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Monday, 1 November 1965 London Images for 1 November 1965
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When I woke up this morning, Gui was back - he told me that he arrived at about 0300 hrs. And to think that I slept completely through it.

Then up, had breakfast, and into town with Gui. Looked up and down Oxford St, but as the shops were not yet open, went into a Wimpy Bar and had a cup of coffee until they were.

Saw a test report of the 400 mm Soligor, which is very good indeed, but unfortunately could not get a copy of it.

Then had a look at a wide angle lens at Dixons - the Galaxy 35/3,5, and also the Kopil TTL meter. Interesting.

Westminster Photographic, and had a look at the 35/2 Super Takumar. Very interesting.

Had a look at the MTO 500 at Bennets, which might also prove very useful. The bloke there was eager to see some test reports.

Down to Wallace Heatons, and had a look at a fish-eye Takumar. I wonder how it will come out hand-held at 1/15.

On the way back to Oxford St, saw a bird with Hasselblad 500C. That will make an amusing photo.

Then to try and cash a cheque - they wanted proof of my identity. Walked home to get my passport, and then cashed a cheque and had makan at Praed St. I am getting to know London quite well. Had a look at an MTO 1000 at TOE, but they only had it in Zenith [sic; should be Zenit] fitting, and had a look at it through that.

Saw some Leica III bodies going for round the £10 mark at Marble Arch camera exchange, but the shutters were not flat. Pity. At their other branch, had a look at a Pentax K body - but £45? Could get a Nikon F body for that in Singapore.

This was the first Pentax K, introduced in 1958. It's difficult to find online references due to false positives from the second series of cameras called Pentax K, but this page mentions it briefly.

To Piccadilly photographic then, and had a look at the Kraun [?] 135/2. Fellow says quality varies. Had a lot to say about japanese stuff.

To a couple of other places - had a look at a 105mm STak. Nothing of much interest. At Dixons in Oxford St, came across a bloke buying a Pentax Meter model 1 for his S3 2nd hand - £8. Tested it against mine before buying it. I paid £4··10 new for my model II.

Home and had makan there, and spent the evening talking, mainly to Gui.


Tuesday, 2 November 1965 London → Ascot → Basingstoke → Stonehenge → Taunton (KCT)
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Up again at about 0700 hrs, feeling just about dead, but was partially revived by caffeine in various forms, and after tidying up my mess, bade farewell to Gui and Raymond, and off to Queensway station, and caught a tube to Hammersmith, which took me a hell of a long time, and it was 0830 before I got out. walked about 2 miles, and about ½ hours later got a lift on the approach road to the M4.

Eventually he dropped me somewhere not very distant from Ascot, which was, nevertheless, quite far enough out of town. Eventually a bloke gave me a lift, and it seems that he was not supposed to stop there. He took me as far as Basingstoke, and almost immediately after that I got a lift from another extraordinary bloke, who, it eventuated, knew quite a bit about electronics, and was some sort of an expert on time bases, etc. Had a most interesting conversation with him.

Stopped at Stonehenge, and he had plenty of food and so offered me some. Very kind of him. Also got some photos thereof.

In those days, people had access to the entire monument.


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Then on to Taunton, where we arrived at about 1410 - a 5 hours lift. Not at all bad.

According to Google Maps, the journey now takes about 3½ hours by car. So this was, indeed, good time, especially considering the 2 miles walk and the stop at Stonehenge.

Back at school about 15 minutes later, changed my tie (had been wearing Bernie's all the time, and then bough some food, wrote up my diary for yesterday, and then down town for a Wimpy (to which, I suppose, I have become addicted). Also changed my library books, and back again.

Just about to write letter to Lesley of more than usually passionate content, when Mrs. Smith called me over to her house and asked me to fix up her TV for her.

That was the beginning of the end, but anyway, I did my best, which, with this set, was not much, and in return was given a high tea, which really filled me up.

Then back again, wrote my delayed letter to Lesley, and was just about to post it when Donald came along and asked me to fix up his record player for him. That was, at any rate, more straightforward.

Spent most of the evening telling Hal [Paul Hallett] what I did over the break.


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