Born of the lack of a quality all you could eat restaurant in 1930's, depression-stricken London, the Astray Buffet first flung open it's doors on Fleet Street in 1931 (in the process, injuring a sleeping drunk who'd set up camp in the foyer, according to the Associated Press).
With it's prime locale — merely metres from the Royal Courts of Justice and a short stroll from the Headjob and Handbrake — the original Astray Buffet soon gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons. In short, those who could afford to indulge in it's delicacies — namely, the legal professionals and journalists that frequented that quarter of London — would never get the chance.
Done well, street photography can be a pretty confronting business. For most photographers there's a line that's difficult to cross when it comes to a poking a camera lens in where it's clearly not wanted. But for those who deliver some of street photography's most iconic imagery, that line's location is blurry at best; non-existent for some.
Gulp is a Sumo Science (Will Studd and Ed Patterson) produced, short film depicting the daily doings of a fisherman going about his fishy business.
Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales - no pun intended - using a Nokia N8, it gained the Guinness World Record for the largest animation set, with some scenes measuring in at a whopping 1,000 square metres - that's 11,000 square feet for the metrically challenged.
Although the days of working for your passage hopping freighters are a thing of the past - a heavily specialised and unionised work force put paid to that - with a little planning and flexible travel dates, there aren't too many regions you can't now get to as a paid-up-passenger on board a cargo ship.
Me: So I'm thinking of giving this whole blogging thing a bit of a go. What do you think?
My Friend: A blog, what the hell for? Haven't you got like ten web-sites sitting out there silently gathering cyber-dust already? Why not re-vamp one of them?
Me: Because I want to write what I want to write, when I want to write it.