Saturday, August 15, 2020

Saturday Matinee: Trains, buses, excellent photography and a good but silent story

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Last time I went to the cinema at 10 o'clock in the morning was with a bunch of my ten-year-old peers anxious to catch up on the perils of Flash Gordon and the evil Emperor Ming. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I was invited to a special screening of a 1928 silent film inside the impressive art deco vastness of the Odeon Leicester Square. We were no longer short-trousered hoodlums with chewed gum and catapults in our pockets. We had all aged gracefully (or otherwise) and there was a whiff of geekiness that didn't exist back in the days of Flash and Princess Aura. This was the film buff's equivalent of a steam train outing to Carlisle. Such things I find fascinating and I donned my very best anorak for the occasion.

At the sign of the rubber gloves: Fridges mended here

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Q: What do rubber gloves on sticks mean in Zambia. A: Advertisements for plumbers among others. Richard spotted this exciting "billboard".

Babsky’s Radio Daze: Leica heard but not seen

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A bit of inspiration at 2 am and David was invited to become a regular BBC Radio contributor on the subject of "how to become a professional photographer". His Radio Daze are recalled here.

Leica R3 vs Minolta XE Comparison

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Here's an introduction to Analog Insights, a YouTube channel devoted to the use of film cameras in the digital age. Let's start with a comparison between the Leica R3 and the Milolta XE