Experimenting with Affinity (a viable alternative to Photoshop)
Having decided to take my photography quite a bit more serious I’ve realised I can’t continue to play with Photoshop Elements. As hard as I try to “get it right in the camera” and avoid the need for post processing I can’t. Images have to be shrunk to appropriate sizes and watermarks added and that’s […]
Is my identity under threat from the Brexit debate?
For all the talk of economics, immigration and free movement there’s one piece of the “Brexit” debate that’s largely being ignored: Identity. Those who wish to leave appear quite happy to talk about their “Britishness” and how they want to reclaim their identity from the evil Brussels buearocrats who dictate our every move. Of course […]
Eating in Brussels
A street in Brussels bustles with restaurants and cafes desperate to have you eat at THEIR special place.
I complained to my bank
Almost a month after the first complaint was lodged they finally wrote back to me. The usual elements were there, “sorry for inconvenience”, “not our usual standards”, “gesture of goodwill”. All I’d asked for was a statement so I could close my account and an explanation as to why they hadn’t done it before and […]
Can we stop the “Pinterest” books?
There’s a trend in publishing of late to produce small format books of photographs. They tend to be found in the “design” section of the bookshop and usually have a couple of pages of preamble followed by 100-200 hundred separate images of the chosen topic. No text, bar a caption to set out where the […]
Will our favourite stars be slaves in our homes?
Ricky Ma has taken fandom to a new level by building a robot that mimics Scarlett Johansson. It’s far from perfect, but the machine bears an uncanny resemblance to her in that uncomfortable way that machines do. Although the robot is pretty crude, it does raise an interesting concept for the future. Could we one […]
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway in Cornwall keeps the spirit of the steam railway alive. It’s a great little line that runs out to Bodmin Parkway rail station, so you could catch a train from London to the edge of Bodmin, finishing your journey in steam. If you’re down that way I heartily recommend a […]
The “immigration crisis” : how will history judge us?
The idea of describing Europe’s “immigration crisis” in those terms doesn’t sit well with me. It implies people are paying thousands of Euros and risking life and limb to cross borders and seas are doing it purely for some economic gain. Yet we know these people are moving away from areas being destroyed by war, […]
Colne Valley Railway
A cup of tea in their Pullman Carriage is a perfect way to start exploring the Colne Valley Railway, one of Britain’s many heritage railways.
The ongoing attack on the vulnerable in our society
According to the BBC website in 2016 I will pay approximately 600 pounds more a year in tax than I did in 2015. This isn’t because of some new stealth tax, but rather changes to the way dividend payments are treated in the tax system. As a small business owner a significant part of my […]
Debating the finer points of protest
Protestors against TTIP in Madrid, Spain discuss some of the finer points of process
“Enter your email address before reading this content”
It seems to be a mini-trend amongst some news and consultancy sites to add an interrupt that requires the user to enter their email address before they can read on. In some instances there’s a teaser paragraph or two, which is usually just the top two taken from the article, in others there’s nothing but […]