OK, I don’t know why this central London building (occupied by the FilmLight digital film technology company) was covered in giant black-and-white stickers. And the pictures are gone now. But I thought it was cool enough to post photos of anyway…
You may have noticed the weird little Google street view camera cars trundling the streets of Londinium over the last year. At long last the pics have been processed (Boots the Chemist, I expect) and put online.
Yay! Of course this is extremely cool. A modern wonder: fabulous, fascinating, useful, funny etc etc.
And how does the crap press react?
You’ve been framed by Google’s Street View
GOOGLE today removed dozens of pictures from its new Street View service because of privacy concerns…
Google forced to black out thousands of Street View photos after privacy protests.
Have you spotted any quirky pictures on Street View? Email us a link to the image at email@example.com
THOUSANDS of privacy protests in a day? Really? I doubt it. I smell journalistic licence (commonly knows as “making up numbers out of thin air”)
The London Paper:
Google privacy protest
Google forced to black out new service after London sex shop pics outrage
What a load of crap. There’s nothing in these pictures that you couldn’t get by going outside and walking around with your eyes open. As if we have anything to worry about, with about 15 CCTV cameras for every citizen.
Anyway – have a look around on Street View – it rocks!
In the meantime, here’s screengrabs of 2 of my favourite local shopfronts.
^^ I like this one because of the lovely old advertising paintings on the walls.
^^ And this one, because it’s so cheeky and naff.
So – I took this pic of a pair of jeans in the window of a clothes shop in Dalston.
One gets used to seeing mangled English on T shirts and jackets of cute Japanese tourists.
But what local English-speaking person would want to be seen wearing this load of bollocks? You’d do better to print out some Spam and wear that instead.
as voted by Gareth S.
Do you have a place that is cooler?
Wherever you go in London, even in the poshest, trendiest, most-upcomingest areas, you will find little secret corners of urban decay and neglect.
Maybe they are in use, but not tarted up. Maybe they are areas that are subject to dispute between contending landowners. Maybe they are owned by someone who doesn’t give a shit. No matter. They are interesting.
I like to think of them as London’s subconscious. London Dreaming. Maybe a taste of what London would be if we all move out to The Country, or turn to zombies and eat each other, or fly to Mars.
Here, with the (in)famous Clissold Leisure Centre in the background (cost: at least £32,000,000!!!!), a lovely bit of crumbling concrete, rampant creeper and weeds.
Looks like no one has been there years. Yet it’s actuallly on super-trendy Stoke Newington Church St.
You know what really bugs me? The assumption, on the part of public servants and services, that it’s OK for them to desecrate our public spaces with their paranoid, ugly security nonsense. Take a look at this:
This is in Trafalgar Square, pretty much the centre of London, the centre of tourist London, and that place should be the jewel in our public crown. But the powers-that-be are so concerned that someone might climb up the lamp post and, you know, do criminal stuff (what? throw petrol bombs? moon at the police?) that they cover it in “anti-climb paint” and then stick on an ugly, amateurish sign about the paint.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Take a look at the lamp post itself. It’s pretty, it’s well made, it’s either Victorian, or it’s a decent replica. And they stuck their ugly, paranoid little photocopied sign on it.
The final thing I’m going to rant about is that fact that, actually, this wasn’t a lamp post. It was, (of course!), a frigging CCTV camera post.
The days we live in!