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  • Joke of the day: "Banned from Sainsburys"

    by Nigel Ivy 3. February 2011 15:42

    Yesterday I was at my local Sainsburys store buying a large bag of Winalot dog food for my loyal pet and was in the checkout queue when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

    What did she think I had an elephant? So, since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Winalot Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn’t, because I ended up in hospital last time, but I'd lost 2 stone before I woke up in intensive care with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

    I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pockets with Winalot nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in queue was now enthralled with my story.)

    Horrified, she asked me if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me I told her no, I stepped off the kerb to sniff an Irish Setter's butt and a car hit me.

    I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard. I'm now banned from Sainsbury's.

    Better watch what you ask retired people.

    They have all the time in the world to think of daft things to say.

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    Removing a broken CB-EN2 Battery Grip off my 20D

    by Nigel Ivy 25. November 2010 20:32

    I had the CB-EN2 battery grip on my Canon EOS 20d, but the thumb-wheel broke which meant I couldn't take the grip off. I needed to get the grip off as there was too much vibration when shooting on a tripod.

    I searched the web for a solution, and it seemed that this was a popular problem with this particular grip. The only way I found to remove it was to dismantle the entire grip. Here are some pics of the results:

     

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    Nigel's South Africa 2010 Gallery

    by Nigel Ivy 11. November 2010 10:28

    Nigel & Rianna had a great trip to South Africa this year, check out Nigel's South African 2010 gallery on nigelivy.com!

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    Culling of Elephants in the Kruger National Park

    by Nigel Ivy 11. November 2010 10:00

    I just found this article on Twitter, and I must say this is a subject that gets my blood boiling. It seems that we have a bunch of unimformed puppets that are calling the shots on these subjects. There hasn't been culling or population control of elephants in the Kruger since the eighties, and it's starting to show. There are well over 10,000 elephants in the Kruger and yet it is estimated that the park can only sustain around 6,000 elephants! I'm no rocket scientist, but my maths is pretty good and that is a fairly big gap...

    We CANNOT make decisions on environmental affairs based on our emotions, it will lead to the destruction of our ecosystem and that my friends is a hard fact! I understand the implications involved in culling elephants - that due to their social structures you have to cull the entire herd as a whole and not just old adults. But, I ask you with tears in my eyes, how many shrubs, insects, grasses etc. will we allow to become extinct all to save a few elephant when they are so numerous!? When will we think about the MOST inportant aspect of conservation - the SOIL!!! Without soil we don't have elephants, trees, grass, cute little fluffy zebra...

    Soil conservation is the most important thing in Africa today (possibly more important than water), and yet the "ecological experts" are ignoring this. South Africa's BIGGEST export is soil - soil that is washed down into the sea due to erosion caused by bad conservation.

    We need to take responsibility of the population of elephants in the Kruger and cull. It has been proven that relocation of elephants is not ecoonomically viable or sustainable due to the fact that elephants have to be relocated a long distance from where they started, otherwise they will travel HUGE distances right back to where they started, crossing rivers and fences. Why do we want to use something as un-natural as contraceptives? It goes against nature entirely, and yet death is completely natural. Has anyone given thought to what the detremental effect elephants with contraception urinating on shrubs and insects will have? Is it worth causing grasses, insects etc. to become extinct all for more elephants than we need?

    It's a hard pill to swallow, but we need to step up to the cup and face the damage us humans have caused - we need to cull elephants in the Kruger. We need to remove the people in high political positions who are calling the shots based on emotions and replace them with competant conservationists that will make authorised and educated decisions based on the conservation of the ecosystem as a whole, rather than just one species.

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