Bill Gates Spotted Today In The UK

Found this poster with Bill Gates pasted on the side of a building in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham UK. The message reads: "Do you honestly believe that the same man who thinks the world is massively overpopulated now wants to save your life with a rushed, experimental, insufficiently tested vaccine?" They do have a point, and I'm happy to see that some people are at least taking some action, raising awareness and trying to make people think. Picture taken with an Apple iPhone SE2.


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Battery / Charger - Nikon Coolpix P900

Replacement Battery / Charger [EN-EL23] for the Nikon Coolpix P900 Bridge camera. Anyone who owns the P900 is no doubt aware of the lack of options for charging the battery (USB cable), let alone an external one while the camera is in use. So that's where a good external charger comes in handy. I know, the replacement battery and charger market, which is dominated by little-known brands can be an absolute nightmare. So many bad quality batteries and chargers have done the rounds, leaving many buyers with a bad taste in their mouths. 



Find this bundle for sale here [Compatible with Nikon Coolpix P900, B700, P600, P610 and S810c]

But the good news is, things have improved quite a lot over the last few years. As long as you do your research, chances are you will end up with an aftermarket replacement battery or charger that will leave you rather impressed.

That has been the case for me, and many other people. I've bought a few battery / charger bundles, one being from the brand VHBW (for a Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50), and they have been excellent. BM Premium, pictured here, are also known to produce some good quality batteries and chargers for the low price. 

The model above is compatible with the Nikon Coolpix P900, B700, P600, P610 and S810c. The charger offers fairly fast recharging, and this bundle even comes with two 2200 mAh replacement Li-ion batteries. For the price its a real bargain. Reviews are generally very good (Amazon score: 4.7 out of 5).


Houses Near Cell Towers [Phone Masts]

Would you buy a house or apartment that was very close to a cellphone tower [phone mast]. I don't think I would. See the following post if you want to see different types of cellphone towers. They are known to be harmful to humans, animals and plant life. I was walking along the other day and couldn't help but notice the phone mast (pictured below) located extremely close to houses. It's almost in the back garden! The building behind the cell tower is actually a pub, and the mast itself is basically in the back garden of the pub.

Too close for comfort: A phone mast super close to people's homes and a public house.

Before the lockdown people used to sit out in the garden and have a drink in the summer. How the Telecom companies (different networks more than likely use / rent space on the same tower) got approval to put this tower up in this location is just crazy. Look how close it is to the houses and also the pub.

To be honest,  part of me wanted to knock on the door of the two houses closest to this tower and ask them how they feel about the tower being so close, and ask them if they have experienced any adverse effects that they feel are because of the mast. But I wouldn't want to scare them, so I didn't. Camera: Samsung WB500 - Review.


Shooting The Moon - Nikon P1000

Here's some quick example footage of the Nikon P1000 filming the Moon. A lot of people ask the question: Can the Nikon P900 [More info on that model] and P1000 actually get close-up footage of the Moon. Yes they can. The Moon is fascinating and quite mysterious, so it can be a lot of fun filming it because you never know what you might spot. I have seen footage of the Moon from someone on YouTube where they spotted UFOs (not sure if they were alien or space rock in origin) flying past the Moon.


Anyway, the Moonlapse footage shows various zoom levels, including 3000mm, 6000mm and 12000mm (digital zoom). The P1000 is an amazing camera, good for long range work and fairly decent for astrophotography. The zoom is incredible. It can be found for sale a lot cheaper these days now with it being a few years old. #P1000Moon #NikonCoolpixP1000Price #Specs #P1000Zoom


2020 Be Like: People Are Germs Graffiti

 2020 Be Like: People Are Germs Graffiti. Came across this looking through some of my photos that have been stored for a few years, and it reminded me of how the world is at the moment with all this Covid-19 fearmongering going on. Have you been out and about lately? I've had people walking off the pavement and going into the road, and others waiting in someone else's garden to avoid having to walk past me. 

I even said to one guy as he jumped into a bush, "Bloody hell, mate, have the Government got you that scared". His wife thought it was funny. I couldn't help myself. People are literally terrified of each other.


2020 Be Like: People Are Germs Graffiti: Camera: Panasonic FZ50

I suppose one good thing has come out of all this. The Flu has been totally eliminated. It's a miracle! So have about 10 more serious illnesses that usually kill thousands of people each year. They all die from Coronavirus now, lol. So, how do you get rid of the Coronavirus?

