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Tuesday 24 April 2007

Update on the eye test/spectacles drama with Boots Opticians. But good service from Glasses Direct

This is an update on this entry. Very pleased with the spectacles from Glasses Direct. I ordered a semi-rimless pair for distance (£25) and a pair for reading (£15). I placed my order by telephone on Wednesday 28 March and they arrived just over seven days later on the Thursday.

I’m going to order a second pair for distance and maybe some to use as sunglasses in summer. The prices mean you’re not stuck with only having one or at most two pairs of glasses — which has always been my situation in the past.

The problems have been with Boots Opticans, Market Street Manchester branch, whom I paid to (more…)


Filed under: Health,Shopping — GS @ 7:11 pm
Tuesday 10 April 2007

Posterior Vitreous Detachment — update

A surprising number of people have found my blog when searching for ‘posterior vitreous detachment’, after I wrote about what had happened to me. So I thought I would do an update. I’ll tell you up front that it is relatively good news.

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Filed under: Health — GS @ 12:33 pm
Friday 6 April 2007

Guardian, Lonely Planet, Hewlett Packard ‘photographic opportunity’

Fifteen years ago, when I earned part of my living as a freelance photographer, the going rate for a cover shot on one of the small magazines that I worked for was £200. The magazine sold 12,000 copies each month and that payment gave the publisher the right to publish the image one time only.

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Filed under: Photography,The media — GS @ 4:40 pm
Tuesday 27 March 2007

Manchester and slavery

Manchester’s wealth was founded on the cotton industry and dependent on slave-grown cotton. But the city was also at the centre of the anti-slavery movement.

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Filed under: Bygone Manc,History,Manchester — GS @ 1:35 am

Video-making on a budget

Film-making can be an expensive hobby. Especially if you start to buy professional lights, backgrounds and other accessories.

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Filed under: Video-making — GS @ 12:48 am
Sunday 18 March 2007

Posterior Vitreous Detachment

A week ago yesterday I awoke to find I had a large black ‘floater’ in my right eye. It was like a daddy-long-legs at a window. As I moved my eye, it leapt around — sometimes in the opposite direction. It was disturbing… But I wear contact lenses and I thought maybe I had a slight eye infection.

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Filed under: Health — GS @ 7:01 pm
Tuesday 13 March 2007

Iraq war has cost every person in Britain £88

The illegal invasion and war in Iraq has cost every person in Britain (all sixty million of us) £88 each.

‘The figures were released as MPs protested about the plight of Britain’s NHS hospitals’: The Independent.


Filed under: Politics — GS @ 3:19 am
 
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