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  • The Great Four Seasons Unboxing of 2023

    Today I am very happy. Actually, to be fair, most days I am very happy, but today saw the arrival of the 44-CD Ultimate Boxed Set of a whole career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. 830 tracks. 44 CDs. 1 Viny album. 1 coffee table book. 1 collec...0


    31 May 2023 11:49PM  |  Read


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  • The Black and White Revolution

    When I was beginning my photographic journey the first must-have was a darkroom. Commercial printing for small "en-prints" was pretty dreadful, averaged out exposures and didn;t handle special situations well, took sometimes weeks to arrive......Yes,...0


    23 May 2023 2:29PM  |  Read


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  • A Victorian Town, Part Three

    Part Three of our exploration of the Victorian Town at Blists Hill looks at the architecture of the place itself. This is based in the old ironworks area of course, so includes the derelict Blast Furnaces, the disused canal, the old Brick and Tile wo...0


    15 May 2023 3:35PM  |  Read


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  • A Victorian Town, Part Two

    Continuing with the tale of our trip to Blists Hill, last blog covered the Shire Horses as indeed it was a Shire Horse/Heavy Horse event. Today I'm looking at the people who are there. Some are visitors, some being dressed up as well. Then there are ...0


    14 May 2023 10:33PM  |  Read


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  • A Victorian Town, Part One

    Today Sue and I went down to Telford to spend the day at Blists Hill Victorian Town, part of the Ironbridge Gorge set of museums. We were there to see the Shire Horses/Heavy Horses day, and sure enough these beautiful beasts were pulling carts or bei...0


    14 May 2023 12:07AM  |  Read


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  • A Butterfly Flutters By

    More than one butterfly as we were in the Butterfly House in Stratford-on-Avon. Armed with the Pentax K-3 II and the SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens I was not concerned about the lens or camera being damaged by the high humidity, although pleasant su...0


    8 May 2023 10:31PM  |  Read


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  • Infra-red Ebrington

    We have just returned from a week away in the Cotswolds, staying in a small cottage in the tiny village of Ebrington. Surrounded by cosy buildings of yellow Cotswold stone, we have ventured forth very day pursuing for once some of our own photography...0


    5 May 2023 8:36PM  |  Read


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  • An Honourable Mention for John Lloyd

    A few lens reviews on EPZ have included shots on location at Astley Hall, near Chorley. We have visited the hall many times, but only on the last visit did the room custodian in the long glallery (top floor) think to mention the maker's mark left by ...0


    10 Apr 2023 5:27PM  |  Read


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  • Otterly Cute

    So I've been weight training this week, OK, I've been doing a review of the Nikkor Z 600mm f/4 TC VR S lens, which I shall claim as weight training. So it was off to Martin Mere to find some ducks and other things to photograph and I did a sequence o...0


    29 Mar 2023 10:40PM  |  Read


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  • The Empty Corridors of Education

    We visited Mesnes Park in Wigan today, and that is worth a blog in itself, but soon, not today. Today, arriving at the top end of the park, we saw the derelict, abandoned mill building that was once the place where our son Mike attended as a sixth fo...0


    12 Mar 2023 10:55PM  |  Read


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  • Underground Manchester - Salford Junction Canal

    Under Manchester is the disused Salford Junction Canal, designed to join the Rochdale canal with the Irwell and hence onwards no doubt into the Manchester, Bolton and Bury. It was expensive to build and only lasted a decade or so in use, but when we ...0


    2 Mar 2023 12:03AM  |  Read


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  • Places: Avro Heritage Museum

    In the middle of what was Woodford aerodrome, near Manchester Airport, and in the middle of what is currently a huge housing estate project, we find the Avro Heritage Museum. Avro is of course the aircraft manufacturer, famous for the Lancaster, Vul...0


    27 Feb 2023 12:00AM  |  Read


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  • Wildlife in Plastic

    We were at WWT Martin Mere yesterday, looking for some wildlife images for an upcoming lens review. We got the shots, but the birds were pretty conspicuous by their absence. I was going to say very thin on the ground, but very thin in the air as wel...0


    5 Feb 2023 5:38PM  |  Read


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  • Through the Keyhole

    There's no doubt in my mind that the most intriguing things are those that are just out of sight or just out of reach. They raise questions but give no answers. So I was shooting some more images for a review at Tyldesley cemetery, and started chatti...0


    21 Jan 2023 4:01PM  |  Read


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  • Bravo Billingham!

    A few blogs ago I was talking about my 45 year old Billingham bags needing a repair. Here's the progress report on how it all panned out. The bags started by looking like this: The first bag is made from the lightweight Nytex and the main zip had ...0


    20 Jan 2023 2:30PM  |  Read


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