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Aviation Safety   





375 pages, soft cover. First published 2007

A FIRM RESOLVE is a history of the accidents which befell South African Airways between 1934 and 1987.

If you wish to buy this book in soft cover, it is available from The Aviation Shop. Tap or click their logo to link to their site:


An Amazon Kindle e-book is also available.

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For more background on the book and subsequent work regarding flight SA295, visit the flight safety pages.


The Olympus E-3 Power User's Guide (ISBN 978 062 042 820 0)


Front and rear covers of the Olympus E-3 Power User's Guide - 108 Pages. (Published 2008)

This book gives you the benefit of my (and many other photographers') experiences in using the E-3 in the field, at the sharp end of earning a living with it on a daily basis. 

It has a thorough explanation of the layout of the camera and purpose of each control. All the menus are explained in detail and there are many power user tips throughout the book where I and others offer ideas for best practice or shortcuts that make using the camera easier or which release the best performance of the machine.

Some of the more advanced concepts of flash photography and control use are also explained. It is assumed, however, that you know your F-Stops from your Shutter speeds and other basics of photography. The book is not an introduction to photographic concepts. It is, however, a tool to release the hidden potential of your E-3 (and even the newer E-5 has a lot in common with it as well.)

GET THE BOOK FREE!  I am making this book available for free to anyone who wants a copy (i.e. It is hereby placed in the public domain).  You can download it here.

If you like the book and you would like to help me get the others in the pipeline (Currently the Olympus E-M1 mkII, E-M5 mkII and a few others out the door and into the public domain, a discretionary donation will never be turned-down and you are free (but not obliged) to send any such donation via this link.

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This book generated itself.

I have always been a fan of Coventry Cats and have had the pure pleasure of enjoying a variety of models during many years of happy motoring.

The XJ40 model, however, has earned respect for its reliability and ease of care.

I am a member of  XJ40.com, an online owner's club based in the UK. Having already become the owner of an XJ40, the help and assistance in rehabilitating the sadly neglected example I had given by the members has been invaluable.

As time passed I had made notes of what I had done and - in particular - the steps needed to check out your prospective purchase properly.

As the club had no such quick guide of its own, this book took shape and is available via the site for members of XJ40.com.

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