I came across this video locally made of Victoria from the air. I thought I’d throw in some of my pics. Enjoy. Lou
Alex Goodwin Hall Ex Church/ Theater center now
Trevor/ Downtown Busker
I came across this video locally made of Victoria from the air. I thought I’d throw in some of my pics. Enjoy. Lou
Alex Goodwin Hall Ex Church/ Theater center now
Trevor/ Downtown Busker
Ali Razeghi, a Tehran scientist has registered “The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine” with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions.
The device can predict the future in a print out after taking readings from the touch of a user, he told the Fars state newsagency.
Razaeghi, 27, said the device worked by a set of complex algorithims to “predict five to eight years of the future life of any individual, with 98 percent accuracy”.
As the managing director of Iran’s Centre for Strategic Inventions, Razeghi is a serial inventor with 179 other inventions listed under his own name. “I have been working on this project for the last 10 years,” he said.
“My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you.”
Razeghi says Iran’s government can predict the possibility of a military confrontation with a foreign country, and forecast the fluctuation in the value of foreign currencies and oil prices by using his new invention.
“Naturally a government that can see five years into the future would be able to prepare itself for challenges that might destabilise it,” he said. “As such we expect to market this invention among states as well as individuals once we reach a mass production stage.”
Razeghi said his latest project has been criticised by friends and relatives for “trying to play God” with ordinary lives and history. “This project is not against our religious values at all. The Americans are trying to make this invention by spending millions of dollars on it where I have already achieved it by a fraction of the cost,” he said. “The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight.”
April 10, 2013
Etiquette was a booming business in the 19th-century. Industrialization meant that people were moving between places and classes in a way they hadn’t before, and there was a great demand for guidance on how to fit into the social circles that they had either gotten themselves into, or wanted to get into. Hundreds of etiquette books were published in this period, and they all had something to say about how to use language. Here are 18 perfectly charming rules on how to converse properly culled from 19th century etiquette books.
Some of the rules are quite sensible. For example, don’t be a jerk, a pretentious jerk, or a teenager.
1. “Don’t talk aloud in a railway carriage, and thus prevent your fellow passengers from reading their book or newspaper.”
2. “Don’t talk of ‘the opera’ in the presence of those who are not frequenters of it.”
3. “Don’t respond to remarks made to you with mere monosyllables. This is chilling, if not fairly insulting. Have something to say, and say it.”
Many of the rules are easier said than done. It takes a lot of concentration to keep your voice, meaning, and mysterious allure at the exact perfect level at all times.
4. “Always select words calculated to convey an exact impression of your meaning.”
5. “Don’t talk in a high, shrill voice, and avoid nasal tones. Cultivate a chest voice; learn to moderate your tones. Talk always in a low register, but not too low.”
6. “Avoid any air of mystery when speaking to those next to you; it is ill-bred and in excessively bad taste.”
You also need to choose your words carefully. Remember, your food is not healthy, you do not wear pants, and your wife is no lady.
7. “Don’t use meaningless exclamations, such as ‘Oh, my!’ ‘Oh, cracky’ etc.”
8. “Don’t say gents for gentlemen or pants for pantaloons. These are inexcusable vulgarisms. Don’t say vest for waistcoat.”
9. “Don’t speak of this or that kind of food being healthy or unhealthy; say always wholesome or unwholesome.”
10. ”‘It made me quite low spirited; my heart felt as heavy as lead.’ We most of us know what a heavy heart is; but lead is by no means the correct metaphor to use in speaking of a heavy heart.”
11. “Don’t say lady when you mean wife.”
Acting things out is not funny—unless, of course, you are doing it to make fun of entire classes or nationalities.
12. “Never gesticulate in every day conversation, unless you wish to be mistaken for a fifth rate comedian.”
13. “A little graceful imitation of actors and public speakers may be allowed. National manners, and the peculiarities of entire classes, are fair game. French dandies, Yankee bargainers, and English exquisites, may be ridiculed at pleasure; you may even bring forward Irish porters, cab-drivers and bog-trotters—provided you can imitate their wit and humor.”
Ladies do not make good conversational partners.
14. “Never ask a lady a question about anything whatever.”
