Posts Tagged ‘London’

WIN: 13,000 people singing “Hey Jude” in Trafalgar Square

May 5, 2009

Filmed for a T-Mobile commercial on April 30, 2009 in London’s Trafalgar Square.

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“Crazy in Love” by The Magic Numbers

January 11, 2009

The Magic Numbers are a groovy band based in London. Check out their superb cover of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” below. This version was recorded live on BBC radio. You can also find The Magic Numbers performing “Crazy in Love” on “Sounds Eclectic-The Covers.”

Pick yourself up a copy of “Sounds Eclectic-The Covers” on KCRW’s website. Find out more about The Magic Numbers on their official website or on MySpace.

Satellite images of an ordinary day in Britian

August 11, 2008

A new tv series, Britian from Above, started running on the BBC last night.  The show utilizes satellite images to show how Britons travel and communicate.  The images below will be used in the series.

Presenter Andrew Marr takes to the skies by plane, helicopter, microlight and even parachute to give viewers a bird’s eye view of landmarks across the UK.

The programme uses satellite data and the latest computer generated imagery to demonstrate how Britain keeps moving – tracking the planes that enter our airspace, the ships that cross the English Channel and the cars that travel our streets, all in the space of a single day.

More at The Daily Mail

Telephone exchange activity over part of the UK

A satellite image over the UK showing aircraft flight paths activity

London Taxi activity

Internet activity in the South of England

Man mistakes moon for UFO, calls police to report the “bright, stationary object.”

July 5, 2008

Source with Audio of Emergency Call

Police called out to a 999 call about an unexplained object in the night sky solved the mystery straight away for their operator – “it’s the Moon, over.”

But the emergency call meant the officers were sent out to a house in the valleys area of south Wales.

They were told a “bright stationary object” was spotted above the unnamed caller’s home.

A recording of the call has been released as part of a police campaign asking people to use 999 appropriately.

The Control Room conversation, which took place in May, was recorded – and below is a transcript:

Control Room: “South Wales Police, what’s your emergency?”

Caller: “It’s not really. I just need to inform you that across the mountain there’s a bright stationary object.”

Control room: “Right.”

Caller: “If you’ve got a couple of minutes perhaps you could find out what it is? It’s been there at least half an hour and it’s still there.”

Control: “It’s been there for half an hour. Right. Is it actually on the mountain or in the sky?”

Caller: “It’s in the air.”

Control: “I will send someone up there now to check it out.”

Caller: “OK.”

The mystery was soon solved, as the exchange between control and an officer at the scene, makes clear.

Control: “Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?”

Officer: “Yes, it’s the moon. Over.”

Control room staff also dealt with a stream of unsuitable calls on the 999 number during an “extremely busy period”, said a spokesman.

Another caller rang asking for help when they wanted to vote for Rhydian on the TV programme X-Factor.

‘Real emergencies’

Another wanted a pound for their supermarket trolley.

Following the calls, South Wales Police has changed the way it answers the phone.

Instead of saying “South Wales Police, how can I help?”, control room staff now say “South Wales Police what is your emergency?”

Since the change, they have reported a 10% drop in 999 calls.

Superintendent Kevin O’Neill said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the public have taken on board the message we sent about making inappropriate 999 calls and thought twice about dialling the number in a non-emergency situation for which we are extremely grateful.

“Thanks to the public we have been able to answer calls, concerning real emergencies, quicker,” said Supt O’Neill.

Between January and June 2008, the force answered 86.4% of calls within 10 seconds compared to 76.2% in the same period last year – an improvement of just over 10%.

The change in the greeting is being monitored by Cardiff University researchers Professor Martin Innes of the Universities Police Science Institute and Dr Frances Rock of the Centre for Language and Communication.

UK police ban hats in Yorkshire Pubs with requisite “It’s for your safety” justification

June 7, 2008

The Park Hotel in Wadsley, Sheffield, is the latest to be asked to impose the rule by senior police officers.

Mark Kelly, the landlord said: “Police asked us to ensure that everyone removes headgear.

“With pensioners, by the time they sit down their hats always come off anyway because they were brought up with manners so usually take their hats off indoors.”

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The measure, designed to prevent people from obscuring their faces from CCTV cameras, has been questioned by Barnsley’s former Test umpire Dickie Bird, 75, well-known for his favoured white flat cap.

He said: “Asking a Yorkshireman to take off his flat cap — whoever heard of anything so silly.

“It’s a Yorkshire tradition, men wearing flat caps. Although youngsters don’t bother these days, older men still wear them and should be allowed to continue.

“I still wear a flat cap when I go out shopping and often leave it on when I get home and end up sitting watching TV with my cap on They look smart and they keep your head nice and warm.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said bans on people wearing headgear in public premises had been operated in banks and post offices for years.

She added: “There have been incidents both in pubs and other establishments when it has not been possible to identify offenders captured on CCTV because hats were hiding their faces.”

Hmm…what would make a good art project?

June 3, 2008

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Yes…graffiti snails roaming the streets of London.

Tshirt of 40ft. tall Semi-truck/Robot deemed offensive enough to nearly get man arrested. Yes…I said a tshirt.

June 3, 2008

Oh Nanny State, you never cease to provide me with material.

Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed ‘offensive.’

Read the rest here.