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Shags

In Oamaru there is an old wharf which has been taken over by shags & seagulls. The wharf has long been declared unsafe for humans, and made inaccessible by removing the connection to the land, effectively turning it into a sanctuary for birdlife.

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Interesting POV on South Australia's recent electricity spot price surges.
The sharp spike in SA electricity prices this month certainly put the wind up renewable energy critics. But the really scary thing for the fossil fuel industry is that the price spikes don’t …
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"""Little wonder, then, that the fossil fuel industry is pissed off. They can see the transition coming, and while some are making efforts to adapt, few can see how they can protect their traditional revenue base in a system that will likely be dominated by new players, new technologies and a new “energy democracy”."""
... surely this is the same mistake the recorded music industry made (several times), Kodak made and I'm sure there are other examples too. The point is not to protect the old revenue streams, it's to develop new ones.
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Queues

On second thoughts, let's not go to Carrick-a-Rede today we said, as we arrived at a completely full carpark. We drove on towards Ballycastle and found a lookout at the top of the hill where we could get a good (if distant) view. I'm pretty pleased not to have wasted our time queueing for tickets, in order to queue to walk across the rope bridge, in order to queue to get back.

Instead we went on to Ballycastle where we had a walk around the harbourfront park, and found an old ruined Friary five minutes further up the road that we had all to ourselves, and which we happily clambered over for half an hour before heading back to our digs for the evening.

#NorthernIreland   #rope   #bridge   #island #tourists   #tourism  
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wow beautiful,,,!
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This is a well-written but sad statement from the woman in this photo.
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+Maureen McMillan the photo is amazing, and has been all over the internet for a week - "going viral", as they say. It's especially interesting to get the back story.
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Just getting ready for the summer lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall, along with the team at +Axonista​ 
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MENDELSSOHN: The Hebrides Overture
BACH: Concerto for Two Violins
TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz from Act I, Swan Lake
ROSSINI: William Tell Overture

Helena Wood violin
Elaine Clark violin
Andrew Mogrelia conductor
Presented by Niall Carroll, RTÉ lyric fm

All very familiar works, but I particularly enjoyed the Bach, which I've heard so many times without even considering the amount of synchronisation between the two soloists.
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Every day Google Now finds another sports website for me to positively declare disinterest. How many sports websites are there? I suspect that number is infinite, but even so, I know it's the same number as the number of sports websites i am not interested in.

What will it take for Google Now to learn from these negative signals that I make the effort to give it?

#feedback +Google Now​
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+andrew mcmillan Okay, I can see that. Myself, they aren't getting clicks off of me anyway, unless I am specifically doing a Google search.
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Rose

The roses in St. Anne's Park are lovely this time of year. The wind had been blowing, and no garden of roses is ever fully in bloom at the same time so I had to hunt for a while, but I think this one is just about perfect.

#rosephotography   #Dublin  
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God's magnificent handiwork and kissed by the sun,truly perfection!
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Mist near Carnlough

We drove home on Sunday, the scenic route. First over the hills to the coast, and then down the coast through Glenarm and on down to Belfast. A few interesting detours on the way, which I'll post pictures in due course, but first, coming down to the coast we were shrouded in heavy rain, so while the valleys were beautiful I wasn't going to get out of the car and get the camera all covered in water just to get a bad photo.

Once we got down to the coast it cleared a bit, to a misty drizzle, and I stopped and took some photos of what Ireland so often is: misty and wet. After all it has to get green somehow!

We carried on into Glenarm for a sort of "elevenses" - or maybe it was a second breakfast - at a small & friendly tearooms on the main street. I thought for a moment we'd be washing the dishes, as they didn't take credit cards(!) but we managed to scratch together enough cash.

Coming from New Zealand, which seems to have benefited from automated banking systems from the 1970s, I'm so used to debit & credit cards being accepted everywhere that it still surprises me when I end up in a small cafe, or a taxi or a corner store, where only cash is accepted, and I have to find a different provider when I least wanted to.

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+Hazel Rowberry we had a great time, but sadly my mother-in-law has had to go back home to New Zealand now, and I'll have to find some new excuses to get out in the countryside!
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Giant's Causeway

We were the first people in the queue for the causeway this morning, so by the time we'd walked down it was still possible to find views without people in them. This was my choice, with the tidal pool to add some colour to the foreground.

Back in 2007 we visited the Isle of Staffa, and Fingal's Cave, which is comprised of the same basaltic hexagonal volcanic rock, but the causeway is a much more accessible - and thereby much more accessed destination. Ultimately I would choose Fingal's Cave for the remarkable dramatic experience, but it wouldn't have been possible to take my mother-in-law there, as we could here.

Once again our membership in the +New Zealand Historic Places Trust paid it's dividend, getting us into the property, although since our membership card is an older design there was some consulting of manuals before it was accepted.

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Estive aqui tambem um sonho. um lugar mágico maravilhoso. Eu amo a Irlanda. Povo justo bonito educado uma cultura maravilhosa.
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Sunset at the Dark Hedges

Sunset is at 9:35pm at this time of year in Northern Ireland, so it's quite possible to finish work in Dublin and drive up to the Dark Hedges in time to take some photos around sunset. In fact the most difficult part of that is managing to not have random people in hi-vis vests or pink trousers, since it is such a popular spot.

It is a very pretty avenue of trees, and it's interesting to visit to see what makes it that way. Lots of light comes through the canopy - between the trees, and through places where they've been removed, etc, which means that far from being "dark", the lighting is surprisingly good. Or it would be good, if it weren't a dark sunset, but there was enough light for a good photo, in any case.

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I met this wonderful place in April 2016 I fell in love , I do not speak the language in order to change the country and set me in Ireland forever. Unfortunately our financial conditions in Brazil do not allow this . A pity . I fell in love with this country!
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It's amazing what you see, #vlcspotting in Westmeath with +Jimmy Kaplowitz. This perfect sky, these delightful trees, this water meadow, and - perhaps just in case someone was going to drive through it - the cone.

One of the seven wonders of #Fore perhaps?
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Yup I went out today and discovered I'm now come hyper aware lol. Spotted two.
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Prometheus is a pretty damn awesome way of capturing the state of your services.
 
After 3.5 years, Prometheus 1.0 is out with the combined work of hundreds of people!
New Features in Prometheus 1.0.0 · Brian Brazil July 18, 2016. After almost 4 years of development, Prometheus has reached 1.0. Hot on the heels of 0.20.0, this release brings new features and more importantly guarantees.
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    Old Bearded One, 2016 - present
    Working out what I do, fixing things and helping people.
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    Site Reliability Manager, 2014 - 2016
    Be a cat, helping to encourage other cats to herd themselves.
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    I started it, who knows where it will end!
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    1/5th Founder, 1997 - 2008
    As a founder of Catalyst I was responsible for some parts of "turning five friends into a fun multi-million dollar turnover company". As the original alpha geek I was instrumental in setting Catalyst down the road less-travelled to free software: perhaps a little less lucrative, but undoubtedly a lot more fun.
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