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My Holga 135BC Review

Holga 135BC - what's in the box
Holga 135BC - what's in the box

I’ve had my eye on this camera for a while – like every Holga Nut I imagine… who could resist the temptation of another Holga, especially if it’s different to the ones we know and love? Unlike its big brothers, this one takes standard 35mm film and produces 24x36mm negatives – easily processed on the High Street.

I rushed down to the Photographer’s Gallery last week to get the Holga 135BC, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. But before I show you the breathtaking results, here’s what this camera is all about.

There are two versions: the Holga 135 and the Holga 135BC. As I understand it, the only difference is a pink sticker on the BC version, and the fact that BC stands for “black corners”. This one should produce stronger vignetting, while the non-BC version shouldn’t.

Although there are no clues on the package or the manual, it’s fair to assume that this little baby is made by Tokina in Hong Kong, along with the rest of the fabulous Holga family. Continue reading My Holga 135BC Review

Burger and Chips at The Vintry, St. Albans

On a spontaneous trip to meet Al Monty and JB, we checked out this very wine based gastropub in the centre of Verulamium, or better known as St. Albans.

Burger and Chips at The Vintry, St. Albans
Burger and Chips at The Vintry, St. Albans

A decent burger, with plenty of oompf. They do the 8oz and 10oz version, with various toppings and in various styles. Bacon, Emmental Cheese, baby tomatoes, anything you could think of. This place could have been a burger bar in a different life.

I opted for the 10oz version, which comes with chips, and is only £6.90 – which is a bargain compared to London prices. You get this with a pint of coke for under a tenner, which gives extra plus points right from the start.

As for condiments you have Heinz squeezable mayonnaise (which was empty), mustard and Heinz ketchup from a glass bottle. But you also get a side dish of their famous “Bloody Mary Ketchup” in a little pot on the plate, which is great – a hint of Tabasco and a bit of something else make this one an unexpected dunkable delicacy.

The burger itself is huge. Definitely the size of a DVD, with a grilled sesame bun. Mine was a bit burned, but the waiter exchanged it immediately for a nicer one. Full of meaty goodness I say, this home made burger stands out. Well done yet juicy, served with a huge slice of tomato and two slices of lean bacon. Bit of lettuce, and that was it.

The chips were special too: thing cut, like fries rather than thick cut, with the skin on in places. These babies are not off the shelf and remind me of what you get at The Outback Steakhouse (but different… you get my drift).

Verdict: it was so big that I couldn’t finish it. That’s a GOOD sign. It was juicy, it was tasy – it was the best! Up there in Burger Heaven, not even The Diner can touch it!

11 Thumbs Up!

Chicken Burger and Chips from Deliverance

Having received a raving review on the Beef Burger, I decided to give Deliverance another go.

Judging by the photo, "terrible" is an understatement
Judging by the photo, "terrible" is an understatement

However, on the Chicken Burger, they couldn’t quite “deliver”.

With the usual sweaty chips and all the ingredients you would expect from a good burger, this one came to the office luke warm. On top of all that, the top of the granary bun was rock solid hard.

Not good, especially when we know they can do better. Considering £8.50 plus £2.50 chips, we’re all very disappointed… In their defence, I must admit having had this dish before, and it was definitely on to another winner.

Bad luck in the kitchen, I guess you just can’t win the all.

Verdict: grab a Pot Noodle