Archive for July, 2005



backstage.bbc.co.uk :: Prototypes :: BBC Homepage Archive

Link: backstage.bbc.co.uk :: Prototypes :: BBC Homepage Archive.
T-dar! Rewind the homepage. Something we’ve been thinking about for a while is now here.. now, to build this function into the current homepage

It’s really hard to gather information along the lines of ‘.Oh it was here this morning’. There’s some data that shows people search for things the morning after TX, but it’s a dark art… So will we be seeing time shifted promos? Want to relive Glasto Coverage exaclty as it happened? Easy!

In other news, cult closed today… but the final animation perhaps hints at K9’s return….?

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London Bombs, one week on…

Today on the homepage we marked the two minutes silence with a special revolving list of tributes and quotes taken from /havyoursay. We evolved the Live 8 treatment and incorporated the rotorvator into what I’m now calling a jumbo promo. It was an odd day, because in the middle of it we all walked outside for the two minute silence. This is the first time I’ve done one of them in ages, I missed the Tsunami one, and the one for the Soham girls, did they have one?

Anyway, I was reflecting on the attacks, and the people who lost their lives, and my thoughts turned to the targeting of the transport system. You see the IRA at the height of their campaign targeting individual things like party conferences, military parades, The Docklands, and oddly Hammersmith bridge. In a sense, specific areas and things that although terrible to those involved, not all people have experience of. The large outpouring of grief and sense of shock at these terrorist attacks is all the more understandable in that by striking at the transport system, they’re striking at something which, in London at least, is used by banker and builder alike… it’s one of the few pieces of public infrastructure that accessible by the public, unlike say, the national grid, or the water board. Being ‘stuck on the tube’ is a great leveller… as I found out today, when through security alerts, delays, and cancellations everyone of the three trains, one bus, and two tubes I caught was affected.

Anyway, the treatment seemed apt yet struck the right tone, and received some extremely positive feedback.

BBC – Radio 4 – Today Programme Angolan Witchcraft

Link: BBC – Radio 4 – Today Programme Angolan Witchcraft.

Holy shit I was nearly sick listening to this report on the Today Programme podcast. If you’ve the stomach for it there’s images here.

THe whole piece is very harrowing, and shows why we musn’t let the state of Africa fall of the political radar in light of the London bombings.

BBC NEWS | UK | Police appeal for bombing footage

Link: BBC NEWS | UK | Police appeal for bombing footage. The Old Bill are asking for people’s mobile images and video from last weeks attacks. They’ve even set up a special email address.. I wonder if someone’s pointed them to Flickr group in the post below? Not sure how useful that would be.. still, it’s been amazing how much of the images seen in the media have been taken by members of the public. What a week. A nice ‘letter to the terrorists’ here

On a lighter note.. I’d forgotten the simple joys of a dippy egg for breakfast, so put that right this morning. dippy_egg.JPG
Yesterday I photographed Brian j Ford, Food scientist, BSE expert, and author of ‘The Future of Food’. He’d agreed to be a subject ffor my entry in the Observer/seeds of change photography competition. He was about to fly out to the USA to give a keynote speech, so I had to meet him at his hotel near Gatwick. We spent the first hour chatting over a beer in the bar about science, food and life in general. It didn’t really offer much in the way of an interesting backdrop, so I suggested we take a stroll. We found a couple of useful and interesting location.. and I got of some interesting shots… so fingers crossed for that…

Terror attacks in London

I’ve lived in London for 11 years now.. and have seen IRA bombs, that nail bomber dude who bombed Brixton, the East End and Soho and various other scares, confusion and rumours.

37+ dead, 700 injured. God it’s sad… But I know that Londoners are a tough lot. I was out in Crystal Palace tonight nursing a red wine, and the overall feeling in the bar was of.. I survived, is that all you’ve got? It’s terrible what happened to those who’ve lost their lives, or limbs, or whatever… but I want to talk about how proud everyone was yesterday, after we got the Olympic games, there was a real sense of coming together, and pride, and that’s some comfort during these times. It must be horrible being underground and facing all that…

Work wise, my other thoughts are that this terror attack has been captured by regular folk with camera phones, and even the BBC is showing camera footage…. the BBC severs have taken a right slapping this week. Martin has all the screen grabs.

Flickr: The London Bomb Blasts Pool

Link: Flickr: The London Bomb Blasts Pool. Images from regular folk.

BBC News 24: Blasts may be work of Al-Qaeda

Glued to the TV at home.. seven blasts on buses, two+ deaths, BBC servers almost melted… Bbc_1100
News 24: BBC monitoring are translating a message claiming to be from Al-Qeada…


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