Shopping Online was the title of David Owen’s Presentation on 22nd March. The word ‘Amazon’ readily springs to mind when thinking about buying online, but David’s presentation revealed that there is more to online shopping than just zooming straight to the Amazon website.
David questioned whether it is always cheaper to shop online. We should think about returns and after sales policy. Sometimes it is better in the long term to buy here as it is easier to return faulty goods here, whilst returning goods to UK or wherever bought on line can be a lengthy process with the uncertainties of the postage system – sometimes a courier service can prove more reliable than the post. However, Amazon are good if you are asking for a refund.
Using discount cards for general sales or closing down sales can make the price more competitive. Use sites such as ‘Pricerunner’ for comparing prices; This is Money; Camel-camel-camel and Flubit websites are also worth a visit. Other bargains can sometimes be found under ‘Graded stock’ – items which have been returned, or ‘Today’s special’.
Amazon also has websites in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, as well as Amazon.com and it is sometimes cheaper to look at their other European sites which may be selling the item you want more cheaply than the UK site.
Wherever you shop, be it Amazon, Ebay or any other of the many online shopping stores, do some research beforehand and make sure that the item you are looking at is exactly what you want.
For items under €23 there is currently no duty, but, like many other aspects of European life at present, it is uncertain how Brexit may affect duty or deliveries once the separation (or should it be ‘divorce’) has been finalised.
Thank you David for enlightening us on how to get the most out of our online retail therapy.
On 29th March Tom Brown started the morning by announcing the results of the Quarterly Photo competition.
These were as follows: Audience Scores:
Millie - Margaret Wright.
All the Fun of the Carnival- David Whinyates
Big Buddha – Chris Scorer
Sri Lankan Wedding – Joe Stone
Gethsemane - Derek Noronha
Dubai Sevens – Paul Knight
Neglected – Chris Scorer
Giverny – Gordon Henley
Stained Glass Window – Margaret Wright
Ely Choirmaster – Paul Knight
The placings given by the judge (Tom Brown) correlated exactly with the audience scores:
5 joint third places (as above)
4 joint second places (as above
1st – Ely Choirmaster – Paul Knight (as above)
Well done to all the winning entrants.
After announcing the results we were delighted to welcome our new guest speaker – Andrea Christofi. She opened her talk by telling us that earlier in her career she was a teacher of Arts and Crafts, later becoming a Press Photographer. She later decided to combine the two disciplines and teaches photography to groups, combining the lessons with field trips.
The theme of her presentation was ‘Composition’. She explained in some detail the importance of getting the right ‘background’ for your photos – shape, surroundings, depth of field. Other aspects to think about are the ‘rule of thirds’, symmetries, lines, shapes, patterns and colour – lots of things to think about, but all are important to get that perfect photo when you press the shutter. She compared a camera to a musical instrument – you have to work it and play it. All these aspects of photography were well illustrated with photographs from her own portfolio and some from her students.
Our thanks to Andrea for this very interesting and enjoyable presentation and we look forward to seeing her again soon as she has kindly agreed to be one of the judges for our Annual Photographic Competition. Judging of entries will take place on 20th April and the prizegiving evening will be on 4th May at the Clubhouse.
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