Leica Virgin – Australia

I had the good fortune to head home to Australia for a few weeks back in January. It feels nice to write the word ‘home’ again as Australia hadn’t felt like home for a few years. It’s hard when you leave under difficult circumstances, even when they’re of your own making. The notion of ‘home’ becomes a bit blurry. Of course, I still have fond memories of Tasmania and my people there, but my life – my home – isn’t there anymore. I haven’t lived in Melbourne since the mid-1990’s and it’s become so big and unfamiliar now. I’m spending […]

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Leica Virgin – London

It all started last Thursday, when I got an email from SAS telling me that my flight to London the following day was ready for check-in. What flight? I looked into it and sure enough, I’d booked a weekend in London some time ago that I’d completely forgotten about. With plans already in place for Friday night and no accommodation booked, it was a bit of a tough call. But who can resist a weekend in London, especially if you’ve got an M240 that you love shooting with? Unexpected trips are often the best trips and so it came to […]

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Leica Virgin – Adventure in Nevada

I recently had the chance to visit Nevada for a weekend. It was a work trip. We took a car over there and broke some world records. Maybe you heard about it? I’d not been to Nevada before and by extension, I’d never visited Las Vegas before. First time in Vegas. First trip since I bought my Leica. Hmmmm. If I wasn’t already in love with the M after the first shoot-around in Copenhagen, I definitely am now. On the job….. This was a work trip, so results count. I had to feel confident that I’d get all the shots […]

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Leica Virgin – Why I Bought a Leica M 240

I recently took a rare plunge and spent far more money than my talents can justify and bought the Porsche 911 of cameras. A Leica M (Type 240) rangefinder digital. Like the 911, it’s German. It’s Iconic. It’s been used by masters to do amazing things. A masterpiece in both design and execution. Both the 911 and the Leica M are revered by many, though unlike the 911 (which is quite rightly, rarely criticised) the Leica can be lampooned by some – typically because they’re occasionally bought by buffoons like me. This is not a photo of my specific camera […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same Sex Marriage – Resolving the Issues

This is the third (and final) instalment in a series on Australia’s current debate over making same-sex marriage legal. The first instalment looked at the backstory to the issue. The second instalment looked briefly at the Yes and No campaigns, as well as my view on the issue. In this final instalment, I’d like to look at a few of the key issues and try to shine some light on those issues. —— The ‘Yes’ campaign has a pretty simple platform: It’s time for same-sex couples to get the same access to marriage as heterosexuals. Australia is an egalitarian society […]

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Australia and Same Sex Marriage – The Campaign, and My View

This is the second in a 3-part series on the question of same-sex marriage, which is currently being ‘debated’ in Australia ahead of a non-compulsory public vote that is not binding on the government (and if you’re wondering “if it’s non-compulsory and non-binding, why have it?” – please join the massive queue forming on the left). Part 1 of this series discussed the backstory to this issue. Onwards and upwards, then…. The Ballot This is the question on the postal survey form sent out to Australian voters in the last few weeks. It’s pretty simple. Or it should be. Advocates […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same-Sex Marriage – Backstory

My home country is fighting with itself right now. The issue? Same-sex marriage. Rather than do what they were elected to do (legislate), the Australian federal government, which has the sole legal jurisdiction over the definition of marriage, decided to outsource its job to the people. They’re holding a nationwide, non-compulsory vote on whether or not the definition of marriage within the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to allow for same-sex marriage. Ballots have been mailed to citizens around the country and the Yesses and Nos will be tallied as of November 7. The results will be announced on […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List (Part 2)

After publishing what has turned out to be Part 1 of the 2017 Automotive Bucket List, last week, a few people pointed me towards cars that made me extend my thinking a little. The first two are both cars that I’ve thought about in the past and by rights, they should form part of my thinking today, too. To recap last week’s potential purchases: Mini Cooper S JCW Jaguar XKR Maserati GranTourismo Porsche 911 (996) Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Morgan 3-Wheeler The Mini and the 911 are the clubhouse leaders as we turn for the back nine (of which there […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List

Life has been a little bit unconventional since I last published an automotive bucket list back in 2014: I’ve taken a new job, which I absolutely love, but it’s a job that came with a 30% pay cut compared to my old job. I’ve moved half way around the world. I’ve formally separated from my wife and the relative financial security that that relationship allowed. I’ve bought an apartment here in Angelholm, which means I’m not only tied to a mortgage again, but I’m down to one parking space, too. Given those changed circumstances, one can hopefully understand why automotive […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride for a Cancer Cure

It’s that time of year when I ask you – once again – to support the endeavours of our mutual friend Jim Coggeshall as he participates in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This is Jim’s seventh tour in the Pan Mass challenge and my guess is that we’ve been supporting him for at least 6, or maybe all 7 of those rides. Jim is a cycling fanatic, an owner of 4 fine Saabs (and a very nice MG), a connoisseur of fine music and just a general all-round great guy. I first […]

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