Come on now, let’s be reasonable, guys!

I’ve just been browsing through an old copy of the Guardian newspaper from the UK, that I had bought some weeks ago.

I know lots of people still regard that newspaper as, to paraphrase a recent comment about it….”a load of old Leftist twaddle…”

But with me, it’s nothing to do with which ideology the paper follows or pushes. No. For me, that paper represents all that was good in the 1960s, when I was but a student in the UK.

Ok, we did have bad things as well in those days….the high cost of film and cameras, no such thing as central heating, etc.  Oh, and we used to see signs in some house windows saying “Room To Let–No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs” Wow! And wages that today would be laughed at. My dad earned just £15 a week, and that was after hard work in a furniture factory, not some laid back office job.

Mind you, I still remember doing the weekly shopping sometimes with my mum. In those days, most of our shopping had to be done at different stores….we went to the butchers to get our meats, the greengrocer for the fruit and vegetables, the grocer for general foods such as tinned stuff, bread, milk, etc, the baker for bread rolls, pies and such and the hardware store for anything to do with fixing or repairing things around the house and garden.

But things were beginning to change. A new phenomenon, the supermarket, was creeping in. I think I’m right in saying, but somebody correct me if I’m wrong, the very first supermarket to open in the London area was called Victor Value, and which later became one of the biggest stores in the UK, namely Tesco.

Mind you, a whole shopping cart could be filled up to the top, for just £5, or around $7.50…, this isn’t a misprint, it’s absolutely true! I suppose it’s all relative anyways…either money was worth more then, or things were really cheap.

Anyway, I digress. At that time, my dad used to be an avid reader of the Guardian, and me and my siblings had endless fun looking at him hidden behind his newspaper at breakfast times or in the evenings and weekends. We just couldn’t understand what was so interesting about a newspaper!

As copies of the paper were always around…in the washroom, in the lounge, even in my dad’s workshop, it was difficult not to get involved, and gradually, I also began reading it, just as a habit initially, then more seriously, as I began to understand the articles in it.

So from that day on, till now, almost 40 or more years later, I still make a point of buying the paper, even though I have to pay through the nose to get it here in Vancouver…for me, it’s worth every penny!

But the reason why I mentioned the paper, was to tell you about a little advert I saw in it in a recent copy. It was about a street shooting session which was being arranged by one of the Guardian photographers in London.

But what made my eyes almost pop out, was the price….around £400! Granted it was in central London, but still, come on, man!

And I laughed when I compare my fee for street shoot sessions in Vancouver downtown…..$25!

Someone please tell me who is pulling whose leg here!



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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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