15. “In the company of ladies, do not labor to establish learned points by long-winded arguments. They do not care to take too much pains to find out truth.”
Which may have something to do with what’s in their etiquette books.
16. “Never question the veracity of any statement made in general conversation.”
17. “Men frequently look with a jealous eye on a learned woman … be cautious, therefore, in mixed company of showing yourself too much beyond those around you.”
Try conversing with them by eye instead.
18. “It may be coquettish, but there is nothing particularly womanly in never looking a man in the eye. Search the face that confronts you, and learn what manner of man this is whom you are receiving into your company and fellowship. If he quails under the inquisition, so much the worse for him. If he is worth looking at, it is a pity to miss the sight.”
Sources: Don’t: A manual of mistakes and improprieties more or less prevalent in conduct and speech, Oliver Bell Bunce, 1884; The Gentleman’s Book of Etiquette, Cecil Hartley, 1873; Martine’s Handbook of Etiquette and Guide to True Politeness, Arthur Martine, 1866; Etiquette for Ladies, Lea and Blanchard 1840; Etiquette: An answer to the riddle when? where? how? Agnes H. Morton, 1899.
It is midmorning and Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers burger restaurant in Kensington is empty. Almost. Then a tourist walks in and takes a photograph of a photograph that is hanging on the wall. It is of the Rolling Stones, circa 1968. The man hasn’t realised that one of the rock stars in the picture is sitting a few feet away, watching him. It’s a scene that can only be described as postmodern.
Apart from the black-rimmed glasses he is wearing today, Wyman doesn’t look that different from how he did back then. He was never a tall man (5ft 7in) and his hair is still collar length, if greying now. But he is older: 76.
Indeed, when he orders a vodka and tonic which seems quite rock and roll, given the time of day, he explains that it is, in fact, because he has backache.
The photograph is one of hundreds of items of memorabilia exhibited here in the restaurant, including gold discs, Brian Jones’s guitar and Wyman’s bass (the two instruments together are worth about half a million pounds).
“The stuff here is only a fraction of my collection,” Wyman says. “I’ve got trunks of it at home.” Indeed he is about to publish Scrapbook, a limited-edition volume presented in a clamshell box. It features tickets, posters, programmes, letters, photographs, and much more besides. There’s Wyman’s birth certificate, letters to – and from – fans, a list of expenses for the Stones’ accountant, and even his Japanese work visa application form. In another life he would have loved to have been a librarian, he says, what with all that indexing and cross-referencing. The next best thing was to become the band’s archivist.
Did the other Stones think he was eccentric for collecting all the time?
“Oh yeah, they thought I was mad, they’d say, ‘Why are you bothering to – excuse my language – collect that crap?’ It was quite hard to collect anything because you had to leave a venue so quickly, what with the kids attacking you and jumping over police vans.”
Wyman’s letter to a UK fan. 17th January 1965
He says the Stones always went out of their way to be nice to their fans – which must be difficult when, as regularly happened, they attack your car and force you to be helicoptered away under police escort. “There was always stacks of mail waiting for us at venues and we would sit down and start answering it,” says Wyman. “Me, Brian, Charlie and Keith took turns doing the autographs and we learnt to do each others’, because there were so many to do. When the autographs come up at Sotheby’s these days I can often tell they aren’t real.”
But it wasn’t just autographs the female fans were after, was it, Bill?
A grin. “Well, that was Brian and me mostly, the others weren’t that interested, really. But we are digressing.”
Are we? In a way, we are still on the subject of collecting. By Wyman’s own estimates he slept with around 1,000 women. Yes, he says, but it wasn’t how people think. “Before I joined the Stones, a workmate gave me a piece of advice. Always treat a woman like a lady, and I always did that, even when I broke up with one. There are some who I still write to, a friend in Australia who I used to go out with in ’63, ’64. She has grandchildren now. And I’m still in touch with a girl I used to go out with in ’64, ’65. I never treated them like s— and threw their clothes out.”
