Spiers and Boden – Bath Folk Club

Nepotism played a part tonight, the support act was Jon Boden’s younger but taller brother Tom. He played a few solo songs, then Jon joined him on stage for a couple more before he finished off with a couple more solos.

About 9pm the main act saunter up onto stage for the first half of their set, they were as good as I’ve ever seen them. A few songs seemed to have a slightly different arrangement, although that could be the beer and my memory playing tricks on me.

The Rochdale Coconut Dance
Rambling Robin
Cheshire Waltz
The Birth of Robin Hood
Jiggery Pokerwork / Haul Away / Seven Stars
Brown Adam
Three Tunes / Sportsman’s Hornpipe
Tom Padget

Old Maui
Bold Sir Rylas
The Three-Two Set: The Shropshire Rounds / Rusty Gully / The Three-Footed Chestnut
Horn Fair
Jack Robinson / Argiers / Old Tom Of Oxford
The Gooseberry Bush / Laudanum Bunches
Prickle Eye Bush
Captain Ward

Sloe Gin Set: Frozen Gin / Vinegar Reel / The Sloe

Parcel Farce

A couple of my DSLRs need to go back to Canon for warranty work to rectify a minor problem or two. The 5D needs a mirror assembly repair, and the 1D Mark III needs a couple of AF fixes. With a view to getting this sorted out over the winter I thought I’d price up the cost of shipping a body back to Canon.

For a 1.5kg package valued at £2500 Royal Mail want the princely sum of £11.20 to guarantee delivery by 1pm the next day. Parcel Force want £120 for next day delivery of the exact same package. I wonder which I should choose?

I need a bigger case

A pre-enjoyed Canon 1D Mk III arrived for me today in the worlds largest box. I’d been looking to upgrade my 30D for a year or so since the 7D was announced, but couldn’t decide what to get.

Originally the 7D looked like the obvious choice apart from the price, more recently Canon announced the smaller and lighter 60D and I quickly ruled that out, and the 1D Mk IIn was still an outside contender. Whilst deliberating between the 1D IIn and the 7d, the 1D Mk III popped it’s head up and announced it’s candidacy for the post of “Richie’s new camera”. The specs looked right, and the price wasn’t too dissimilar to that of a new 7D.

In the end, after trawling ebay for a while, I paid a bit extra and bought one from Mifsuds as it comes with a 3-month warranty. The peace of mind that provides when spending a fairly large chunk of money is probably worth the extra.

The camera I bought is a fairly early version, dating from the first half of 2007, but seemingly with very little wear. I’ve no idea how many actuations there have been, but the file count was around 8500 and may or may not have been reset. It still had the original firmware loaded so may not have had much use.

First impressions are good. It’s built like a tank, works perfectly, and ISO6400 is still quite usable. The ability to auto-focus with a f8 lens means I can now use a 1.4x TC on my 100-400, or 2x TC on my 300/4 should the need arise. The biggest downside is that it won’t fit in the hard case I store my kit it, it’s too tall, looks like I’ll need another case.

Worryingly, I now qualify for Canon Professional Services.

Shuttleworth Pageant – September 2010

Probably the last visit of the year to Shuttleworth. I wasn’t intending to go to start with, but a space in the car became available at short notice, and the weather forecast was promising. However on arriving at Old Warden at 11am ish, we were greeted by the usual overcast sky. Wearing shorts and not packing a warm top suddenly seemed like an ill-fated move.

However the display started on-time, and part way through the sun appeared and brightened things up considerably just in time for the arrival of the BBMF Lancaster.

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Hawker Sea Hurricane 1BHawker Sea Hurricane 1B

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Gloster GladiatorGloster Gladiator

More photos: Shuttleworth Pageant – September 2010