Author Archives: Andrew

Design Lessons: Hotel Rooms

A humble (or not so humble) hotel room may succeed in delivering a satisfactory service to the user, but it may also fail dramatically to do so. These failures suggest that the “designer” either hasn’t thought about the user at … Continue reading

Saturday, September 19, 2020 in Humour, Thoughts on the World, Travel

That’s an Understatement!

We thought there "might be a bit of a wasps’ nest" in the loft. At first glance, I thought it might be behind a bundle of insulation, but no, it is the "bundle of insulation". For scale, the electric valve … Continue reading

Monday, August 17, 2020 in Thoughts on the World

Blast from the Past

With my friends Bob Kiss and John Birch both busy resurrecting old photographs with new software, I thought I would have a go. To give it a real challenge, I went back to my shots from the original 2003 Barbados … Continue reading

Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Barbados, Photography, Travel

What’s My Favourite Micro 4/3 Lens?

Over at The Online Photographer Mike Johnston posed a question about favourite Micro 4/3 lenses. The obvious answer is the 12-35mm f/2.8. I bought one several years ago largely off the back of Mike’s original review, it sits by default … Continue reading

Sunday, May 31, 2020 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography

Testing, Testing!

Apologies, I have a problem with my RSS feed which appears to require "live testing" to resolve. Please ignore this post, but if you’re already here please enjoy a nice picture of a beautiful leopard! Continue reading

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Website & Blog

From the Ministry of Strange Coincidences…

We’ve been getting through lockdown at least in part by working through Richard Coyle’s back catalogue. As well as things we hadn’t seen before, like the excellent Five Days of War, I tracked down a copy of The Whistleblowers from … Continue reading

Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Thoughts on the World

Demolition Man

A great piece of futurology, remarkably prescient for this year The other night we re-watched the highly entertaining Demolition Man, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes (and let’s not forget Sir Nigel Hawthorne, who famously did it mainly … Continue reading

Hungry Birds!

Enormous excitement chez nous. We have a bird box, installed in the courtyard many years ago, which has been systematically ignored most years. But not this year. A couple of weeks ago we realised that a couple of blue tits … Continue reading

Friday, May 22, 2020 in Photography, Thoughts on the World

Channel Hopping Mad!

Why are digital radio and TV such exemplars of a bad user experience? In the good old days of a small number of analogue broadcast channels, watching TV or listening to the radio was a rewardingly simple process. To watch, … Continue reading

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Agile & Architecture, Thoughts on the World

Raising the Bar…

Assuming that we all get back to travelling, it looks like I have seriously raised the bar on my own travel photography. Not only did we get to shoot at one of the same locations as Seven Worlds, One Planet, … Continue reading

Friday, May 15, 2020 in Namibia Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Ray of Sunshine

For about ten minutes at the end of each evening the sunlight lights up our newest sculpture through the Chinese circle. I thought it would be nice to share this: it’s a pretty image in it’s own right, I’d like … Continue reading

Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Thoughts on the World, Website & Blog

Small is Beautiful

Here are a couple more of my shots from the Tutankhamun exhibition. The sarcophagus is a particular delight, as the full-sized items did not travel from Egypt, but this 6″ version did. In real life it’s tiny – if you … Continue reading

Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Photography, Thoughts on the World