Daily Archives: Monday, 9th Jun 2014

Rik Mayall is dead, dammit

Rik Mayall was a star who appeared in a quite impressively varied range of roles. From the anarchist student of The Young Ones, the ultra-Thatcherite[1] MP of The New Statesman to the outrageous aristocrat of Blackadder, not to mention a nifty guest role in the occasional Jonathan Creek, Rik was often a delight, frequently hilarious and quite definitely a Good Thing.

And now he’s gone. All that seems to be known so far is that he died suddenly at home.

I think I need to dig out my New Statesman DVDs and watch them all again…

BBC News report with tributes more eloquent than I can manage

[1] Though most of his hilariously satirical versions of right-wing lunacy sound like standard policies these days  :rant:

Weight and Stuff Report – 9 June 2014

Who’d have thought it? Down again today!

I’ve just been doing a wee bit of testing with what might possibly be a new camera, and what is definitely some new firmware in my Fujifilm 55-200mm lens.

Here’s a Dalek:

Exterminate!

Exterminate!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.2
Shutter speed: 1/6s
Focal length: 110.3mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 9 June, 2014

Or perhaps you’d prefer the authentic[1] 60s black and white version?

Exterminate in bw!

Exterminate in bw!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.2
Shutter speed: 1/6s
Focal length: 110.3mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 9 June, 2014

Or maybe you’d prefer one I did yesterday?

Headstock

Headstock

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.2
Shutter speed: 1/20s
Focal length: 110.3mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 8 June, 2014

I really need to get out with a camera soon, don’t I?

[1] Yes, of course it’s the wrong kind of Dalek for that, but there was this bit of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey distortion