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From time to time I want to comment on events or what's happening in my life - read all about it here!
Getting there!
06th October 2010 - 0 comments
Progress at last! We are only about 2 weeks away from a move in!. Main contractor is finished and just has snagging to do; flooring and carpets are in; decorator is finished except for a small amount of wallpapering.
Basic parts of the Vitsoe shelving arrive today and will be fixed to the study wall to await the rest tomorrow; tomorrow all our possessions arrive from 8 months in storage.
Now we have the unenviable task of sorting things out!
It's all coming together
01st October 2010 - 0 comments
Nearly there - the big move starts!
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Where does all the time go?
12th September 2010 - 0 comments
This year is proving something of a disaster for photography. The last six months have been more or less taken up with planning, specifying with the invaluable help of an Interior Designer, tendering and now supervising the fitting out of our flat in the Barbican. Add to this the travel time from/to the temporary flat in Docklands, and working at Red Dot two days per week, plus social life, theatre etc. and there hasn't been much time left for taking, far less processing and publishing photos!
Roll on November when we will be in the Barbican and life can return to its more usual pace and programme and I can catch up.
Fit-out proceeds apace.
13th August 2010 - 0 comments
Considerable progress in only just over 2 weeks work. All the stripping out of the old kitchen and bathroom etc., the building of new walls, the first fix of wiring, most of the the plumbing, about 2/3 of the bathroom work and in the last day or so the start of installing the kitchen cabinets. Remarkable!
I reckon that substantial completion could well be about on time (or should I not say that?) at the first week of September.
But you would not believe the number of points of detail that arise nearly every day!
All this means of course that there is little time for photography!
Work starts at last!
26th July 2010 - 0 comments
Listed Building Consent came through on the 15th July - the Barbican has been Grade II listed since 2001 so the parts of our refurbishment that need that Consent have been approved. At long last early this week the BEO (Barbican Estate Office) gave the go ahead by granting Landlord's consent. So our contractor actually started work ripping out the kitchen and bathroom and generally clearing out the old ready for the new. He doesn't waste any time!
Later this week the plumber and electrician will be in doing their stuff.
I shall be heartily glad when I don't have to spend time searching out items, colours, and all the bits and bobs, and can get back to photography and working on my images and website!
S44 is dead - or is it?
11th July 2010 - 0 comments
The new Home Secretary, Teresa May, announced in the House of Commons that the use of S44 of the Anti-Terrorism Bill is suspended except in relation to motor vehicles. This should mean that photographers should no longer be hassled by officious police officers or PCSOs.

However,....... S43 still remains in place. This requires "reasonable suspicion" on the part of the officer doing the stop that the person stopped is doing something related to terrorism. Like taking a reconnaisance photograph perhaps? The only bright spark here is that the stop will, if challenged later, have to be justified in Court.

Excuse my cynicism, but apart from the fact that most police forces will I assume not bother to inform their plods on the ground, we'll still get harassed under S43 - it's already happened to one young photojournalist.

And what about Project Griffin, the City of London suspicious activity initiative involving building security guards?

Oh well, we wait, we see!
Leica Forum Users Charity Book
18th June 2010 - 0 comments
I suppose I can be excused for blowing my own trumpet a bit, can't I?
My involvement with the LUFB was modest compared to the three main protagonists, but I volunteered to edit the Architecture Section. Forum members could submit up to three images for anonymous judging by the editors of all the sections, and of my three two were chosen. My thanks to those who thought them worthy enough.
I should say that for each photo submitted a £10 donation to the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR, the charity to benefit from the book) was requested and by the time the photos were chosen over £7000 had been raised.
£5 from the sale of each book goes to the charity and the Forum makes no money from each sale.
Please follow the link and help support the AICR - the book is well worth its cost and a delight to study and admire.
Oh and I'm in it! As Editor of the Architecture Section and with 2 images in the book. (He said modestly!)
Digital Economy Bill
13th February 2010 - 0 comments
This Bill, whilst just possibly understandable in its initial intention, has as usual draconian unintended(?)consequences fro all photographers, whether professional or amateur. Follow the link I have put up and read about it. Follow the link about our Rights on the Home Page to read about this.
Moving house!
08th February 2010 - 0 comments
My apologies for the lack of site updates recently. For the last three months I have been heavily involved in house selling, house buying and interim rented property arranging.
It's all coming to a head in the next 2 weeks and after that I should be able to sort out some shots and get the site moving along again.

Please be patient.

Oh and I"m now working 2 days per week at Red Dot Cameras!
M9 arrives
14th November 2009 - 0 comments
Well, I've gone and done it - got an M9 that is. My nice black one arrived Friday 13th November 2010 which I sincerely hope will not be any sort of an omen! This does now invoke some changes to the rest of the equipment. Watch this space - or rather the equipment listing.
13th October 2009 - 0 comments
I have been slipping - the site needs to be updated. I'm off to Malta for the Leica One-Challenge and I'll update it on my return next week.
Ernst Leitz & the Holocaust
04th September 2009 - 0 comments
A definitve essay by Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith on the relationship between the Leitz family and the Nazis. It details the assistance given by the family to Jews and Jewish workers throughout the 1930s and 40s to enable them to escape Nazi Germany. Access this through a link on the "Leica Links" webpage.