Presumably he couldn’t remember all their names. “It was a bit of a blur at times. But I can remember a lot of them. I was married so I couldn’t write about them in my diaries. I had to remember when and where. They weren’t one-night stands, though, because I would see the same ones again. Whenever I went to New York there were two black girls I would see. Every tour.” Bill Wyman’s address book: it should be in a glass case in the British Museum. “Yes,” he agrees with a laugh. “But I had it stolen in Spain in 1999. It was in a suitcase they nicked. Never seen again.” What does he make of the current trend for celebrities such as Russell Brand to put their promiscuity down to “sex addiction” and book themselves into clinics for treatment? “Don’t know who that is,” he says.
Michael Douglas, then. “Oh yes, I know Michael. OK, I suppose I didn’t have a sex addiction in that case. I always thought of it as having company when I was lonely and bored on the road. Touring is not a romantic life. It’s exciting for two hours every other night when you’re on stage, the rest is a nightmare of packing and unpacking. So female company helped to pass the time. I didn’t go searching for women, they came to me and were very nice and sweet.
“I was always very careful who I went with. Didn’t go with groupies or anything. Never had any problems with sexually transmitted diseases, as a lot of people did in those days,” He trails off. Looks uncomfortable. “But come on, we shouldn’t be talking about girls all the time.”
Guests Gina Lollobrigida and Suzanne Accosta at the Sticky Fingers Cafe’s 4th Birthday Party. 6th July 1993 Credit: Alan Davidson
It’s obvious why not. He says he usually stayed in touch with his old flames, but not with his second wife Mandy Smith, presumably? “Not after we broke up, no. Since the settlement I haven’t spoken to her.” I’m 48 and it is sobering to think that Wyman was my age when he first slept with her. That was in 1985, when she was 14. They married in 1989 when she was 18 and he was 52. With no irony whatsoever, Hello! magazine called it a “fairy-tale” wedding, a headline it would not get away with in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. In the past year, indeed, Wyman’s name has been cited in several newspaper reports as an example of a celebrity who had sex with a minor.
Brave of him to include a snapshot of Mandy Smith in his Scrapbook, I note. “Yes, that was before we broke up. I have many wonderful pictures of her, but I didn’t want to dwell on it because it’s a sore point in my life. People have always treated it badly, when it wasn’t bad. I don’t want to talk about it because it upsets my [third] wife and my [three] daughters, who are the age she was.” He trails off again.
“We all have a skeleton in the cupboard, it’s just if you’re a taxi driver in Halifax no one ever hears about it. But if you are a celebrity everyone does. In my case it was publicised to the world and that wasn’t really fair, I don’t think. No, it’s a tough one. Thirty years ago.”
Does he still feel nervous about prosecution? “There was never a complaint so…” Again, the trailing off. Then he says, “I went to the police and I went to the public prosecutor and said, ‘Do you want to talk to me? Do you want to meet up with me, or anything like that?’ and I got a message back, ‘No’. I was totally open about it.”
His affair with Mandy Smith was “a heart thing”, not “a lust thing”. “It was very emotional and special at the time. It wasn’t how it was reported, and the only time it ever happened in my life. A lot of people understood, but a lot didn’t. The media certainly didn’t. They treated me like crap.”
The heart can make a fool of a middle-aged man, is that how he sees it? “That was why I married her, but it didn’t work out, by then she was changed, but we mustn’t talk about this any more because my wife will get upset.”
Stones final bow at the last re-scheduled Concert at Wembley Stadium, London, which was Wyman’s last concert with the Stones before he left the band. 25th September 1990 Credit: Graham Wiltshire
OK, let’s talk about the Stones, then. I know he has said he has no regrets about leaving the band in 1993, but when he sees the kind of money they are still making from touring it must give him pause for thought. “When I said I wanted to leave they told me I was probably giving up £20 million for the next two years. But I had three great houses and some nice cars.” He felt he had enough? “Yes, and I got married again and worked on books, and started a band to subsidise my living expenses. And I don’t regret it because I’ve never been happier.” He looks over my shoulder at something.“I’m sure I’m happier than they are in their lives, I really do.”
Wyman seems a likeable man, about as far removed from a one-time rock legend as you can imagine. He was, after all, always characterised as “the boring one” in the Rolling Stones. Indeed, when he left the band Mick Jagger claimed not to have noticed. “How hard can it be to play bass?” he said. “I’ll do it myself.” Certainly Wyman didn’t do drugs; his main requirement on the road was Marmite and Branston pickle. In conversation he uses quaint expressions such as “hark at me”, and when he swears he apologises. His main passion these days is metal detecting.
