This year I managed to attend the CLA game fair at Bleinheim palace and was pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere. Being somewhat used to music festivals where crowds of youths can be found simultaneously urinating and littering used fast food packaging, the civility was refreshing! The diversity of stalls and demonstrations was fantastic and I had a truly amazing day. One highlight was gunmaker’s row that showcased all the major firearm manufacturers and shops. For those with a firearms certificate the show enabled them to test and compare more models than could ever be possible at the local gunshop.
It was such a lovely day that I decided I wanted to retain a memory in form of a new purchase. Continue reading
I have a tendency to research potential purchases for days before committing on a product. One such purchase was to be my preferred EDC carry flashlight. My requirements were simple. It had to be small and light enough to make me want to carry it everywhere but powerful enough to use for self-defence or emergency signalling purposes. Reliability is another essential characteristic for any EDC item. The final requirement was cost. The small size of these tools makes them easy to loose and I would be hesitant to carry around a £200 titanium ubertorch. This brings me to another critical point. A flashlight is only useful if you are carrying it and as such the size requirement is perhaps the most critical. Continue reading
The British summer is pretty consistent in that you can never predict the weather. You leave the house in a T shirt bathed in sunlight only for the clouds to roll in two hours later and have the wind howling up the paper thin leg holes of your perhaps optimistic cargo shorts.
Its at times like this that I start to think that women are on to something. In situations like this my girlfriend will pull out an umbrella and some kind of shawl out of a handbag that must rival the TARDIS for space. The usual male equivalent for me is a backpack. The problem with this is that it is too large. I don’t want to carry a hoofing great backpack when all I need to carry is a small jumper and some small EDC type items. The realisation gradually hit me that I need a man-bag. Continue reading