Monthly Archives: February 2009

Fishy business, offside and deserts….

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We had 3 guests on this weeks show: Jan, Steve and Hannah. We talked about dreams, fish, size zero and other random things.

This week also saw the start of the rip-off quiz “What’s Occurring” where we take a clip, or go up town and ask people random questions.

Finally, Jan gives us a selection of here Cast Away Music.

We had fun, I hope you do too!

This week on Pete and Friends…

Can you believe it! You wait all term for a guest then 3 come along at once! Join me on my show this week for lots of fun, or your money back…. 

I’m back this friday at 10am on GKRadio and this week I’e got not one, not two, but THREE special guest! We will be playing games, music, chatting and laughing a lot we hope. This weeks guests will be:

Steve Evesley – from the Steve and Alex show on Monday’s. We also used to cohost this show last year!

Hanna Payne – A really lovely friend of mine and Steve’s.

Jan Gunnell – A friend of mine from ‘back home’. She will give a slighter more mature view of proceedings, with a short interview about her role in the Healthy Schools campaigns, and a little bit of Pudding Mainland Disks (based on something on radio 4 … lol)

Please invite your friends and join me from 10am this Friday!

Radio Show Returned!

We’ll I had a great time back on GK Radio this morning. Unfortunately the compressor and gate was working over time so i kept coming in and out! Sorry, we sorted this out this afternoon and it all sounds funky now!

Considering I didn’t plan the playlist nor know what was coming up next, the songs scared me with how relevant to my drivel they were!

I’m back next week, more music, some games, and new guests, please come along!

Photography Law – epetition response #1

With reference to my last post about the banning of photography, here was the Government’s response to an e-petition from 2008, asking the Prime Minister to clarify the laws surrounding photography in public places.

http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page17959

Read the Government’s response

Thank you for your e-petition asking for clarification of the law on photography in public places.

There are no legal restrictions on photography in public places. However, the law applies to photographers as it does to anybody else in a public place. So there may be situations in which the taking of photographs may cause or lead to public order situations, inflame an already tense situation, or raise security considerations. Additionally, the police may require a person to move on in order to prevent a breach of the peace, to avoid a public order situation, or for the person’s own safety or welfare, or for the safety and welfare of others.

Each situation will be different and it would be an operational matter for the police officer concerned as to what action if any should be taken in respect of those taking photographs. Anybody with a concern about a specific incident should raise the matter with the Chief Constable of the relevant force.

What do YOU think?!

Photography Ban in the UK

From this week, any unauthorised photograph, even inadvertent, of a policeman could land you in jail for up to ten years.

Ten years!

And it’s not just the police. Under Section 76 of the 2008 Counter-Terrorism Act, any picture “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism” is prohibited. That means almost anything: railways, public buildings, government offices, monuments, parades, communications centres. Every officious jobsworth now has a right to stop you, tear out the film or delete the images and issue charges if you cannot convince the police that you are a train spotter or innocent amateur photographer.

Photographers are reporting regular harassment, by angry members of the public as well as police. And the new law is sure to be used by those who don’t want embarrassment or publicity to prevent pictures of scuffles, demonstrations or accidents.

“It is because of terrorism”, you see.

But wouldn’t zealots ready to plant bombs take pictures with phones or concealed cameras?

And how will a ban stop them from downloading detailed satellite pictures freely available on websites?

What an irony: a nation more photographed in secret by surveillance cameras than any on Earth now wants to stop people taking unauthorised pictures.

There is a petition against this on the Government’s E-petition website. The link, however, seems to be deliberately spelt wrong: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Photogrpahy/

Send that link to everyone you know. Remeber, just because you have nothing to hide does not mean you have nothing to fear.