Peter Bargh

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September 8th, 2012

William Cheung’s Best Man

Wadenhoe House, nr Oundle

wedding invite

Will Cheung tied the knot with Joanna Raines today and he’d invited me to be his best man.

We’ve been good friends since he employed me as his technical writer on Practical Photography back in 1991. Over the years we’ve travelled around the world together, eaten in some of the finest restaurants and when our hosts were taking the rest of the European Journalists on the usual tourist excursions we’d wander off together photographing the back streets of the cities.

When he asked me I froze. It’s not that I didn’t feel honoured…more terrified of having to stand up and do the best man speech. Public speaking is a big phobia of mine and I usually avoid it at all costs!

After months of worry the big day arrived and we spent a wonderful day at Wadenhoe House nr Oundle Peterborough.

They were married at 1:30pm.

Good to meet up with old friends and colleagues in the afternoon and evening including my previous bosses Karen Lynch and Richard Hopkins,  work colleagues Roger Payne, Chris Robinson, Ian Fryer and Mike Elliott, and industry friends Graham Armitage and Angela Warnes.

I took a few snap shots using the OM-D in between my minimal duties.

 

 

May 8th, 2000

Nikon F5 launch – Stockholm

Nikon Europe arranged a product launch in  Stockholm, Sweden for the pro spec F5

We flew from London to Stockholm on BA 107 . I was in Seat 17D.

We stayed in the Grand Hotel which is a luxurious five star hotel right on the waterfront.

Part of the trip included a boat trip to one of the many Islands

We ended up in a nightclub in Stockholm…and that was the night of the legendary fiiish! We even got in Panorama trade magazine (see pic right)

Oh and the 36 frame test that Martyn and I did which gave Simon something to worry about as he considered what the Japanese might have been thinking about the UK press. We were simply proving a point. No matter how fast the camera was it couldn’t keep up with us pulling faces.

Hosts
Simon Coleman, Jeremy Gilbert

Press
Peter Bargh, Roger Payne, Martyn Moore, Eileen Martin, Steve Bavister

Nikon F5 launch

 

 

March 18th, 1999

Cebit with Sony

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Sony invite to Cebit in Hanover, with a Workshop thrown in

Fly out to Hanover from Heathrow on BA548 seat 05A

Across to Cebit and then back to Treff hotel in Kassel via train

Following morning was Sony Workshop

 

PR
Sarah Bell

Attending
Peter Bargh, Roger Payne

 

February 19th, 1997

PMA 1997 – New Orleans

PMA  1997 was in New Orleans, United States. We went over four four days flying Continental London to Houston Flight CO 5 Seat 38F and Housten to New Orleans on Flight CO 1631 Seat 25A . We stopped in the Marriott

Agfa invited us on a Dinner Jazz Cruise  on the PaddleWheeler Creole Queen and we took ourselves off on Captain Terry’s Swamp Tour on Esperanza Plantation.

I was so ill on that trip from a weird flu like sinus infection were my eyes where weeping and I had the most intense headache.

Memorable moments were the what seamed like plastic alligators on the swamp tour, Roger coming back from a night out totally enthused by a man who could play a tray with his fingers, and Warren playing the flaming Sambuka game and not realising you don’t span your hand out when placing it over the glass.

Press
Peter Bargh, Mike Elliott, Roger Payne, Donald Pollock, David Ogle, Warren Parkinson

July 16th, 1996

Sigma Lens Factory Tour

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Sigma UK invited us on a trip to Japan to visit the lens factory and spend several days with the heads of Sigma.

We flew by Virgin Atlantic VS900 from Heathrow to Narita Airport. I was in Seat 54A

Itinerary
Sigma Factory Tour

Ichimatsu Lakeside Restaurant

Tour of Ginza Akihabara and Asakusa photo retail areas with Mr Kubota

Bullet train to Kohriyama Station

Tsuruga Castle

Nikko

Toshogu Shrine

Yodobashi Shinjuku District

Imperial Palace

JCIA museum

Tour of Sigma Lens factory at Aizu with Mr Michihiro Yamaki

Sigma representatives
Michihiro Yamaki, Mr Kubota, Graham Armitage

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Roger Payne, Keith Wilson, Liz Walker, Neil Whitford

On this trip I discovered trains have seats that swivel 180deg, men set light to their pubes, toilet seats can have auto rotating covers, toilets with jet wash can be messy, Geisha girls can make ants out of leg hair, Japanese food is generally pretty rubbish, there are fish that you eat where one bit has to be avoided to avoid death, blind men do pretty good massages,  there are insects that are big enough to touch the back of your throat and still stick out of your mouth, Bullet trains are really fast, McDonalds is not the same in Japan as it is in Europe, Keith Wilson is always late, I laugh more with Roger Payne than anyone else, and Sigma lenses are really well made.

 

April 26th, 1996

Samsung European Convention 96 – Marbella

Samsung’s European  Convention 1996  was to  Marbella in Spain. I attended as editor of Buying Cameras magazine.

British Airways flight BA 2473 – I was in Seat 4E

We stopped at the Melia Don Pepe Hotel
Cipriano Playas Del Doque
Hacienda La Venta
Puerto Banus

It was the famous trip of Prairie Oyster, Finger dancing prawns, clothes swapping by the pool, unexpected karaoke and hangover donkey riding…goes down as one of the best press trips in my career, made extra special by Dan, Rog, Liz and, of course, Mr Gary Banks. I drank some very strange stuff on that event.

 

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Samsung Representatives
Gary Banks, J Lee, H Paik

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Daniel Lezano, Roger Payne, Keith Wilson, Liz Walker, Neil Whitford, Dennis Taylor, M Blackledge

Some of the many European editors included TIPA friends Sylvie Hugues from Reponse Photo (France), Fre Withoff from FotoHandel (Holland), Johan Elzenga Foto-Visie (Holland) Juan Varela FV Actualidad (Spain) and  Giulio Forti Reflex (Italy)

October 18th, 1995

Kodak APS System Launch – France

eurostar_1995_ticketKodak took editors to France for the launch of the Advanced Photo System

We traveled over on Eurostar 9034, Coach 11 -I was in Seat 33

Our hotel – the Novotel Gare de Lyon

Representatives from Kodak
Angela McGinlay, John Shandley, Brian Bottomley, Clare Fleerackers

Press attending
Peter Bargh, Neil Whitford, Ailsa McWhinney, Joel Lacey, Eileen Martin, Roger Payne, Dennis Taylor, Steven Webb