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Tuesday With Vous: Samuel Marlow

Remember my friend Samuel?  Well, he’s basically one of the coolest people ever.  And not just because he’s my very first two-time contributor to Tuesday With Vous… All-around, he’s an awesome filmmaker and person and I’m thrilled that he’s sharing his day with us for a second time.  Because he was shooting film and because he wanted to show you a day in London, these photos are actually from last Friday, not Tuesday.  I know that’s kind of like cheating, but when you’re a two-time contributor here on LKS, the rules don’t apply.  Now, take it away, Samuel! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

I had such fun on the previous Tuesday With Vous, I jumped at the chance to have another go, if for no other reason than try my newly-acquired (though in itself very old) Halina 35X.

This is only the second roll of film I have put through the camera, and the first colour film, since replacing the light seals in a DIY fix. It’s an old camera (1959) with many quirks that I’m still getting used to.

As a result of one of these (a sticky rewind wheel) I thought the film had fully rewound and exposed the first few frames to light by accident. Luckily only a couple of shots were lost, and I could work around it.

Another of the camera’s idiosyncrasies is that the focus, shutter speed and aperture must all be guessed, meaning the exposure can be a it hit-and-miss.


Getting to bed late is nothing new for me, but I am particularly aware of it with the Solstice just a week away. I took this as a souvenir.


This shot was exposed when I took the back off the camera. I’ll know for next time…


The greenery has exploded the last few weeks. Combination of rain and sun.


The bus dropped me off opposite Tunbridge Wells’ war memorial.


Getting close to Charing Cross.


Underground, overground, Monument free.


An ugly photogenic urban oasis amid new buildings going up on Leman Street in Tower Hamlets.


New and old. Clean and dirty.


View West down Oxford Street, looking gratifyingly quiet.


The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Sadly prophetic as Michael Llewelyn Davies, on whom the statue was based, died in a suspected suicide pact at the age of 20.


People on Westminster Bridge in rush hour.


Southbank in the evening sun.


Soft focus.


Visiting the NT Prop Store reminds me why I initially trained as a production designer.


Still enough light in the sky to photograph outdoors.


Selfie in the train window.


Home by midnight to a nice green glow.

Be sure to check out Samuel’s website, take a peek at his work, and follow him on twitter, too.  He’s a real Tunbridge Wells talent and I’m forever grateful that he took the time to share his day with us… twice! xx 

Tuesday With Vous: Caroline Smith

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Name: Caroline Smith
Location: Kent/Sussex border
Occupation: Responsible for editorial and advertising sales at Playground magazine (a free magazine for families in West Kent and East Sussex); blogger at Beyond The Playground; also mother to teenage boys, dog owner and wife to long suffering commuter Mr Smith.
Camera: Canon PowerShot, a handy little pocket-sized camera


I rise with the commuter and make him a cup of tea.  I count my blessings every day and one of them is that I don’t have to commute.


I head into the office to check emails and Twitter.  Angelina Jolie is trending.


It’s possibly the only time that the sun will shine today.  I walk the dog in the woods around the house.  The bluebells look and smell gorgeous.


I sit at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and have a quick peruse of a gardening catalogue.


The weather is deteriorating, so I decide upon appropriate footwear for my client visit.  The boot rack is one of the best things I’ve bought since we moved to the country.  It’s seriously muddy in the valley for much of the year and the family has a wide range of shoes and boots.  The mud dries, drops to the floor and it’s easy to sweep up.


As well as my wellies, I grab my newly purchased raincoat to jazz up a dull day.  Fashion is not my passion, but I love the coat’s colour and pattern.  I hope that the Weather Resistant Organic Cotton does what it says on the label.


After criss-crossing from Sussex into Kent and back several times, I arrive at the Bodiam Boating Station in Newenden to meet Vanessa and Alex.  I’m going to help them with some marketing and publicity.  The Dannie Lee is one of their boats, moored on the River Rother.  The meeting is held in a caravan, their temporary home.  Their story is a whole other post for another day.


I have a wander up the River Rother.  The rapeseed is in flower and is a strong contrast to the grey sky that has set in for the day.


I kill time with some window shopping in Cranbrook before my next meeting.  The fairy sculpture constructed out of chicken wire grabs my attention, the price tag cheekily attached.  Cranbrook High Street is reflected in the window.


