We are here

Sometimes you have moments where you shiver, involuntarily, at thoughts of episodes so horrible they are unimaginable. The Battle of the Somme, where more than one million soldiers on all sides of the battle died. This year, for the anniversary of the battle, volunteers dressed as World War I soldiers appeared across the UK on …

Remain

I don’t suppose this will surprise anyone who knows me or who has seen my Facebook account, but I’m voting for remain in the EU referendum. I explicitly don’t want this to turn into a negative post (though some parts of it will be) so I will try and make positive statements. The pictures were …

The Pasty Strikes Back

Pentewan I’ve not been posting for a while, mostly because I’ve been on holiday and away on and off the last few weeks. We headed back to Cornwall for a week away in April and as ever it was welcome. This time we stayed in the lovely village of Pentewan, nr to St Austell and …

Scottish Aviation

Last Thursday morning I was rushing down to my local station early. For once, this wasn’t because of an early morning meeting, but rather because something special was about to happen. In this case, the something special was the visit of a steam train (locomotive), the Flying Scotsman. Once a holder of the world record …

Quarter Final

At the weekend I was lucky and unlucky enough to find myself at the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final. Lucky because it was amazing to attend and another chance to go might not come around for 8 years. Unlucky because my team lost! The game in question was Wales vs South Africa, two very strong …

Wide Load – thoughts on the Tamron 15-30mm F2.8

I found this lens intriguing from the get go, as it promised better performance than the Nikon branded alternatives. In the case of the Nikon 16-35mm F4, this wouldn’t be difficult given I found it weak in my use at wider focal lengths, but it’s a bolder claim applied to the Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 G …

Trains, Kites and Boats

I begin my post with the happiness of having had both a recent holiday and a satisfying piece of work on my house to get at least one of the chaotic rooms in order (or at least, having covered over the luminous peach, my eyes no longer bleed on entering the room). It’s amazing how …

Is Everyone stupid or selfish, yaah?

Another election has passed in the UK. All over social media hands have been wrung left and centre as people seem to think people who voted were stupid, misled, wrong and selfish. I couldn’t disagree more. I’m very¬†happy with this election, because: more people voted than 5 years ago. It was toxic and corrosive to …

Cliffs, Coast and Castles

Just after Christmas we headed off to Wales to to combine seeing family with a short holiday. Of course regular readers will know this is something I’ve done before and will do again. This time though while staying near the picturesque Dunraven Bay at Southerndown again, we wanted to explore a few of the places …