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Alan7140 last won the day on 12 June

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About Alan7140

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  • Birthday 07/01/1953

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    Alan Lesheim
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    Tasmania, Australia
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    Photography, Guitar
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  1. Alan7140

    Light Trails

    Were you using a stabilised lens? That might account for the wavy lines, although it wouldn't take much camera vibration to produce that, either.
  2. Alan7140

    Dawn at Joshua Tree

    Hand-held GPS units like the Garmin 60-series are for more than just finding your way in untracked wilderness - put your bag down, immediately hit the "mark" button and even if you wander a mile from where your bag is, you'll be able to walk straight back to it. Works the same for parked cars. My Garmin 62s is getting on for 10 years old and is still going strong, acting as a nice security blanket for my ageing memory functions.
  3. Thanks, Luc. The coffee is a minor inconvenience, that's all. I've found a cheap decaf from Germany relabelled under a local supermarket branding that is acceptable - much better than the couple of high-priced well-known brands of decaf, which was a nice surprise. It's sometimes a mistake to prejudge quality by the price, it would appear.
  4. Thanks, Hugh & Dallas. This SVT thing isn't really life-threatening if one takes steps with lifestyle to mitigate it, and I have no trouble giving up things when I feel that to be necessary (both cigarettes and alcohol haven't been a part of my life for 31 years and 13 years respectively, and caffeine has just joined company with them). As with most sudden changes, the difficulty will be in avoiding substituting with something else to fill the void. That's the only thing that worries me, because comfort food is just about all that's left to choose from, and I really don't want to gain weight.
  5. Things have to turn around sooner or later. In Tasmania we've now done 40 days since the last case of Covid-19, and tomorrow restrictions get lifted to the penultimate 3rd stage where things are almost back to normal. That means my favourite cafe will be able to take seated customers as distancing in such places has been eased to two square metres per person from the previous four. Unfortunately I won't be able to partake in my favourite brew as a superventricular tachycardia (SVT) event saw me ambulanced off to hospital a week and a half ago, and the only suggested trigger seemed to be caffeine, so I'm now a member of the decaf (yuck!) fraternity for life.
  6. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53165293?fbclid=IwAR2tEyS4fJ_0dU1woj8gl9OBz5ydMSYJ-Etl3puv5JwZ7sWqr8fuWsfjGjE
  7. Alan7140

    Docklands Evening

    Melbourne is further south than even Capetown, -38° vs -34° (down here near Hobart we're -42°). Durban at -30° is closer to Brisbane at latitude -27.5° (all roughly rounded out), Sydney is about level with Cape Town.
  8. Wicked sky well captured.
  9. 12th June 2020 - Tasmania now has no active cases, and nil positive tests for nearly four weeks. While the borders are still closed there has been a greater easing of internal restrictions - in fact we've been told to "get off our couches" and travel about, go shopping, start working again. If no further cases or positive tests happen in the next 4-6 weeks, all restrictions (other than Interstate travel) will be lifted. There is a deal being worked on with New Zealand (who also have no cases or positive tests) for flights between NZ and Tasmania should begin (after a 25-year lay-off) in order to stimulate some tourism between the two, and if it comes to fruition this might just be the impetus I need to go for a holiday in NZ if the flights are not over-priced (I suspect the airlines going to go for the deeper wallets in order to gain some revenue flowing again).
  10. Alan7140

