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The Tarp Hat

Tarp Hat

If you read this site at all you’ll probably, quite rightly, come to the conclusion that I tend to write for it when I’m in the mood for a rant or to have a pop at someone. This is one of those infrequent times that I’m going to break with that tradition and write something nice!

Having received some cash recently for my birthday and being told to treat myself. I did. To a hat.

I’m not really a hat guy but I do have a favourite baseball cap for the summer. Which, although shading my eyes doesn’t really provide decent protection from the sun, as proved by its use when I walked the length of the Canary Islands in 2012. By the time I arrived home my ears looked more like I’d spent a month in radioactive fallout than indulging in a rather pleasant 400km hike.

This is only a hat I hear you say. No it isn’t, to me it’s a thing of beauty. As I said, I’m not a hat person but for many years (given the climate I live in) I’ve been looking for a wide brimmed hat that;

  1. Doesn’t make me look like an idiot, an old man or a cricket umpire
  2. Makes me look much cooler than I really am

This, after a couple of failed attempts is finally it….. The Tarp Hat. Continue reading

Canvas camera bag review

A female friend of mine intimated to me some years ago that I should have been born a girl because I have such great taste in bags! I should point out that I’m not talking handbags here, it came about because, she considered, I had a knack for picking bags with all the right features and pockets for the job in hand. I have quite a collection of rucksacks and camera bags kicking around.

Canvas camera bag reviewI recently bought a new Nikon DSLR that came, amongst other things, bundled with a camera bag. I hated it the moment I saw it. So started looking around something more to my taste. I’m not a fan of rucksacks for cameras, mostly because I hate having to take the bag off  and place it down in order to simply change a lens. For this reason I prefer shoulder bags as you can realistically use them on the move.

I’m also not a fan of camera bags that have, in big yellow writing, ‘steal me’ written all over them. Okay, it may not actually say steal me, but the large Nikon logo is just as effective for attracting the attention of potential thieves. Continue reading

Diario de Avisos – 28th August

Another good review. Have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised by the positive comments I’ve been getting…

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Samsung Galaxy S2 – my thoughts…

For quite a long time now I’ve been resisting the temptation to go down the smart phone route, based on the principle that as I spend much of my day – most days – sat in front of a screen, the last thing I need is email beeping away in my pocket! I’ve always been quite happy with a phone being just that, a phone!

Yes, I’m well aware I don’t have to set-up email on a phone, but simply having a browser to hand constantly presents a major temptation. Given the walk I’m planning – it seemed to make sense to finally give in. This decision being based on the principle that having a smart phone will allow me not to have to carry, a sat-nav, a phone, and a camera. The Galaxy I’ve now got is a fraction of the weight! Continue reading

Update on the Cesar Millan training…

I wrote recently after acquiring our new dog – Pepper – about how we were employing the Cesar Millan training methods for the two books we had bought – How to Raise the Perfect Dog and Cesar’s Way.

Here’s a bit of an update…On the whole, with the odd glitch as you can see – it’s working out pretty well. Both of the boys are way better on the lead, and generally behave pretty well together. They do occasionally have issues with each other and get a bit boisterous – but we expected that with them both being dogs.

I’ve read one of the books – must get around to the other – and pretty much watched most of everything he’s done for TV. It works – it really does. Though I do wonder sometimes that he seems to have something very special about him, almost a ‘Doctor Doolittle quality’, that we mere mortals can never hope to emulate. The man has a gift!