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Monday 1 August 2005 5.31pm
OK That does it. Time for a rant.

Monday 1 August 2005 7.10pm
The speakers are really microphones. So big brother can listen to what you're saying as well as watching your every move. [Tongue not very firmly in cheek]
Monday 1 August 2005 10.43pm
Ah, thanks for that. I thought they were actually brain scanners to help catch you if you were considering running the next red light...

Monday 1 August 2005 11.01pm
Whatever they are, you'll be pleased to know that in best British tradition, it's taking eight people to get them in place and working.

Two in one of those portable lifting platforms (like firemen have), one operating the lift....and five sitting down on boxes underneath having a cup of tea (as of 10 minutes ago when I drove past)...
Tuesday 2 August 2005 10.11am
So Charlie and me, 'ad another cup of tea, and then we went 'ome

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 2 August 2005 10.43am
They've now been swung into position above the road.
Tuesday 2 August 2005 11.46am
Maybe they're for the Olympics ... could be the high jump down Borough High St ...
Tuesday 2 August 2005 1.34pm
There should be an entry in the Southwark planning database (see council website) for planning permission which will have the exact usage on it. Most probably a combination of SPECs (as they have on either end of Tower Bridge) and Congenstion charge cameras. The "loudspeaker" things look like infrared lights, used for nightvision in conjuntions with the low light black and white camera's for number plate reading.
Tuesday 2 August 2005 3.59pm
They are appalling. Yep, they now hang over the road, like the arm of some vast malevolent creature from War of the Worlds.

Edited 2 times. Last edit at 2 August 2005 4.01pm by Samuel.
Tuesday 2 August 2005 6.42pm

They are probably there to scan pedestrians for 'bad' thoughts. Maybe the plan is to link them to the Inland Revenue's taxation database and add the tax demand to your parking tickets. Maybe they'll link up to the domestic waste penalty notice database and kill more birds with one scan.

Sorry, must pull the blinds down again, the pains are returning.

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