A busy week, marked by a spectacular series of transport failures and delays. All the trains and all the buses seem to be breaking down in time for Christmas.
At GDS towers, we worked hard on some more video stuff that will see the light of day in the New Year, and some video stuff that's for internal use only, so won't see the light of day at all.
I've gone and bought myself a new camera, a Ricoh GR. It's a thing of beauty, it takes lovely pictures, and it fits in my jeans pocket.
The Lumix GF1 that I've been using in recent years is still a smashing camera, but too large to carry everywhere when I'm doing so much travelling. I needed something truly pocket-sized. After weeks of research I settled on the GR and so far, I'm very pleased with it.
It's a compact camera for enthusiasts, so you have a great deal of manual control with a small number of buttons and controls. It's much faster to use than the old GF1, and has better, faster autofocus too.
Mmmm, grainy. The photos will be even better when I remember not to leave the ISO setting on 6400 for days at a time. (Ooops. I thought it was on auto. New-camera-owner mistakes.)
If you used to read The Independent back in its golden age, you might remember a regular column in the business section called "My Greatest Mistake".
In it, a famous business person would be asked to describe what mistake they'd made, and what lessons they'd learned from it. I always thought this column was wasted in the business section, and deserved a more prominent space in the paper. Sadly it didn't last.
It inspired me, though, and I revived it this week with my latest piece for The Morning News, A lifetime's one regret, in which I asked people of all ages to confess their mistakes. Big thanks to everyone who volunteered to help.
Hey wait that gives me an idea.
And possibly for this year. Enjoy your holidays, if you have some. Let's chat in the New Year, yeah?
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(13 Dec 2013)