It has been said that the ideal car for Darth Vader would be an original Mercedes CLS, in black. I think I have discovered the ideal car for Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde! Mercedes themselves acknowledge the dual personality … Continue reading

Friday, May 15, 2015 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

Lotsa Changes!

I’ve taken advantage of a bit of spare time to sort out our web sites, and in particular fix a few things which didn’t work quite right after our enforced emergency upgrade in February. Hopefully you should see everything working … Continue reading

Thursday, May 14, 2015 in Website & Blog

A Visitation

Great excitement chez nous last night. The security lights went on and we spotted not one but two hedgehogs snuffling around in the courtyard. Fortunately they stayed round long enough to get a few photos. The security light provided good … Continue reading

Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

A Failure of Curation

We visit a lot of photography exhibitions. The majority are inspiring or thought-provoking, and well worth the effort of the photographers, the presenters, and the attendees. Along the way there has been the odd disappointment: sometimes we just don’t connect … Continue reading

Sunday, April 5, 2015 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Normal Service Being Resumed

Apologies to all for the interruption to our websites and email service around last weekend. My server was hacked and used to launch DDoS attacks, and had to be taken offline and rebuilt with the latest software versions. Fortunately I … Continue reading

Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Website & Blog

Efficient Fuzzy Matching at Word Level

I’ve just solved a tricky problem with what I think is quite an elegant solution, and thought it would be interesting to share it. I’m building a system in which I have to process fault data. Sometimes this comes with … Continue reading

Friday, January 16, 2015 in Agile & Architecture, Code & Development

Positively On Fire…

Apologies, my first blog post of the New Year really should have wished you all the very best for 2015. Please accept this as a pseudo-first post, with said wishes. I also just wanted to post this shot from yesterday. … Continue reading

Monday, January 12, 2015 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Monochrome, Sort Of…

I’m making use of my new Windows MacBook to catch up with photo processing, including a few shots from our trip to Barbados last year. One of the things I particularly love about the Caribbean are the splashes of colour … Continue reading

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in Photography, Travel

Google Bowls a Googly

Here’s a thing. Do a search for a restaurant, theatre or somewhere else you’d like to visit, using Google Chrome. Get a map using Google Maps, in Google Chrome. Print out a copy for reference – blank page! Copy the … Continue reading

Monday, December 29, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

More Panoramas!

The astute among you will have noticed that I place a random panorama in the masthead of all my web site pages. I’ve just refreshed my album with a number of new images, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Continue reading

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in Photography, Website & Blog

The Last Link in the Chain

Day 10 We start by driving back to the Linn Cove Viaduct, the last piece of the Parkway finally put in place in 1987. It’s a great feature in its own right, but there’s also some very colourful foliage on … Continue reading

Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

The Experiment Continues

The MacBook Pro has arrived, and for a nearly four year old PC it’s in very good nick. There’s one unfortunate scratch on the top lid, but otherwise it’s very clean and works well. The 8GB RAM I switched out … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in PCs/Laptops

Waterfall in the Rain

Day 9 We awake to something we haven’t seen so far this trip – rain. Fortunately I’m a great believer that bad weather makes good photographs, so hopefully we’ll still enjoy the day. We get back on the Parkway and … Continue reading

Monday, November 24, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

In the Blue Ridged Mountains…

Day 8 North Carolina. Lattes! Sparkling mineral water!! Vegetables!!! We drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and join the Blue Ridge Parkway. This was one of FDR’s great public works initiatives in the 1930s. Running along the ridge … Continue reading

An Unloved Park?

Day 7 A slightly frustrating day. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited of the American parks, but in some ways it feels like the least loved. We are shocked by fresh graffiti in what may well still … Continue reading

An Experiment

Readers of longer standing may remember the agonising when I had to replace my 2009 Toshiba laptop, as there had been yet another shift in screen aspect ratio standards, and in order to preserve a decent vertical screen size, I … Continue reading

Sunday, November 23, 2014 in PCs/Laptops, Thoughts on the World

A Tide In The Affairs Of Men

Observations on the Inaudible, Incomprehensible and Impossible “Interstellar” Continue reading

Sunday, November 9, 2014 in Reviews

What Camera Should I Buy?

Just Brilliant: Continue reading

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Humour, Photography

Into the Mountains

Day 5 After last night’s “oh bugger” moment we establish that the “right” Lynchburg is only about 60 miles south of Nashville and therefore a manageable diversion. The drive down is very pleasant, and the tour interesting, although our guide … Continue reading

Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

Goodbye Dr. Love

I was very sad this morning to hear of the passing of the great reggae singer, John Holt. Help Me Make It Through The Night is very possibly my favourite reggae love song, and the contrast between his sweet voice … Continue reading

Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Thoughts on the World

Music from Every Orifice, and a Sudden Realisation!

Day 4 It’s a long but leafy drive from Memphis to Nashville, a bit like a 200-mile long tree lined avenue, but with bigger trucks! The road is misleadingly uniform, so it’s a surprise how different the two cities are. … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

An Historic Day

Day 3 The drawback of being a stone’s throw from the airport is somewhat curtailed sleep as the flights start at about 4.30. Oh well… First stop is a fabric shop on the outskirts where Frances buys some tassles, and … Continue reading


Day 2 Another early start, but thanks to jet lag it’s not a major issue. Reagan National Airport turns out to be an architectural gem, and I get some great shots of the main hall. Operationally it’s not at quite … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Photography, Travel, USA 2014

Back in the USA!

We had a trip to the USA in late September and early October, which was highly enjoyable and produced a few interesting photos. Here’s what happened…   Day 1 Up early for flight to Washington. Everything goes smoothly apart from … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

This week I am supporting the TRW presence at Automechanika in Frankfurt. Due to a cock-up on the packing front by the team leader this morning found us short of a wireless router essential to connect our demonstration vehicle to … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Humour, Thoughts on the World

New Toy, New Challenges

I’ve just got a new toy, a Panasonic GF3 converted for infrared imported from the USA. I went for the 590nm filter which admits a fair bit of the visual spectrum for the popular “goldie” look, and which makes sure … Continue reading

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Auto Everything? Not Quite…

A friend asked me a few weeks ago about how I get such depth of colour in my images, and whether it was related to using automatic modes on my cameras. I had to explain about shooting RAW and correcting … Continue reading

Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Photography

Looking Down Dark Alleys…

I’m finally getting round to the first pass (!) on my Morocco photos. Work, my app development and the slow release of Capture One support for the Panasonic GX7 have all got in the way. Here’s one from our second … Continue reading

Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Morocco Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Two Nations Divided By A Common Language

This doesn’t survive “translation”. Researching our forthcoming trip to the South Eastern USA, I found a guide to a small town on our route in North Carolina with the splendid, and somewhat misleading, title Doggin’ Asheville. Not what I expected … Continue reading

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Humour