I had just come back to the UK after spending two years in Rome working at Cinecitta' film studios. I had saved enough money to buy all the cameras and lenses I needed. I was ready to become a big shot photographer. It was 1978 and I was 22 years old. The world was my oyster and I was confident that everything was going to work out just fine.

Seems like nowadays you have to blog to get yourself noticed. It's part of the deal, the bigger picture. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, websites and blogs form your digital presence. According to some it is essential for your financial survival in the global market place. Or something like that.

I've been back in the UK for a couple of weeks after two months in Italy. I hadn't spent that amount of time there since I was a resident in 1978. A lot has changed. When I left there was no McDonalds or metro system. There were hardly any immigrants. I remember there being only one Chinese restaurant in Rome. I took a friend there to dinner one night as a thank you for helping me catalogue all my negatives and slides before moving back to the UK.