I have an appointment with Annie of Grierson Publications on Cranbrook High Street.  I snap this quote from the Dalai Lama which is framed and hanging on the wall in her office.


I pick up two copies of The Ultimate Nepalese Cook Book, published by Grierson: one for me, one will be a giveaway for the magazine.  Annie recommends the Sherpa Lamb Curry.  A percentage of each sale goes to the Ghurka Welfare Trust.


On the way home I buy half a kilo of asparagus from Birchden Farm in Groombridge.


The dog wants a walk, having been shut indoors all afternoon.  We head along the railway line, through the wild garlic, one of our favourite places.  The smell of garlic is wonderful.


I meet the commuter for a glass of wine in the Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells.


We watch a film at Trinity.  The commuter asks me if I’m going to get up in the middle of the film and take a picture.  I don’t.  The film is average.


We drive back home along the lane.  A couple of deer jump out and cross from right to left, but I’m far too slow with the camera.

Thank you, Kate, for letting me take part in your Tuesday With Vous project.

And thank you, to Caroline, for letting us take a peek at your Tuesday!  xx

Oh, Richard.

Cumberland+WalkStorytelling is often electric and fun, charged with energy and illuminating ideas, but other times, it can be a chore.  Right now, when it comes to my personal writing, I’m stuck feeling a bit of the latter. You see, a group of us in The Tunbridge Wells Writers are working on a project.  It’s quiet exciting, actually, and we’re writing short stories about famous Tunbridge Wells writers of yore.  Turns out there were a number of interesting characters that lived and wrote ’round these parts– suffragettes, classical novelists, political revolutionaries, etc. I’m sorry to say, however, that my writer, Richard Cumberland, is not one of these interesting characters.

In fact, Richard Cumberland was profoundly boring.  I’m currently combing through a 359-page essay about his life and the most interesting thing I’ve uncovered is something I’ve known from the beginning: there exists in town a walk named after him.  It’s a nice walk, a quiet walk, and one that I enjoy a great deal on warm, sunny days.  Days like today, in fact.  But the fact remains that this man who wrote 54 plays (half of which were comedies), a handful of novels and a smattering of religious texts is still less interesting than a bit of pavement surrounded by nature, and that, my friends, makes me a little sad. But it also makes me feel challenged; how can I make this story interesting?  How I can I tell it to a modern audience? And it’s this challenge that makes storytelling so interesting and exciting. It’s this challenge that makes telling stories (even if they’re boring) an absolute delight.

Whence I’ve eked it out of that part of me that makes up stories, I’ll share my piece on Mr. Cumberland.  And I’ll share where you can read the other stories when they’re finished, too.  So look forward to that, folks, and happy St. Goerge’s Day!  xx

‘Appy ‘appy joy joy!

Are+You+AppyThis is Justin.  (Hi, Justin.) Justin is my tech shaman and the man I go running to when my MacBook/iPhone/iMac has a problem.  I also call (or Zello) him when I need help with WordPress or can’t figure out why the $*!@ my photos aren’t uploading properly!!!  No matter what the situation, Justin makes it better.  He also makes apps with Create DM and is always telling me about the next app that will totally. change. my. life.  As such, I asked him to share some of his favourite apps with you guys.  Again, he delivered.  Enjoy!

As a developer of mobile apps, I get asked regularly “What are your top ten apps?”  I always reply that it’s a difficult question to answer as I download a large number of apps for testing, research and fun every day. Consider the following… there are currently somewhere in the region of 1,000,000 apps available in just the Apple app store alone, so picking just ten really is a brain teaser.

Therefore, my method for this post is to write about the ten apps I use the most. Now, before reading further, there is an app on this list that I was involved in building.  While this could be misconstrued as bias, I want you to know that I use this app all the time for its purpose and I’m really proud of it.  So there’s that.  Let’s begin.

