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    Hi Robin, glad to hear your on the mend mate!! A couple of things to bear in mind: You're still here and the stent plus angio work has given your ticker a really good MOT and new lease of life.. Ive had six, yes six heart attacks! My first was a 'widow maker' but due to circumstances i was seen extremely fast and following angioplasty i was fitted with two stents. I was 44 and thought my life was over but i was told to get on with things and with thr help of a shopping list of meds i did just that. Roll on another year and another MI, same routine... Nothing for two years then two MI non STMI within a month of each other... Two more stents aand a lot of angio work. I lost weight but my condition is hereditory and theres little i can do.. Last year i had a bit of a bad one working in central London - this saw me in hospital for three weeks and another stent, I didnt think i was going to come out but im still here! Then last October/ November just like you i had angina over a week, i put up with it and kept pumping the GTN spray. What a dick i was, every day i was having a heart attack... Back in again and two more stents, i need a big op but they cant graft as my ticker is to fragile so a transplant is the only option. The moral of this story is, fuck it! I don't miss out on anything, still go to gigs and still work. Its all down to positivity and realizing that i need to make the most of my life, yes i take it easier at work and ii get fatigue but to be honest? Its the best thing thats happened to me as i look at life differently now, i dont sweat the small stuff, i dont argue, i dont get riled up and everyone has said I'm a much nicer person. You cant keep a good man down, Robin, you're life has just begun..... X Sent from my Touchpad using Tapatalk
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    Seen in Trinidad, Cuba Canon 5D2 + 24-105L, 1/250s @ f6.3, ISO250 raw.
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    Back from a workshop in the lakes with Mark Littlejohn...... For the removal of any doubt, these were edited by Mark, not myself
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    Congratulations - this is almost certainly the first time one of your posts has not resulted in a demand for measurements...
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    That's what should have happened. I was on the table for 5 1/2 hours and they removed the heart. This movement caused a post op irregular heartbeat which resulted in me being on a ventilator for almost 24 hours instead of the usual 45 minutes. I was allowed a 1 minute break every hour for a sip of water. The one on one nursing care was excellent and very reassuring as I was aware that things hadn't gone to plan. There was a telly in my line of site and they put it on, I shook my head and asked for some music and they found a suitable well judged radio station which played predominantly 60s, 70s and 80s. That helped take my mind of things. When I was eventually moved into the critical coronary care for my 1 1/2 hour stay, this lasted another 24 hours before I was moved on. My personal nurse argued against the move, the ward refused to accept me as I was deemed too unwell! The nursing sister off the CCU who was very experienced said I had to go on the ward as they needed the CCU bed. There were old blokes on there who came and went while I recovered. There was one poor younger chap though who had been in for over 3 months due to a fungal infection on his heart. His state of mind wasn't good and it was not helped by his girlfriend who only visited him about twice over the three month period. He was talking of adopting her kids. I would have put the lot of them in a sack and drowned the lot of them the heartless bastards. There's always someone worse off. The day I arrived home I was chomping at the bit to get out and get some fresh air even though I used walk to the hospital garden and have a nap there. The day after I arrived home I was off for a very very slow walk around Hollingworth Lake nearby to where I live. The Mrs couldn't believe it and was a bit worried. I just asked her to walk behind at a distance and not engage me in conversation as walking and talking was too much. It took her a while to get the hang of being quiet. A few month after the op I was offered free cardiac therapy which is basically gym exercises which I continue to this day; although I've been forced to take a two month break due to knee problems. I wouldn't like to go through it again but many of the patients I met had. The plus side was a few week off work with rare sunny weather. I became a regular at the café at the back of the lake.
