The Royal, Bangor

The Royal, Bangor

It doesn’t seem like six years ago but the Royal Hotel closed in 2014. I sometimes had lunch there and coffee when it wasn’t lunch time. I didn’t know it then but the hotel dated from 1773 although it had been rebuilt in 1932. When people said it had...
Race to the bottom

Race to the bottom

Shutterstock, an Image licensing platform has drastically reduced the commission rates paid to photographers from 1st June to as little as 15 percent. Contributors can increase commission rates depending on sales but the sting comes every January when everyone resets...
How much is that camera?

How much is that camera?

I hark back to the days of film when you bought a camera and used it until it got broken beyond reasonable repair or it was worn out. Now some camera manufacturers bring out a new model every couple of years. I think Canon and Nikon work on a four year cycle which is...
The new normal?

The new normal?

Yesterday I walked into Bangor town centre. There’s a lot more traffic on the roads than even a week ago although most shops are still closed. There are more cyclists than usual, many on shiny new bikes and some of them looking a bit shaky. At the marina there was...
Hair Dye and DIY

Hair Dye and DIY

The lockdown continues and with hair salons being closed and no one having any idea when they might open Rosemarie took things into her own hands and got some hair dye. Surprisingly, as I assisted, things went well and when I wasn’t assisting I took some photographs....