Whitehall 1212

Whitehall 1212 is the original telephone number of Old Scotland Yard, and also the number printed on the ‘dial’ of this retro phone I had in my Hotel room last night.

Whitehall 1212

The current 999 system came about via the Metropolitan Police in London as they found that their Police Stations were being overrun either by visitors to the station alerting them to emergency situations or trying to phone them in the growing trend of using the new invention, the telephone. Not every one could remember or knew the telephone number of the local Police Station. In November of 1927 the general public in London were advised ” if you have an emergency dial 0″. When the operators answers ask for the service you require. The Metropolitan Police maintained this service till 1934 then they introduced their Information Room with the famous number of Whitehall 1212 where all emergency calls ended up. Emergency calls via telephone kept increasing and telephone operators were unable to identify emergency calls from other operator service calls.
As is normal a disaster of some description was required to prompt government action. In November of 1935 a fire occurred in London in which five people died, in the inquiry which followed it became apparent that a system was required that alerted telephone operators to emergency calls. A parliamentary Committee called the Belgrave Committee examined the problems and set up various experiments in London. A great deal of discussion took place between the Home Office, the Police and Post Office. It was decided not to use 111 as this number can be dialled by phones which are faulty. 12 was not a good idea as at that time any one wanting a number on the 12 exchange would be barred because of the emergency calls. The same could be said for 222, this would have closed a big exchange in London and that could not happen.

999 was used because the numbers could be remembered easily, that they were all at the same end of the dial. It was relatively simple to convert coin boxes to accept 999 calls with out charge. The 999 system open in London in July 1937, it was 1938 before it reached Glasgow. It was the first service of its type in the world.

Photography BB Magazine #26 – Free publication for photographers

Mar 25th, 2010 – VANCOUVER, CANADA: PhotographyBB announced today, the release of the 26th edition of the PhotographyBB Online Magazine. PhotographyBB Online Magazine is a free publication with the goal of educating beginner to intermediate level photographers, and has become a leading resource in the future of free information distribution. PhotographyBB Online Magazine offers readers: Digital Photography tips and techniques, DSLR camera function training, discussions on issues surrounding the photo community, and image post processing tutorials in Adobe® Photoshop, and RAW processing in Photoshop Lightroom.

This edition examines some key traits necessary for those interested in becoming professionals, or “photo-preneurs.” Additionally, there are some helpful tutorials on conveying a sense of motion in night portraits, along with the top 5 landscape photography tips and techniques.

Editor in Chief, Dave Seeram had these comments regarding this recent release:

“Now into our third year of publication, I’m pleased with the growth of the magazine as well as our valued readership. Thanks to the help of the press, bloggers, and the use of social media, we’ve seen a huge increase in the numbers of readers, and the response has been very positive. In a way, this ties into a new series we’ve been running (and will continue to run) for two months now on Social Media for Photographers. This series will be exploring the different social media options that are available, how they work, and how photographers can use them to connect with others and promote their own work successfully.

This month, we take a look at the key differences, advantages, and disadvantages of the RAW vs JPEG file formats. We’ve also got a very special in-depth coverage of the new Lightroom 3 Beta 2 release by John Ogden. Here we dive into details regarding the small tweaks Lightroom 3 has to offer, as well as some of the big changes that have been highly anticipated. Also, if you are planning any trips this year, you’ll want to check out our travel photography tips for some important considerations that many vacationing photographers often overlook.

In our Photography Around the World feature, we’re off to Tanzania for a photo-safari. Along with experiencing the majesty of these beautiful animals, you’ll also learn some valuable tips should you ever have the chance to take a photo-safari yourself.”

By way of download in either PDF or ZIP formats, PhotographyBB continues its trend through the future of free downloadable magazine distribution. In a completely ad-free format, each issue contains informative and educational tutorials for amateur and intermediate level photographers.

In addition to articles which aide photographers in getting the most from their DSLR cameras, the PhotographyBB Online Magazine also features useful and applicable tutorials on how to use post-processing tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom, to build on digital photography post-processing skills.

PhotographyBB Online Magazine is available for free download through the PhotographyBB Website at: http://www.photographyBB.com/magazine

PhotographyBB was founded in Oct, 2006, and is a division of PowerButton Central (2004).
For more information, visit the PhotographyBB website at: http://www.photographybb.com

7 days ago

These bundles of noise and fluff weren’t born. They’ve pretty much doubled in size over the last 7 days and I’m pleases to say that they’re all doing rather well.

1 to 4 - A hard day sleeping

They’re still only named as Number 1, Number 2, Number 3 and Number 4 but sure that will change as they start to get more mobile and inquisitive.
Plenty of people have expressed an interest in having one (or more) but so far, no deposits……..

Concrete, sunshine and interesting lines

Stuck on the M25 (again) the other morning, with the camera at the ready to capture a field full of corn I always get stuck in traffic next to. The spring sunshine looks great on the corn and wind turbine in the middle of it, and It’s a shot I’ve been trying to get for weeks. A few miles before the cornfield, is this bridge and I was struck by how much more interesting things look with some decent light.
Thousands of people drive past this every day, and most of them probably take no notice of it whatsoever

M25 Bridge - M1 Junction

What about the cornfield? – The traffic stopped at the perfect spot to capture exactly the image in my mind’s eye. The only problem was that some bastard had been out in the combine harvester over the weekend, and all I had was a field full of stubble…. Ah well, there’s always next year….

It’s nearly that time of year

Whereupon all us heathen unbelievers use the excuse of Jesus’ second birthday to gorge ourselves on overpriced, over-packaged chocolate.
The curmudgeon in me could rant and rave about the cynical commercialism, the greedy bastard in me is already rubbing it’s hands together at the thought of all that chocolate but the persistent ponderer in me has started nagging away at that age old connundrum……
What came first?

Chicken or Egg ?

Thank you for leaving me alone

Following on from the previous post, poor old Daisy was duly left alone, and after a few hours hard graft last night successfully delivered four bouncing bundles of mischief. Cunnrently un-named (apart from number one who seems to be lumbered with Sticky) these ladies (and one gent) are all healthy, doing well and blissfully unaware that they’re going to have the camera shoved in their faces at every opportunity over then next few weeks….

First photo of this bunch – The eldest is around three hours, and the youngest around 30 minutes.

A proper bundle of Joy