Archives for February 2011

HtCC: Mano Bello

Etsy’s a pretty dangerous place. While there is a lot of…well, to put it politely, crap on there, there are so many gorgeous things. Everything in this post is from a little store called Mano Bello.

Beautiful soft leather – the only problem is I’d like everything! I think this bracelet has to be my favourite piece though:

Oh Diana

I’m still in mourning for my 50mm lens. Oh lens, you were so good for the photos I wanted to take. I’m currently limited to my kit lens on my SLR, but – have to be honest here – I stole Alexs lovely new camera for the photo in the last post because its just NICE. He has a Sony NEX-5, which looks daft (big lenses, little body) but takes lovely photos. Because of the lack of lenses, I’ve been looking around at other cameras and as always, I ended up on the Lomography website. I like the idea of cameras like the Spinner 360°, Diana and the Holga but I’m far too lazy for the faff of film. (Case in point: I bought a Fisheye camera in 2007. I’m still on the original roll of film.)

I was quite pleased then, to find this Diana Lens for SLR’s. As the site says, “It’s a lovely plastic lens that transforms your beloved hunk of metal and glass into a digital toy camera.” Perfect! At the same time, Groupon* had a deal on nationwide where you gave them £20, and you could spend £50 on their website. I’d also just received some money into my Paypal for something done a few months ago – the signs were all pointing towards buying a lens! After a small amount of faff (the voucher wasn’t behaving as it should), I finally got my lens:

Now I have the oposite problem to Alex’s camera – big camera, tiny lens! I’ve taken a few photos so far, which look pretty good on my camera screen, but haven’t had the chance to play with it properly. Maybe this weekend!

edit: Oops, forgot to mention that the lens I went for was the 38mm super wide one. I went for this one after researching about the different ones. I realised while writing this post that this is actually the set that Photojojo sell!

Race for Life 2011

Its that time of year again when my thoughts turn towards Race for Life. I’ve done it three times so far (2007, 2009 and 2010) and have enjoyed it (well, as much as you can enjoy going around a 5k course)

You all know the story of why I do Race for Life (or at least, if you’ve read that blog post, you do) If you don’t, here’s the basic version: My mum died of cancer 5 years ago (which seems both so long ago and so recent) so I do Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research in the aim that less people have to go through what we did.

This year, Race for Life in Bristol will be held on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of July. There will be three events, two 5k’s and one 10k. I’ve not yet signed up for one though because I’m not sure what I want to do. 5k is easily doable – I’ve walked it twice, and ran it once. I’d like to run (or at least attempt to run) this one, but I’d also like a bit of a challenge. Running it the first time was definitely a challenge, but is it still a challenge if I’ve already done it? 10k would be something new, but would I be able to do it? I have enough time between now and July to get my bum into gear, but I need new – well, new everything, but especially new trainers. (Being jobless isn’t really going to help there!)

If you’ve done a race like this before, which would you recommend? Any tips I should know about? Anyone fancy joining me?

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