And his comments can seem quite Eeyorish. It still rankles with him, for example, that his contributions to the Stones were unacknowledged with writing credits. “None of us got them, Brian, Mick Taylor. If you came up with a riff that turned an ordinary song into something special it was never acknowledged.” Would Mick and Keith acknowledge the riffs privately? “No, not really. The riff on Miss You was mine. And the one for Jumping Jack Flash. There was one interview where Keith acknowledged that ‘that was Bill’s song’. Then about 10 years later he denied he’d said it.”
He sighs. “I don’t push it. You have to swallow your pride and let it go, otherwise you get knotted up. I went away and had the biggest solo success of anyone in the band with (Si, si) Je Suis Un Rock Star. A world hit.” You get the feeling there is little love lost between him and Jagger: “He can start a sentence by saying Yes and by the end of it you realise he has said No.”
But they do have a passion for cricket in common, I say, trying to act as go-between. “Except I play it and he only watches it.”
He’s feeling distracted now, he says, because he keeps noticing that a picture of Jagger on the wall behind me is on a skew. “I’m a bit OCD,” he explains. “Have you noticed I’ve been straightening these serviettes and forks as we’ve been talking.” As I get up to straighten the picture for him, he asks the waiter if the music can to be turned down “because it’s a bit ’orrible”. His wife Suzanne arrives.
Time for one last question. He played bass on Satisfaction and Brown Sugar. He was on stage at the legendary Hyde Park concert in 1969. For some fans, the Stones without Bill Wyman are not really the Stones at all. Do people still think he is in the band? “Yes, taxi drivers still say after all these years, ‘When are you touring with the Stones again?’”
Actually, he did rejoin them briefly on stage at the O2 last November for their 50th anniversary. What was it like?
“Bit disappointing, really,” he deadpans. “They only let me do two songs.”
‘Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook’ is published in a hand-sewn, signed, limited edition of 1962, priced £229. To order, visit concertlive.co.uk
Two years ago, I broke off a long but unsatisfactory relationship with my TV provider. For nearly a decade, I paid my monthly bills, but I had finally become fed up and, looking around, realized I had other options. I joined a small but growing group of Canadians who had given up on conventional television.
A recent survey by the Media Technology Monitor shows 8 per cent of Canadians don’t subscribe to conventional TV. A survey of nearly 500 Globe and Mail readers suggests that number is even higher: Nearly half of respondents said they had already cut the cord. Another third said they were currently considering it. Only 3 per cent of respondents said they would not consider giving up television.
Asked why they were not satisfied with conventional TV providers, 64 per cent said the price of bundled channels is simply too high; 15 per cent cited poor program quality; 11 per cent said there were too many commercials; and 10 per cent said there was not enough choice when it came to channel selection.
“Forcing me to pay for 50 channels when I only want to watch a few shows on three of them just doesn’t make sense,” said Luke Bailey of Toronto.
“I cancelled my cable subscription four years ago primarily because of very poor-quality programming,” said Laurie in Coquitlam, B.C. “I had upwards of 100 channels and could never find anything interesting to watch. I was paying a lot of money for a service that had absolutely nothing to offer me. I’m happy with my decision and have no plans to re-subscribe.”
Just because I no longer pay monthly cable bills doesn’t mean I don’t watch my favourite shows online. Most of our survey respondents said the same. Only 8 per cent said they were no longer watching television. Nearly two-thirds of readers said they would download free shows online or pay for a streaming service. Nearly 20 per cent said they would pay for individual shows or channels, and 30 per cent said they would use an antenna.
“It’s been a few years since we cut the cable. Our antenna fills most of the gap, with Netflix, shows on DVDs, and other online sources,” said Tim in Calgary. “We watch more TV now than we did when we had cable.”
So what is it that keeps most Canadians from giving up on traditional TV? Of those who took the Globe survey, 41 per cent said they appreciated local news and weather reports, and 27 per cent said they liked having access to live sports on TV. Still, they didn’t seem too happy about the price of those conveniences.
“We’re paying over $100 a month for a cable and Internet bundle, plus sports. And we’re being gouged for Sportsnet World, because we like to watch international rugby,” said Ann in Vancouver.
