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Have you got App fatigue?

In January, I posted a rant ‘ Is the Internet broken ’ about the how the Internet was becoming less and less helpful (to me at least) and that we were all being forced to download more and more apps to do the simplest of things.   If I may, I’ll continue my rant, specifically in relation to Smartphone Apps which I think are ruling our lives, rather than improving the quality of our lives.  Apps bloat your phone My last smartphone told me I had run out of storage space.     It wasn’t old but it didn’t have space to accommodate the updates on the three apps I had downloaded and it wasn’t possible to delete the ten regularly updated useless apps it came loaded with.   So, I have a new one.   Initially the temptation was to try out various apps that took my fancy.   Some were too intrusive, some didn’t work, and a couple of amusing games were unplayable – because they could only be understood young people.   Other apps seemed hell bent on getting money out of me.   I then decided I didn
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#ThursdayDoors - Hartlepool

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#Thursday Doors - Cyprus

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Are you aware what day it is?

Last Tuesday was ‘National Reflection Day’.  It was chosen by the Marie Curie charity (who supports people with terminal illnesses and their families) as a day to reflect on the loss of a loved one and to remember those who've lost their lives. We were encouraged to join a minute’s silence at 12 noon and to shine a light at 8pm.  With no disrespect to this worthy organisation, I don’t see why I have to be told how and when to reflect on lives of our lost friends and relatives. I have many moments of reflection (thinking about their lives and their families). I say prayers, light a candle, visit a memorial tree etc. and not just on anniversaries and birthdays. So, forgive me if I don’t play along on a random day because a charity says I should.  Make us aware of what the charity's cause is and what it does by all means but don’t do this. Last week it was International Day of Happiness 2021.   Clive, in his blog ‘ Take it Easy ’ published a great  post on this.   In it, he com

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#ThursdayDoors - Saddleworth

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#SundayStills - Your best black and white photos

This week's photography challenge ( hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at her site,  Second Wind Leisure Perspective ) is  'Your best black and white photos'.  I take very few black and white photos although I did resolve to take more after I watched an inspiring tv film documentary, 'Don McCullin: Looking for England'.  (The film is an fascinating and entertaining a  photographic journey which McCullin took in search of his own nation.)  You are bound to have seen some of the 83 year old photojournalist's work - either his war photography or his powerful photographs of urban life.   I was also inspired after looking through some of my Dad's old black and white photos.  Photography was his hobby back in the 50s. and I am always impressed by the detail which the analogue camera and his patient processing produced.  They are all in albums and boxes. Whilst I have experimented using black and white mode on my camera or using photoshop to convert colour to black a