Pride and Prejudice – Hi Fi

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a throbbing audio-video entertainment system. It is entirely a bloke domain this. Audio and video equipment possessing the necessary attributes to endlessly fascinate blokes. Performance, specs, exclusivity, rivalry, one-upmanship, envy and desire. In other …

Brompton Bicycle

I used to use my Brompton for the daily commute, which was about 10km each way. It was as fast as my other ( lightweight touring ) bicycle. Past tense used only because my wife has now appropriated the bike. I’m back to my touring bicycle. Mine is the M3L Titanium one, in black. It …

Pentax K7

Somewhere in the dismal period between me selling my Nikon D40 and acquiring a Nikon D50, I owned this Pentax K7. It’s a metal-bodied, weatherproof, “semi pro” ( an amateur with money or an ego ) digital SLR from Pentax. Who ? Yes, rather sad really. Pentax created the SLR ( not digital SLR ) …

Vitamix Blender

This is not a cheap blender. In Japan, it costs the equivalent of $800. That’s more than my oven. Here’s the description from an advert I found : The Vitamix machine is not a blender or a juice extractor. It’s so much more. The surgical stainless steel blades rotate at 240 miles per hour, pulverizing …

Ricoh GRDII

If you are reading this I expect you know all about this marvel, but if not, a quick history. Long ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth, ancient caveman wore bearskins and carried cameras that used actual strips of film. One of the finest of such cameras was the Leica M, considered initially to be hopelessly …

Nikon D50

I owned a Nikon D40¬†for years and decided I “needed” an upgrade. It happens. I subsequently visited every camera review site. Bad idea. They largely focus, no pun intended, on the wrong things and take up too much time. Predictably, I ended up buying a Fuji X100. You remember the X100 ? It used to …