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PSC Photo of the Month
April 2018

Here's the April Vote!
Please feel free to make your choice of which is the best shot here to become PSC Picture of the Month for April 2018.

Don't Vote For Your Own
Could members please not vote for their own photo. We probably can't win deciding what to do about setting a rule for this, but on balance we've decided to just say please don't. Thanks.

So, go ahead - make your choice!
Most votes wins, obviously!
Deadline for voting is Friday 27th April 2018.
Winner will be announced on PSC444.
Thanks very much to judges for giving their time selecting the photos.
+Richard Yates
+Mayuri Mehrotra
+Marek Pawlowski
+Ahmed Bebars
+Andy Hagon
+Steve Litchfield
+Peter Hines
+Pete Warner
+Matthew Miller
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Derwent Water by Peter Hines
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Flower by Pete Warner
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Seattle in the Morning by Matt Miller
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Winlatter Forest by Peter Hines
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Room with a View by Patrik Andersson
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Get ready, you people who still seem to want to use old fashioned GPO phones 馃槀

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A friend, Francis, has asked me to post this with a month coming soon that coincides with 78th anniversary of the rescue of thousands of troops, at Dunkirk during WW2.

Joining the army as a boy in the 1920s, my Dad would have found little to get excited about between the wars during his service for King and country, except meeting Mum of course just before demob in the 1930s.

Their wedding soon followed as did the purchase of a beloved home in Portchester. Settling down to civilian life however was soon to be overshadowed by the threat of war, and with Dad on the army reserve list the inevitable happened. In what now seems a very short space of time, he was fighting for his life in France on the front line, and then on the beaches of Dunkirk. Mum was at her wits end when a pencil written, unstamped postcard arrived.

Dad鈥檚 injury put him straight back into civvy street, working as a civil service clerk at a military base in Portsmouth for most of the rest of his working life, and the same house in Portchester became the loving home to Mum, Dad and four lovely offspring.

For more from Francis about this very interesting slice of history, the postcard, letter, commentary and photos, click the link here...
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This 50鈥 16:9 Portable Tabletop Mini Projection Screen is really very well made, compact and functional.

There's a plastic solid zig-zag on the back which when the screen is pulled out, opens up to support the height of the unit. It's easy to do and push back after use. You can open it as much or little as you like.

The unit has a flat base, so it sits unsupported on a flat surface, like a window sill or mantle piece. It's pretty white and pretty flat when erected and folds down into a tube for easy vertical storage.

There are cheaper versions of this but many get bad reviews and are clearly made poorly. This one seems to be good value for money and comes in different sizes, orientations and prices. Recommended.

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This is a TV mini-drama in which Sarah Phelps has adapted the Agatha Christie book. It's played out over three hour-long episodes and was first screened by the BBC in April 2018. If you're quick, you can most likely still get to see it on the iPlayer.

In typical Agatha Christie style, it's a classic whodunit set in a monied, posh, big house in rural England with frightfully nice British actors performing a story which feels like it should really be on a stage. It's set in the 1950's.

The mother of the family lies dead on the floor. Somebody's fingerprints are all over the key evidence. The wayward son of a family of four adopted children (all grown up) was accused, committed and sent down for life. Whilst inside, he was attacked and killed by a fellow prisoner.

And so it unfolds. Audience fed information bit-by-bit. Some flashbacks to keep them on their toes and from hereon in it's really a case of getting to know the characters and learning what they might have to gain by having done it as we find more and more out of the backdrop. Of course, the direction ensures that by use of atmosphere and photography, glances, position and settings, everyone is presented as a possible criminal.

There are some nice twists and turns along the way, which keep it interesting, and the acting from the key players camp and fun. It seems obvious that anyone acting in an Agatha Christie Whodunit is allowed to have their tongue in their cheek throughout. Goes with the territory! Bill Nighy played his usual self and Ella Purnell stood out for me. I think we'll see a lot more of this English actor who was so good in Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. It was interesting to see Anthony Boyle pop up as the wayward son, last seen in Derry Girls.

It's a jolly good romp, maybe a bit longer than it could have been, but engaging and enjoyable. The production and sets are excellent and reflect perfectly the 1950's rural England era. Some say that it wavers too far from Christie's book, but it's 35 years since I read it, so I'd forgotten it anyway! If you know it, maybe you'll agree. Recommended.

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If you head for this dialogue in Settings, then put your finger on the scanner, it will flash to confirm which finger is registered where. And try one not registered and nothing happens 馃槑

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It's not good enough.

Reviewers of phones generally conclude that if it gets you through a (waking) day, it's good enough. But it isn't! It's an excuse for poor capacity batteries.

Yes, we can blame the manufacturers who seem to be hooked on 'thin'. We can argue about Qi charging 'making up for it'. We can accept that charging every night and hoping to get to bedtime is acceptable. But it ain't!

We add Moto Mod batteries. We carry Power banks. We get coffee where we can top up. We carry cables. It's not good enough!

The tech exists to enable decent battery life, but few are taking it on. Razer Phone has done it here, Moto needs a Mod. Samsung Note falls short but Huawei grasp it.

Surely the answer is to forget about this stupid 'thin' thing. I'm favouring devices right now which I know, if I need to, will get me through 2 days. Razer does this. Huawei Mate 10 Pro does this. If some can, all can.

It seems bizarre to me that Sony release the XA2 with 3300mAh, genuine 2 day performance, then drop it by 500mAh for the similarly sized XZ2 Compact.

These are just a few examples. Nokia 7 Plus is about to arrive with a decent heft and battery. Hurrah! Doesn't help us Nokia 8 owners. Pixel 2 with well under 3000mAh.

It's not good enough!

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