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I've always had an appreciation for photography and those shots you see in glossy mags and for me in particular EVO car magazine. Sadly up until now that is where it stopped for me, I appreciate the end result but never delved into the world of Photography.  Things have just changed however as I collected my first DSLR yesterday! Well, not exactly a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, but a new Digital Single Lens Translucent (SLT) in the shape of the much raved about Sony Alpha A35. I won't go into detail as would not be qualified to do so, but the very helpful chap at my local independent ca...
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It's that time of year again when those who are wired in a certain way are thinking about ski holidays!  I for one would much sooner spend a week wrapped up in ski clobber splashing around in the powder snow and breathing the fresh mountain air than sat around a pool somewhere melting in the heat (my wife on the other hand has a slightly different outlook on these things...).  The truth of the matter is however that I have not made it to the slopes for the last 4 years as time has always been the enemy.  Summer holidays have ruled the roost under our roof, however not your average summer ho...
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I’m in Cyprus at the moment enjoying a bit of down time and needed to bring some good reading material to help me get away from it all.  I’m not a huge reader myself, unlike my wife who being an English teacher always has her head in a book.  I am quite envious and when I do pick up a good book it’s far more rewarding than watching the TV.  I often find that I don’t have the time when at home and so my reading days are numbered usually to those when I am away. I picked up a copy of Jenson Buttons autobiography – A Championship Year, being a keen motorsport fan and enjoying the ...
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Step one – Throw away any Pizza Hut, Domino’s or similar takeaway menu’s you have.  If you want a real Pizza and are not either in Italy or your local Italian restaurant then making your own pizza is simple and I can guarantee you’ll never go back!  You’ll walk past the frozen pizza aisle in the supermarket with a smug grin on your face. Pizza really is one of the simplest recipes that deliver the best results and anyone can do this from home.  It’s dead easy to make your pizza dough or you can simply buy a pack of ‘pizza dough’ and simply add water.  I’ll show you...
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It’s an interesting argument and very subjective topic, a bit of a taboo subject really.  I’m new to personal blogging and want to generate a community of readers that might be interested in what I have to say.  I won’t write pointless blogs and have no commercial agenda to adhere to, so my blogs will be just that, my blogs.  If it interests me and I think it could interest my readers, I’ll write about it.  I’m sure many of my blogs will not interest everyone, but you might find that the odd one is right up your street. I want my readers / followers to feel valued and to be ho...
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I’ve always had an appreciation for photography and those shots you see in glossy mags and for me in particular EVO car magazine. Sadly up until now that is where it stopped for me, I appreciate the end result but never delved into the world of Photography.  Things have just changed however as I collected my first DSLR yesterday! Well, not exactly a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, but a new Digital Single Lens Translucent (SLT) in the shape of the much raved about Sony Alpha A35. I won’t go into detail as would not be qualified to do so, but the very helpful chap at my local independent camera store assured me that the A35 is a fantastic camera, packed with features and more than a match for the ‘have-a-go’ photographer that I claimed to be.

Having arrived at the shop and asked for his best deal on the Nikon D3100 and having already discounted the Canon 1100D, then to walk out with a Sony, came as something of a shock.  You may have gathered that I can’t compare or comment on the others, but took the advice of someone ‘in the know’.  Not only I am confident I have the best in class camera, it was also very refreshing to learn that Sony have an exclusive  agreement with independent retailers such as Bristol Cameras where they can be assured of competitive pricing in the market, taking on the likes of Tesco, Jessops, Argos etc and beating them on price. Local service with real people serving real customers and the best price I could find anywhere online. Win win.

Anyway, having had a quick play with the A35 last night, the early signs are as expected.  There is no comparison between a compact ‘point and push’ and a ‘proper’ camera.  For an aspiring photographer such as myself, the Sony A35 appears to offer everything I could ever need and more.  The best function I have found so far is a toss up between the 7 frame per second ‘burst’ shooting or the Panorama facility. Catch action with up to 7 frames per second, or stand still and ‘sweep’ taking multiple shots of the horizon and the little A35 will compile a nice panoramic automatically, saving hours of photoshop ‘cut and pasting’.

You probably want some sample pics, for now I am getting to grips and haven’t downloaded any yet but I’ll be sure to get some up soon. Now what can I photograph to show off my new toy?!

Jul

27

Wi-Fi is a wonderful thing, most handheld / mobile devices now support Wi-Fi connections, but you need the infrastructure to support it.  I felt compelled to write this blog as am currently sat in Bristol Airport waiting for a delayed flight to Paphos, Cyprus.  It’s only an hour delay so not the end of the world as they have a nice bar and are even showing the F1.  Logging onto to my laptop I’ve gone through the standard procedure and up pops available Wi-Fi networks, Bristol Airport being one.  £5/hr. This is the first public place I have been where Wi-Fi is not free.  I am not sat here -through choice, I am sat here because my flight is delayed, yet for the hour I am delayed, I have to cough up a fiver to use the Wi-Fi.  It’s a good job my wife has her iPhone on her as thankfully we get inclusive internet use, so she is merrily chatting to her friends and family on messenger and Facebook.

So why do Bristol Airport need to charge for Wi-Fi? Obvious really, much like the rest of the aviation industry, any non essential service comes with a price tag.  The only thing you get included in the ticket price these days is the seat itself.  Luggage, extra, in flight meal, extra, speedy boarding, extra…. Although I guess this is why the budget airlines can fly you thousands of miles for under £100.  I have no doubt that the ever powerful Easyjet squeeze the airports to breaking point and perhaps this is why Wi-Fi  costs £5 per hour and a pint of average lager is over £3.50!  But at the end of the day, me and my wife ca fly to Cyprus and back for a little over £400, which is pretty darn cheap!

I can however highly recommend Starbucks as a great Wi-Fi hot spot.  I stopped by the other day after dropping my wife to work, grabbed an Americano and sat down for an hour doing a bit of work.  I was able to check all my e-mails, write and publish a blog for one of my clients, Rhinocarhire.com and the best thing, it was absolutely free!

So where else is still charging for Wi-Fi? I’ll be sure to let you know anywhere else I come across, but if you want to drop me a note or comment here that would be cool.  Perhaps we can come up with a list of ‘chargeable’ Wi-Fi in and around Bristol.

Off to Cyprus now.

Jul

20

Well hello, I guess you’ve accidentally stumbled over my blog while searching for something of interest no doubt.  I’m new to this so give me a few weeks to get my head around it all and then maybe I’ll have something interesting for you to read.  Just to give you a sneak preview, my interests include motor sport, golf and travelling, so if any of those strike a chord with you, feel free to drop by and see what’s going on.

For now, that’s me done.

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