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Old 05-08-2018, 06:42 PM
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So Thomas Snr was spotted again. This time looking at their engagement pictures in an Internet cafe. I feel like some of these are very staged and stunts. Just seems too convenient to me.

The Sun seems to always get these exclusives too.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/624025...royal-wedding/
Yeah...I am majorly side-eyeing Tom Sr. Perhaps he is just taking the mickey out of the media, but...
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:48 PM
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Its plausible that Tom Sr. would use an internet cafe to me. One, looking at his age, he's not seemingly the type to have gone all out about devices that access the internet because most likely, the internet isn't that big of an interest for him. Staying "connected" 24/7 doesn't seem to fit in with the lifestyle he's chosen to live. This is true with a lot of us older retired people.

Even with us here. I have the computer and that's the only connection to the internet we have. Hubby does have a smart phone but his use of it is for phone calls only. He doesn't use the computer for anything more than to play Sudoku and check the weather and earthquake websites (which I set up for him).

It may be a setup or it may not be a setup but one thing I know, its not a big breaking news story.
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:57 PM
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I don't know what's going on with Thomas Sr. I am not going to judge him and you should do the same.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:34 PM
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Weird indeed. I am sure his daughter could have sent him some engagement pictures. No need at all to look them up online in an internet cafe with a photographer behind you.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:36 PM
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Yeah...I am majorly side-eyeing Tom Sr. Perhaps he is just taking the mickey out of the media, but...
I have to wonder if these photos were taken awhile ago and are just being published now as filler before the wedding. IMO it's a tad warm for Tom Sr. to be wearing what is basically SoCal "winter clothing"-pants/shirt/hoodie. Highs today were 91 in Cabo San Lucas so even in the morning/early evening that's more than a long time resident would likely wear.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:48 PM
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I believe he probably doesn't want or own a computer and with his life style doesn't require one. Nothing wrong in going to the local place to get on one. Many people here go to libraries. My biggest gripe is the slob that took the picture and published it. This poor gentlemen is being now hounded by media mutations for any photo or story. They should stay loving up Sam and Jr. as they are worshipping the attention. This gentleman is just trying to lead his own life. He didn't ask for it and doesn't want to make any money off interviews. Think about that before you condemn him.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:53 PM
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The computer monitor is angled at a weird position. I wonder why he did that...
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:59 PM
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The computer monitor is angled at a weird position. I wonder why he did that...
Very much so indeed. Must be really bad for your back to move yourself in a position in which you need to kind of sit in the next cubicle to see your own screen.

Furthermore, he is wearing exactly the same clothes as in the pictures of the fitting (you can see his 'jacket' on the desk at the fitting shop). So, they either followed him and he cooperated or they had a deal that they were allowed to take some pictures of him (we'll see what will show up in the next few days).
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:59 PM
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I believe he probably doesn't want or own a computer and with his life style doesn't require one. Nothing wrong in going to the local place to get on one. Many people here go to libraries. My biggest gripe is the slob that took the picture and published it. This poor gentlemen is being now hounded by media mutations for any photo or story. They should stay loving up Sam and Jr. as they are worshipping the attention. This gentleman is just trying to lead his own life. He didn't ask for it and doesn't want to make any money off interviews. Think about that before you condemn him.
LOL, 'this poor gentleman' is just the latest Markle to show the family's dirty laundry in public. He's not being hounded by the press, pshaw. He's getting his 15 minutes just like the rest of the clan.

