Stikkord: <span>London</span>

En liten kuriositet. Min mor er engelsk og vokste opp i utkanten av London. Hun var naturlig nok stor Beatles-fan og hadde George Harrison som sin favoritt.

Som den ivrige dagbokskribent hun var har hun tettskrevne dagbøker tykke av utklipp og minner fra den tiden. I 1964-dagboken, da hun var 16 år, finner man en Beatlesbillett når man blar opp på desember. En ekte Beatlesbillett. Jeg får litt åndenød av å se og ta på den.

Her er den:

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Den 28. desember 1964 har mamma skrevet i dagboken:

Woke up and lazed in bed till 11ish with «Beatles for sale» L.P. Bath. Sarah & I spent morn. making Beatles banner. […] Sarah & I went to Hammersmith shops. Celia came 7ish. John took us to «Odeon». Heavenly. George waved at Sarah & I. Held up our banner. Screamed, went mad. People fighting with stewards. Fabulous. Other artists – Freddie & Yardbirds. Dreamy!

Jeg googlet datoen, og fant følgende informasjon om denne konserten på beatlesbible.com:

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*sukk*

Musikk

Er for tiden i London på TAM London og var innom Science Museum hvor jeg i deres fantastiske butikk med alle mulige geeky dippedutter og fant denne i avdeling for miljøvennlige hjelpemidler:

Huff da.

Skepsis

Da var mer info om TAM London offentliggjort, og her var det mange godsaker på talerlisten:

  • James Randi – burde ikke trenge nærmere introduksjon
  • Phil Plait – også en kjent skeptiker, astronom, forfatter og president i JREF
  • Richard Dawkins – sjefsateisten selv og en av mine store helter
  • Adam Savage – fra Mythbusters
  • Richard Wiseman – kanskje den beste foredragsholderen på jord… for øvrig psykolog, tryllekunstner og forfatter
  • Jon Ronson – forfatter og dokumentarfilmmaker bak bl.a. «The Men Who Stare at Goats»
  • Ariane Sherine – den sexy jenta bak bl.a. den så omtalte Atheist Bus Campaign i Storbrittannina… også komiforfatter for TV og journalist
  • Brian Cox – partikkelfysiker og popstjerne-vitenskapsmann
  • Ben Goldacre – forfatter og lege som har kjempet en fantastisk kamp mot pseudovitenskap og bullshit i Storbrittannia
  • Simon Singh – forfatter, journalist og TV-produsent som har skrevet noen fantastiske populærvitenskapelige bøker bl.a. om alternativ medisin

I min første bloggpost om TAM London ønsket jeg meg Richard Dawkins, Richard Wiseman, Simon Singh, Susan Blackmore, Ben Goldacre, Tim Minchin, Ricky Gervais og Brian Cox. Fem av åtte ønsker er ikke så verst :-)

Jeg har åpenbart en reise å gjøre i oktober…

Personlig Skepsis

The Amazing Meeting 7 (TAM7) går av stabelen i Las Vegas i juli. Men nytt av året er en egen TAM i London.

Nå er et offisielt nettsted for denne konferansen åpnet, og da er det bare å følge med i spenning over hvilke foredragsholdere og andre medvirkende som kommer til å dukke opp.

TAM London har for øvrig også egen Facebook-gruppe og egen Facebook-event for de som vil vise sin interesse.

En ting gsom er helt sikkert er at jeg skal være der!

http://www.tamlondon.org/

IT/Internett Skepsis

Schneier on Security: London’s Cameras Don’t Reduce Crime: » 

Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned. Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.

[…]

Use of CCTV images for court evidence has so far been very poor, according to Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, the officer in charge of the Metropolitan police unit. «CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure,» Neville told the Security Document World Conference in London. «Billions of pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It’s been an utter fiasco: only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. There’s no fear of CCTV. Why don’t people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working.«

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En fin blog-artikkel fra The New York Times som i stor grad følger Bruce Schneiers tanker omkring de meningsløse sikkerhetstiltakene ved flyplasser. Noen utdrag:

The folly is much the same with respect to the liquids and gels restrictions, introduced two summers ago following the breakup of a London-based cabal that was planning to blow up jetliners using liquid explosives. Allegations surrounding the conspiracy were revealed to substantially embellished. In an August, 2006 article in the New York Times, British officials admitted that public statements made following the arrests were overcooked, inaccurate and “unfortunate.” The plot’s leaders were still in the process of recruiting and radicalizing would-be bombers. They lacked passports, airline tickets and, most critical of all, they had been unsuccessful in actually producing liquid explosives. Investigators later described the widely parroted report that up to ten U.S airliners had been targeted as “speculative” and “exaggerated.”

[…]

“The notion that deadly explosives can be cooked up in an airplane lavatory is pure fiction,” Greene told me during an interview. “A handy gimmick for action movies and shows like ‘24.’ The reality proves disappointing: it’s rather awkward to do chemistry in an airplane toilet. Nevertheless, our official protectors and deciders respond to such notions instinctively, because they’re familiar to us: we’ve all seen scenarios on television and in the cinema. This, incredibly, is why you can no longer carry a bottle of water onto a plane.”

[…]

Yet that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. The three-ounce container rule is silly enough — after all, what’s to stop somebody from carrying several small bottles each full of the same substance — but consider for a moment the hypocrisy of T.S.A.’s confiscation policy. At every concourse checkpoint you’ll see a bin or barrel brimming with contraband containers taken from passengers for having exceeded the volume limit. Now, the assumption has to be that the materials in those containers are potentially hazardous. If not, why were they seized in the first place? But if so, why are they dumped unceremoniously into the trash? They are not quarantined or handed over to the bomb squad; they are simply thrown away. The agency seems to be saying that it knows these things are harmless. But it’s going to steal them anyway, and either you accept it or you don’t fly.

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