Sunday, 23 October 2016

Beginnings of a sketch of inside the Belgian Café in Ramsgate, some thoughts on cameras in phones and power cuts.

When we woke up this morning we had a power cut, this happens every few years with the very old infrastructure in King Street Ramsgate, the cables under the road are patched and worn out.

We often entertain on Saturday evenings and when we got back from children shopping in Canterbury the power was still off so we  

One pizza in the Belgian Cafe feeds several

I got a chance to start a sketch 

The background view of the inside of the Belgian Cafe in watercolour, interiors are more difficult than you would expect, the fiver is for scale.
Photo of the same view

this is a cropped picture from my new mobile phone, a much better camera than I had before, but more difficult to use. It will expand if clicked on so you can get some idea of the type of camera in a £130 phone now.
This is an uncropped photo, the idea being improved photos of distant objects.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Another four old coloured postcards of Ramsgate. Painting in Canterbury and I drone on about my new phone

One upon a time, back in the day, in the good old days – well you know the type of kidney I’m going to rabbit on about. You got a new TV, camera, video recorder, clock, barometer and so on it was a big deal. Now you have to buy a new smartphone about every three years as the old one becomes obsolete and it is all of this stuff. With me to you particularly important as I use it for a lot of the content I put online.

Last time I went for a leading brand, this time a cheap £130 unknown brand, mainly because it has a bigger battery and I need a phone that stays charged up all day. What I bought and has just turned up is an “OUKITEL K6000 Pro 5.5"4G Android 6.0 Octa Core Smartphone 3GB+32GB 16MP Touch ID”

The main bit I use is the camera, I started with a Zenith B, moved on to a Nikon F and when that got stolen went back to the Zenith and over the years accumulated Pentax fitting camera gear. Well I do have a Pentax DSLR but the last few years it’s the camera in my phone I use.

The camera in the Oukitel is so much better and so much worse at the moment than the camera in my previous Samsung Note phone that we have to wait and see while I learn to use it.

But for those of you with a limited budget, buying a budget smartphone that you intend to use on some sort of pay as you go deal with a bit of internet data.

OK I hear you, translation:- you spend £130 on smartphone and then expect your mobile phone bill including mobile internet access to come out in the £100 a year ball park.

So this blog post all photos done with the new phone    

First the old Ramsgate cards

so copied with the phone in the living room, under electric light, some of the cards were pretty fuzzy to begin with, but the bottom one East Cliff Bathing station was pretty sharp, so I cropped out a bit of the detail from the photo of it

then an Out and About whit Me, this is 4.30 today and the light was going 

Yep well the fuzzy the sharp and the strangely focused

lastly today's painting

Friday, 21 October 2016

Abnormal termination, sorry for the inconvenience we are currently experiencing difficulties, online ordering, Manston DCO, Friday Ramble.

Having wasted a significant part of this week, waiting for technology, failing to buy a phone on Ebay, filling in online forms- well you all know how it is - behold a ramble.

On the work front I have done the non-military maritime section in the shop. What does done mean? Well I take all the books from the shelves to my desk and have a good look at them, any we have hade for more than a year I look up on Amazon and Ebay, after this I either reduce them, put them in the sale or put them on Amazon.

Next it’s military maritime, a long old job as there are over 100 bookcases in the bookshop.  

On the Manston DCO front, it’s another month since I last wrote to the boss of RiverOak to see if there had been any progress, it doesn’t look as though RiverOak have met with the DFT since July, although I may need correcting on this one as I may have missed something on the DFT CPO website

Anyway I wrote to George Yerrall on Wednesday and haven’t heard anything yet.

Added to this is the RiverOak announcement that they were going to publish a comprehensive rebuttal of the Avia report at the beginning of this week and I guess as it’s now Friday and nothing has appeared, they are having difficulties. 

I have had a bit of a look at the expansion of the industrial plant at Port Ramsgate, my take on this one is that Port Ramsgate has been an ongoing loss making enterprise over the years and that the council ought to cut their loses and turn it into a leisure complex.

I think the misunderstanding that Thanet can some how be an industrial centre based on transport hubs is 1970s thinking. The same problem really relates to there being no return to the major leisure industry, which collapsed in the 1960s with the package holiday and the guesthouse fire regulations.

Looking to the future I think the mainstay of our economy will be based on the fact that more and more people will be working more and more from home and because Thanet is fairly near to London, has a good climate and beaches more people will wish to relocate here.

Leisure wise there is some mileage in day trips, weekenders and short breaks, with entertainment moving more towards the arts, cultural and historical venues.

Of course I may be wrong and here in the hub of Thanet our satellite industrial towns, Dover, Deal, Canterbury, Sandwich, Herne Bay and so on may wish to use Thanet as a transport hub, who knows?

What I do expect is that land for residential accommodation and light industry will be at a premium in the southeast and I don’t think Thanet will be excluded.  

Anyway what do I know? only that I will probably be partly right and partly wrong,  I suppose in business the trick is to be a little more partly right.

Anyway here are some more old coloured postcards of Ramsgate 

Project Motorhouse Photography Students from Royal Harbour Academy at York Street Gallery in Ramsgate

The current exhibition is the Project Motorhouse Photography Students from Royal Harbour Academy Exhibition -  20 Oct - 25 Oct Exhibitions change weekly on Wednesdays.