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February 27th, 2009 by admin

The Xbox Sounds series of events has stepped it up a notch, with their latest event being held on the HMAS Tobruk, an Australian Navy ship. With Sydney harbour as its backdrop, it would be difficult finding a better location. The music act for this event was;

I was really impressed with how good they sounded, Fall Out Boy are one of those acts which sound cool on the radio, and I didn’t expect much of them live so it was great to find out that they sound just as good if not better.

Ed and Wylie’s Wedding

February 23rd, 2009 by admin

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to photograph Ed and Wylie’s wedding day. It was a huge day and Carol and I managed to capture some spectacular moments. Here is a very small selection of some of our pics.




February 20th, 2009 by admin

With my MX-5 becoming quite a pain to drive in Sydney’s summer traffic, I thought I would take it off the road, finish what I have planned, and buy myself a daily driver with a bit of space, comfort and most importantly, air conditioning. This is what I picked up today;


It’s a 1997 Mitsubishi Verada Ei. It’s so quiet. I’ll keep this thing as standard as I can, but it really needs some dark tints.

More of Melbourne

February 20th, 2009 by admin

With our weekend in Melbourne filed in the history folder, I had a few city shots I took with the ixus from the balcony of our Docklands apartment.

Friday night, the moon is very red due to the smoke from the fires lingering in the atmosphere.

Saturday morning, quite misty.

Saturday afternoon, the smoke does make for spectacular sunsets.

A quick snap before we hit the town.

40 Years of No Change

February 17th, 2009 by admin

Spent last weekend in Melbourne. We flew in late on Friday night, and I booked a late dinner for us at Vlado’s. Vlado’s is internationally known as one of the best steaks in the world, so I jumped at the chance of sampling it.

This is the second course, the first is home made sausage, and this is pork, eye fillet, and a small hamburger.
The set menu is full of meat, and is actually quite good value. All 6 of us were completely satisfied.

It took some effort, but was well worth it. Definitely in the top 3 pieces of meat I’ve ever eaten.
The main meal is of course, a steak of your choosing. The waiter brings out a tray of meat, asks which cut you would like and how you want it cooked. Half of us went for the large eye fillet, the other half and chose a porterhouse cut. Either option was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I loved how it arrived; one plate, one steak.

Con and Maria’s Wedding

February 8th, 2009 by admin

Late last year Carol and I photographed Con and Maria in a pre-wedding session and last Saturday was their wedding. It was predicted to be one of the hottest days in memory, but luckily we stayed close to the coast and it wasn’t too bad. Here is a small selection of images which stood out for me.

Top Gear Live

February 5th, 2009 by admin

Scored some tickets to Top Gear Live tonight, thanks Mike.

Hyundai Genesis
Hyundai donated some cars to the show, they also displayed their new Genesis Coupe’ which unfortunately doesn’t look like it will be sold in Australia as so far it’s RHT only.

TGL Soccer

The show was quite entertaining, even for non car enthusiasts. It felt a little short, but that just meant that it moved along at a brisk pace. Overall it was enjoyable, and they translated it well from a TV show to a live stage, however more Stig action would have been better.

Opera Bar

February 5th, 2009 by admin

Opera House

Met up with a bunch of uni mates for a drink with Franky before he flies back to the UK, so what better place than the Opera Bar. Sure it wasn’t a clear day, but it still is a pretty spectacular place to have a drink or three. Took this quick snap with the N95 and I thought it looked better in B&W.

Big Mac

February 3rd, 2009 by admin

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m no Mac fan. In fact, I could almost be considered one of those Macbashing, Gates is Great Microsoft fans. The thing is, I’ve used a Mac at the office for about the last 4 years and have had nothing but problems with it. It’s not stable, it’s not fast and it’s not nice to use. Sure it was an old PowerPC G5 with not a lot of ram, but it really shouldn’t be that bad, or so the Mac fans keep telling me.


So the other day it was out with the old and in with the new. I managed to inherit a Mac Pro. Finally something with a bit of pace. So far, it’s a lot better. It hasn’t frozen yet and USB still works.
What I like so far:
Firewire 800, with my firewire card reader and UDMA Lexar CF cards, copying images is ridiculously fast.
It’s stable, the old one used to freeze anything USB, crash in various applications, corrupt files, randomly display errors, and any number of other faults. So far so good.
Speed, it’s not instantly obvious as to how fast it is, it doesn’t feel all that much faster (our network is the bottleneck) but timing some benchmarks in Photoshop it’s actually quite fast.
Boot up, mere seconds. The old one and my old PC took minutes.

What I still don’t like:
The keyboard, Too hard, too small.
Mac OSX, it’s the mac way or bust. One thing I love about MS software is that there are often many ways of performing the same task. Mouse, 3-4 different keyboard shortcuts for the same function. This is lacking for me in the Mac. Sure some of it is the applications fault, but it still is a core OS thing that you can’t really navigate around the OS without a mouse.

Dawn Run Day

February 1st, 2009 by admin

This is something a group of friends used to do regularly a few years back. We used to pick a warm Sunday morning, get up at 6:30am, meet up in Sydney’s southern suburbs, drive through the Royal National Park’s Lady Wakehurst Drive, stop in Wollongong’s northern suburbs for breakfast and then hit the surf for a few waves. After a quick surf, we would take the freeway back and head home making it back in time for lunch. With Franky back in town, we brought the DRD back into 2009.

Quick stop to let the cars cool down at Stanwell Tops. I had a drive of Jeff‘s modded 135i and wow, what a car, it’s the complete package, amazing power, braking, handling and it’s so quiet and comfortable. My MX-5 had it’s roof off, and luckily there were sections of cloud, otherwise it would have been painful with the summer sun beating down.

Jeff’s 135i, my MX-5 and Brendan’s MX-5. The 135i has huge 6-pot brakes fitted as standard equipment.


Gavin brought along his relatively new Series 8 RX-7. Yup it’s an original Spirit-R and had everyone drooling over it’s looks, and performance. I reckon my car needs a sticker; “When I grow up I want to be an RX-7″ on it.


We hit the surf at Thirroul beach, Franky had bit of a boogie on my old Mach 7-SS. It used to be thee board to get back in the day, it rarely sees any action these days, so it was good to get out and catch a few waves on it.

I took a few pics, then the surf called me so I locked the camera up and hit the waves myself.