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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Erm, NO WAY!!!! Home cinema hits new high.
As any of you who read this know, I enjoy sharing awesomeness and randomness alike. Well today people.... It's awesomeness!!!
I pride myself on capturing and telling stories in still motion, frame by frame, occasionally adding some writing to bring out the flavours. Philips Cinema have taken my passion and vision to another level with this production to promote their new range of cutting edge 21:9 HDTV Television sets; making graphics in ground breaking film's like The Matrix look like "stop, start animation".
These babies are just.....delicious! The "immersive Ambilight" actually changes color depending on what's on the screen - did they just invent the word immersive? - unnecessary you might say, but if your TV has an aspect ratio equal to blockbuster film then I say WHY NOT!? Anywho, I'm not about to start outright advertising for Philips so if you want to know the details look it up. Last thing though, the rumoured European price tag for these when they drop in June is about €4000 !!!
Thugs, Bullies and Murderers; but who's job is it to catch the Police in action?
I am incensed. Last week I posted my thoughts on the "riot" and protests occurring during the G20 Summit in London and I made my feelings clear about my fear for the protester's safety. If you caught my last post (or want to check it out below) I said, "I just hope nobody gets killed" - when I said that, I was referring to rioters, taking things to far and being seriously harmed by disproportionately violent Police officers. I did not - although I'm sadly not surprised - expect an innocent by stander to be murdered at the hands of the very people supposedly in place to protect and serve them. If you followed the news coverage at the time 47 year old Ian Tomlinson, a Big Issue Seller, was reported to have died of an "unknown cause" during the Protests. At the time Police were quoted as saying: "It was not immediately clear what caused the man's death. Its was likely the man died from a medical condition, although that would not be confirmed until after a post-mortem." (Reuters)
The results of the post-mortem revealed that Mr. Tomlinson died of a heart attack, an incident the Police - until this week - had neglected to mention they may have had something to do with; had this vital piece of incriminating evidence not surfaced.
Watching this video, a few things are very clear: Ian Tomlinson was not behaving in a threatening way. Ian Tomlinson's hands were in his pockets and he was walking away from the Police. The Police made NO attempt to assist him once he had struck the floor with only his face and his chest to break his fall.
The Police claimed, their attempts to assist Mr. Tomlinson were hindered by "missles" and trouble coming from rioting protesters. - THEY WERE LYING and it fills me with rage,
After being helped to his feet by another bystander Mr. Tomlison walked away and reportedly collapsed and died just a few minutes later. I've lost count of the number of times I personally have witnessed or experienced the long arm of the law strangling the civil liberty of innocent bystanders and using us as punching bags to vent their frustration. Yet again, my fears and anger towards these badged bullies is vindicated and tragically, once again, at the expense of ANOTHER innocent life.
This kind of "Policing" has no place in a civil society and severely damages the reputation of the few truly brave, honest and good officers out there. Sadly, the Police only have one name and as tarnished as it is they can not expect to be absolved while incidents like these are so frequent and so painfully unnecessary.
G20 summit starts as Police and Protesters clash!!!
In the big build up to the opening day of the G20 summit, a "war of words" and posturing has swirled back and forth between the Police and the anarchic element of protesters via the media. I can recall reading quotes from "unnamed police sources" saying "we're up for it" and numerous threads on protest forums suggesting that certain fringe groups are willing to deploy "any means necessary" to make their feelings known. Recipe for disaster? I think so. Carl Court/PA Wire/PA Photos
Despite calls from the government and peaceful protest groups such as Climate Camp for the avoidance of violent protest, I think under this current climate and heightened sensitivity of the Police, it was extremely unlikely that the protests would go on peacefully. In my opinion it's a "lose, lose" scenario as the Police have to bolster up security because of the possibility of things getting out of hand. Equally, protesters who are looking to express themselves by "any means necessary" will have prepared for a bust up - one source informing me that piles of bricks had been left outside Central London Bank branches overnight so as to avoid Police searches.
The 1st clashes started sometime around lunchtime, with Police charging down people as they tried to get close to the Bank of England. Scuffles and skirmishes broke out in pockets throughout the crowd with the Police making 20 arrests at the time of me writing this. In one scuffle, I'm pretty sure I saw a man wielding what appeared to be a sword! Hopefully things will calm down, but with blood spilt and the evening rapidly approaching, the pessimist in me tells Central London to brace itself for much worse. Owen Humphreys PA Wire Photos Some have accused the media frenzy of inciting and encouraging the violent and aggressive scenes by providing a stage for emotions to clash and explode. It's hard to disagree with that train of thought looking at scenes like this which have been common throughout the day - - not the damage being caused but the sheer number of Photographers and Videographers waiting with baited breath and trigger happy fingers for something like this to happen(I think it's disgraceful when it reaches this scale). Whilst playing into the hands of the media, I understand and somewhat share the anger of some of the protesters (peaceful and violent) I fear that they're up against one of the biggest, most organised gangs and most brutal gangs in the world and I wish there was a better way of getting the point across without having to go up against them; I just hope nobody is killed. SIMON DAWSON/AP/PA Photos
As environmental campaigner and Guardian contributor George Monbiot asks "Riot police, or rioting police?" on his blog, It seems things are quietening down now (calm before the storm perhaps?) I don't know but what is evident after a day of protest, is that the protest itself was largely peaceful on the part of the protesters and the pockets of violent protesters did not outnumber the media frenzy vying for blood. What does that say about the state of our civilized society?