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Fuji Finepix S200EXR for sale

The Fuji Finepix S200EXR is one of the new generation of bridge cameras with a superzoom – from 28 mm to 430 mm . Price £260 – Save over £100 on this camera – Fuji S4200EXR , pre-used , immaculate condition

* 12MP Superzoom camera with versatile 14.3x Fujinon lens;Switchable EXR sensor with 3 priority modes: High Resolution, Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity;EXR AUTO combining Scene Recognition and 3 EXR priority modes to optimise for 6 different scenes;NEW Pro Focus mode: create professional looking shots with a shallow depth of field;Aperture and Shutter priority for creative control and JPEG and RAW capture * Switchable EXR sensor with 3 priority modes: High Resolution, Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity * EXR AUTO combining Scene Recognition and 3 EXR priority modes to optimise for 6 different scenes * NEW Pro Focus mode: create professional looking shots with a shallow depth of field * Aperture and Shutter priority for creative control and JPEG and RAW capture

NUMBER OF EFFECTIVE PIXELS: 12 million pixels

The Fuji Finepix S200EXR is one of the new generation of bridge cameras with a superzoom – from 28 mm to 430 mm .  Fuji S200EXR , pre-used , good condition. The camera is now sold

* 12MP Superzoom camera with versatile 14.3x Fujinon lens;Switchable EXR sensor with 3 priority modes: High Resolution, Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity;EXR AUTO combining Scene Recognition and 3 EXR priority modes to optimise for 6 different scenes;NEW Pro Focus mode: create professional looking shots with a shallow depth of field;Aperture and Shutter priority for creative control and JPEG and RAW capture * Switchable EXR sensor with 3 priority modes: High Resolution, Dynamic Range and High Sensitivity * EXR AUTO combining Scene Recognition and 3 EXR priority modes to optimise for 6 different scenes * NEW Pro Focus mode: create professional looking shots with a shallow depth of field * Aperture and Shutter priority for creative control and JPEG and RAW capture

NUMBER OF EFFECTIVE PIXELS: 12 million pixels
CCD SENSOR: 1/ 1.6-inch Super CCD EXR
STORAGE MEDIA: Internal memory (approx. 47MB)?/ SD memory card/ SDHC memory card
FILE FORMAT: Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver. 2.2), (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible), Movie: AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound, Audio: WAVE format, monaural sound
LENS: Fujinon 14.3 X Optical zoom lens, F2.8 (W) – F5.3 (T)
LENS FOCAL LENGTH: f=7.1mm -101.5mm (equivalent to 30.5-436mm)
DIGITAL ZOOM: Approx 2x (Up to 28.6x when combined)
APERTURE: F2.8/F11 (wide), F5.3/F11 (telephoto)
SUPER MACRO: Approx. 1cm to 1m
SENSITIVITY: Auto/Auto (3200)/Auto (1600)/Auto (800)/Auto (400)/Equivalent to ISO100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400*/12800* (Standard Output Sensitivity), Number of recorded pixels: ISO6400: “M” or “S”, ISO12800: “S” only
EXPOSURE CONTROL: TTL 256-zones metering

The Fuji Finepix S200EXR . Price £260 – Save over £100 on this camera – Fuji S200EXR , pre-used , immaculate condition, free UK delivery

Christmas pictures – fresh snowfall causes chaos in Scotland

Once again a new fall of snow has caused chaos on the roads in Scotland. Yesterday  snow fell for about 6 hours and the country’s transport system seemed to grind to a halt. Commuters and drivers are demanding answers as to why local councils never seem to be ready for the snow. It’s amazing in the 21st century that councils cannot get hold of accurate weather forecasts. Every time this happens they say that the snowfall was heavier than they expected . Last week snow started falling on Friday night about 12 o’clock. The gritters started to appear about 2 hours later. Scotland’s transport minister Stewart Stevenson conceded that the weather advice the authorities had been following “did not meet requirements”.

And he warned that it could take some time before the roads were “back to anything approaching normal”.

Some travellers were stuck in their vehicles for more than 15 hours as Scotland bore the brunt of the weather.

