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The privilege of travel

I’ve just read a blog post on Medium called Lifestyles of the Young, Rich, and Homeless. Go and read it now, although you may struggle to all the way through it.

In a way, it’s an interesting story although I can entirely understand the derision currently directed towards it on Twitter.  Continue reading The privilege of travel


Basic photography lesson

I’ve got a friend who has just bought a DSLR and was wanting to know how to use it. I’ve just sent him an email with some basic information based on having done some photography courses over the past year and using my camera a lot. I thought that I might as well include the information here. The information would’ve been useful for me although that’s now a guarantee that it will be useful for you.

Anyway, this is what I sent him Continue reading Basic photography lesson

Earthquake tourism in Christchurch

Over the weekend I spent a few days in Christchurch. In 2010 and 2011 there were a series of large earthquakes in and around Christchurch that caused a lot of damage to the city. These were probably the most destructive earthquakes in New Zealand, at least since the Napier quake of 1931, if not earlier.

This was my first visit to Christchurch in a number of years and was a rather sobering experience. Continue reading Earthquake tourism in Christchurch

New Olympus OM-D E-M1

Almost three years ago, I bought a new Olympus E-PL2 camera. It was a big step up for me, after years of using various compact cameras.

At the time it was a good camera for me. It gave me many of the advantages of a DSLR in a smaller package. It also gave me a lot of the manual control that other cameras had never given me. Unfortunately I didn’t really understand a lot of the theory behind photography at the time so probably didn’t take the best photos that I could but I did learn a lot. Continue reading New Olympus OM-D E-M1

Free-range eggs and market confusion

Something a little different today. Went shopping today for some eggs. Needed to buy free range to avoid being excommunicated. But there is so much choice down in the supermarket to describe some egg where I’m sure the space per chicken can be measure in square centimetres.

Below are some photos of egg packets. Any idea what they mean? I don’t! Continue reading Free-range eggs and market confusion

Be wary of trading schools and trading strategies

I’ve been occasionally reading some articles written by Nick McDonald in the NZ Herald. These articles are on the subject of trading financial markets for profit.

As with many so-called traders, Mr McDonald runs a company that teaches people how to trade. This seems to be the same old scams that have been running for years. Learn how to pick the best horses. Learn how to pick the winning lottery numbers. Learn how to trade the markets.  Continue reading Be wary of trading schools and trading strategies

Current status: Exhaustion

After a number of months of being rather inactive, I just started exercising again. It has been hard to get the body moving after so long.

I left my running shoes in London about 8 months ago because they didn’t fit in my bag for the trip back home. I only just got around to buying new shoes a couple of weeks ago and have been pounding the local pavement near the house.  Continue reading Current status: Exhaustion

Northern Explorer AKL-WLG

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, there was a certain amount of romance to travel by train. In a bygone era, steam trains took people across the nation and across the globe. Well, small parts of it at least. More recently, the rise of the motor car and cheap air travel has significantly reduced the appeal of rail travel.

In New Zealand, the rail network is pretty limited and has declined during my life. Now, the train that used to travel twice daily between Auckland and Wellington is now only thrice weekly. And even that infrequently still is in danger of cancellation.  Continue reading Northern Explorer AKL-WLG

Photo book arrived

My photo book from Blurb arrived a couple of days ago. I had been pretty excited after ordering it and couldn’t really wait for it to turn up so it was good to finally have the package in my hands.

I had bought the large book (13ʺ x 11ʺ) and it turned out to be larger than I expected. It’s a little hard to picture it before ordering and seeing it in my hands, it was almost too big. Continue reading Photo book arrived