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    Our baby girl... Emma by Boxertrixter, on Flickr Nikon D700/AF-Nikkor 50-1.4D/Metz 44 AF-1 flash
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    few from the Kent coast today Beach bird.jpg by Ben Bolton, on Flickr Out to see.jpg by Ben Bolton, on Flickr Hastings pier_1.jpg by Ben Bolton, on Flickr
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    Working Late by Keith M, on Flickr
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    wonderful story for valentines day ....what a refreshing story of love http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38925034 we have an amazing downs syndrome man who plays the drums each week in a band at our community centre , he is pretty good too
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    Outpost by Amar Sood, on Flickr Nikon D610 / Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8 Lefty
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    Loving this new ( for me ) album. Fantastic live recording on decent vinyl. Porcupine Tree "Coma Divine" (1997) (2012- 3LP RP)
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    I don't know if this has been covered elsewhere here, but the BBC recorded Opera North's semi staged production of the Ring Cycle last year and all four operas are available on Iplayer for about 4 weeks..These were absolutely fantastic , I was lucky enough to see them at the Lowry theatre and I would recommend these performances to anyone. Whether or not you are already a Wagner fan do have a go, brilliant stuff.
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    Really getting into Alan Parsons again.
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    well for what its worth ive been here years (well it feels like it !) I have learned so much, and bought some lovely stuff, yea it can get bitey sometimes, but that is also part of the fun ! I LOVE IT-END OF !
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    Ah, but I bought it to look at, not to listen to. Here's some moodier pics ...
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    Those lovely people at Universal are re-releasing the first three volumes of seminal 1990s Blue Break Beats compilations in coloured vinyl to match their covers. I'm always sceptical of coloured vinyl but I'm currently working my way through Vol 1 (in blue) and sound quality is excellent. Roll on red Vol 2 and yellow Vol 3.
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    This is exactly the sort of thing I question. Considering that small-signal valves have a far wider frequency range than just audio, by what mechanism can these observations be so? My own measurements, of admittedly few valves from different manufacturers, from Mullard and RCA, through to no-name, show no such differences in frequency response, noise or distortion, so I'm at a loss to understand why or how it can be so consistent as to be able to say that Telefunkens have this lift at HF (which is only up to 20kHz after all) or Mullards have an even less likely hump in the lower mids. I continue to be mystified! S.
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    I asked this question a few years ago, and never received an informed answer, just a lot of opinions, and it is this:- If I take a specific valve, say the EL34, or KT88, or ECC83 or whatever, from several different manufacturers, and lets say for a moment that they are different. Is the difference because they're from different manufacturers or is the difference just due to manufacturing tolerance? In other words, is it justified in saying that Telefunkens are X or Mullards are Y or is it more a case that valves differ due to manufacturing tolerance, and it doesn't matter if it's a Telefunken or a Mullard? The only way I know of testing this is to get a large number of Telefunken and Mullard and GEC or whatever, from different batches and testing them all to see if there's any correlation between manufacturer and performance. My position is that I'm sceptical that there's any such thing as a manufacturer's sound. Back in the day when valves were all there was, no manufacturer sold themselves on the basis of what their valves sounded like, but mainly on reliability and consistency, and I can accept that a 'cheap' value may not last as long or be as well matched to the spec as an 'expensive' valve, but to say that a Mullard sounds Y whilst a Telefunken sounds X I think is fanciful. My own testing indicates that as long as the valve meets the spec for the type, and isn't an outlier on the spec, the circuit will behave identically regardless of who's valves are fitted, but clearly, I've not been able to test large numbers of valves. S.
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    A beautiful couple who will quite likely have a better and longer relationship than most. I have the privilege of knowing a lady locally who has Downs. She is an utter delight to be with and far brighter than many who claim to be 'normal'.
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    I thought it looked extra cool like that.
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    My B&O collection is growing. The turntable doesn't work and the stylus is naffed, but I knew that when I bought it. It's just for decoration.
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    It's going to be a very mixed bag from me, including, but not limited to: Beatles, Black Country Communion, Black Sabbath, Joe Bonamassa, Deep Purple, Dire Straits, Dream Theater, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, George Michael, Nightwish, Rainbow, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai... ...and basically anything else I can cram onto the laptop or into the car!