Tweetbot for iPhone 1. Tweetbot – I haven’t always been a Twitter fan but the more I use it, the more I like it.  That being said, the native Twitter client on iPhone, although good, isn’t the best experience that can be had, so I use Tweetbot made by Tapbots. This app allows me to manage and interact with Twitter in a way that is engaging and fun, has a really good range of features and a lovely user interface, too. It is £1.99 from the Apple App store - Tweetbot for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch) – Tapbots

Path for iPhone2. Path – There are two words for this app, Beautiful and Exclusive. Path was built as the antidote to social networks– okay, that’s a little unfair but I like to think of it that way. Path is a members-only social network where you only interact with friends that you want to interact with. Path allows you to share life’s moments with a select few that are special to you and then your friends can comment on your posts. The app integrates to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Foursquare so you can add content to these networks if you want or just keep it private and between friends. It is a Free app from the Apple App Store - Path – Path, Inc.

Netbot for iPhone 3. Netbot – App.net was started for developers who wanted a focus area to be social and is designed to be a Twitter style replacement. As a developer, it connects me with like-minded people, enables ideas to be shared freely and easily, and keeps me abreast of the latest industry buzz. App.net is a paid service which keeps the social stream focused. Netbot is essentially the same as Tweetbot so it makes my top ten as an app I use regularly. It is Free from the Apple App store - Netbot for App.net (iPhone edition) – Tapbots

Spotify for iPhone 4. Spotify – The Spotify service is revolutionary. There it is, I’ve said. I love this app.  It gives me access to pretty much any music track I could possibly want in the world and, coupled with a great 3G coverage, allows me to stream albums & playlists that I may not have had access to using my iTunes / iPod apps. A thing to remember here that Spotify really is a premium service; there is a free model but it’s full of adverts and you don’t want that, now do you?  It is Free from the Apple App store - Spotify – Spotify Ltd.

Spotify for iPhone5. Drive – Here it is, our app. One fine day, our Front End Developer said “I have an Idea!” and Drive was born. This is the first in-house app developed by Create Digital Media and we are so proud of it. Drive allows you to safely control certain functions on your iPhone phone (when it’s properly docked, mind you) whilst in your car.  It gives you access to your music, audiobooks and podcasts, shows your current location, allows you to set quick call contacts, and let’s you create predefine text messages that you can send in two taps without looking at your phone. It has a beautifully simple and easy to use interface with big friendly buttons. It is £1.99 from the Apple App Store - Drive – Create Digital Media Ltd.

Spotify for iPhone6. Reeder - RSS is one of those things that you either subscribe to or not. And I do! Reeder is the most elegant and easy-to-use RSS reader I have have ever seen or used. It allows me to keep up with all of the news that interests me and does it in a beautiful way. Additionally, they have iPhone, iPad and Mac apps which sync, allowing me to consume my RSS feed on all my devices. The iPhone app is £1.99 from the Apple App store - Reeder – Made@Gloria.


7. Zello - This little app is a recent discovery. For years the US has been ahead of the UK with a service called Push to Talk (PTT) and I’ve been envious, to say the least. Zello fills that gap and allows the user to use their iPhone as a PTT or Walkie Talkie device. It works really well over 3G and is super simple to use. Why phone when you can Zello! It is Free from the Apple App store - Zello – Zello Inc.


8. Foursquare - Social, Social, Social. I first signed up with Foursqaure to use by proxy so that I could check in using Path. However, as time has gone on, I find myself using this app more and more.  It’s simple, fun and well designed and turns you into a bit of a competitive person in trying to get the mayorships for various places you visit. It is Free from the Apple App store - Foursquare – Foursquare Labs, Inc.


9. Basecamp - When building apps it’s not only important for us to communicate with clients, but also efficiently communicate internally. Basecamp is a great way to do this and allows full transparency when working on a project. This app allows me to interact with the Basecamp projects whilst on the move and follows the great design of the web application that we use. It is Free from the Apple App store - Basecamp – 37 Signals.


10. Kickoff - This is a cracking little app and its simplicity is its master stroke. Kickoff allows our team to have a private instant chat with a live and easily viewable task list along side. Its not complex, it’s just brilliant!  It is £4.99 from the Apple App store - Kickoff – Michael Villar.

So there they are, the 10 apps that I use time and time again.  Of course I have many, many more (over 100 in fact) and some that, dependant on task, would appear on a top-ten list.  However, these are the most used and loved apps I have.

And remember, keep investigating and downloading apps that are available out there.  They’re made by some super talented developers and lots of indie guys like us, so go support them and enjoy your iOS device!