Prime Suspect – my plastic fantastic

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 It’s cheap, plastic and it wheezes. But it’s by far my favorite lens. My precious is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Eschewing such luxury developments as USM focusing or full-time manual (and don’t even think about image stabilization), this $70 lens – known variously as the ‘nifty fifty’. ‘thrifty fifty’ […]

Going to the Life Laundry

Tuesday, January 14, 2003 DIY and interior design shows purport to improve your life by improving your environment – but do any of them actually work? You can get the Homefront team to do your kitchen for you, or call for DIY SOS when you’ve made a hames of things yourself. The Changing Rooms posse […]

The Rules of Comedy

Monday, October 21, 2002 So you want to write a radical situation comedy? It’s got to be ground-breaking and edgy with new settings and scenarios, unlike anything seen before. Father Ted, Seinfeld and Will and Grace all rolled into one. In that case, you just have to follow the rules. You might think comedy is […]

Losing the Ryder Cup

Monday, September 30, 2002 Spare a thought for Steve Ryder, the journeyman sports broadcaster for the BBC. He’s just spent the last three days covering the Ryder Cup (no relation), without being able to bring us any live coverage, because the Sky Sports schemers had the rights. Poor Steve, normally enthroned on high above the […]