Daily Archives: Wednesday, 4th Apr 2007

Wednesday Willpower

Now that’s more like it. For a start, after a week or two of grey skies and chilly wet weather, today started with a clear blue sky and bright sunshine. Not only that, but I managed to get it together in good time this morning, and headed out in plenty of time to walk to work, which I did. It was a wee bit nippy at first, but the sunshine was very pleasant, especially after all those grey days.

I decided to revert to my other route to work – along Coatsworth Road rather than Prince Consort Road. When I got to the junction with Bensham Road, I noticed two things:

  1. There was no traffic[1][2]
  2. The view along and across the river demanded that I get my camera out

I took a few pictures of the bridges, the landscape in general and some other bits and pieces before reluctantly going to work. It really was one of those mornings when I could have done with another hour or two to wander around with the camera.

I would have liked to have taken a lunchtime walk, but as we were a bit short of IT people today, I didn’t have the time. But when I left the office, I turned left instead of right[3]. Yes, I actually felt like walking home for the first time in ages, so I did. And I took more pictures of the Tyne Bridge and various Quayside bits, followed by some bits of central Gateshead. Once I’d done that, I carried on walking home. With all that pausing to take pictures, this took a lot longer than normal, but that wasn’t a problem.

My knees moaned a bit when I came upstairs at home, but not too loudly. I’ll try to sort out and upload the pictures in the next day or two.

[1] Can I say I noticed something that wasn’t there?
[2] People must be getting an early start on the Easter weekend
[3] Regular readers might recall that left = walk, while right = bus

Big Brother is shouting at you

There are many, many security cameras in the UK. I’ve heard claims that we’re all recorded by 23,345[1] of the things every day[2]. Anyway, not content with watching us all, it seems the Powers That Be want to give everyone a good talking to as well. BBC News reports that after a trial scheme in Middlesbrough, a system of “talking cameras” is to be extended to more parts of the country.

The idea is that when an operator sees someone doing something “anti-social”[3], they’ll be able to use speakers mounted by the cameras to remonstrate with the reprobate[4]. I’m not sure if they’ll have a collection of stock phrases pre-recorded, or if they’ll be just talking into a microphone.

It’s worth a look at the BBC story, if only for the pictures showing how the scheme will work. :lol: :lol:

Of course, people with even moderate levels of paranoia might have a problem if security cameras start giving them orders…

[1] Or some such arbitrary number of them
[2] Which is a bit worrying, as there are days when I don’t leave the house :eek2:
[3] Dropping litter, having a bad haircut in a public place, that sort of thing
[4] Nice word, “reprobate”. I should use it more often