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    Old member going stale

    Its been so long I'd forgotten my password and name.

    I feel like I need to re-invent myself. Have a snip and tuck, get a hair cut and lose some weight.
    Then again, I might just go lay down with a good book.

    Seems like this is the only forum left on my list. Apparently people don't like my personality, or possibly my language, sarcasm, looks or photos.

    It's xmas time. Bah, humbug. The shops are chaotic, I can't get near the post office, soppy xmas songs at every turn, people preparing to be nice to one another, and a cyclone has just hit the coast. Perhaps the wind and rain will wash all the xmas decorations from the trees and I can get some rest from all the good will.

    Being an atheist in a predominantly christian country ain't easy. Talk about religious freedom. I'm the one who must conform. Even the muslims don't like me.

    So, what do I do? Go to the land of Catholicism: Italy.

    Trouble is I like Italy and all things Italian. Ill share some pics.

    Here's a starter.

    Bugger! I've forgotten how to post a picture.

    I'll be back. Don't go away.

    Old member going stale

    That worked. I should have read the fine print
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    Re: Old member going stale

    With the limited information available in this post alone I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that people not liking you has nothing to do with your religious beliefs

    Move on over here. We're not quite there yet but no doubt will soon have anti-discrimination protections in place for those who are handicapped by having their gluteus maximus situated above the trapezius. I know it sounds improbable but I've waited too long to give up hope now

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    Re: Old member going stale

    I enjoyed most (nearly all) of your insightful comments you use to make a while ago. I assumed you had disappeared into a monastery - but evidently not....

    The umbrella colour is great as is the internal tonal range. I am not sold on the terracotta coloured stripe top left. An interesting photo. Glad to see you posting again.

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    G'day Paul.

    NZ,eh. Is that a suburb of Bondi?

    No, I haven't changed. Not much point. Too close to death for that. I now have a stack of Italian words to abuse people with.

    It's possible my photos are a reflection of my bitchiness. Defiant, contrary, argumentative, brash, untidy, poorly dressed and arrogant, in your face reflections of how life and its contents appear to me.

    Photography is my way of expression and like my language, I have little interest in how people perceive them or would prefer to see them.

    Some days I wonder why I bother showing others what I do. I'm thinking that I want to show others that, regardless of what others think of their pictures, it's OK to do your own thing, be different, even being ****e at it as long as you enjoy what you do and don't hurt anyone in the process.

    I love what I do. I love being contrary. I look through the viewfinder and wonder how else can I see this.

    The stripe stays.

    Cheers

    Tom

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    Your geography needs a brush up and should not be confused with demographics.....

    Yes, photography should be an expression not a competition. I prefer to either enjoy or not to enjoy a photograph and make no comment at all. In fact I have enjoyed looking at your other photographs. The street scene with the women and dog certainly brought back pleasant memories of a few days in Paris. I don't know where it was taken but that is unimportant in my enjoyment of it.

    Who knows - if we look at enough of your photographs we may think we understand you.....
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    Re: Old member going stale

    Hi Tom,
    I have always enjoyed your photos and comments. Perhaps we are birds of a feather. Welcome back.

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    As the following image implies, a photograph is the act of recording what is not seen. The photograph is the Zen of seeing nothing yet perceiving everything.

    The photograph has nothing within its nature but is innately informative of ourself.

    The photograph which is coherent to everyone in the same way makes a mockery of us.

    In response to such conservativism we can fight back with the mystery of never knowing if we will know.

    Old member going stale

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    Re: Old member going stale

    Tom...

    Absolutely nothing wrong with atheism as long as you don't try to force that down some one else's throat or throats. IMO, the same is for religion...

    These folks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euwBSrcwMfo have their own Atheist channel on YouTube and apparently, they believe it is their calling to show up religion for a farce and religious people as idiots...

    No one knows my own beliefs because I don't wear religion or lack of religion on my sleeve.

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    Re: Old member going stale

    Quote Originally Posted by tomdinning View Post
    Its been so long I'd forgotten my password and name.

    I feel like I need to re-invent myself. Have a snip and tuck, get a hair cut and lose some weight.
    Then again, I might just go lay down with a good book.

    Seems like this is the only forum left on my list. Apparently people don't like my personality, or possibly my language, sarcasm, looks or photos.

    It's xmas time. Bah, humbug. The shops are chaotic, I can't get near the post office, soppy xmas songs at every turn, people preparing to be nice to one another, and a cyclone has just hit the coast. Perhaps the wind and rain will wash all the xmas decorations from the trees and I can get some rest from all the good will.

    Being an atheist in a predominantly christian country ain't easy. Talk about religious freedom. I'm the one who must conform. Even the muslims don't like me.

    So, what do I do? Go to the land of Catholicism: Italy.

    Trouble is I like Italy and all things Italian. Ill share some pics.

    Here's a starter.

    Bugger! I've forgotten how to post a picture.

    I'll be back. Don't go away.

    Old member going stale

    That worked. I should have read the fine print
    Love the umbrella. As for the rest... sounds about normal to this curmudgeon.

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    Re: Old member going stale

    Tom, I like the umbrella.

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    Nice brolly Tom. I just heard on this morning's early news that a university research project found that older Aussies are the happiest people in the land. I'll leave it to you and your superior eloquence to describe what a WOFTAM that was. But, none the less, I welcome you to the Happiest People in Australia club.
    A very merry Christmas,
    Dicky.

    PS. we could really do with some of that rain (but not the cyclonic winds) that Ivette is dumping on you.
    Last edited by DickyOZ; 24th December 2016 at 01:58 AM.

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    Re: Old member going stale

    Grouchy, grumpy, cranky, crotchety, cantankerous, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irascible,
    are just a few of the words used to describe me...welcome.

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