Animal Crackers

I was out again today playing with 2 cameras. Warming up for Cambodia. Wandering around I found some new wall art on the walls of the vet’s surgery. He has just added a spa for the small animals of Sai Kung and here are some wonderful ‘adverts’. Unfortunately they are in a narrow alley, not on the front of the building. This gave me perspective issues with the 35mm lens but I hope you will forgive them.Cattery


ScrubdogI also found a slightly larger animal out on my walk.LoadofbullAnd there were a few other odds and ends that caught my eye. Cambridge for example!Cambridge And the Chinese chess playersChinese-chess Ciggy time for the girlsciggytime A derelict houseDerelict The local viewSKTownX100s And Uncle Mak still going strong at 96-ish.UncleMak Another run down wall scene to finish up with.WallX100sSome of these were shot with the new X100s and some with the Noctilux 0.95 on an M9. Not really a fair comparison. The Nocti retails in B&H for a knee-trembling US$11,000 minus 5 bucks. Mine was a birthday gift 3 years ago from Mrs. Ha (funded from the joint account I suspect). That’s without the body!!!! The X100s on the other hand is a comparatively miserly US$1,300. All in. Both cameras are going to Cambodia with me.

Apart from that I was extremely unhappy at denting the rear bumper on my car. I was carefully parking between a pillar and another vehicle when I heard a nasty crunch. It transpired that there were metal pipes jutting out next to the pillar. I couldn’t see them in any mirror as they were too low. The parking sensors also missed them because they were low. Result – one dent. Not too bad but frustrating. I am slowly coming to detest my Q5. The side mirrors are very odd. When you reverse the left one angles down so you can see the ground as you reverse – curbs, obstacles, yellow lines, they are all visible. The Right hand one does not. And of course the pipe was on my right hand side.  You can put the left mirror back up again by moving a button and you need to do so. If you don’t you get a bizarre optical perspective of how you are aligned. It means you have to make the switch as you reverse. Whoever thought of that? If you want to see downwards with the right hand mirror you can position it to do so but then you can’t see the road behind you. Rücksprung durch Technik as we say in Sai Kung. It is going in to be serviced this week ad the laundry list of warranty fixes includes rattles, pulling to the left when braking, sticky petrol tank cover (the Esso guys have given up trying to open it – I have to do it myself now) and wind noise with the windows closed. Never again. I’ll have my Lexus back please. Roll on Thursday and Cambodia.

Oh and if you are interested, Benjamin is doing really well, flying short distances and should fledge fully tomorrow I would guess. He’s a tough old bird, young Benjy.