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iOS8 bug: File Uploading Broken
Ive updated today.....now I cant upload a pic to EPHOTOZINE.......Hope they put this right very soon.


14 26/09/2014 - 11:02 AM
By Chris_L
You're getting Old when....
A very wise son Straycat........as long as he has his finances sorted and something useful, creative, enjoyable to do with all that time?

I try to advise any hard working person to target 50-55 for at least partial retirement, because at 76 I know only too well just how the years fly by as soon as 50 is reached.

I left a stressful but amazing job working with people with learning disabilities, I loved every minute of it, until the system changed, then stress built up, so I retired at 53 to follow my dreams......one of them being Photography.
The last twenty plus years have gone all too quickly......then it always does when you are enjoying yourself Wink

Grow old, disgracefully, do things you always wanted to.....( within your means of course)


31 25/09/2014 - 10:17 PM
By StrayCat
Get Piratey


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6 20/09/2014 - 2:03 PM
By hobbo
I For One Am Glad it's Almost Over
If it is a NO vote, then all those pledges made to Scotland, should have ENGLAND inserted also, then an ENGLISH PARLIAMENT created on an equal footing ......England and its indigenous population are being deliberately ignored.


86 22/09/2014 - 2:31 PM
By mikehit
How can we help Freshen up the Site


As the OP of the magazines thread ( what have I started? Wink........ I too am an oldie who has seen 76 summers, and now enter the winter of life.

But....... Flatly refuse to be bereft of inspiration and motivation when it comes to matters of photography...........Life.......is what YOU make it.

A camera is welded to me whenever I venture outdoors, I challenge myself daily to discover something new or exciting to point the lenses at......to approach a complete stranger to request a portrait.........to see what others can't or won't see.....( see my portfolio for Street Portraits, or, my recent synchronised Ice-Cream shot fir examples)...

It is obvious that newcomers to the hobby will all ask the same questions eventually......it is up to us oldies, to answer them, whilst, at the same time, enabling them to see past the technicalities, the tutorials and the post processing techniques.....to discover then SEE their personal photographic world.

We all know that, any one question regarding photography can produce any number of answers, many contradicting the other........Learn the essential basics, then develop......THE EYE!

Is the only answer..............

......... Isnt't it?


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13 15/09/2014 - 5:58 PM
By Carabosse
Photography magazines
I can't afford to buy regular printed copies of the main Photography Magazines available in the UK, recently a good friend has taken to acquiring ex public library copies sold at just 20 pence each when they have been officially Discarded.

I browse them, then feel pleased that I haven't had to fork out the cover price.....why?

Because, when analysed they contain mostly advertising, plus a couple of letter pages, a short editorial, then reviews, tutorials, reader's pics etc.
All very good, but all of this ( and more) is available online and on YouTube nowadays, so are printed magazines outdated media?

One article that did get my attention was one featuring the four year old ....Panasonic LX5 .......pushed as leader of the pack in its class by them back then......only to be dismissed as old hat by them now.

Perhaps, we should all buy brand new/improved equipment every three years or so, or we will be left behind?

Just a rantWink


76 17/09/2014 - 5:07 AM
By StrayCat
Can anyone recommend Bluetooth Speakers?
I have just invested 129 of my pocket money on the amazing.......

........CREATIVE LABS ...ROAR...

Just take a look and a listen on You Tube ..........then go to the Creative Labs UK web site.

It is more than just a speaker, it is a voice and music recorder in its own right via a mini SD card.....

A fantastic, beautifully designed bit of Audio equipment.

P.S. I have nothing whatsoever to do with Creative Labs.......just an extremely happy customer.


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11 15/09/2014 - 2:55 PM
By Dabber
Porthgain/St Davids
We had a VW Camper for years.....the best way to holiday in my opinion Wink

I can highly reccomend two sites, both small but both having excellent views, access to shops but not too commercial.

The first is in St Davids itself just above the car park .....there is a tall house with around observation. Gallery on the roof there......cant think of the name of the site though.

The other I do know very well.......TYCANOL FARM ......at Newtown just a few miles from St Davids......is is a private clifftop site with spectacular views.

A footpath leads down to the small town harbour and Shops....... a place that always reminded me of the Seaside town that Rupert Bear went to in his famous Annuals Wink

It would make a great base for a photographer........it is a small site, so a phone call or email exchange before you go would be advised.

Please let us know if you go to either of these sites.


