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St Vincent End Credits – Bill Murray Sings Bob Dylan

I really enjoyed St Vincent, it came in under the radar and was a lovely surprise – so nice to see a film without preconceptions and expectations. Bill Murray is fabulous, right down to the end credits.

The iPhone 6S Camera

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I haven’t really been many places or taken many photos since I bought my iPhone 6S, but I was struck by how good this snap taken at a friend’s party this weekend is.

All I have done is crop it and tweak the contrast a little to make the background darker. Slight tweaking aside, the iPhone managed to capture a scene lit by a single very bright light source and expose both that and my son’s face incredibly well.

This is a phone (a phone!) shooting in tricky conditions – incredible!

New Slate Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket Review

When I moved from my iPhone 5S to a new 6S I was presented with a dilemma – my phone would no longer fit my lovely Bellroy Elements Phone Pocket.

I mentioned this whilst chatting to my chums at Bellroy who kindly offered to send me the larger version of their Elements Phone Pocket in a new Slate colour for me to try.

bellroy elements phone pocket slate iphone 6SBoth the larger Elements Phone Pocket and the new Slate colour are perfect.

Long story short – it’s fabulous.

Design & Construction

My review of the iPhone 5S Elements Phone Pocket covers my thoughts on the design and construction in detail – as a larger version of that item the same applies to the iPhone 6S version

One thing I noticed immediately is that the 5S case was a closer fit than the 6S case – the 6s moves around inside the Phone Pocket more that the 5S did. This is not a bad thing as such, and would I think possibly allow users with the Apple leather or silicone cases to use the Phone Pocket without removing that case, I don’t have one of those cases so can’t confirm that.

bellroy elements phone pocket size comparison

The extra size of the iPhone 6S version makes inserting and removing cards and cash even easier. The extra height makes the key pocket deeper, deeper than my key. I advise tying a piece of string or ribbon to your key to help removal should it fall down inside the key pocket. I speak from experience.

The Colour

I have a tendency to alway choose black for cases, wallets and devices. Grey, whilst not being the most radical colour, is a departure for me, and one I’m really enjoying.

The Slate leather is a very elegant shade of grey, standing out amongst the usual blacks and browns found on wallets and phone cases. The leather is of great quality and based on my experience of recent weather is definitely waterproof. The YKK waterproof zip matches the slate colour perfectly.

bellroy elements phone pocket slate iphone 6S closed

Inside is a mixture of the same slate colour used outside and a lighter grey which helps define the different pockets and spaces within the Phone Pocket making it easy to see what’s what.

bellroy elements phone pocket slate iphone 6S interior


Another brilliant product from Bellroy – well thought out, designed with real-world use in mind and beautifully made. The colour adds a nice new look to the Elements Phone Pocket – it’s become a new favourite.

Bellroy have just realised a new wallet called the High Line. Even slimmer than my Note Sleeve the High Line comes in a very nice looking charcoal colour – I’m adding it to my Christmas list now.

Muji Hut – The Essence of Muji in a Building


Muji are currently showing a fabulous new range of minimalist ‘huts‘ at a pop-up show in Tokyo.

To my eye the medium sized, Scandinavian feeling hut designed by regular Muji designer Naoto Fukasawa would make the perfect garden office.


Imagine sitting there on a crisp cold day with the wood burning stove crackling away, a glass of Talisker in hand looking out over a frosty vista pondering life. Perfect.

Apple Live Photos – Inspired by Blade Runner

The recently released iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have a new feature called Live Photos which captures a moment of motion before and after your still photograph.

live photo example

A still photo captures an instant frozen in time. With Live Photos, you can turn those instants into unforgettable living memories. At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12-megapixel photo. But together with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound.

In almost every review of the new iPhones I’ve read, Live Photos are likened to the moving images in The Daily Prophet the newspaper from the Harry Potter novels.

sirius black moving photograph

But these reviews are all missing the real inspiration for Live Photos which surely has to be the original ‘live photo’ that appears in Ridley Scott’s fabulous Blade Runner. Photographs play a central part to the plot of Blade Runner, taking on even greater significance for the replicants than for humans representing false memories implanted by the Tyrell Corporation.

The appearance of the ‘live photo’ is a wonderfully subtle moment in the film, the first time you see it you aren’t quite sure you did “wait, did that photo just move?” rewind and yes there it is – the original Live Photo.

More Apple than Apple, that’s our motto.