Perhaps Ann should consider this suggestion from Pamela in Lacombe, Alta., who cuts off her cable during the summer, when her family is less likely to watch TV: “If you do it right, you can end your package and come back through a promotional rate.”
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It was first posted online a year ago and was widely reported on by various blogs around the web.
But in recent days a user called ‘planetcheck’ has come forward, claiming to have solved the mystery.
Planetcheck said: ‘The lady you see is my great grandmother Gertrude Jones.’
‘She was 17 years old. I asked her about this video and she remembers it quite clearly. She says Dupont had a telephone communications section in the factory.’
‘They were experimenting with wireless telephones. Gertrude and five other women were given these wireless phones to test out for a week.’
‘Gertrude is talking to one of the scientists holding another wireless phone who is off to her right as she walks by.’
So far there has been no independent verification of planetcheck’s post, but another YouTube user who says he knows someone else who worked at the factory has vowed to make further inquiries.
The 1938 clip is the second piece of footage said to show a mobile phone seeming to exist before the devices were invented.
In 2010, a clip from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie surfaced, which also appears to show a woman using a mobile phone – causing speculation that she was a time traveler.
Other examples said to prove time travel include claims that archaeologists in China unearthed a small piece of metal from an ancient tomb in Shangsi County – which was shaped like an exact replica of modern Swiss watch, with the time frozen at 10:06.
A quick scan of the headlines this past week, and you might think Saudi Arabia has declared war on the internet age.
Not only did the country’s top religious cleric dismiss Twitter users as a “council of jokesters.” But the government also threatened to shut down modern communications tools like Skype and WhatsApp because of their encryption, which protects the information that users transmit.
What such headlines mask is the extraordinary extent to which Saudi citizens are wired, which may explain why the authorities occasionally get nervous.
Despite significant restrictions on information, both online and offline, Saudis are among the most connected people in the world.
Case in point: they are the world’s top per capita users of YouTube, according to Google.
“Twitter and YouTube have become so relevant to the public discourse in Saudi Arabia, that there is now a bi-weekly YouTube show solely dedicated to what Saudi users of Twitter are talking about,” notes Ahmed al Omran, who writes and produces Riyadh Bureau, a Saudi online news blog.
In numbers, Saudis account for an astounding 190 million YouTube views each day — that’s a rough average of more than six views per citizen per day.
According to those in the know, Saudi YouTube watchers are largely seeking out entertainment, but also politics, religion and sports.
A unique confluence of circumstances contributes to Saudi’s distinction as the world’s top YouTube nation.
Saudi comedian Omar Hussein has a big social media following. One of the stars of the UTurn comedy group, he has over 380,000 Twitter followers. (Reuters)Some of the most often cited: the exceptionally young population (about 70 per cent of the relatively affluent Saudi population is under 30), and a highly connected country.
The availability and widespread use of the internet in Saudi Arabia is the highest in the Middle East, according to Cairo-based HaisamYehia, YouTube’s business development manager for the region.
Saudi is also “the highest country in terms of mobile phone and smartphone penetration in the world,” Yehia said in an interview.
And that’s relevant because “50 per cent of the views coming from Saudi are coming from smartphones.”
The huge – and growing — interest in YouTube may also have something to do with the fact that Saudi is a place where venues for entertainment are scarce. Even movie theatres are non-existent.
“YouTube offers Saudi’s young population entertainment choices not available on mainstream television, including locally produced content made by young Saudis who know how to speak to that audience, and who have more freedom to tackle their issues compared to mainstream TV where the field is full of red lines,” Al Omran of Riyadh Bureau told CBC in an email.
A study conducted two months ago on Saudi internet use by N2V, one of the largest internet holding groups in the Arab world, confirms that assessment, noting that YouTube makes up for the restrictions that are common in a conservative society.
For example, “YouTube offers content that Saudi families banned from the reach of their youth by blocking certain TV channels at home,” says Amman-based Nibal Jarrar, the senior business development officer at N2V who conducted the study.
“YouTube [gives] Saudis a place to watch everything they want, anywhere they want.”
Jarrar also cites the relatively large amounts of free time available to the average Saudi — especially for women, many of whom are unemployed due to conservative views on women working.
