Archive for October, 2010


Poppy Appeal – Header Image Update

Sunday October 31, 2010

Updated the blog header image today to show support for the Poppy Appeal 2010.

As custodians of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion through the Poppy Appeal, provide ways for commemorating those who are no longer with us.

Each November, Fields of Remembrance are set up in London and Cardiff with Remembrance Crosses available for personal dedications. In 2008, a special Flanders’ Field of Poppies was created to commemorate the end of the First World War and was so popular, it was repeated in 2009.

Other special anniversaries have been commemorated such as the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands and D-Day 65. And watch out for details of the 65th anniversary of VE Day on 8 May 2010.

More information about the Two-Minute Silence, Remembrance Sunday and the Remembrance Festival is available on the Legion’s website.

Update, 23rd November 2010: Header now returned to the standard DoD image.


Remembrance – The Poppy Appeal

Sunday October 31, 2010

The Poppy Appeal raises funds for The Royal British Legion, the nation’s leading Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. Its emblem is the red poppy.

via Remembrance – The Poppy Appeal.


Canon G11 – Blind / Fault / Iris

Friday October 29, 2010

Hmm, took my Canon G11 to be repaired today.  A few days short of one year old and it develop a fault.  No impact, no adverse handling, no weather damage.

It appears that the iris/shutter is stuck closed.  The LCD viewfinder is working correctly and displays all the correct symbology; in playback mode, it correctly displays previously captured photographs.  However, it doesn’t show anything coming through the lens, it’s just black.  The camera is blind.

Looking down into the lens, you can see the iris is closed.  It no long operates.

Fortunately, I took out the extended warranty from Jessops when I bought the camera and that covers both failure and accidental damage.  A quick call to the insurers and they put me in touch with the Jessops/Canon-approved repair centre (where the camera now is).

Canon’s Customer Support (via their website) were next to useless when I contacted them.  They just said turn it on and off and then send it to their repair centre.

Now it’s just sit back and wait for the diagnosis…


PowerPax – Now In The UK

Saturday October 16, 2010

Following on from my previous post relating to these great battery storage units, they’re now available in the UK from



Banana Guard

Wednesday October 6, 2010

A great addition to your cycling/hiking kit bag!  Keep your banana safe until you need to eat it!

The Banana Guard is a hard, yet lightweight, case which fits “over 90% of  commercially available bananas“.

At only £4.50 each, grab one today and ensure that your magical  yellow energy fruit is in perfect condition on your next ride/hike.

I’ve seen people with Banana Guards before and they have always praised them – earlier this week I finally got around to ordering a couple and they arrived today.  Quick deliver and low cost.  You can’t go wrong.

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