'The terrible thing about digital cameras is that they make everyone think they're a photographer," says Ross Halfin almost as soon as we have sat down in a dark corner his favourite Japanese restaurant in Soho. "It's the same as someone having a laptop and assuming that they are a writer. It's a ridiculous idea, isn't it?
Ernst Haas was a maverick. He used his camera almost as an antidote to the hardships he had suffered in Nazi Vienna. With only sporadic training, he turned to photography after being kicked out of medical school for being Jewish, forced into hard labour and seeing his father die, heartbroken, at being stripped of his position in the Austrian government.
1. Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary/political animal
The Oxford classics graduate, experienced stand-up and co-star of BBC Radio 5 Live's 7 Day Sunday, has been performing at the fringe since 1999. This year he brings his popular brand of political satire to the Stand Comedy Club. Performance details: www.thestand.co.uk
Cast your mind back 15 years. Alan Sugar was not then what you would call a national treasure. His reputation was as a belligerent, bad-tempered, hard-nosed businessman who had alienated the fans of Tottenham Hotspur FC for committing the cardinal sin of running the football club as if it were a business.