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  • A Speedbag in 15 Years

    I always thought one of the best designs of camera bag ever devised was the Pentax Speedbag. The original is from the Spotmatic era, the Speedbag M is from the M series era and the Speedbag 110, respeldent in brown leatherette finish, is needless to ...


    5 Feb 2020 4:13PM | Read


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  • All Change at Okehampton!

    I'm not quite a railway enthusiast, but getting there, particularly because I like the railway architecture as well as the fine engineering of the rolling stock and engines. We made our way to Okehampton, unfortunately after the end of the season for...


    5 Nov 2019 9:30PM | Read


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  • Facing the Fear at Knighshayes Court

    This is a selection of images from our recent visit to Knightshayes Court in Devon. The fear is on a couple of levels, both a little tongue-in-cheek. The first is the proximity to halloween and the picture of "Granny rising from her slumbers" which d...


    4 Nov 2019 11:32AM | Read


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  • A Warm Afternoon at Biddulph Grange

    With a couple of hours spare, we found ourselves in the vicinity of Biddulph Grange Gardens, a National Trust property. Along with the adjoining Biddulph Grange Country Park, this used to be a part of the Biddulph Grange Estate. The gardens were goin...


    6 Oct 2019 3:10PM | Read


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  • Fun With The 07 Mount Shield Lens

    Finding a lull between lens reviews, I thought it would be interesting to try out again the 07 Mount Shield lens for the Pentax Q system, probably the smallest interchangeable lent kit available. It is a fixed focus 11.5mm f/9 optic, with a sort of s...


    24 Aug 2019 1:48PM | Read


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  • Cruising the Manchester Ship Canal

    There is a trip on an old Mersey Ferry, either from Salford to Liverpool or Liverpool to Salford as desired, taking us along the Manchester Ship Canal. The last time I did this was with my Granny, when I was about 10 years old. Well, on Sunday I did ...


    26 Jun 2019 8:52AM | Read


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  • ADAPS Year Book 2019-2020

    Another year has gone by and another ADAPS Year Book is published. As before, I have collected in images from club members and selected two each for inclusion in the book. We select five members to be "Featured" and they get a short biography and thi...


    30 May 2019 2:31PM | Read


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  • An Aeronautical Playground

    Railway museums, tram museums, bus museums and even aircraft museums have their fair share of treasures, some restored lovingly, some being restored, some looking like a bleak prospect. Elvington Air Museum is a classic example of such a museum. Last...


    14 May 2019 4:32PM | Read


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  • The Last of the Few

    We were at Elvington Air Museum, near York, on Sunday. There was an event running, 1940s themed, and there were plenty of people dressing up, dancing, singing and generally enjoying a superb day. There were also, on a more serious note, some of the l...


    13 May 2019 5:44PM | Read


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  • Pay up, but don't cross the line!

    We went to Hoghton Hall today to see their medieval fayre, such as it was. The stall holders were pleasant and helpful, but there weren't many of them. The cafe was adequate but not exciting, although the staff were delightful and the food was good q...


    6 May 2019 4:26PM | Read


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  • Treading in Our own Footsteps #2 - Speke Hall

    Another place that we hadn't visited for a very long time, Speke Hall is next to Liverpool John Lennon Airport, so there's plenty of opportunity for not only a National Trust house and gardens but also a bit of plane spotting. The last time we went t...


    25 Apr 2019 4:24PM | Read


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  • Treading in Our own Footsteps #1 - Styal

    We have visited Styal and Quarry Bank Mill many times in the distant past, but not so much in the past ten years or so. The last time was when Sophie and Amelia were much younger, perhaps about 6 years old in Sophie's case and she is now 11. They had...


    23 Apr 2019 1:54PM | Read


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  • Spring Renewal at Arley Hall

    Every year we sign up for a Season Ticket at Arley Hall and Gardens. It's well worth it for me as I routinely go there to shoot a variety of sample images for lens and camera reviews. The renewal date was 31st March, so we went down today to renew. A...


    24 Mar 2019 6:19PM | Read


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  • Not Only For Pigeons

    For years we have visited the wonderful countryside around Rivington, including the old terraced gardens originally financed by Lord Lever. The gardens have been overgrown and, apart from well worn paths up the hillside, many areas have become lost a...


    23 Mar 2019 11:29PM | Read


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  • Book Review - Genesis by Sabastiao Selgado

    517 large format pages of superb black and white photography, on a par with such greats as Ansell Adams and with a conservationists eye added that will suit modern sensibilities. That might be a very brief summary of this book (Taschen, ISBN 978-3-83...


    18 Mar 2019 1:15PM | Read


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