At Last…

DFggk04XgAAb53g.jpg-largeThe Saga of the Golf is hopefully over, I picked it up from the dealership this afternoon after it had been in the bodyshop for the week.  It first started a year ago, when rust appeared on the front wheel arches, after an argument with the dealers after they refused to repair or replace the wings saying that it was outside of warranty & that there was no goodwill for replacement.

After getting VW UK involved they agreed that a 12 year warranty meant a warranty period of 12 years, not 11 or 10 or 9 so they agreed to replace the front wings.  For 10 months all was well until I noticed that the paint was delaminating on the top of one of the wings. The dealership agreed to rectify the problem, after a bit of a discussion they also agreed to spray the bonnet as well for the cost of the consumables (£90 inc VAT).

I have to say that it looks nice, hopefully it will last longer than the last paint job that they did. I fitted new headlights a couple of weeks ago & the car now only needs the wheels refurbished & it will look like a brand new car again.

Not been that wet…

Meath Vintage Day 0066Damned, I have not been that wet for a long time. The crappy British summer weather really out did its self yesterday. The problem was exacerbated by the fact that my car is in the dealership with all of my wet weather gear (it was supposed to be returned on Friday). So that meant all day in the pissing rain with only what I was wearing, jeans a polo & a fleece.

Brentford v Southampton 0315

Anyway the day started with a vintage day in Godalming followed by a pre-season game at Brentford.  By the time the final whistle was blown, I had thoroughly lost my sense of humour.


Another Upgrade


Probably my least used lens over the last 18 years is the 28-70mm F2.8L which for the most part sits in my kit bag as the 16-35mm & the 70-200mm are almost permanently bolted to my cameras. Looking back in my Archive, it seemed that it was used for less than 5,000 frames. So even though it was time to upgrade, I didn’t think that the extra weight & cost of the 24-70mm F2.8L was worth it, so I have replaced it with the smaller & lighter 24-70mm F4L IS.


Time to Upgrade


It has been a while, the Canon 16-35mm F2.8L I have since it’s original launch in the UK, even though it has been serviced it is time to retire the old girl, also the 17-40 F4 L that I purchased as a temporary replacement is to go on ebay also.

I can’t justify a brand new 16-35mm F2.8 mkIII so I have a brand new old stock 16-35mm F2.8 L mkII.

Also contemplating replacing the equally old 28-70mm F2.8 L as it is a similar age to the 16-35mm and the 70-200mm F2.8 L (all of which were purchased in 2001 along with a pair of EOS 1D bodies).

FA Cup


Bugger, Bugger, F*ck! Preparing to watch the F.A. Cup and the Harman Kardon Soundstick speakers that I have had since about 2003 went pop, I can’t really complain, although they were expensive at the time, they have been used for several hours a day every day for nearly 15 years. I couldn’t justify the expense (and desk space) for the latest Soundsticks & I couldn’t find any in stock locally either, so time for something else.

So I chose the Bose Companion 20 speakers. So far I am quite impressed, currently banging out AC/DC tunes, plenty of bass for speakers of their size, in fact they may be a little base heavy, not necessarily a bad thing. They are also powerful enough to fill a large room with sound, in fact most of the floor.

I am also liking the remote pod complete with an aux input and a headphone out with a twist volume control & on/off/mute switch.


New Card Reader


Having had a Lexar USB3 CF Card Reader for some time, I felt that it was time to explore another option, now that I  have a USB3 PCI-E card in the Mac Pro and have been getting fed up plugging & unplugging the Lexar every time the laptop goes in the field, I have decided to leave the Lexar at home & use a Delkin Card reader in the field.

First tests seem encouraging. I also like the fact that the lead is hard-wired, which cures one of the problems with the Lexar, which is that it can become separated from it’s lead, either in the bag or whilst transferring files.




14/05/2017. Scene of car crash, near the junctions of Neasden Lane and Dudden Hill Lane. The three people in the car suffered minor injuries. They did not require hospital treatment. A 26-year-old male was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drugs, taking and driving away, dangerous driving, driving whilst not in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

The aftermath of a crash on Friday night.