Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sony A7: Goodbye, it was almost nice knowing you

John has had a long relationship with the Sony A7 — mainly because he couldn't find anyone to buy it off him.....

Nokia 3310: Thinking the unthinkable. Are smartphones really necessary?

Do today's smartphones attempt to do too much? Could Nokia's new no-nonsense retro-phone replace my iPhone and leave me free to do most of my work on an iPad mini? 

Hasselblad Lunar: The kitschy side of the moon

Mike had an invitation to view a fabulously expensive Hasselblad Lunar, reduced from £6,000 to £800. Is it now a bargain or is it doomed to a never-ending fall from grace?

Maison Bertaux: The best croissanterie in London

Next time you find yourself in London's Soho, do visit Maison Bertaux in Greek Street. Mike chomps on his croissant in anticipation.....

Pubelangelo: Who does craft all those enticing food signs?

Just who does write all those pub signs?

Watermarked Photographs: Pretentious or what?

I hate watermarked photographs. They say a lot about the photographer and, I suppose, everyone takes a different view of what exactly that is. To me it means only one thing: “Look at me, my pictures are so wonderful that the world would steal them if I didn’t deface them with a watermark.” There are honourable exceptions, of course, and some of my favourite bloggers and photographers do add watermarks. It’s entirely up to them. But generally speaking a watermarked photograph defeats the object. In my view it is pretentious and removes the pleasure in viewing the image.

Making a cup of tea is far from a Greek strongpoint

Tea drinking is part of British culture, even though we are rank amateurs compared with the Chinese where the art of tea (and the cost of the art of tea) rivals the western obsession with viniculture. But we do know a thing or two about making a cuppa, especially the strong black variety known as builders' tea. Sadly, the simple process of making a passable cup of tea is largely lost on our neighbours other parts of Europe (with the honourable exception of Ireland, of course).

Conveniences and inconveniences: Spending a penny in ancient memory

Time was when a penny could buy something useful such as a vital service. A pure convenience it was, and that was in the days when there were 240 pennies, not a miserable 100, to the pound. At least in those days spending a penny was easy to do. Seemingly, there was a convenience on almost every street corner. Now there are virtually none left and bladders have had to become reinforced in sympathy. Our towns and cities are manifestly inconvenient these days.

Why I’m leaving Spotify after six years

Apple Music, which offered a free three-month trial, impressed me with a solid experience. I use an iPhone and a Mac, so the apps...

Computer Glasses: Working wonders with a new piece of nosewear

We all know the importance of good posture when working on a computer. Chair comfort, back support, height and lumbar support: All are vital in reducing damage and promoting comfort. But what of eyesight?