Monday, May 25, 2020

Alan Turing is the BBC’s 20th Century Icon

Alan Turing is the BBC's 20th Century Icon, and with good reason...

Manual winding watches v Leica M10-D


Joshua Munchow, writing for the wonderful Quill & Pad Watch site, relates how purists of fine horology eschew the undoubted benefits of automatics in favour of manual winding.

P-911 and P-G9: A good couple of fat rumps


The Panasonic G9 has been called the Porsche 911 of cameras. But, as John argues, this comparison lies mainly in the burgeoning weight and bulk as once-small devices grow like Topsy…..

Workflow: The humble typewriter through rose-coloured glasses


Notebooks, typewriters, fountain pens: All should by rights be dead, foully killed off by the computer. But they live on.....

More acronyms and the OCOLOY challenge. What about the Lumix G9?


Mike Johnson of OCOLOY fame is considering restricting himself in 2019 to the Panasonic Lumix G9. Is it a sensible choice, we wonder…..



The world’s best camera, the camera of the year, is surely the one you have just purchased. If you didn’t think so you wouldn’t have chosen it. So why does my choice of the Leica M10-D as COTY send readers POTTY?

Leica M10-D: My camera of the year


When it comes to choosing the best new camera of the year, I admit I live in a little Leica bubble. I’ve paid due attention to the Sony a7III and to the new full-framers from Nikon and Canon. All wonderful cameras. But nothing has enthused me more than one oddball Leica, the M10-D.

George James, 1942-2018


My friend George is dead. He had known for many months that he had little time left after his seven-year battle with cancer. But he set his heart on one last Christmas Day which he enjoyed with his family around him. Having achieved his goal, he died peacefully in his own bed on Saturday morning. 

Photokina 2019 cancelled, but is an annual show sustainable?


Moving Photokina to an annual Spring slot meant there would be two shows within seven months. However, the 2019 event has now bitten the dust and the next gathering will be in May 2020. But what of the future?

Apple Watch: Joining the cashless society


Can you exist without cash? Electronic payments for trifling amounts are now commonplace, thanks largely to the total acceptance of swipe cards and smart devices such as the Apple Watch. We are moving inexorably to a point where cash will be an curiosity, a payment method of last resort…..