8 04/09/2014 - 8:57 AM
By ChrisStyles
Things that annoy you photographically!
MilkyWater!...........AAAAAAAARGH! :-(

That single lonely hawthorn tree on the Stone Pavement in Yorkshire......the tripod hoes must be a metre deep by now. Wink


80 08/09/2014 - 7:42 AM
By whatriveristhis
Places (shops, malls, museums, restaurants etc;) in the UK where photography is banned
As an addendum to my bit of a rant above......not long afterwards I visited the Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull, on a trip out with a mate who was negotiating to buy a TV from the John Lewis Store there.

I had an hour to kill, but couldn't do my planned walk about outside, because it was hissing down......in the light of my Coventry experience, I decided to request permission to take pics at one of the security points.

To my surprise, and after some checking with management, permission was granted with one proviso......this was, that I was forbidden to photograph the store fronts.

This struck me as very strange, because if I were on a public High Street I could photograph any store front I wanted to.
I managed to capture a set of excellent shots of the interesting roof construction and general architecture.

Back to my Coventry argy bargy.......The question I ask is...... just what harm is a 75 plus old fogey is going to do with a camera, just because stores are under a roof?

Especially when no one, takes a blind bit of notice of anyone shooting pics on mobile phones and point and shoot cameras in the Centre.......my Nokia 1020 42 mp mobile camera would almost certainly be ignored.....but a camera with a lens sticking out is taboo........makes no sense whatsoever?

If I with my camera, might approach or upset a shopper.......what about the sales personel on those temporary stalls selling everything from Law advice to Double Glazing......never mind the charity Chuggers.

The other thing is, the Stores and Eateries in those centres are quite happy to part me from my money.......the profits from which pay the security company......profit fom my soending which might be considerable.

The Coventry City Centre Store that sold me the offending camera, will lose out now, because I probably wont be going back............So its Stratford Upon Avon, Leamington or Warwick for me now......Coventry can stick its shops.


10 26/08/2014 - 6:56 PM
By Dave_Canon
Places (shops, malls, museums, restaurants etc;) in the UK where photography is banned
Last year I was accompanied out of the West Orchards shopping Centre in Coventry by a pair of stab vested be-capped Security Guards.......Why? .....After I had been Visiting Coventry City Centre since being a tiny wartime bratt.....my late mum and her family haled from Spon End, the heart of the Medieval quarter.
Not only that, since I took up photography on retirement over ten years ago, I have walked around the whole of the City Centre wearing and using a variety of cameras, with no problems whatsoever.

My crime on that fateful day?

I had just purchased used Panasonic GF1 with the 14-45 kit lens from the Coventry branch of CEX for 150, I was mighty pleased. I was happily testing to see what it could do, and to familiarise myself with the controls.

My favourite genre is Street Photography, so I was happily clicking away .....a harmless old codger of 75 enjoying his favourite pastime, that is when I became aware of two uniformed guys each side of me, requesting that I switch off my camera and leave the centre ( there are NO signs forbidding photography) ........ I remostrated angrily drawing quite a crowd ( my missus did a bunkWink .....I stood my ground......mentioned what the nazis did to Coventry and that members of my family helped to defend it at the time, and of my Coventry origins.....all to no avail.

I asked why I couldnt use my canera...the reply?......" Because it has a big lens and looks "Professional"... ...."I was a threat to security"....They said.......all around were folks taking pics on mobiles and with point and shoots..

So bloody angry was I that I havent been back, and dont really want to......I received no reply to the two letters I sent in protest.

I am thinking of returning with a similar camera to my old GF1 .....my....new GX7 ......this time it will be fitted with the 20-1.7 Pancake lens so will look like a Point and Shoot.....my 42 mp Nokia 1020 mobile phone camera will be in another pocket.


10 26/08/2014 - 6:56 PM
By Dave_Canon
Day 17 August 2014: City Abstracts

65 18/09/2014 - 10:35 PM
By Tish1
fave scene from a horror film
When Bambi's mother gets shot. Tongue


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19 13/08/2014 - 6:45 PM
By Paul Morgan
Are Panasonic Lumix G series really as good as an SLR??
I have had a GX7 for some months now..........a BRILLIANT Bit of kit..........especially now that I have a decent set of lenses for it, plus adaptors for a whole variety of others old and newish.

The tiltable viewfinder is a Godsend to me currently, after serious eye surgery has left me temporarily one eyed, the 14-42 kit lens gives excellent results.

The SIGMA 60-2.8 Art lens is superb for portraits and the 20-1.7 ideal for Street Photography.........a 200 mm lens keeps me happy around wildlife.

All the kit packs away nicely in a very small bag...........whoops! Nearly forgot to mention the brilliant Chinese made AF EXTENSION RINGS available via eBay, they work beautifully.


