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Maarten last won the day on 27 December 2015

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  1. I watched the video and you're absolutely right: I found my self smiling at the ingenuity of the inventor, and also at his perseverance to turn it into a working product! Thanks for sharing.
  2. A circus owner runs an ad for a 'lion tamer wanted' and two people showed up...... One is a retired golfer in his late-sixties and the other is a drop-dead, gorgeous brunette with a killer body in her mid-twenties. The circus owner tells them, "I'm not going to sugar coat it. This is one ferocious lion. He ate my last tamer so you two had better be good or you're history." "Here's your equipment -- a chair, a whip and a gun ...... Who wants to try out first?" The gorgeous brunette says, "I'll go first." She walks past the chair, the whip and the gun and steps right into the cage. The lion starts to snarl and pant and begins to charge her. As he gets close, the gorgeous brunette throws open her coat revealing her beautiful, perfect naked body. The lion stops dead in his tracks, sheepishly crawls up to her and starts licking her feet and ankles. He continues to lick and kiss every inch of her body for several minutes, then lays down and rests his head at her feet. The circus owner's jaw is on the floor! He says "That's amazing! I've never seen anything like that in my life!" He then turns to the retired golfer and asks, "Can you top that?" The old golfer replies, "Possibly... but you've got to get that lion out of there first."
  3. That's a beautiful photo of your bike Tony! And what a bike it is. It is my favourite brand and type, the Rxxxx R series. I wish I had the funds to buy the special edition of the last air cooled series, with the telelever front suspension. It is off topic so please feel free to decline, but would you be willing to comment on the differences in handling between the telelever equipped bike(s) you previously rode , and the new but more conventional fork on your R1200R? That adaptive suspension must be quite nice. Cheers, Maarten
  4. The first bird says: 'Hi Bob, nice camera you got there'. Really love that one! I'd enjoy more of these.
  5. This one's for you Frank:
  6. These are spectacular Luc, I love them all. Two stand out for me: I've never seen the rear end of the F-104 captured so beautifully. That pic is stunning and looks like a true work of art, a designer fountain pen from the future. Of course the 104 itself is a work of art, as are most of Kelly Johnson's aircraft designs. The other one that stands out for me is the Delta Dagger with the little boy behind it, great photo that unleashes my fantasy to make up a story! Thanks for sharing these. I am going to visit the museum next week with my son and his friend when it's a school holiday in my place. This is very inspiring. EDIT: after posting it occurred to me that my avatar is actually a Kelly Johnson design. It is the Lockheed P-38. This is a small crop from a shot of one of the glass plates that make up the memorial for US aviators who lost their lives in WWII (outside the USAF museum at Duxford, UK). Actual size of the sandblasted silhouette is about 2 inches.
  7. Voted with my wallet in 2015 and sold off all recent Nikon AF lenses. Even though I got my V1 in the fire sale I was p!$$ed off that Nikon would not acknowledge the defect where my V1 would make the original EN-EL15 battery age in a couple of charging cycles. It would read age '0' and 'replace now' within 10 cycles. Nikon said there was nothing they could do and indeed the same thing happened after they replace the battery. Judging by comments from other users it was not an isolated case. And the three Patona batteries that I got do just fine without ageing... I enjoy giving my money to people that I trust and like. Fujifilm has been very refreshing and I doubt I will ever spend one Euro with Nikon solely as a result of their corporate culture and greed. The one good thing about their constant price increases is that I am getting the original prices when selling off lenses.
  8. A couple were Christmas shopping on the last day before Christmas and all the shops were heaving, packed with other last minute shoppers. Walking through the shopping centre the wife looked up from a window display and was surprised when she noticed her husband was nowhere to be seen. She knew that they had lots still to do and became very upset as she looked everywhere. Suddenly she thought of her mobile phone. So she rummaged in her handbag and found the phone, which she didn’t use very often, then used it to call her husband‘s number to find out where he was. Her husband answered in a calm voice and replied: "Darling, you remember the jewelers shop we went into five years ago, where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford at that time and I told you that one day I would get it for you...?" His wife's eyes filled with tears of emotion, she began to cry softly and stifling a sob she whispered: "Yes, I remember that jewellery shop...". "Well," he said, "I'm in the pub next door to it!"
  9. That is really cool Alan. I've heard about this way of saving fruit and other crops, but never saw pictures of the helicopters performing this duty. Looking at the two choppers dancing, that will amount to a couple of thousands per hour...
  10. New Leica stuff, several adapters to mount legacy lenses:
  11. Nice paint job to the house too Alan. What a beautiful place.
  12. The Fuji 'false colour complaints' were from the same people who complained about moiré, jagged edges, false detail for the X-trans sensor and waxy skin tones after the X-Pro1
  13. Quick conversion in LR, highlight recovery and a little bit of fill: