Not a fun update, this one.
My camera bag was stolen at a bus stop in Manchester on Saturday October 31st 2015 just after 4pm. The police have been informed, as have local camera shops and second hand shops. The bag and contents are as follows:
The bag had a business card with all my contact details in the front top left pocket.
I got off the bus with a suitcase, camera bag and two other bags. The handle of one of my bags had broken so, thinking I was alone at the bus stop, I put everything down by my feet while I fixed the broken handle with gaffer tape, which took my attention for less than a minute. I picked everything up to cross the road to my hotel, and realised that I was a bag short. There was nobody in sight.
I found out later that contrary to the signs on the bus stop, there was no CCTV covering the exact area, so there was no way of identifying the thief. Moreover, because I had reported honestly exactly what happened, my insurance did not cover me as I did not have the bag physically ripped out of my hands and had technically left it unattended.
My heartfelt thanks go out to the music communities of which I am a part, who helped me to keep working; the friends who called to check up on me and those that looked after me for the rest of the day, and over the period that followed. It may have been a crap day, but I learned a lot about how great people can be.