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31 12/08/2014 - 6:43 PM
By SlowSong
The times they are a changing
Im my day, our walk to school was so long we got there just in time to here the going home bell........then we had to walk home :-(


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12 11/08/2014 - 9:06 AM
By hobbo
Day 07 August 2014: Photos That Fit The Theme 'Hot'

49 12/08/2014 - 8:34 AM
By andybebbs
Day 05 August 2014: Abstract Shots

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92 06/08/2014 - 7:19 PM
By djh698
Photo realistic painting from photos
If you want to be amazed and surprised and have an iPad......try the.....WATERLOGUE .....app.....by some magic it creates the most beautiful watercolour painting from well defined photographs.

See here......a pic of my old moggie transformed, automatically...


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4 04/08/2014 - 5:00 PM
By hobbo
Perils of none-UK purchases
Would the staff at a branch of......The London Camera Exchange.....be willing to help you?

You might have to offer to pay them.....or, they might be keen to help if not busy.


19 10/08/2014 - 9:13 PM
By lemmy
Day 01 August 2014: Portraits With Good Bokeh

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76 04/08/2014 - 10:43 PM
By nikon
aquarium/fish photographer needed
I just cant Fathom what you mean by that........I think that your Out of Your Depth.....

I'm off to listen to some Sole Music.............the world is my Oyster! Wink


22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
Is the xt-1 the perfect street camera?
My new PANASONIC GX7 fits the bill beautifully, tilting viewfinder and screen, a good range of lenses, plus being able to use a whole host of older and other lenses via appropriate adaptors.
Its small, comparatively light and beautifully designed, just Google the reviews or look on YouTube.

Take a look at the BH presentations on YouTube, one of their latest features every mirror-less and micro four thirds camera going in great detail.....


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43 01/09/2014 - 12:34 PM
By Crazycurtis28
aquarium/fish photographer needed

Methinks there are a few ....Phish Fingers ....on board now.

All little Shrimps with even tinier Winkles.......Muscle up men ......Trawl the Net, for a bigger Catch, better than On Line..........then they'll take you.....Hook Line and Sinker.

This is the age of AQUARIUM ........take care not to become a........

Shoal of Sprats!


( Just afloatWink

22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
aquarium/fish photographer needed
I realise that you are all Codding the OP ......But dont go Carping on if he responds negatively, eel be Angling for an explanation I bet?

...... On the Scale of one to ten, Fins ain't what they used to be, but the lucky photographer he chooses will have a Whale of a time as long as he is a good Snapper and doesnt get too Crabby.

Apparently one applicant failed because she was a Chubby old Trout, her partner Mr Rod Rest wasnt too happy about that.........he just couldnt see what the Catch was after he Weighed everything up, he reckoned the approached things from the wrong Angle.

There is a time and Plaice for Codding serious posters to EPZ, but it takes a Spratt to catch a Mackerel .......this man is serious ......is there no Snapper out there that can help?

So come down of your high Perch and you might be Squids in Wink

Hobbo ......( EEL DO!)

22 03/08/2014 - 6:52 PM
By Chris_L
What Will it Take?
StrayCat........you have been very brave to post your thoughts and observations on a public forum, I'm sure that is allready proving to be very therapeutic, because you got it all off your chest in one go, plus benefitting from the support and empathy currently being received from EPZ members.

One of the lessons I have learned during my 76 years is to avoid at all costs any kind of negativity from anyone or anywhere, not selfishly so because you and your immediate family come first.

Above all stay POSITIVE yourself in the knowledge that positive thoughts are flowing your way.......hold on to them and act accordingly.

Thinking of you!


10 03/08/2014 - 6:22 PM
By StrayCat
Gallery Suggestions
I tried 500PX.........So many photographs, I suffered from visual burn-out, if you can call it that.......too many pics in one place to take in properly, in my opinion.

I like the current EPZ Gallery.


263 23/08/2014 - 11:08 PM
By Nick_w
If you miss me....
Hi Festiniog,

After what you have been through, the cataract surgery is an absolute doddle, I had both done before my retinal surgery yesterday.

I wish you well,

Sore eye


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27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
If you miss me....
Hi, all,

another ....Round-Robin message from Cyril

Good News and other News regarding my retinal surgery yesterday.

I spent over five hours in the Day Surgery Unit, pre op preparation plus lots of stinging drops up to the point of surgery.
Then a traumatic wait for the inevitable and painful, first local anesthetic injection, followed by another, which totally froze the left quarter of my face, eye and forehead.

