Thursday, September 18, 2014


Of course I took a snap of Rodney in Spainland. Despite the searing heat [Rod had just exited the air-conditioned SKY team bus] the OM1n performed flawlessly. A lot better than I.

Rodney was last seen supping in The Butty Bus with that Mr Maher [rhymes with 'Cahr' - a Manc one that is].

On another note; the lovely voice of Dylan Winter [Radio4 etc] will be sailing into Stornoway next week. Good to be good!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Watching the world

The thing I really like about being away from home is being about to 'be'. I love watching the world and sometimes, just sometimes I like trying to get it's likeness onto film.

I took an Olympus OM1n away with me. It's an old camera and an SLR but somehow these days I can't be getting on with rangefinders.

Love this snap. I was eyeing up a shot down the road when I noticed something in the bottom right. Refocussed and there you have it.

Yes, I went in a cafe too. Just the one mind you and this was it. Outside the cafe anyway. The moment captured on film.

Yes, well, you can't always get it right can you? I was trying to snap up the spectators as it happens and luckily caught the front wheel of a fast cyclist too.

And I managed to use a suitable film and developer for the occasion. I must write that in my diary as a first! What was it? Fomapan100/Acurol-N

Monday, September 15, 2014

At this point we are still on the hill

Waiting for fast uphill cyclists on a hill.

Actually, if one experiences such cycling by such cyclists its more like 100 motorised vehicles being chased by 200 sweaty if colourful cyclists who are in turn are being chased by another 100 vehicles or so. For 200 km or so in temperatures that seemed to be at least 200C [in the shade].

There's one, there's a racer. 

Only it wasn't. The vehicles that had passed us were camper vans and cars with wig-wearing occupants heading for the top of the climb - where this weary looking cyclist was off to. The road opposite was paid for by Cubans - Émigrés from the village below. I read that on that stone thing whilst the day was passing.

Buses came this way too - although not this day. A man on a nice little baby tractor came this way in then out of that little track over the road. I liked that. Spiced the day up a bit as we waited, fanning ourselves, drinking water and chatting. I chat; did I ever tell you that?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sorry, did I say 'holiday'?

We have been away. Away from the island and all that. Ferries, driving and what have you. Visiting family, an old work-place, a Gug, watching a bicycle race and seeing peeps I used to work with. Is that a holiday? One thing I do know for sure, I wasn't on 'vacation' ! Eh? Where did that expression come from anyway?

There we were, slumming it up some mountainside trying to escape the over-hot air, looking for cyclists passing - fast, uphill. The bend looked a good spot. Could see all down the mountainside till, the bits you couldn't see. Saw up the mountain too since we were only half way up. Away from all the lunatics who wear silly wigs and run along side the fast pedalling cyclists and all that. Of course we had the outfits but not the energy!

I then saw these deckchairs come out being carried by a be-sandaled man, with hat. Could only be English - and they were. The very nice John and Denise who came up on the hill from their lovely wee hoosey in the mountains to see if they could spot racing cyclists too. As to who the other chap was, no idea.

Of course I pointed a Bronica at them. Why shouldn't I? I had film in it too - Foma400 as it happened, now soaked in Rodinal and stuff.

Friday, September 12, 2014


Back to some sort of reality soon. Just back from a small holiday.