Posts about "radio"

Bye bye NBH

Published on 21 May 2011 in , , , , , ,

I was about eight when I first stepped foot in the BBC's New Broadcasting House in Manchester. Having grown up in the area there was a tingle of excitment as we were given a tour of the building and shown the steps which John Munday and Stuart Hall walked up every night in order to watch North West Tonight. We weren't shown what was at the top of the steps, just the steps themselves.

Links for 14 July 2010

Published on 14 July 2010 in , , , ,

8-Bit Cities Ever wondered what Google Maps would look like on a ZX Spectrum? What? You haven't? What planet are you on? You're a disgrace to the species dude, a disgrace to the species. London Reconnections: West Ashfield (Part 1): Models Great and Small Part one of a fascinating insight into one of the tube's hidden tube stations – the one that sits in an office block somewhere near West Kensington. A must read for any Londonder! Absolute Radio to launch fifth digital service – guardian.co.uk Will Absolute Radio Extra work? Is DAB ready for a "red button" style service? Will radio manufacturers be rushing out to add red buttons to their set? Time will tell. London Underground cooling budget cut by £10m – BBC News The video report here is especially interesting as it mentions that the Central, Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines are the worst for heat, but that most of the money spent on cooling projects this year will go on the Victoria Line. Well I'm sure it makes sense for someone. Also included is a PDF of the tube "heat map" showing the places that you really don't want trains stuck in a tunnel – pretty much... View Article

Links for 8 July 2010

Published on 8 July 2010 in , , , , , ,

Haven’t done this for a while for various reasons. Most of which revolve on me not seeing any links I like. And then what happens? Four come along at once! BBC Mind The Gap: Bike hire etiquette: No animals allowed I'm not a cyclist myself, but I'd like to be (especially if I had a slightly shorter commute) but I can't help but notice that huge swathes of road near where I live have been painted blue. It's Boris's Cycle Superhighway, and it all looks rather pointless – a cycle lane merely painted blue. As can be seen in the report on the BBC London Mind the Gap Blog, there's certainly been a few problems. Still praise where praise is due – mirrors at traffic lights to help with HGVs blind spots are a very simple and a very good idea. Bashing the BBC: The peculiar rage inspired by the BBC – The Economist "Here is a curious paradox about British conservatives. Challenge them to defend grand British institutions, from the Royal Family to the House of Lords or the lack of a written constitution, and they argue passionately about the dangers of tampering and meddling with things that evolved... View Article

Links for 25 May 2010

Published on 25 May 2010 in , , , , , , , , , ,

GTmetrix – Website Speed and Performance Optimization For all the web developers out there in the hood, this is quite a nice tool that helps you optimise your website for faster loading. Judged on the results, this site isn't too bad already although it's given me some ideas to help just shave away a little at the speed, and you'll start seeing the results as I slowly replace some of the almost unmaintainable code that's running this site at the minute. Don't expect it to make a drastic change to the way you view Planet Bods, but overall it will make some small differences. 6 Music closure ‘defies belief’, says music industry | Media | guardian.co.uk "The BBC's own charter makes crystal clear that the corporation is specifically tasked with stimulating creativity and cultural excellence. It defies belief, therefore, that the BBC is proposing to close a radio station that excels at doing exactly this, particularly when 6 Music's audience is growing in leaps and bounds and virtually the entire UK music community is united in support of it." Boris Johnson urges Londoners to grow food in coffee cups – Wimbledon Guardian Pah. Rubbish. An old hiking boot is much... View Article

Links for 17 May 2010

Published on 17 May 2010 in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

London’s ‘new Routemaster’ design unveiled – BBC News Apparently Boris thinks it's "iconic" and "beautiful". I think it looks like a bizarre red curvy box. It's certainly not a Routemaster. Given how much the thing is costing London, perhaps it should be really called "Boris's Folly" instead… Photo of a Bristol VR And to show you my inner bus geekiness (a mis-spent youth spent riding the wheels around Tameside), the so called "New Bus for London" has a body quite clearly based on the 1960s Bristol VR… Wimbledon estate agent’s porn site prank ‘went wrong’ – Wimbledon Guardian In the dark world of estate agents, one company bought a domain name with the name of another company and set it to redirect to hardcore porn. Given the very poor image many people have of estate agents, it's perhaps not the best way to represent your profession… BBC 6 Music’s audience rises 50% – The Guardian One of those "Well who would have thought it? Oh yes, I am being sarcastic…" moments. 6music has some proper publicity, LOTS of people find out what it does, and ratings increase. Shame BBC management couldn't be bothered to promote it properly BEFORE trying to... View Article