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  1. Bringing this to the top of the pile again in case yoo missed it first time around Hope you all have a merry Xmas and a happy New Year John
  2. Here you go Newt "The holiday's roots can be traced to Britain, where Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day. Reduced to the simplest essence, its origins are found in a long-ago practice of giving cash or durable goods to those of the lower classes. Gifts among equals were exchanged on or before Christmas Day, but beneficences to those less fortunate were bestowed the day after. This expression came about because money was collected in alms-boxes placed in churches during the festive season. This money was then distributed during to the poor and needy after Christmas."
  3. Been trying to log on for a couple of days and keep getting this message - Ukhost4u Suspended Account Page If you are seeing this page, the website you are trying to view has been suspended. Is it my pc throwing a wobbler or what,anyone know ? John
  4. Got fairly close though John
  5. Nice trees Steve and it looks like a Chilean Cab Sav to me John
  6. A site that I use a lot is Windguru It was charter skipper Ian Burrett of Onyermarks fame who put me onto it. Of all the different forcasting sites its the one I prefer. John
  7. Here are the two decorations that the "kids" made many years ago Here is Amandas bird And Christophers plane John
  8. Same on our tree Both Amanda and Christopher made a tree decoration at first school. They are on the tree now and are family "heirlooms" :rolleyes: John
  9. We have an artificial tree in the dining room but the wife does love having a real tree in the lounge at Xmas. I just go with flow to keep the peace The tree we got this year was just under 8' and cost £40. I took this photo for our daughter who lives in Sydney and does like to see our tree every year. John
  10. Hero :clap2: Give the guy a medal !!! John
  11. Oh it was Baltic alright There would normally have been a few dog walkers about at that time but the overnight snowfall had put them all off John
  12. And the price of stamps these days !! Well lads here my Xmas card to you all. One of my photos and a bit fiddle in Photoshop. Had a few decent cod off Tynemouth beach in the 70/80s John
  13. Nice one Ken My joints keep reminding me on I am over the hill now John
  14. Good job I have paid for my funeral in advance !!!!! 3 years and thats me playing my harp or stoking the boilers :bigemo_harabe_net-163: John
  15. What a great picture that is Clifftop Are they as noisy as ours in the UK - they can be deafening at times. Was repeatedly dive bombed by one this summer as must have been too close to its nest. Oh yes I got out of there double quick !!! Took a picture of this lot in Loch Ryan back in 2008. Have never seen so many together at one time John
  16. Recall getting a big hug off Jan on Amble jetty after our day out on the charter boat. Thats a really nice thing to do Judy John
  17. I was totally shocked by the tragic news. On Friday night I had posted on Facebook a video of my middle grandson doing a Michael Jackson dance. Jan commented what energy he had. I had met and fished with Jan and Newt when they came over on a UK trip a while back. We fished on a charter trip out from Amble,Northumberland. A more friendly,outgoing couple you could not wish to meet. Jan and I regularly corresponded about various things and she affectionately called me "Snatch" I also had tears rolling down my face when I heard the tragic news . My thoughts are with you at this s
  18. As usual for this event there were thousands on the Links for the display and the roads around were all gridlocked !!! Thats one of the reasons why I went down onto the beach to escape the crowds Hey Chesters you might recognise this photo seeing as how it was your old stamping ground. There was also a laser show on the Spanish City Dome. This one is for you mate John
  19. I do enjoy the challenge of photographing firework displays. It is not an exact science and there are a lot of possible variations come into the equation. Lady luck also has to be on your side on the night !!! Having said that I got down to the seafront an hour early to scout out the best position to photograph from. Ideally you want to be upwind from the display to try and miss as much "smoke drift" as possible. Unfortunately this was not possible as it would have meant getting the moon and a fairground/lights in the shot. Finally decided on the beach virtually below the firing poi
  20. Actually the other entry I put in for the "2010 Winter Snaps Competition" was this one. Again Cullercoats Lifeboat Station but from a differnt angle. I thought this was the better shot but hey,who am I to argue with the judges !!! John
  21. Not sure,will have to dig out the old postcards to see which ones they were Looks like the pictures have not been tweaked by the council or printers. Hi Fred arriving back in oz 06 Feb 2012 for a 3 month trip. Will spend most of the time in Sydney with our daughter,fiance and grandson. He is 8.5 months old now and I cannot wait to see him again. Have booked a 2 week trip over to Perth and will probably hire a car at some stage and drive up past Brizzy to the Sunshine Coast Got plenty of fishing lined up when there. What you and Mick up to these days ? Hope he is still fishing
  22. I wondered what the postman had knocked for this morning. Had actually forgot about my entry into this competition. Well chuffed to win it 3 years on the bounce !!!! The picture is now printed onto postcards and available from tourist information offices. Whats the chances of winning it 4 years on the trot ? Fairly slim I reckon. John
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