Hello. I'm Richard, a retired Orchestral musician (French horn) with BBC Scottish Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera and, after a year at the beginning with the BBC Training Orchestra down in Bristol, lived in the West End of Glasgow for 40 years once leaving the Royal Academy Read more...

Hello. I'm Richard, a retired Orchestral musician (French horn) with BBC Scottish Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera and, after a year at the beginning with the BBC Training Orchestra down in Bristol, lived in the West End of Glasgow for 40 years once leaving the Royal Academy of Music in London.

When I gave up drink on my 40th birthday (I drank far too much) I used the money saved to get a private pilot's licence and then built and flew my own plane (a Tri-R KIS). I moved out to France permanently in November 2004 and have just been granted French citizenship. No more flying though as it's too expensive.

I've been living out here in our small village with my French partner who I met out here and love cycling and photography (and my partner). Sold all my bulky and little used Canon gear in 2015 to move to Fuji cameras, one of which I carry with me all the time.  Changed my trusty X-Pro2 for an X-Pro3 which ticks all the right boxes and more, as I knew it would when I read about it and saw the reviews. I also keep using my lovely X100F but a bit less now. 

I read about Blipfoto (I make photos every day anyway) and so joined to keep me well on track and am liking it very much.