Wednesday, 26 December 2018

It's been a while... .

One way or another these last few months have been very busy.
I'm involved in trying to put an artists studio together in Clonmel that's going a pace but I feel uneasy about. We have a new bit of company law that fits like a glove to our endeavour, the Company Limited by Guarantee. This limits liability to the extent of the guarantee, which may be as small as €1 per person. Some of the others are determined to complicate the thing by using older structures that aren't as good, but those they know.

The other major project has to do with an Artist in Primary Schools Scheme. 50 contact hours which one is paid but not for the prep' which is likely to be a full day for a two hour encounter.
The Idea loosely hinges on the discovery that our system of education is excellent at passing exams, but not so good at asking questions. Something the establishment realised the country will need if we are to survive into the future. I'll try to attach a PDF to Google Drive
 Anyway that's taking an inordinate amount of time.

Our social night at the camera club was a success if I do say so myself. The prizes were handed over, a draw was had. Most brought a spot prize, but some didn't. I mentioned the club should buy from funds a supply of six to eight extra next year to cover the ones that arrived hands hanging.
 We had a quiz too. I compiled the questions and was quiz master. Lots of moaning of course, I perhaps pitched the Q's a bit high. But I felt that was better than it being too easy. Higher you can compose hints. One of them was 'what was the ship that rescued the survivors of the Titanic'. Another was 'who directed Jaws'.

In other news. My Zeiss died. Not a tragic event, for it may well be fixable. And that will be something for the dark evenings. But I also had a 1970s Pentacon on order which arrived the very next day.
Here's one for you. I decided on pricing out the films that a bulk loader is the way to go. You get 30 m or 100 ft of film that you load into reusable film rolls. Now I asked a supplier in Ireland to see if they could get me one. They said no, they couldn't. Well I was on the Amazon website at the very moment I was speaking to them with that very page opened 

Now they could have bought it off Amazon, reclaimed the VAT and resold it too me. But no. So I will be buying my films off Amazon in future. Really annoying that BTW.

I hope everyone has had a happy and Holy Christmas. And best wishes for the new year.

Following are some photos of the Winter Solstice at Knockroe passage tombs.