Handbagged: a short review

If you find yourself in London with an afternoon or evening to spare, you might do worse than go and see Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre on The Strand. It’s a play written by Moira Buffini about the relationship between Maggie Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth. But in each case, you get two for the price of one. There is Maggie Thatcher as she was at the start of her first term as PM (Fenella Woolgar—Mags), and again as she was at the end of her time in office (Stella Gonet—T). Similarly, there is a younger (Lucy Robinson—Liz) and older version of the Queen (Marion Bailey—Q).

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Lo Hai Qu Starts Her Wine Club!

… last time we got some Spanish white wine–first of all, who wants Spanish white wine, man, that’s like Mississippi vodka or something, you just know when you put it in your mouth you’re gonna start playing some albino banjo, and bad enough it’s Spanish white, it’s from some weird grape called Hondarribi, which my Dad used to drive a beat-up 1989 one,…

via HoseMaster of Wine™: Lo Hai Qu Starts Her Wine Club!.

More vinous fun from the HoseMaster.

One hundred years of Leica cameras

… photojournalist Tom Stoddart, who works with a Leica camera, shares his thoughts on a number of classic photographs as well as the background behind his own favourite image.

via BBC News – One hundred years of Leica cameras.

Great video.

iThoughts updated for extra awesome (and iOS 7)

I’ve recommended iThoughts before. It is really an excellent mind mapping tool. There’s a new universal version out. It’s a paid upgrade, but 80% off for the time being. It’s a shame that Apple doesn’t have a mechanism for developers to charge an upgrade fee as sometimes customers will be pissed off because they’ve just bought the previous version.

I’ve no hesitation is recommending that you support the developer, Craig Scott. iThoughts is definitely worth the money, even if you pay twice.

Here’s what Brett Terpstra has to say about the new version, for which he was a beta tester.

iThoughts updated for extra awesome (and iOS 7) – BrettTerpstra.com.

How to get the best out of photo apps on your smartphone

Dan Rubin’s 10 best smartphone photography apps

via How to get the best out of photo apps on your smartphone – video | Technology | theguardian.com.

Interesting video for iPhoneographers.


Simon Says

A little while ago, I reviewed The World’s Shortest Wine Book by Simon Woods. After I’d bought the book, I signed up for Simon’s Twenty-Five Lessons From Twenty-Five Years In Wine. This came by email in five instalments.

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How to be a (good) professional drinker

If you are going to make a success of the big nights, then you must learn to recognize your level of drunkenness.

via How to be a (good) professional drinker — jamie goode’s wine blog.

Good advice for the amateur drinker as well.

The Mountains of Petra

The mountains of Petra with Aaron's Tomb on the highest peak

The Mountains of Petra

We’ve just come back from a tour of Jordan that, unsurprisingly, included a visit to Petra. This panorama (11316 × 3239 px) shows some of the structures within Petra. Aaron’s Tomb can just be seen as a small white dome on top of the highest peak.