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 on: Yesterday at 06:38:01 PM 
Started by mkenuk - Last post by mkenuk
Thanks, Alan

 on: Yesterday at 02:05:48 PM 
Started by mkenuk - Last post by Alan W
Currently bicepses is rare but tricepses is common. As it happens, the spell-checker seems to agree with that arrangement, as it has underlined the former but not the latter. However, I think it's fair to say that both should be rare, and they will be from now on.

I'm not sure what happened when the issue came up before - perhaps I didn't even check the status of these two words, feeling sure they would already be rare. Or perhaps I assumed they would never be playable. Sorry I left you with a mistaken impression, MK.

 on: Yesterday at 01:50:39 PM 
Started by mkenuk - Last post by Alan W
I think the only time ocarina came up for discussion before was last year when I posted a list of common words that had been played by very few people. Ocarina was on that list. It had been played by just 21 players in a 10-letter puzzle. It was played by 50 people the other day, so it looks like its profile is improving.

The suggestion last year was that the words listed could be candidates for changing to rare. In the end I think I did change most of the words listed, but I didn't change ocarina, probably because one of the forumites commenting listed it as a word she felt was common. That forumite was ... anona. Maybe she has changed her opinion now she's heard one.

In any case I'll log it as a suggestion and look into it in due course.

 on: Yesterday at 08:54:50 AM 
Started by mkenuk - Last post by TRex
I used to have a dictionary with ocarina as a headword with an illustration. I saw that word hundreds of times, leafing through. Unforgetable, to me. I played it.

 on: August 15, 2017, 11:00:58 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by Linda
He's certainly very ... blue!  Ok, I admit he is quite nice but only because he looks small and non-threatening!

 on: August 15, 2017, 10:30:46 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by pat
Glad you liked them, Jock.

I use a Canon SLR camera with a 100-400 zoom lens. A lot of the photos are cropped but the birds were close enough to enable that to happen while still giving a decent photo. On these tours I can recognize and name some of the birds myself but more often than not I need the tour guide to tell me what the bird is. As well as a tour leader who works for the tour company, and is an experienced guide in his (or occasionally her) own right, most companies also use a local guide who knows the areas we visit and where we're likely to see the birds. Since the trips are birding tours rather than photography tours, no particular effort is made to allow people to get decent photos. Having said that, quite often several members of the group have cameras and are trying to get shots so when that happens a bit more time is allowed for them to do so.

Interesting that you should mention the guineafowl. The vulturine guineafowl was my 'must-see' bird of the trip and we were lucky enough to see several small flocks. They really are that lovely shade of cobalt blue.

Linda, here's a photo (not one of mine) of my 'must-see' bird in Oz. Surely even you would agree that he's a beautiful creature!

 on: August 15, 2017, 10:19:01 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by Linda
Pat, please don't feel obliged to post pictures of the (no doubt) hideously beaked, feathered and clawed creatures you encounter in Oz!  Hope you have a good trip and that your camera doesn't malfunction in any way!!  Demon

 on: August 15, 2017, 09:45:34 PM 
Started by mkenuk - Last post by mkenuk
re the disrespect 10-letter game

tricepses was played by 8 out of 286 in this game.
 2.79% - that has to be some kind of all-time low record for a common word.

This topic has come up before:,2250.msg44977.html#msg44977

It seems that my summary was incorrect on that occasion - tricepses and presumably bicepses are still allowed?

 on: August 15, 2017, 08:18:18 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by Leedscot

Stunning photos of amazingly varied wildlife thanks for sharing. Those starlings don't look anything like the ones in my local Tesco car park.

Do the holiday organisers manage to get you into positions where you don't need specialist gear, or do you need super-long telephotos for images like these? And do they give you help to identify all these amazingly-named birds?

I really like the guineafowl.


 on: August 15, 2017, 06:18:18 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by pat
Hi Jock

If you're really interested in seeing some of my photos, here are links to the three photo books I had made when I got back from Kenya earlier in the year. I'm sure you won't want to work your way through all of them! The quality of the photos (which are all of birds and other wildlife) varies, but my intention when I make a photo book is just to have a memento of some of the birds I've seen.

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