As for content, YouTube’s Yehia says Saudis like to watch shows that are produced locally in a young, fast-growing industry that has no television rival.
Commentary and comedic shows are in demand, including the hugely popular EyshElly, a social commentary program produced by UTurn Entertainment, one of several increasingly prolific companies that produce content exclusively for YouTube.
Still, most of the content Saudis watch is made in the region’s long-time information and entertainment hub: Egypt, where YouTube use is also high. In fact, Egypt is the second highest YouTube consumer in the Middle East.
In Egypt, users like to search for old movies and songs, says Yehia, but they also search for exclusive content and original reporting.
YouTube news and citizen journalism are “actually becoming very popular,” Yehia says, “especially after the revolution with people becoming more politically engaged.”
The Arab Spring has played a significant role in YouTube use throughout the region.
The site has been the preferred venue for citizen journalists covering crackdowns and conflicts in places like Syria. As a result, it’s also become a favourite source for such videos, for others in the Middle East and for international media reporting on these events.
“In the MiddeEast, before the Arab Spring, politics and news used to be three per cent of content uploaded,” said Yehia. “It jumped to 15 per cent in 2011, and I think in 2012 we are around something like 25 to 28 per cent.”
Both production and use are growing hand in hand, and now the entire region has some 285 million YouTube views every day, making the Middle East the second highest in views worldwide after the U.S., says Yehia.
But N2V’s Jarrar points out a major difference between the Arab region and the West, which might be helping drive the demand.
In developed countries, the progression for accessing video followed an established route: from antenna, to satellite and cable TV, then on to the internet and eventually to smartphones.
“In Arab countries, we’ve jumped from antenna and satellite to smartphones, which made us hungry for data.”
Google debuted its latest feature, Treasure Maps, a pirate-style design complete with 2D hand-drawn landmarks and hidden treasure chests.
The map uses a spyglass to zoom in for Street View, with a rounded telescopic frame and old-school filter.
To access, visit Google Maps and click on the ‘Treasure’ picture icon in the right-hand corner. Instructions for the ‘beta technology’ warn: “Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print.”
The Telegraph reports that the government has created a taskforce armed with binoculars, and headed up by a dedicated ‘Lights Tsar’, charged with switching off the country’s lights in a bid to cut Britain’s energy usage ahead of a looming power crunch.
Thousands of employees will be tasked with going door-to-door to businesses and homes to manually switch off unnecessary lights. Staff at the agency will be able to issue penalty notices to repeat offenders and will be kitted out with binoculars and other equipment to allow them to ascertain whether rooms are empty or in use.
The policy was described by energy expert Olaf Priol as a “win-win-win” for the Coalition. A DECC source said: “We are committed to making these lights go out.”
The Telegraph also has a story on Sir Cameron Mackintosh agreeing to stage The Coalition – the Musical, which he believes has the potential to be his biggest hit since Les Misérables.
The Coalition – the Musical had originally been conceived by the German composer and lyricist Olaf Dyliparos as a “modest chamber piece” for this summer’s Edinburgh Festival, but Sir Cameron has persuaded him to re-work it as a major West End musical.
“It focuses very much on the relationship between David Cameron and Nick Clegg and it has a big, operatic feel to it – I mean, it’s a sort of love story that’s gone wrong,” said Dyliparos.
The Guardian has launched ‘augmented reality’ glasses designed to offer wearers immersive liberal insights and filter out bigoted views.
The groundbreaking Guardian Goggles will beam its journalism directly into the wearer’s visual field, enabling users to see the world through the Guardian’s eyes at all times.
The motion-sensitive spectacles overlay the wearer’s view of their surroundings with a real-time stream of specially-curated opinions from the paper’s reporters, critics and commentators, letting users call up features such as a ‘Mini-Monbiot’ app.
The spectacles also feature optional built-in anti-bigotry technology, which prevents exposure to non-Guardian opinions by blacking out columns by Melanie Phillips or Richard Littlejohn, among other writers, as soon as the user attempts to look at them.
The Sun says that the Rolling Stones spent the chilly Easter weekend camping out in preparation for their stint at Glastonbury this year.
Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood braved biting winds to slum it in a £70 Blacks tent.
