Tuesday, 13 November 2007

Highway Robbery

Went to Jessops this lunchtime to see if they could fix my camera. They could, but they'd have to send it to Fuji (the company, not the mountain), and their standard repair rate is...


I only paid £129.95 for the camera in the first place. I said no, and the charming German youngster (with great muttons) behind the counter referred me to an independent camera repair shop around the corner. I went along there and they said that they could open it up and check what was wrong with it. It'd take two-three days, cost £10 and not be deductible from any subsequent repair bill. I told the woman that I know what's wrong with it, the zoom mechanism is broken, can you let me know a ballpark figure for fixing that? No. Well then, you're not getting my custom either.

So, alas, it's goodbye to my Fujifilm Finepix f440. I've had the little blighter just over two years and we've been everywhere together - New York, Old York, Paris, Prestatyn, Brighton (twice), Bedford Beer Festival, Berlin, Birmingham, Bolton, Brussels, Bristol, Clacton, Colchester, Chelmsford, Canberra, Dublin, Southend, Los Angeles, Sydney, Rarotonga, Tenerife, Edinburgh, Skye and, errr, Gateshead, and a few other places too. Not to mention 94 consecutive commutes to work. And I was looking forward to adding Portsmouth and Manchester to both of those lists over the next week and a half as I have to go to both of them on business and am staying overnight a couple of times.

But I suppose I can learn to love another camera. I have a few irons in the fire and will let you know of any progress in finding a replacement. It's too late to stop now!

Monday, 12 November 2007


Bugger bugger bugger.

I dropped my camera on the pier at Brighton on Saturday and instead of it falling on the solid metal casing it fell on the extended zoom lens, thus breaking it. I'm not sure whether it's worth getting it fixed but I shall see what Jessops say tomorrow.

I don't have a camera phone (I know, I'm so 2003) so I have no alternative source of pictures until either my main camera is fixed or I have to bite the bullet and buy a new one. I'll keep you posted, so keep checking back here for updates.

Friday, 9 November 2007

Day Ninety-Four - Anerley Road, SE19

Well, blow me down with a feather - Make Me A Princess has closed down, barely three months after it opened. That's pretty amazing. Could it have been that it wasn't, as I originally thought, an outpost of the bridal accessories shop I linked to in that post, but just a dodgy hairdresser stealing a name and a logo, with dire consequences? Or does the fact that that link to said bridal site no longer works have anything to do with it? The clot thickens.

For a close up of that repossession sign (how can any business not be able to afford rent after three months? Did they have no capital at all?) cliquez ici.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Day Ninety-Three - Great Russell Street, WC1

After work diversion to Gosh!, my favourite comics shop. Calvin always makes me happy when I see him outside.

Pity their website, other than the front page, is so out of date.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Day Ninety-Two - Victoria Station, SW1

The view from the Wetherspoons pub as commuters wait for trains delayed by a broken rail in the Sutton area. I find a pint often helps to relax the tension.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Day Ninety-One - Anerley Hill, SE19

Aftermath of a motorbike-meets-van collision. Louise left for work about twenty minutes before me and heard the crash happening behind her. We both hope the motorcyclist makes a full recovery.

Monday, 5 November 2007

Day Ninety - Crystal Palace Park, SE19

An odd sign to see at the entrance to a firework display. Mind you, given the poor quality of the display we could have done with bringing our own.

Friday, 2 November 2007

Day Eighty-Nine - Crystal Palace Station, SE19

The way Southern are "making London safer" is by putting more CCTV cameras on trains and stations. Just when you think they can't put more CCTV cameras in public places they go and put some more...

On the discman today: AM - My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise EP, Feed Me With Your Kiss EP, Glider EP PM - My Bloody Valentine Tremolo EP, Glider (remix) 12" Seefeel Time To Find Me Afx remix 12"

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Day Eighty-Eight - Spenser Street, SW1

I'll bet you do.

On the discman today: AM - My Bloody Valentine Loveless PM - R/S One (Snow/Mud/Rain)