Today is the first day of a new week. Our youngest is back at school following his bout of chicken pox. And that meant I could finally get on with some work. I had a lot to think about for a new project I've volunteered to complete so I decided to go for a walk to get my thoughts in order.
I decided to head to Burton Bradstock for some bracing sea air and to get my thoughts in order. It didn't really work out that way. Instead I provided a great subject for an amusing gif - should anyone have been filming me.
Imagine for one moment that rather than being a lapsed Roman Catholic married to an Anglican priest I'm actually a member of the Anglican church. Think harder now, imagine that I'm actually the Archbishop of Canterbury and this is the speech I would give to the Anglican Synod today regarding women bishops and the future of the church.
Next week Sony will announced its successor to the NEX-6 camera. I've owned an NEX-6 since the camera was launched in the UK and it's been a mixed relationship. As many have discovered with Sony in the realm of console hardware the company is excellent at physical devices, but terrible at firmware. There are so many features that could be easily added to the NEX-6 by a software update yet Sony has failed to do so during the life of the camera.
So next week's announcement of a replacement is likely to be the deciding factor on whether I wave goodbye to the E-mount system and instead jump into the arms of Fujifilm. I'm in the market to upgrade. I ditched my Canon DSLR gear for NEX-6 in 2012 and have certainly been happy with the result in terms of lighter, smaller gear and image quality. I have no complaints at all about the detail and dynamic range in the pictures coming from my NEX-6 - certainly much better than the Canon EOS 40D and EOS 50D I used to own. But where I am disappointed is in terms of usability.
Today is beautifully sunny here in West Dorset. The wind is calm and the seas tranquil. But this wasn't the case last week. Not being a suicidal fool1 I avoided the worst of the weather and stayed tucked up at home. However I did venture out to catch some of the last windy weather at West Bay. The sea made for a tricky subject on that day. This was partly down to all the salt water spray being thrown at my lenses. The bigger issue was the position of the sun making it hard to shoot towards the open sea. I did get a few shots I like though.
1You know, those twits you hear about on the news that tend to jump in a river or the sea to save their dog. The person usually dies and the story is ended with "the dog survived climbing out of the water itself."
Of the £160bn annual benefit budget nearly £75bn goes towards pensions. This in itself isn't anything to complain about - many pensioners rely on these payments to live - but there plenty of others who do not need a penny of it. These wealthy pensioners tend to vote for a Tory party that is happy enough to keep giving the pension to them, in fact to keep raising the amount. Strangely, young families with just as much money have child benefit taken from them - perhaps they don't vote for the right party.
Meanwhile tragically poor families are being robbed due the detestable bedroom tax and other squeezes on benefits. This disgusting bedroom tax policy could never have made a change to the way housing stock is used, there just aren't the smaller houses for people to move into. The cold hard mathematical facts are against the policy - there really isn't the housing stock. The government would have known this when drafting the policy - instead the bedroom tax is a deliberate ideological and financial attack on the poorest members of our society. The plan is to dismantle the state and to do so first one must attack those that rely on it. So the poor are demonised, the NHS and education systems vilified. Look at how much money we waste on these broken dreams, the Tories say, let us abolish them.