A fresh wave of ice and snow left several major routes – including the M8, M9 and A80 – impassable.

Police across the country’s busy central belt warned people not to travel on Tuesday unless it was “absolutely essential” after temperatures plunged as low as -17C (1.4F) and hampered gritting efforts.

The deluge on Monday – which appeared to take the authorities by surprise – saw people sleep in their cars or abandon them as motorways and A roads clogged up.

On Tuesday morning, Strathclyde Police reported that the snow and ice on some roads was breaking the blades on snow ploughs.

Mr Stevenson said that the authorities had been caught out by the severity of the weather.

My Christmas pictures gallery features pictures of the Highlands

Hopton Castle renovation makes progress

16 members of Hopton Castle Preservation Trust visited the site and enjoyed views from the top of the castle. A new archway has been built in the castle’s north west tower and a new roof is being put over one tower to protect the original medieval plaster. Scaffolding, which has surrounded the castle for more than two years, is due to come down this week and it is hoped the restoration will be finished by Christmas. It marks the beginning of the end of an appeal launched by trust members 10 years ago to restore the castle ruins. The project has since been delayed by poor weather and new problems discovered in the castle structure.

16 members of Hopton Castle Preservation Trust visited the site and enjoyed views from the top of the castle. A new archway has been built in the castle’s north west tower and a new roof is being put over one tower to protect the original medieval plaster. Scaffolding, which has surrounded the castle for more than two years, is due to come down this week and it is hoped the restoration will be finished by Christmas. It marks the beginning of the end of an appeal launched by trust members 10 years ago to restore the castle ruins. The project has since been delayed by poor weather and new problems discovered in the castle structure.

Hopton Castle received funding of £1.25 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund . The project should allow access by the public. The castle needs about £3000 a year for maintenance.

Free property listings

Clanscot.com is pleased to announce our brand new feature – free property listings for castles , country estates and mansions. A listing consists of 1 picture plus 100 words of text for the property description . You can get your free property listings by contacting us online with the details of your property .

Clanscot.com is pleased to announce our brand new feature – free property listings for castles , country estates and mansions. A listing consists of 1 picture plus 100 words of text for the property description . You can get your free property listings by contacting us online with the details of your property .

The Barony of Midmar

Midmar Castle is for sale along with the Barony of Midmar. The castle itself is a unique property.Midmar Castle dates from many different eras, but it’s accepted widely that the square tower dates from around 1411 and the main tower from 1565, with further additions and renovations over the years which followed. The castle was most likely built by the then Governor of Scotland Sir William Wallace as a hunting lodge for his friend Sir Thomas Lonsdale.

Midmar Castle is for sale along with the Barony of Midmar. The castle itself is a unique property.Midmar Castle dates from many different eras, but the square tower dates from around 1411 and the main tower from 1565, with further additions and renovations over the years which followed. The castle was most likely built by the then Governor of Scotland Sir William Wallace as a hunting lodge for his friend Sir Thomas Lonsdale.

The property is built in the traditional defensive Z plan and is based around three towers, one square and two circular and includes some incredible features attributed to the famous and remarkable granite masons of the Mid-Mar school who operated in the 16th century; some of the decorative stone masonry is extremely fine. More recently the castle has undergone considerable restoration with the help of Historic Scotland to help bring the property into the modern era without destroying any of its considerable charm.

The accommodation roughly comprises hall with wide stone staircase, vaulted dining hall, gun room, kitchen, conservatory, laundry, vaulted workshops, great hall, snooker room, office, study, staff quarters, ten bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Outside the castle has five acres of parkland surrounding it with fine mature trees. To the east is a 16th century high walled garden of just over an acre entered by a gate in the wall underneath an old Yew tree which has a fruit garden at the bottom. The guide price for Midmar Castle is £5m.