The surgeon supported by his incredible team, then beavered away for over one and a half hours, with me wide awake, listening to fascinating technical stuff interspersed with jokes and banter, some of which I was able to join in, after the fine work was completed.

If you watched the video, I posted of the surgery you will know that it all looks pretty grim, but, after the local anesthetic kicks in, all is utterly painless, I just felt pushing and, at times pressure, with lots of work by a surgical compressor that balances eye ball pressure as the vitreous is replaced by water.

The latter, is the good news, it meant, that after the surgeon had completed the peeling off of my sight distorting membrane he could re-pressurise my eye with water and not gas or oil, either of these would have meant weeks of having to be face down for most of 24 hours.

Instead, I am left with an extremely bloodshot, half closed eye, not painful, just uncomfortable, with a variety eye drops to use, every few hours fir the next couple of weeks.

The recovery of the vision in the affected eye will take up to six months, with no guarantee of total success, recovery is monitored by the surgeon, every two weeks.

Currently I am seeing bright lights, with hazy wobbly shapes and colours, because I am attempting to see through a totally out of focus water bubble, that wobbles alarmingly throwing me off balance if Im not wearing my eye patch.

So, to sum up........I am very relieved not to have to use weeks of ....Face-Down....posture, instead I have to take it easy, no heavy work or strenuous activities, using drops, eye patches and taking pain killers as required.
The sight in my left eye, should recover very slowly, and should improve as the air bubble reduces, it could be weeks or months.

I will be able to read and type using one good eye, but wont be taking any photographs for some time......I will drop in on photo forums as and when I feel like looking at your pics and adding the odd comments.

I wish to thank you all for your very kind thoughts and words, they go a long way to aiding recovery.

Cyril ( Hobbo)

Sent from my iPad by Cyril Hobbins

27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
If you miss me....
Mods and Regulars,

Should you miss me during the next few weeks, I havent left or died........today, I am having serious eye surgery..........post operatively, I will be unable to see properly or take photographs again for some time :-(

Catch you all again as soon as my sight returns.



27 18/07/2014 - 9:23 PM
By cantona43
Panasonic GX7 query
Thank you all.....

I have it sorted now.......I just need to think more when I make drastic changes to my everyday settings.



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6 23/08/2014 - 10:00 PM
By Chris_L
Panasonic GX7 query
Ive, had my GX7 for around four months now, I have used it for all kinds of photogaphy ( see my portfolio) and with four different lenses without a hitch,until today, that is.

I decided to shoot at its extremly high shutter speed, to capture water drops, I upped the ISO, and went from A to S priority.

It was a. Bit dark, but the pics look fine, on the LCD ....trouble is, when I reset all my dials and buttons to where they were, the results in the LCD and viewfinder remained dark.

No matter what I did.......Set ISO, to 200 ..A to 5.6 ....set to A Mode....all remained dark.

I was half way round a long walk, still trying to work things out.....then, in sheer desparation, I did a ....RESET.....Hey Presto, all returned to normal.


Any ideas what may have caused the camera to stick like that?.....Surely I dont need to RESET, after every major change of the dials?


Any advice, ideas welcome.



6 23/08/2014 - 10:00 PM
By Chris_L
but what if i dont like football



15 22/06/2014 - 4:01 PM
By Jestertheclown
but what if i dont like football
I cant understand why, when 99% of real footie enthusiasts know the score as it happens.......why the rest of us, need to be told the results.....OVER AND OVER AGAIN.......in news bulletins, and then just a few minutes later they are ....REPEATED.....during the sports section of the news.......repeated endlessly on the Radio, and in the newspapets next day......do soccer supporters have terrible short term memory spans?

And, and, if there is anything to send me diving for cover with my hands over my ears it is accidentaly over hearing a SCREAMING radio commentator, spitting and dribling through his mainly indecipherable commentary.



15 22/06/2014 - 4:01 PM
By Jestertheclown
Welsh Ospreys........Chicks in nest.....well worth watching..
Hi, folks,

If you enjoyed watching the family of Peregrine Falcons growing up then fledging, you will enjoy dropping in here from time to time....

The Ospreys have chicks.......at this moment, one parent, and the chicks are waiting for a fish supper to be delivered.



11 23/06/2014 - 8:13 PM
By Snapster
Have you Seen This?
If you have ever suffered a dose of....CAMPYLABACTA ......like I did a few years back, you would take heed of this advice........I have never felt so ill or low ........


I used milk from a bottle that had been opened by a crow.


