Breathe deeply and count to ten. Is anyone else with TalkTalk? When things are working and I don’t touch anything there obviously are no issues, but if I power off or reboot my modem for any reason it refuses to reconnect to the broadband service and I’m forced to contact their support. This is where the swearing starts. Because I’m not using the TalkTalk issued modem it’s all my own fault and they have little sympathy with me. On the phone it takes an age to go through all the basic stuff to prove there is nothing wrong at my end and it just needs them to do some sort of network port reset. I stopped using their box when I couldn’t get a decent connection speed to my NAS drive and I replaced it with a more manly higher specced modem router. More fool me.



The Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham starts this weekend. Anyone going? When I was given free tickets I was a regular but having to pay puts me off mainly because I’m not in the market for any new equipment. Nowadays I’m of the view that when it comes to shooting pretty girls all cameras are much of a muchness and in many cases your mobile phone is plenty good enough if you only upload to the web.



It’s about 14 weeks since I last picked up my camera. I should really check it over, and the other stuff, to make sure everything is okay. Don’t want battery leakage, had that in my light meter a couple of years back, made hell of a mess but luckily not enough to stop the thing from working. Why haven’t I been taking snaps? Well I hate the cold. I don’t much like the heat either but that’s another tale. Looking at photos of near naked models shot in chilly weather sends a shiver down my spine. In the depths of winter 4 layers of clothes is my minimum, indoors and out, and I don’t care how much a model claims she doesn’t feel the cold cloning out goose-bumps in Photoshop is nigh on impossible.



A new year so a funky new titling system. Okay it isn’t brilliant but it saves me having to dream up something witty.

The young lady in this update came via a casting call on one of the modelling websites. The session wasn’t one of my best, sometimes you get a bad vibe the moment the model walks through the front door. The results at first glance confirmed my initial feelings but over time they have grown on me. It’s not unusual for this to happen so I’ve learnt to leave an amount of time before judging the fruits of a photo shoot.

The more techie of my viewers will have noticed that I’m still using the old version of WordPress. I tried to update (several times) but it failed so until I find out what is going wrong I’ll leave it be.