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Saturday, September 22, 2007
  Bad Drivers and RottenNeighbor.com
Bad driver


This driver was unbelievable this morning. At the previous traffic lights, he pushed past a frail old couple unable to cross the road quickly enough for him. Of course he jumped this red light in front as well.

Why hide his number plate? Well, it put me in mind of RottenNeighbor.com, a google maps mashup I was looking at this week. The site allows you to anonymously post information on a google map detailing your neighbours' alleged antisocial behaviour. It's getting loads of uncritical attention online but I feel really uneasy about it, it stinks of vigilantism and harassment.


RottenNeighbor.com

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
  Blast, Birmingham

How to do justice to one of the best audio-visual performances of the year? With a twenty second pixellated video shot on your mobile phone of course.

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Monday, September 17, 2007
  Tramp Attack - Oh! When The Sun Goes Down

Came across this doing some research this morning. Very funny.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007
  Tea House, Festival of Xtreme Building

This Tea House, intended as a place of contemplation, is part of the Festival of Xtreme Building in Birmingham. I've been meaning to visit it for a couple of months now but came across it by chance while attending Artfest. The festival is sited on waste ground in the city centre and looks at sustainable architecture. The installations are great, including one of those Micro Compact Homes which seem like a gimmick but actually looked to work really well.

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  Blast, Curzon Street Station

Blast, Curzon Street Station, originally uploaded by new folder.

Went to see this spectacular public art performance behind Birmingham's disused Curzon Street Station on Saturday night. The free show was superb, up there with Tate Liverpool's Chinese exhibition fireworks as the best show of the year so far. We arrived to find a row of twenty or so burning furnaces, each one heating a barrel of water, providing steam.

We were kept behind barriers thirty foot back. Behind the furnaces runs one of the main train lines out of Birmingham New Street, Virgin's high-speed Pendolinos and an assortment of crappier trains running past regularly.

Black and white projections of steam trains lit up the full wall of the listed Curzon Street Station building, showers of fireworks occasionally raining down from it. A massive hot pipe organ shook the ground with its impersonation of a steam train gathering momentum. Completely overwhelming. Whistles rang out from the barrels over the furnaces. The pipe organ fired horizontal fireworks at the station building; the station building fired them back. Hundreds of helium balloons carrying hundreds of lights were released into the sky creating an man-made starlit sky. A huge blast of flames brought the show to the end.

Fantastic public art, combining spectacle with a real history - the station, the Lunar Society and Birmingham's pivotal role in the industrial revolution.

Great photos and reports on the event at Created in Birmingham and Stef Lewandowski.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007
  Birmingham University floodlit pitches

 
  Brighton Foam, Vine Street
Brighton Foam, Vine Street
Brighton Foam, Vine Street, originally uploaded by new folder.

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  Cricket scores on Google
Latest cricket scores on Google
I'm running out of reasons to ever visit the BBC site now - live Cricket international scores are now available on Google by searching for 'cricket'. The scores, provided by Cricbuzz are updated real-time; as convenient as this is I can't help feeling every time Google screws around with the search results like this they are moving further away from their simple user interface.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007
  Suckling pig roast

IMG_5894, originally uploaded by new folder.

 
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