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    People with disabilities often miss out on things in life that fully abled people are able to enjoy. I just love to hear of stories like these.
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    What a lovely story. My brother Michael who has Downs lives with a family who care for him and two others who are both mentally handicapped. One who has Downs Louise and the other who hasn't. When he was round for his tea last night he said him and Louise his girlfriend were off on holiday soon. They love each other to bits and they have given each other rings. Their carers say they are like an old married couple just content in each others company. When Louise had cancer Michael was very worried but I had to laugh at his disapproval of her wig. I didn't know what he was on about at first as his speech is pretty poor. He just kept referring to hair in a box and shaking his head. When I play some music for him he sings along in a fashion putting her name in the song. Young Girl by Gary Pucket in particular. We've had some laughs over the years. Sent from my MotoE2(4G-LTE) using Tapatalk
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    Interesting/glad that an explanation/' sort' is found. Some amp-stuff does this (e.g. my little 13 yr old Naim into proper ole Linn Kans - I turn down pot. on amp. before powering-down - and my current systems are simple ...).
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    There are multiple Exaktbox options already available. What's new is the ability to exploit them with your own speakers and crossover designs. I'm sure one or more will be demonstrated at Scalford: Majik Exaktbox-i - 8 channels of Majik level DACs and 8 power amplifiers in one box Akurate Exaktbox 6 - 6 channels of Akurate level DACs Akurate Exaktbox 10 - 10 channels of Akurate level DACs Klimax Exaktbox - 6 channels of Klimax DACs Exaktbox Sub - 2 channels of Akurate level DACs And, completely separately, you can hear an Akurate Exaktbox 10 driving PMC speakers in Room 237.
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    It's ten in the evening and the discussion is veering towards Serge's member. I need a bucket, not a screen.
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    I'm the highest bidder on these, fingers crossed! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/332126781709 Sent from my NEM-L51 using Tapatalk Btw google that postcode. Strange a British company wants your zip code and cell phone. Sent from my NEM-L51 using Tapatalk
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    Listening to this in the bedroom... The FM3 is not an FM3 though it's a Pass B1 Buffer Preamp in an FM3 case...
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    I notice the X30 and maybe the others have removable drives so spares could be made.
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    Venus And Mars (Remastered 2014) 03-11-2014
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    Great TD album. 'Cloudburst Flight' is superb.
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    De la Warr_2.jpg by Ben Bolton, on Flickr
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    One with the old Nikon 105mm f2.5Ais in Torridon last week Caledonia by Mark Littlejohn, on Flickr
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    Added one or two thing's to the system lately so thought I'd post a couple of pictures. 1. Alphason HR100S mcs fitted to Acoustic signature 2. Sintra Mki's added 3. Stands from only connect to try a stand with not as much mass as the Atacama's 4. Remton 383 Mkii valve phone stage Just cartridges to get fitted and now ready for Scalford, that is if I can get something sorted for a 401 Plinth before 18th March
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    Calm by Amar Sood, on Flickr Fuji X-T2 / XF18-55mm f2.8-4 / Formatt Hitech Firecrest Circular Polariser + ND 0.6 Soft Grad Lefty
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    Track by Ben Bolton, on Flickr Leica Q | 28mm | | 1/1250 sec | f/1.7 | ISO 100
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    Apex by Amar Sood, on Flickr Fuji X-T2 / XF16-55mm f2.8 / Formatt Hitech Firecrest Circular Polariser Lefty
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    Rear end by Tillman Kleinhans ARPS EFIAP/b DPAGB BPE2*, on Flickr Canon 5D2 + 24-105L f4, 1/3200s @ f6.3, ISO400 raw.
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    I've built the Douk kit and very good it is too....there's loads of posts over on LencoHeaven about them http://www.lencoheaven.net/forum/index.php?topic=20984.0 i think total cost for my build was about £175 so absolutely stunning performance for that sort of money.
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    Quick iPhone snap this morning