Ellory Bop - Torn Apart 1985

One of these guys is my brother inlaw, i was 4 when this came out.


Edwin Land

Today would be Edwin Land's birthday, he would be 103 years of age. The reason why i am writing a post on this guy is that he is one on the most inventive and well known pioneers in the world of Photography. Why? well his discoveries of polarisation lead to him developing the instant photography that we all know and love. Despite the high cost when Polaroid first came out (and still today) there was high demand and anyone who was anyone had one. To take away the process of giving your film in to develop the instant picture was born and easy for everyone to use. It was said that this invention was the ipod of its day and Edwin the Steve Jobs with his eye for detail and cut throat business style. Ironically, Edwin Land was an idol to Steve Jobs and some say that the iconic graphic colours that signify Polaroid was later used the early Apple logo.

Today his early cameras are sort after and used by photography enthusiasts, i too have one and debated selling it because of the high prices people will pay for it, but then i think about how iconic this camera is and realise keeping hold of a bit of history is much more important.

Happy St George's Day

Happy St George's Day one and all, i may have been alone in flying the flag and celebrating the patron saint of my beloved country but silent i was not.


I have had a little break of late, it comes every now and then usually when i don't feel like sharing anything or when you just get sick of the Internet. work has been a very difficult place to be with the looming redundancies and friends in the firing line it made me think about what i need to do or how i should look to the future as we start to think about building a family. But as i finish the Easter break and just get over some sort of flu illness I'm going back to work to start something new, so my goal is to keep my head out of the grey nasty poisonous cloud that over shadows our department and look to the students for a little bit of fresh inspiration. 

3 Weeks Aged

I filtered my first sample of brew last night, its only aged by three weeks but patience is not my strongest attribute, however i will let this second one age much longer. I tried two different methods, one with fine oak shavings that had been mildly toasted and another where i boiled shavings and strips of oak in water for about 5 minutes. Im trying to gain a oak/vanilla smoothness to my brew and im fully aware that this takes years and masses of experience so my standard is obviously going to be way less but im sure i could create something drinkable.
So the boiled technique brought out a very clear oaky aroma with a very light colour, too light for what i wanted and although the aroma is still detectable in the brew the taste is all that. Plus because the flavour and colour is in the water it meant cutting it with the brew and reducing its strength.
The oak shavings were placed straight in with brew after that had been toasted this had an almost immediate effect on the colour and within a day the brew had that deep rich brown colour exactly what i am looking for. The aroma has started to come through and has definitely gain flavour at 3 weeks so i decided to bite the bullet and filter this batch off and bottle. I filtered it of 4 time to ensure there was no oak shavings left in the brew.
I sampled a little glass afterwards and its made for a fine effort, there is still that kick there which im hoping to reduce through leaving the brew and the oak much longer with this batch. I will use the 3 week batch as i bench mark.

Kowa SE

I'm getting a little fanatical about cameras of late and i think iv said this before, no only do i like taking photos i love to use the camera. I cant help but get a little bit excited knowing how all the very finely crafted parts in these machines work and how they go together. I suppose that comes from my engineering days and still lingers there as i find myself buying old duff cameras and fixing them. One that i finished before Christmas was this Kowa SE with a fixed 50mm lens its a tidy bit of kit. When i bought it for a very reasonable price of 5 knicker its had a stuck shutter and unlike my last camera i couldn't find any guides for it anywhere until i found this guy on Flickr who has an immense collection of cameras and had a similar model he had dismantled and kindly sent me the sketches he made while putting it back together. This helped ALOT as when i opened this one up it totally blew my mind and took a good week before i figured it all out and fixed the problem, then came the task of putting it back together. Check out the pics. once it was don it was time to load it up with film and try it out. the first batch didn't turn out great and partly down to using dodgy chemicals so i tried again and the results were beyond what i had expected.

This was the sticky mirror action

This is the shutter, you cant imagine how complex this actually is and so very small.

This took me two whole nights at assembling the shutter back to the camera body, loads of little springs and alot of swearing. in  fact i was half cut when i finally got it right.

Job done

A few shots using out of datefile thjat was crossed processed in work.

miss spent weekend

Had what could have been one of the most enjoyable Saturdays for a while, it was cold working outside digging, planting etc but rewarding to say the least and topped off with a few pints in front of a log burner with pals. great...also a spot of photography.


The new series of Justified started this week, and the first episode hit the spot bang on target. Being English we have the shittest TV known to man, we very rarely make anything worth watching and so looking forward to my US series gives me a reason for having a TV (plus my xbox).

Makes you wanna shoot guns, drink Bourbon, eat fried chicken make moonshine and generally do man stuff all while wearing a cowboy hat............so ill see you at the weekend Thud.


This film not only looks good im sure it will be one of the top films of 2012. What makes it even better is that one of me ex students worked on the special effects. most of which is in the trailer.

Zombie Beetroot

Over at OTW today for a catch up with the kids and family and to play with my new Semi Auto 12g shotgun that Santa dropped off at thuds for me (thanks Family OTW). While we wait to get the clay flinger up and running we did a little target practice and shot off a few shells. Now myself and thud are both highly regarded as some of the most established beetroot growers and from time to time our red creations step out of line and try to take over the patch. So its lock and load and if your a veggie turn away now (in fact get off my site meat eaters only)

Happy New Year

Happy new year one and all, a little late on the post but i spent the past few days in cumbria with family and friends, shut off from my technology i refused to open my laptop and left my mobile in my room. It was great to get away from the very over done new year celebrations and although the weather wasn't the best we got out did some walking and sampled the local country pubs. Of an evening we eat well drank and had great conversation. what more could you ask for? 2011 was a very special year our family got bigger and for tenbellies and i, we got married and will be a major chapter in our lives i cant wait to see what 2012 brings.
Oh and the picture is my Beef Wellington that i cooked and came out better than i could have expected and made for a great new years eve meal.