Travis pictures live at the SECC

Travis used to be one of the biggest bands on the planet . They seem to be in retirement at the moment . In their heyday they sold millions of records . I took this picture at the SECC , Glasgow in 2004

Travis live in Glasgow
Travis live at the SECC , Glasgow

Travis used to be one of the biggest bands on the planet . They seem to be in retirement at the moment . In their heyday they sold millions of records . I took this picture at the SECC , Glasgow in 2004. I have also uploaded this with some other live bands in concert to my Flickr photo stream

3D pictures of castles

I have added three 3D picture galleries to the website . Each one features a 3D cube with 6 pictures on it . You can control the cube by holding your cursor over it .There are 3D pictures of Edinburgh Castle and Eilean Donan Castle

Edinburgh Castle 11
Edinburgh Castle 11

I have added three 3D picture galleries to the website . Each one features a 3D cube with 6 pictures on it . You can control the cube by holding your cursor over it .There are 3D pictures of Edinburgh Castle and Eilean Donan Castle

The Edinburgh Castle 3D pictures gallery features six of my pictures of the famous castle which is consistently one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK

Eilean Donan Castle
is my favourite castle in Scotland , sitting on a small island in the middle of 3 lochs

Islands for sale

Italy is trying to reduce its debt of £1.18 trillion by selling about 9,000 buildings, palaces, beaches, islands and forts with an estimated value of more than £3bn which will become available at the end of this month.

Among the most expensive and picturesque assets on sale is the Caprera island chain, part of the La Maddelana archipelago off the north-east coast of Sardinia.The islands have 45 miles of secluded coastline surrounded by crystal waters which draw scuba divers from around the world. They are inhabited mainly by goats.

Italy is trying to reduce its debt of £1.18 trillion by selling about 9,000 buildings, palaces, beaches, islands and forts with an estimated value of more than £3bn which will become available at the end of this month.

Among the most expensive and picturesque assets on sale is the Caprera island chain, part of the La Maddelana archipelago off the north-east coast of Sardinia.The islands have 45 miles of secluded coastline surrounded by crystal waters which draw scuba divers from around the world. They are inhabited mainly by goats.

Caprera itself was crowned ‘World’s Sexiest Beach’ and described as ‘la dolce vita meets Euro bling’ in 2007. It used to be owned by Giuseppe Garibaldi, credited with unifying Italy in the 19th century.

Also on offer will be islands in the lagoon off the coast of Venice, expected to cost millions of euros. These include Sant’Erasmo, known for its market gardens, vineyards and pretty fort. In the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west of the country, the deserted Santo Stefano island is available.

Castles for sale in Italy

The Italian government has announced plans to sell off properties to reduce the country’s £1.18 billion debt .In Rome, historical buildings including the Villa Giulia museum, built on the outskirts of the city by Pope Julius III in the 16th Century, will be on sale. Objects inside will also be available. There is also a 900-year-old Norman palace in Palermo which was home to the ancient kings of Sicily. Prime real estate along the Dolomite mountain chain on the border with Austria. Alternatively, you could buy a beach on Lake Como – where George Clooney has a home.

The Italian government has announced plans to sell off properties to reduce the country’s £1.18 billion debt .In Rome, historical buildings including the Villa Giulia museum, built on the outskirts of the city by Pope Julius III in the 16th Century, will be on sale. Objects inside will also be available. There is also a 900-year-old Norman palace in Palermo which was home to the ancient kings of Sicily. Prime real estate along the Dolomite mountain chain on the border with Austria. Alternatively, you could buy a beach on Lake Como – where George Clooney has a home.

The idea is the brainchild of Italy’s separatist Northern League, part of the ruling centre-Right coalition. The Agenzia del Demanio, the government agency that controls the ‘national treasures’, will first offer them to local and regional councils which can then sell them over the internet.

A spokesman for the Agenzia del Demanio said: ‘The complete list is still being drawn up but a provisional one has been made available to regional and local councils. The full list will be posted online at the end of July.

‘Ultimately it will be up to the regional authority what they decide to do but selling off the asset would obviously go some way to reducing national and local debts.’

The plan has come under fire from environmentalists and opposition MPs. Stefano Delpieri, of Friends of the Earth in Sardinia, said: ‘This is madness. These places are all protected areas and if they are sold off there will be development on them.’

Angelo Bonelli, of the Green Party, said: ‘Behind this sell-off is the greatest building and real estate development in Italian history.