt Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow

Cosplay Character Bobba Fett

Bobba Fett

Cosplay Character Ariel - The Little Mermaid


Cosplay Character Freddy Kruger

Freddie Kruger
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These are a few of the Dr Who's I saw at Em-Com

Sylvester McCoy Dr Who #7

Dr Who #7 Sylvester McCoy

Cosplay Character Dr Who #10

Dr Who #10

Cosplay Character Dr Who #4

Dr Who #4

Cosplay character Dr Who #3

Dr Who #3

Cosplay Character Dr Who #3

Dr Who #3




Em-Con 2015

Apr. 7th, 2015 06:30 pm
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Em-Con 2015, The East Midlands Sci Fi and Fantasy TV & Film Convention

Here are a few photographs from the event

Robert Llewellyn from Red Dwarf

Robert Llewellyn

Danny John Jules from Red Dwarf

Danny John Jules

Cosplay character Shaun from Shaun of the Dead


Cosplay character Thor


Dave Prowse from Starwars

Dave Prowse

Nichelle Nicols from Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols

Sand Person from Starwars

Sand Person
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 Today my access to Livejournal was restricted on my work computer due to their new internet access policy as a social media site and therefore I will not be able to post on there directly but only by crossposting through Dreamwidth which they have yet to restrict. 

I can not access my photography files in dropbox or flickr as that is file storage sites and restricted too

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Yellow Rose
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Bonnie Prince Charlie

Bonnie Prince Charlie statue on Cathedral Green in Derby City Centre

Bonnie Prince Charlie set up camp at Derby on 4 December 1745, whilst on his way south to seize the British crown. The prince called at The George Inn on Irongate, where the Duke of Devonshire had set up his headquarters, and demanded billets for his 9,000 troops.

He stayed at Exeter House, Exeter Street where he held his "council of war". A replica of the room is on display at Derby Museum in the city centre. He had received misleading information about an army coming to meet him south of Derby. Although he wished to continue with his quest, he was over-ruled by his fellow officers. He abandoned his invasion at Swarkestone Bridge on the River Trent just a few miles south of Derby. As a testament to his belief in his cause, the prince – who on the march from Scotland had walked at the front of the column – made the return journey on horseback at the rear of the bedraggled and tired army.


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