Nice work Andy. I don't know that any particular camera is specifically good for B&W - its usually more about exposing with it in mind and then the all-important processing. And you've done a fine job of both here. The X10 is certainly as good as anything else for B&W but I wouldn't attribute these results to the camera, just your comfort level using it and your fine eye and processing skills.
BB, I will ponder my thoughts yonder in the tech aspects thread in a bit, Gotta do the vacuuming 1st!!
pictogramax, I will PM you and send you the preset. I blagged it off the net somewhere so it's not one of mine but it is a super preset that makes the images look old. I'll PM when i have found it on my HDD to send.
The settings I use at the moment (just to get me going) Is Aperture Priority, Jpg fine large 3:2, Dynamic range 100, Velvia film simulation, multi metering, Auto(400) ISO and auto white balance. I will have a go with EXR when I get more time. I thought i would be able to choose an EXR setting in Aperture priority but this does not seem to be the case sadly unless I have missed something.