Recent content by andrew markworthy

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    Apple event March 9th: Spring forward!

    And I'm 6ft 9" and can intimidate night club bouncers. But no way would I wear an Apple Watch in some neighbourhoods for a while after their launch. There's always some crack head willing to have a go, knowing how many fixes he can buy with a stolen item like this.
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    Apple event March 9th: Spring forward!

    Actually, Sam, I can see your argument from what I said. The back story is a bit different, however. I was 9 when the first moon landings took place. I saw the moon watch in a jeweller's window and my dad saw me doing this and said 'If you ever get a degree, I'll buy you one'. Now I remembered...
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    Apple event March 9th: Spring forward!

    Let's see if I've got this right: (1) The Apple Watch will do very little unless you also carry round your iPhone as well. How often do you *really* need to look at information on a watch versus on a phone? And do you always want to have your phone with you (sorry, I realise that question must...
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    Happy Independance Day

    I don't think a monarchy necessarily does give stability. It's how the monarchy operates in a democratic country as a figurehead that is an *expression* of stability. Just the same goes for a presidency. And both systems have their merits and faults, but overall they work perfectly well. So vive...
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    Happy Independance Day

    In the spirit of the day, and just to show we Brits don't hold grudges, here's a blast from the past:
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    It's odd how some sports just resolutely remain minority activities in one country but in another they are huge. For example: rugby (big in the UK, France, Italy, and bits of the UK Commonwealth) ice hockey (USA, Canada, Russia, a couple of Scandanavian countries) field hockey (Asia in the...
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    Competition for places in the big league European teams is even more vicious than that, since a relaxation of the rules a few years ago meant that players didn't have to be naturalised citizens. The result of this is that over half of the big teams like Manchester United consist of foreign...
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    I spoke too soon. I'd forgotten about Wimbledon, which will now occupy the news instead. Oh joy. Glad to see that Suarez is perpetuating his role as pantomime villain. I don't know what is more shaming - the biting or the histrionic display afterwards.
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    Have you any idea what it's like living in the UK when England are involved in the World Cup and you're amongst the majority of Brits [yes, you read that correctly] who are not avid football fans? An early exit is a blessed relief as the news media here regain at least some sense of proportion...
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    The FIFA World Cup, yes. But before the FIFA cup, there were other semi-official competitions between nations that were called 'world cups'. Sorry, not a football expert, but this is what I've been told and always taken it as accurate. However, more than happy to be corrected. Actually, if it is...
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    World Cup Soccer - 2014!

    I'm a Brit, but I never cease to be amazed by three delusional themes in the national psyche: (1) We won our last three significant European wars (Waterloo, WWI, WWII) without anyone else's help. Admittedly, this view is mellowing, and some radicals are now prepared to admit that the...
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    Not just 3D, is Blu-ray media dying?

    As per usual, the Brit market is perverse. For example, if you're a Brit and want to watch Poirot, one of ITV's most successful titles in the UK and a perennial favourite on the ITV HD broadcasts, then you have to get the Spanish edition of the programmes. The same goes for umpteen other hugely...
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    Advice about the Fujifilm X20 wanted

    Camera and bag both arrived in this morning's mail (way earlier than expected). The combo does work surprisingly well. I wouldn't want to wear it sitting in an airplane seat or for long distances in a car, but for walking around, etc, it seems fine and way less cumbersome than anything involving...
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    Advice about the Fujifilm X20 wanted

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I've tried an R strap and don't like it. I can see why a lot of folks do, but I just don't like anything hanging from my neck or shoulders. I'll tolerate my Billingham bag to lug around my SLR and its various lenses, but it's under sufferance and usually I don't...
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    Advice about the Fujifilm X20 wanted

    I don't know how the heck it happened, but I managed to throw out my Leica D-Lux 4 by mistake. This was a huge blow to me, simply because it was my late father's camera and it had sentimental value. For 'serious' photography I have a Canon EOS with a range of lenses and that is safe and fine...