But Lady Reem, he had no idea that angling the computer that way would give the unknown photographer behind him a clean shot! I'd really like to know what idiot (or clever journalist) came up with this idea.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:09 PM
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To my mind the person in the photo (possibly Mr Markle) is not aware of the photographer. The angle of the screen could be just to escape reflection. The photo could be from a security camera. The photo is not in any way offensive. It doesn't give out any secrets nor any opinions. It is a breach of Mr Markle's privacy. It could be a joke - if Mr Markle is aware of the photographer - but I think it's poor judgement to publish this photo.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:14 PM
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To my mind the person in the photo (possibly Mr Markle) is not aware of the photographer. The angle of the screen could be just to escape reflection. The photo could be from a security camera. The photo is not in any way offensive. It doesn't give out any secrets nor any opinions. It is a breach of Mr Markle's privacy. It could be a joke - if Mr Markle is aware of the photographer - but I think it's poor judgement to publish this photo.
The position of the keyboard is the same. Very inconvenient to type that way. And the reflection would be worse instead of better when turning the screen this way (as it seems to be in the back of the shop so no daylight reflection issues. Moreover, as I explained in my previous post, the photographer went with him to the tailor and now into an internet café in which mr Markle made sure to look up some engagement pictures of his daughter and moved both his screen and the keyboard in a position that would be most inconvenient for him and most convenient for the photographer...
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:21 PM
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The position of the keyboard is the same. Very inconvenient to type that way. And the reflection would be worse instead of better when turning the screen this way (as it seems to be in the back of the shop so no daylight reflection issues. Moreover, as I explained in my previous post, the photographer went with him to the tailor and now into an internet café in which mr Markle made sure to look up some engagement pictures of his daughter and moved both his screen and the keyboard in a position that would be most inconvenient for him and most convenient for the photographer...
And the second photo in the article clearly shows it was Sr. in the photo, clothes are the same. No matter how you spin this it was really a stupid move, and he knew full well he was being photographed. My only question is what is the subliminal message he is sending, that he also feels left out? That he's supporting his children from his first marriage by showing everyone in the family feels separated from Meghan?
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:04 PM
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@missy - Sr could be very embarrassed by his older children. Sam and Jr have damaged the Markle name and family reputation with their nonsense. When the half sibs complained about Meghan getting the best education, entrance to Hollywood, etc thanks to him, they are saying you Dad ignored us. By attacking Meghan they are passive aggressively attacking Sr, calling him a bad father. Sr may have been hearing that for years and now it has spilled out in public he could be saying enough. His library visit may be a signal: "as far as I'm concerned I only have one child and she's getting married next week. I look forward to meet my future son in law".
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:04 PM
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Weird indeed. I am sure his daughter could have sent him some engagement pictures. No need at all to look them up online in an internet cafe with a photographer behind you.
Unless he has eyes in the back of his head how would he know that someone was using a cell phone or even a camera to take a pix of him? Surely the Royals have taught us that a determined photographer w/ a long lens can get a lot of photos w/out the subject being photographed being aware they’ve been snapped. And how many times have private persons sold their cell phone shots/videos of various Royals? The short answer is lots of times.
The article states that the internet is spotty around the town where he lives and that he goes down to the cafe to have internet connection when it goes out.
Every article I’ve seen about H&M lately has included engagement shots somewhere in the article irrespective of the main topic. My bet is Mr. Markle was checking to see what new venom his 2 elder children were running to the press w/ in their quest to destroy his youngest child.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:13 PM
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Here's what confuses me about today's pictures of Mr. Markle: the image on the screen is really, really clear.

Have you ever taken a picture of your monitor with a digital camera? It is not easy to avoid things like glare and moire on the screen. The latter is particularly an issue and is caused by the refresh rate of the monitor.

This article recommends setting your shutter speed to accommodate your monitor's refresh rate. Which... seems difficult when it's some random computer that you're shooting from the street.

I find it difficult to believe that the photographer has managed to get such a clear shot of the screen without some hinkiness going on. I don't know if it was collusion with Mr. Markle or whether the photographer photoshopped in that "screen", but something isn't right.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:44 PM
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I don't know what's going on with Thomas Sr. I am not going to judge him and you should do the same.


I agree poor man wish “ everyone “would leave him alone. Also making jokes about wheelchairs is not funny.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:47 PM
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If he has 'spotty' internet reception or just doesn't have one I can understand him going to the local internet cafe. As to the photos, well having not played ball with the media up until these photos, I am tempted to believe he just decided to go on about his life and ignore them.

Stressing about something you just can't change can cause severe anxiety and this man has gone to some lengths to pare down his life and relax. IMO being well away from his son and oldest daughter is probably a big plus.

As was previously mentioned, the photo of his computer screen just about seals the deal for me as it is absolutely crystal clear and a photographer standing behind him would have an angled and indistinct shot of the screen.

He seems to be a man who loves his daughter and his daughter adores him, he's flying to the UK in about a week, why then would he choose now to sell her out? It makes no sense whatsoever.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:53 PM
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Here's what confuses me about today's pictures of Mr. Markle: the image on the screen is really, really clear.

Have you ever taken a picture of your monitor with a digital camera? It is not easy to avoid things like glare and moire on the screen. The latter is particularly an issue and is caused by the refresh rate of the monitor.

This article recommends setting your shutter speed to accommodate your monitor's refresh rate. Which... seems difficult when it's some random computer that you're shooting from the street.

I find it difficult to believe that the photographer has managed to get such a clear shot of the screen without some hinkiness going on. I don't know if it was collusion with Mr. Markle or whether the photographer photoshopped in that "screen", but something isn't right.
I hadn't thought of that, you're right! Hahaha, he knows exactly what he's doing, he's a Hollywood lighting director after all!

IMO he's sending messages through photos, just like his darling little princess-to-be loves to do. And the messages are from a lonely, forgotten man.
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:03 PM
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I hadn't thought of that, you're right! Hahaha, he knows exactly what he's doing, he's a Hollywood lighting director after all!
I agree this photo looks deliberate and planned to me as well because of the difficulty photographing a computer monitor. I'm curious as to why. Is it a message to Meghan? or a message to his other children?
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:31 PM
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Sometimes, I think, people are paying way too much attention to what the media wants to present about this upcoming wedding than paying attention to the actual wedding itself and the bride and the groom and the actual people involved in the wedding.

S'ok. It means more attention and green dollars for the media which is their primary goal in the first place. The Daily Fail mentality abounds.

Perhaps Mr. Markle's thinking about right now can be expressed by "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em". He's maybe the kind of guy that isn't overly aggressive enough to smash a tabloid reporter in the mouth and figures if he gives them innocuous snaps, they'll go away and leave him in peace.

There's nothing "earth shattering" to be gleaned from this photo at a internet cafe. It actually doesn't say much of anything at all. No big deal at all.
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