Jul 212011
 

I had an errand to run on Tuesday. The Monday night grocery shop had missed out on one item. So I ventured out with the Ricoh GRD III attached to my belt. There really is no excuse for not having this camera with me at all times and that is one of the reasons I like the GRD III so much.

I needed to visit the Publix supermarket in Riverside. I tend to avoid its car park. For one thing, it is always crowded; for another thing the parking spaces are tight. When they were marking them out, they obviously didn’t consider people with a Bentley Continental. Just kidding!

Car parks and parking lots are also locations where the normal rules of driving and the concomitant care and attention seem to have no place. Parking on that crowded and small parking lot is asking for trouble in my opinion.

I decided to park on the street a few blocks away. I figured that would give me a better chance of shooting a few photographs of things that caught my eye. And so it proved.

May Street provided me with these two shots.

Ricoh GRD III. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

 

Ricoh GRD III. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

I snapped this one as I was about to enter the grocery store. It was shot from the hip and the final image is the result of cropping in Photoshop CS3.

Ricoh GRD III. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

This final shot was taken as I made my way back to the car, following a different route along Oak Street. Am I the only person who tends to follow two different routes to get from A to B and back to A again?

Ricoh GRD III. ©Calvin Palmer 2011. All Rights Reserved.

The B&W conversions were performed with Silver Efex Pro.

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Jun 022011
 

My life would not be worth living if I lived in Denmark. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has just banned the sale of Marmite. Apparently, any foodstuff fortified with minerals and/or vitamins has to gain special exemption to be sold in Denmark.

Other foodstuffs facing a similar ban, under legislation passed in 2004, include Rice Krispies, Shreddies, Horlicks and Ovaltine.

Marmite, a bi-product of the brewing industry and first developed in my home county of Staffordshire, England, is fortified with vitamins B6 and B12.

For as long as I care to remember my breakfast has consisted of cereal, orange juice, Marmite on toast, and coffee. When I first moved to the United States in 2000, one of the first things I did was track down a store selling Marmite.  I became a frequent visitor to the British Emporium in Grapevine, Texas.

Moving to Jacksonville, I was not so lucky. Jacksonville being Jacksonville has no store selling British foodstuffs. However, recently the Publix supermarket I visit on a weekly basis has started a small selection of British food items, including Marmite. Publix only stocks the small jars and they are  prohibitively expensive. My supply now comes from British Delights, based in Connecticut. I order the 500 g jars online.

Marmite is one of those strange foodstuffs that you either love or hate.  I love it. Back in Britain, one of my favourite snacks was Marmite on toast made with Hovis bread baked by a local bakery — Marsh’s of London Road, Stoke. A couple of rounds and I was in seventh heaven, at least as far as my tastebuds were concerned.

Marmite was first manufactured in 1902 at Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and is still made there today. The town has an association with brewing that goes back centuries.

[Based on a report by The Copenhagen Post.]

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