My opinion: Turning off your television and boycotting the main stream news / media would be a good place to start. This pandemic, which was planned years in advance, is part of a much bigger, and seriously evil agenda. And if you can't see that by now there is not much hope left for you. Anyway, that's all I'll say about that, as this isn't the blog for that type of subject.


The Oldest UK Graffiti?

Is this the oldest Graffiti in the UK? I know its not really a "Graffiti" piece in the sense that its just someone tagging initials, but that date underneath looks like 1898 to me. If that date is genuine, and I think it is, it's well over 100 years old. This stone is part of St John the Baptist Church in Berkswell (very old Church I believe). I wonder who HL was, and what type of life he or she lived.

Old tagging from the side of a Church. Camera: Lumix FZ50

Wood Ear Fungus / Mushroom

Is it called a fungus or a mushroom, I'm not sure to be honest. I'm no mushroom expert. But apparently some Wood Ears are edible. However, there are a few lookalikes, so do be sure to double check before attempting to eat any to avoid any problems. Personally I wouldn't consume them. I know they are used in Chinese medicine, and are said to taste rather bland. Anyway, they are quite strange in appearance, and I never knew what they were until a few months ago after a bit of research. Camera: Lumix FZ50.




Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3 Battery

The Panasonic TZ3 camera can be bought for cheap these days. It's a very good little camera. Only problem is, buying the camera in 2020 will almost certainly be in a used condition. That goes for the battery too. It will more than likely be the original, and it will be just as old as the camera itself. And that is rather old. This means its quite likely that it won't be able to hold a very good charge. This is not always the case though, as I talk about below.



Buy an aftermarket replacement TZ3 battery here

 There are non-original replacements out there for sale, but they are a bit hit and miss. And they don't cost much less than what it would be to actually buy a used TZ3 on eBay that comes with an original Panasonic battery. I mean, I bought a Panasonic TZ3 on eBay for £12. Thankfully for me the original battery that it came with still holds an excellent charge considering how old it is.

So don't completely write-off just buying a used TZ3. Sometimes you can get lucky and come across one that comes with a good original battery. Do be sure to ask the seller that question though (does the battery hold a good charge) before bidding / buying to make sure.


Bus Stops In The UK

There are quite a few different types of bus stops in the UK. This is one of the common designs that are seen in a lot of built-up areas in the UK. There are other types (I don't know the names), particularly in English rural areas where some are still quite old due to not being updated or vandalized. And that's a good thing. I like the older types and may post an image of one soon.



The one pictured here, located in Birmingham is new. That's because the bus stop that used to be there got vandalized. Smashed to bits, all windows broken etc. I wonder how long this one will last. Camera: Canon IXUS 127HS [Link].

Samsung U-CA5 Digimax Sample Images

The 5 mega-pixel Samsung Digimax U-CA5 is quite an old digital camera now. It's a small point and shoot that's not too bad for carrying around and taking some fast, hassle free photos. This camera doesn't have that many settings and features, which can be a good thing for someone who just wants to be able to take some pictures without having one too many settings to mess with, which can be complicated and annoying for some people.

How-Now-Brown-Cow_Digimax U-CA 5
A Brown Cow. All images Copyright © Still Paused

Anyway, here is two sample images that I took with the Digimax U-CA5 quite a while back that are sitting on a hard drive not being looked at, so I thought they might be of some use to someone who is looking for sample images from this camera.

A close up of a Prickly Chestnut with premature seeds showing

Castanea Sativa (Prickly Chestnut) Seeds looking a little flat and under developed.

You can buy a used Samsung U-CA5 for £10 - £20 in the UK, however, there are so many older digital cameras out there for sale at around the same price used, which offer a lot more value for the money. A few that come to mind, are the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 (excellent old camera - I bought mine for £10 on eBay), Lumix TZ3 (Review), Lumix FZ8 (here) Lumix FZ20 and the Canon Powershot S2 IS Bridge camera (I bought mine for £10).

Think the Cows want their milk back. Time to leave.

There are a lot more out there in this price range from many of the good brands, including Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax and Nikon. Not forgetting Samsung also. I have a Samsung WB500, and that's a great little camera. However, if you can  pick up a U-CA5 for extremely cheap, it's still worth considering. It can take a decent picture.


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