scribbles tagged ‘cctv’

YouBus17

Saturday, June 14th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Watch people on CCTV cameras,   LIVE,   on the number 17 bus!

Distributed social responsibility by having lots of witnesses to any naughtiness on the buses.   Everyone knows they are being watched.

Distributed snooping,   snooping in public, taking people watching to the next level.   The bus company will have witnesses to incidents,  

Reading bus services are cutting edge,   except perhaps for the requirement to pay to ride.   Using cash and having the exact change.   How archaic is that?   Why can’t I just have my retina scanned by one of these many inplace cameras and have the money directly deducted from the bank account of my choice?

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Jacksons: mannequins

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

A friend cited a blog post on Jacksons that I hadn’t yet written.   I suspect this is because my conversation and blog posts become indistinguishable over time as they ferment.   I’m fermenting a whole series of posts on the outstanding store that is Jacksons, that rightfully has a whole corner in Reading named after it.

We’ll start outside with the outstanding window displays.   These are reminiscent of the 1960’s.   The paper backdrop of large flowers could have been made, lovingly, by my mother,   or yours.   Thoughtful,   personal, tailored rather than mass produced,   I find the displays enticing.

Even the Mannequin’s look like they’ve escaped from the 1960’s.   With humour.   The Ladies nightware is cleverly marketted as ‘Slenderella’ and ‘Damella.   But the names don’t quite make up for non-topical goods.   You have to prize non-topical good to buy this nightware.  

The store cares,   next to the sign indicating that they have the ubiquitous CCTV is one pointing out that their floors MAY be slippery when wet.   another sign lets you know that for our own safety we should not lean against  their windows.   Is there an ominous side to this?   Are they teasing us?   Which floors are wet and which are dry?   What will happen if we lean against their windows?

This  slightly sinnister side is compounded by some of the mannequins.   A child mannequin in a tutu appears to watch you with evil eyes… …she scared me…   …intrigued me…

Other Mannequins display a slightly non-sober jaunty angle with their wigs and hats.   Explore my flickr photographs of Jacksons for the full effect.

Rarely can I resisit going into Jacksons.   The inside of the store is another set of stories altogether.   Worth waiting for.

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vodka & food

Friday, May 16th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Establishment advertising Vodka and food (flickr photoshare)The sign over a Reading downtown establishment says ‘Vodka and Food’,   not ‘Spirits and Sandwiches’   nor ‘Alcohol and Chicken tikka Masala’   not ‘Food and Vodka’,   nor ‘Lunch and Liquor’.   I wonder who their audience is?   I’ve heard about Chav’s’ since returning to Britian,   do Chav’s favour Vodka?

What does he CCTV camera directed at the entrance tell me?   Probably not much since CCTV cameras are almost ubiquitous in UK town centres,   apparantly in 2006 there was one camera for every 14 people,   but maybe it says something that I can’t hear…

 

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stab city

Saturday, September 29th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

the bar staff,   2nd yr University of Limerick student, sold me Smithwicks beer  and told stories about how Limerick is known amongst the Irish as ‘Stab city’  illustrated with details of deaths amongst the people he’d met at a local the Boxing gym.

The stone buildings are grey suggesting a  gloominess to match the mood of the weather

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UK Police Van – Mobile CCTV

Monday, March 28th, 2005 | tags: , , ,  |

UK Vacation 12

In recent years the Police have started to ‘dress’ their vehicles in bright yellow and blue checks that make them unmissable. When I was a kiddie they used to have a black and white check stripe called a “Panda Stripe”. Police cars were called “Pandas” or Panda cars because of this black and white decoration. I wonder if the name still holds for yellow and blue?

The CCTV Police van pictured below stopped to let my parents cross the road in front of it before pulling up to the junction. Very polite. Maybe they were filming us through the dark-glass window?

CCTV = Closed Circuit Television.

Evidently the UK leads the world in CCTV technology. There is a debate emerging around the lack of legal regulation of use of CCTV’s and their impact on civil liberties.

UK Police Van – Mobile CCTV
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