Mick immediately tweeted: “Can’t wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies and my yurt.”
BBC Radio 4’s Today programme reported that from April 1, Northern Rail is replacing train numbers with barcodes that trainspotters can photograph and then upload to the web via their smartphones.
The barcodes are specially elongated so that trainspotters can snap them as the train speeds past, and also means they can help inform commuters about whether the trains are running on time.
However, pop impresario and keen trainspotter Pete Waterman is leading the charge against the barcodes, saying: “It’s not the same thing. It’s like email – you can’t beat meeting people.”
The Daily Mail carries the news that experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds do at the fictional Hogwarts School in Harry Potter.
Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail.
Eight of the centre’s 45 owls have been specially trained since the ‘Roy-owl Mail’ project began last week.
The Mirror has announced it has become the first website to trial Instagram-style filters, letting readers view MirrorOnline’s homepage written backwards or as they would see it if they were drunk.
One of the filters lets you see the Mirror’s content by pretending your modern computer is a cumbersome 1980s processor.
The drunk filter recreates those magic moments on a night out when you’ve caught the last train home but are struggling to focus on the newspaper you found left on the seat next to you.
YouTube has announced it will be shutting down after eight years and will no longer accept videos, and will be selecting the best video ever uploaded onto the site.
Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, says in a video: “We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it’s finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner.”
The video features cameos from YouTube celebrities such as Antoine Dodson, David After Dentist and Charlie and his brother (from the video “Charlie Bit My Finger” video), all talking about their efforts to be named best clip on the website.
Twitter has announced that starting today, it is shifting to a two-tiered system: a basic free service, Twttr, which uses only consonants, and a premium service which also includes vowels for five dollars a month.
The social networking site said on its blog that they’re doing this because by eliminating vowels, it is encouraging a more efficient and “dense” form of communication.
However, users will be able to use the letter ‘y’ for free, with early adopters like comedian Joan Rivers quickly adapting to the vowel-less way of typing.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has posted on his blog that his airline will be launching the world’s first glass-bottomed plane.
This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first ever domestic service to Scotland, enabling Little Red passengers see birds-eye views of the country.
The Times reports the discovery of the writings of Captain Jasper Speedicut, a Victorian officer stationed in India and the near East, which has been hailed by historians yesterday as the greatest such find in 50 years.
Elspeth Morrison, Professor Emeritus of Sexual Relations in British Regimental History (1821-75) at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, said: “They provided an extraordinary insight into the life of a real soldier who somehow, against all plausibility, fought in all the major expeditions of the period.”
Speedicut found himself at the centre of 19th century Britain’s military adventures — not least in his work countering Russian espionage in Central Asia, a campaign referred to as the Great Game. However, historians believed that Speedicut — who was at Rugby School with Flashman — had left no written record of his activities.
Metro has turned the April Fool’s spoofs on its head by doing its own round-up of the best jokes and hoaxes – which is a spoof in itself.
None of the pranks in its round-up actually appeared on the websites it mentions, such as a BBC story about Nasa’s Curiosity rover quitting Twitter after abuse from trolls or Tesco creating a Tesco Value 3D Food Printer.
Metro said: “Too lazy and unimaginative to make up their own April Fools’ jokes, this year Metro simply decided to fake ten entirely fictional pranks other people didn’t do instead.”
It continued: “Meanwhile on Twitter, others vented their frustration: ‘I really thought this was the year they’d pretend they were going to start charging for the paper. Trick missed,’ said @KingBants77.”
Agency National News is reporting that legendary RAF pilot Biggles really did exist, according to new research.
On the 95th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Air Force, the RAF Museum has found evidence that the famous literary hero was indeed a real pilot and not a fictional character created by W. E. Johns.
A combat report by Major James Bigglesworth was recently discovered in a collection of W E Johns’ manuscripts and typescripts that had been in the Museum’s possession since the early 1980s but are only just being catalogued.
Hotels.com has announced that from April 1, its customers will be able to book the Belgian Suite in Buckingham Palace.
Costing upwards of £10,000, the suite has previously welcomed guest including former President Ronald Regan and most recently, President Obama.
Butler service is available on request at an additional cost, while dogs – especially Corgis – are welcome.