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A Vote to Remain in the EU is a Vote Against Democracy

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of bullies. I don’t like other people being bullied, and I don’t much like being bullied myself. My major concern with the EU, and the primary reason that I cannot vote for it, no matter how much I love our European neighbours (I…

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Brexit is a stand off between Conservatives and Socialists

I’ve been wanting to write a piece about Brexit for a while now, above and beyond my strong feelings about the British fishing industry which the Brussels Common Fisheries Policy has all but destroyed, but I’ve not found much time recently to put fingers to keys. The arrival of the young pup has taken up…

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The Future of UK Property

I spend a lot of time on the M5. Not as much as a professional driver, but at least 10 hours a week bombing north to south,  south to north. Motorways like the M5 are the arteries which carry the life blood of our country about. If you want to know what people are buying,…

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Nikon F5 – 7 Reasons you Want One in your Bag

7 Reasons You Want a Nikon F5 in Your Bag Like your Nikon D810 ? Perhaps you have a bunch of quality lenses like the Nikon 14-24 f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, and a couple of primes like the 50mm f1.4G and 85mm f1.4G for those bokeh-tastic portraits.

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It’s a Fishy Excuse – But I’m Out on Europe!

Stay in the EU, or leave? What difference does it make? Not a great deal you might think. I’m sure it won’t make much difference to my life, but as someone with an overarching interest in self government, there’s simply no way that I would vote to have some far off bureaucrat making decisions about…

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Sekonic L758D

I recently got a test film back from the lab. You might wonder why. I shot a test film because my F100 had recently returned from Nikon after having its autofocus recalibrated, after several disappointing rolls returned with strange autofocus errors.

Just ‘Cos it’s Shot on Film, Doesn’t Automatically Make it Good

This is going to come across  not at all well. It’s not that I’m stabbing my fellow filmies in the back, I just think it needs to be said. There are a few people out there, in fact more than a few, loads of people who think that if they take a photograph using a…

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Yashicamat 124G Review

The Yashicamat was the first Medium Format Camera I bought. I got it off eBay, and it was in mint condition. It looked like it had never been used. I sold it 2 years later for more than I paid for it. It was a good camera, and I probably could have held on to…

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Life in the Matrix

When it hit our cinema screens back in 1999 (yes, that long ago), The Matrix was a huge success. I would put it down on my top ten best films of all time. Why so popular? What was it about that film that struck me so?

Mango Chutney

Very often it is the ancillaries which really make life special. Sure it’s nice to wear a quality suit, but the effect is ruined if you don’t top it off with a fine pair of leather shoes and a matching belt. Ditto ties, pocket squares and sunglasses. 

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Thanks to Digital, Film is More Popular than Ever

Film is not dead, not by a long shot. If anything it’s seeing a resurgence as digital photographers look for something distinctive to give their photos a unique feel. Their glass will fit easily into a Canon EOS3 or Nikon F100, and the cameras are familiar to use. As more and more individuals shoot digital,…

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In Greece, Democracy is Dead. The EU will Soon Follow Suit

I was among those cheering loudly as the Greeks stood up to the classroom bullies of the IMF, ECB and EC at their referendum, delighted that they chose, against the terrorist tactics of the Troika, to vote “Okhi” (No) to more austerity. Finally, a triumph of democracy over crony fiat capitalism. Or so we thought….

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GDP: A Great Distraction for Politicians

For many years, governments have focused upon GDP, but with our current global demographics collapse , GDP growth is no longer a relevant means to measure economic health, and it’s time politicians chose a more appropriate yardstick to beat themselves over the head with. Or perhaps it’s time for politicians to acknowledge their powerlessness to…

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Why do we Fear a Banking Collapse?

Banks go bankrupt, that’s why there is a word for such things. But most of the banking and financial world won’t hear of it. If you cannot repay your debts, you can keep restructuring your debt, but this is only prolonging the inevitable. Default will come eventually, and you will be required to give away…

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If you don’t like Amazon’s Tax Dodging, Vote with your Wallet

So, Amazon has decided to pay just £11.9m in tax, despite over £5bn in revenue passing through its books. How about that? Feel annoyed? Do you like Amazon’s cheap prices but dislike their tax policies? If you don’t like to support a business which extracts money from the UK economy, yet gives little back, then…

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Shure SE425 Earphones Long Term Review

Like music? How much would you spend on an MP3 player? £500? Maybe you’d go for the top of the range 128GB iPhone for around £700. But what about your headphones? What’s that? You’re still using those crappy buds that came free with your iPhone? Oh dear. It’s time we had a little chat.

Far From The Madding Crowd

The latest remake of the classic Thomas Hardy is beautiful to look at, but it cannot escape its past. I love period dramas. Maybe it’s because I am a product of institutions, the army, boarding school, university and consultancies, I also performed in Gilbert & Sullivan operas before I was a teenager, and sang in…

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Economics 2.0

As an economy evolves from primary industry, through labour intensive and capital intensive manufacturing, to the services sector, what comes next? What is economy? According to the OED, economy is: “The state of a country or region in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services and the supply of money” Let’s break…

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The Proper Party Manifesto – a Party Manifesto for Guaranteed Election Success

On this, the day of the 2015 general election, I am interested in what will unfold over the next 24 hours, and in honour of all my earnest politician bashing, I’ve put my money where my mouth is, and written my own proper party manifesto. It’s called the proper party. Because we believe in doing…

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The Fallacy of Booming UK House Prices

Booming UK house prices don’t benefit anyone except moneylenders and property speculators – it’s time the great British homeowner woke up and realised they’ve been swindled.

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