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 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.


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.

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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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