If I had 10 baht for every time someone has pointed in the general direction of my camera and proclaimed “I do like that!”, I would have at least 70 baht.

Only briefly ruing the lack of financial gain, I always launch into my usual spiel: “why thanks, yes, it is an Olympus E-M 1, probably the best…”.

They interrupt, “no, not the camera, the strap”.

“Oh”.

And indeed it’s a very likeable strap.

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“But Spike”, you whine in that annoying voice you sometimes adopt, “don’t you get a free strap with your camera?”

Indeed you do, but there are two things wrong with it. First, there is nothing worse than a wide, synthetic strap on your sweaty neck to make you have an even more sweaty neck. Plus, these free straps are free because they are smothered in advertising for the camera manufacturer. We have all seen the sad bastards wandering around with a camera, supported on a strap that tells the world that they made the mistake of purchasing a Canon 60D.

So for the last four years, my Olympus straps have stayed in the box and have used the lovely leather Barton 1972 strap. But four years of my sweat takes a toll and the strap started to disintegrate. So today a little box arrived:

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Now I am ready for another four years of people pointing at me and exclaiming their delight.