    Keeping Busy

    Not brought on by personal choice initially, in my case I found living alone to be the perfect companion to being a photographer. So I chose to maintain that situation after having it dropped on me out of the blue on Wednesday, 3rd of October, 1984. So when people asked me how I was coping with the weeks/months of lockdown, I truthfully replied "It's just another day for me, no big deal, really". I have found the 30km restriction of travel from home (for essential purposes only) to be far more troublesome than the lockdown itself, being that I live in the country and the place where all my essential needs could be filled is severely restricted as far as "non-essential" shopping goes, and that I also couldn't travel anywhere to take photographs for myself (as is reflected in my virtual cessation of image posts here, for one thing). Obviously drafted by city-dwelling politicians, the fact that where some might want to travel a bit further to is effectively without any people at all even in normal times, and therefore chances of either transmitting or catching the virus were absolutely nil, was obviously never even canvassed. Places where I could walk all day breathing the freshest air in the world without so much as even sighting another person were off-limits, but bumping into coughing people in a supermarket was OK. It made no sense at all. Anyhow, Tasmania has now had no new cases for 23 days, and with just two hospital-isolated active cases left, it's reasonable to suggest that for us, for the moment at least, there is minimal chance of catching the virus. As such our travel restrictions within the Island were lifted this past weekend, and weather permitting, I'll at least be able to give the car a run now, and maybe even get back to taking photographs other than those in the paddocks of the farm that surrounds my place. Given that I'm officially retired now, I couldn't claim "essential" job reasons for taking photos elsewhere during the lockdown period, and I wasn't going to risk the hefty fine should an intercepting policeman disagree. Other than a solitary lifestyle, photography rewards patience as a prerequisite, so sitting out the 12 week lockdown really was no big deal in the overall scheme of things.
  11. Although not fully lifted, as from Friday we get our lives back in Tasmania - locked down longer and harder than most of the other Australian States, Tasmania has had no new cases for 18 straight days now, and there are only four active cases left, none of which were contracted locally (all from returning travellers who were immediately isolated and quarantined on arrival). So we're no longer limited in travel within the State (the 30km limit from primary residence for essential travel only for the past few months was a bit inconvenient for me and effectively kept me from any of the main shopping centres), National Parks and reserves are open from 3pm Friday for overnight stays and camping if desired, restaurants, pubs etc are only limited with social distancing requirements and certain numbers of people for a given area. The State's borders are still closed which is good, because most other States have lifted restrictions earlier and have almost inevitably been recording new infections as a result. So it was worth it in going early, going hard, and staying locked down for longer it would appear. What amazed me was just how enthusiastically the population embraced and adhered to the restrictions. Maybe the threat of expensive fines for breaches helped, but in reality very few fines were issued, and I never saw any breaches of social distancing either in my local area - everyone played along without groaning and moaning about it.
  12. Given the localised single positive new infection confirmed on Saturday, and that here in Southern Tasmania there are ZERO active cases now with no new cases for a couple of weeks now, the Premier today announced that we're entering stage one of the restrictions lifting tomorrow, which will considerably open things up, but with some limitations on numbers at any one time and things like bars and clubs still closed. Stage two and three are on track for June 15 and July 13 respectively if things continue as they are, and while the borders will still be closed for the foreseeable future, life after July 13 should be as close to normal as the post-virus world will be in future (which no-one is expecting to be exactly as it was, most here agreeing that social distancing and other Covid-induced practices will continue as part of this new world experience). Given this, no-one will ever convince me that Tasmania's and New Zealand's "Go early, go hard and lift cautiously", along with a very carefully calculated regime of keeping people as safe as possible during this lockdown, was not the best way to reign in the spread of this highly infectious disease, and I have the utmost faith in the Director of Public Health's reading of the situation that if a second wave looked possible, he'd have no hesitation in repeating the exercise. I doubt anyone here will do other than comply with enthusiasm, not with demonstrations, grumbling and selfish whining about personal restrictions as some other countries have experienced. At the moment we are probably all feeling slightly euphoric with relief here, and that the couple of restricted months were well worth it, and were a good call by the experts, both in timing and degree of severity.
  13. I didn't, Mike - river cruises not the same concept, but more like localised ferries travelling between local communities as they ply between cities and countries on the same river. If you live in a smallish sea port city like Hobart (where the main docks are actually part of the CBD itself), you get a first-hand look at potentially what a prime disease spreader these bloody things are. They pull into a port from some foreign land, disgorge 2,500 people onto the streets for a 12-24 -hour "experience" where the hordes mostly travel on foot through the local population, or board busses to infest the immediate outlying "tourist" areas, mostly returning to the ship for their pre-paid meals and then sailing off to the next destination sometime after nightfall or dawn. They're so self contained with meals and accommodation that they leave very little wealth behind, but as has now been proven world-wide, as a spreader of contagion internationally they are absolutely near perfect in concept and execution. If you want an example of a perfect disease spreading storm internationally, the "cruise ship" would have to be at or near the top of the list of possibilities.
  14. An elderly man who was both a passenger on that bloody disease-ridden "cruise" ship Ruby Princess and a "close associate" of a Covid sufferer, so both were in quarantine (together?) while the current case was catching the disease from the existing case and was therefore infectious. All contacts in the short time since he actually left quarantine are being traced and will be quarantined, we just hope there were only a few and this gets stopped immediately. Once this is all over, governments should confiscate all cruise ships in their waters, give all crews and passengers one-way airline tickets to their home countries, tow those bloody floating apartment blocks well out to sea and have their navies use them for target practice until they sink to form artificial reefs and home to sea-life rather than spreading pandemic contagion.
  15. Bugger it, back to counting days from scratch again, one more new case reported yesterday here in Tasmania.
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