18 21/06/2014 - 9:47 PM
By RogBrown
Day 18 June 2014: Photos Of Faces

A Triker at a recent event


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96 19/06/2014 - 4:44 AM
By hqa
Day 17 June 2014: Castles



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135 21/06/2014 - 4:06 PM
By altitude50
Day 16 June 2014: Images Shot Wide Open


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88 18/06/2014 - 8:19 PM
By shadow_photo
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails
Youll be thrown out of the Pub! Grin


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53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
Day 06 June 2014: Photos Taken From Transport Windows

From a wet bus window, autumn evening.


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50 09/06/2014 - 8:35 PM
By shadow_photo
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails

Wot I meant......'Onestly Guv.

Hobbo Wink

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53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails

Will this get me hung in a Top Gallery?

Could you think up a suitable Title for it?


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53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
I'm off to buy a pair of pale blue pails
After seeing the photographs and reading the text, I am wondering why I have bothered to learn all that I have about photography........a look at my portfolio will show you that I will never be able to reach that standard.

If any of us attempted to take photographs in an International art Gallery, we would be promptly escorted out.

Enter a pic of two plastic buckets in your Camera Club exhibition or competition it would be laughed out of the entries at first viewing, as a Mickey Take.

The other shot is well taken, but doesnt do anything, it is just a bland staged shot.

Or should I have typed.

A trio, of seminal works each one drawing out from the viewer long buried feelings of family holidays, camping trips and Sunday roasts?


Three photographers, with friends in the Art Gallery circuit, who despite their degrees, have learned that if they take photographs similar to those of millions of snappers, their work will be held up as something worthy of recognition.

Im going to get our plastic bucket.......I feel sick.


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53 07/06/2014 - 10:12 PM
By Paul Morgan
What Micro Four Thirds lenses would you like to see next?
I recently acquired a SIGMA 60-1.2:8 ART ( portrait) LENS, it is exactly that, an amazingingly sharp bit of glass, that does exactly what it says on the tin.

The design with its smooth chrome, focussing ring, and its disconcerting rattle when the camera isnt switched on, or, is off camera, can be a bit off putting.....

But dont be put off, the results are truly amazing.........

......does anyone else use one on a PANASONIC GX7?

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42 01/06/2014 - 12:38 AM
By dandeakin
The Peregrine Falcon is back
All the chicks look almost ready to take the first flight....all taking great risks right on the edge ...


65 01/06/2014 - 10:52 AM
By tomcat
Weekly macro challenge - ending Sunday evening 1st June 2014 - Glass.
Your all like Putty in my hands.........

Questions,......Would it be unfair if I processed my entries in a ...........Windows Computer?.......

.......do entries need to fit inside a Frame?

..........If I take a macro shot of a pane of clear glass......how would someone know?...How would I Clarify this?......or......should I go Obscure?..

.......If I process using layers, do they have to be Double or Triple Layers......

Oh Gawd!.........My eyes are Glazing over.........I'm Cracking up........I feel absolutely Shattered.


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25 02/06/2014 - 4:51 PM
By lumi
Colour of Skies
I had a very similar problem when I purchased a new PANASONIC GX7 recently, my RAW files looked terrible when I converted them......I put a query on here, and the problem was solved instantly.......I had to update the RAW converter PS the difference was amazing.


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41 30/05/2014 - 6:26 PM
By SlowSong
Possible scam
I received a very similar message purporting to come from USPS the other day .....I just binned it.....I know when I have ordered things.

Be vigilant out there.


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23 17/06/2014 - 4:55 PM
By chris.maddock
Press photographers - query
Perhaps this is a daft question but I'm going to ask it anyway...

I've just watched on the TV NEWS a politician exiting from his car, he was totally surrounded by a crush of excited press photographers.

I noted that they all seemed to have a long lens with a wide end (60mm?) even though they were very close to their subject....... Most were firing in BURST mode.........my questions?

What is that lens most if them seem to be using, and why?

Just curious


7 03/06/2014 - 7:15 PM
By KarenFB
Does technology Impede Creativity?
Further to my points above.........I have been a creative worker in wood all my life, I have a collection of very sharp tools, old, new, basic and specialist, plus a few very sophisticated power tools.

With these I can put my hand to creating the products I have become very well known for, another craftsman using the SAME tools might produce ......Reproduction antiques, fine musical instruments, beautiful cabinets, roofs, stairs, windows etc.......Because they have learned all they can about tools, timber and techniques.

But.......others with the SAME set of tools, will just make shavings,sawdust, off cuts and ill looking items, plus suffering a fair few injuries from tool misuse.

All cameras, are just TOOLS to get a job done..........it is the CRAFTSPERSON who CREATES.


31 23/05/2014 - 7:19 PM
By Paul Morgan