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In the latest development of the police state/ Big Brother/ perfectly valid ways of controlling our population, thanks (delete as appropriate), CCTV cameras are going to order us around. Well, I say us, I mean you, because it's only an English thing just now. But still.



And, children! They're going to be making children the voice of some of the cameras! This all sounds very scary, especially if you're drunk and there's a disembodied child's voice shouting at you to pick up your chip wrapper. Well, it would freak me out, I know.

I read the other day that Britain has 20% of the world's CCTV cameras. FFS.

In other news, Alan Cumming is going to be at the Edinburgh International Festival playing Dionysus in a David Grieg adaptation of The Bacchae by Euripides. It's directed by John Tiffany. All very exciting, and it's also coming to the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, according to an email my friend got, although the webpage hasn't been updated yet. Must buy tickets.

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dakegra
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:15 pm (UTC)
I say they should get Alan Cumming to be the Voice Of The Cameras.

:-)
pickwick
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! See, there might be a chance of me doing what they said, if they did that. Otherwise I'm horribly afraid my rebellious streak would come out...
dakegra
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
of course, the best person ever to have as the Voice of the Cameras would be....


Christopher Lee!

Especially on a dark night, with a full moon...
pickwick
Apr. 4th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I can just see the rate of mental health problems skyrocketing!
fortuneandglory
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
I thought that we were all being watched anyway, after seeing Red Road, but I don't know if that's true to life, or not... It's a rubbish idea, all that'll happen is people sticking two fingers up at the cameras and maybe ripping them down.

And I've just realised that "bobbies on the beat" is one of those phrases that makes me incandescent with rage.
pickwick
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
I can't imagine many people doing what a camera tells them, no :S

And yes, I also dislike "bobbies on the beat". At least, I assume I'll despise anyone who uses the phrase unironically.
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pickwick
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
If I knew they were going to, I'd be amused :D Otherwise, I'd be even more freaked out...
donbert
Apr. 5th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Well, I say us, I mean you, because it's only an English thing just now.

Not so. I was very amused last year to see a couple of troublesome neds being shouted off my local station and told "The police are on their way!". When I got onto the platform myself, I watched the CCTV camera tracking them as they ran across the nearby playing fields (soon to be extremely expensive executive flats, thanks a bunch council...).

The funny thing is, the loudspeaker was, well, very loud. But when it's used for announcements you can't hear a thing.
pickwick
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Really? Wow. I've never seen that, heh.

I hadn't even thought of whether you'd be able to understand what it was saying! I can just see people sort of standing looking at them going, "Er, pardon?"
xgirl76
Apr. 5th, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
I read recently that Dubai currently has two thirds of the world's cranes in use, which seemed even more unbelievable to me, but who knows?
pickwick
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
I heard this too, actually! God knows what I was watching. Top Gear?
xgirl76
Apr. 5th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
Ha ha, I read it in Vogue, bizarrely enough :)
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