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Swindon is to become Britain's first Wi-Fi town, but at what cost to its inhabitants' health?
Swindon, that quintessentially Middle England town, hardly seems like a radical place. Yet it is at the forefront of a technological revolution that looks set to sweep the country.
For the local council has announced plans to give all its 186,000 residents free wireless (Wi-Fi) access to the internet. About 1,400 access points will be installed on lampposts across the town, creating an electronic mesh which will allow internet connections to be made anywhere within Swindon's boundaries - even in the street, the pub or a park.
Thanks to the introduction of mobile phones, computers, CCTV cameras, satellite televisions and digital radios, our lives are enveloped in electronic radiation
In effect, Swindon will become Britain's first Wi-Fi town.
Council leader Rod Bluh proudly boasts: 'This is the future of England.' And, sadly, he is probably right.
No doubt many other towns will follow. Indeed, London mayor Boris Johnson has vowed to make the capital a 'Wi-Fi-city' by the time of the 2012 Olympics.
Already, there are an estimated 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country, while 80 per cent of secondary schools and 50 per cent of primaries are thought to have Wi-Fi installed in the classroom.
But before we all rush to embrace this new wireless technology, a loud note of caution should be sounded. Amid all the excitable rhetoric about our electronic future, there has been precious little recognition of the downside.
For the reality is that these sprawling new grids of pulsing signals will add immeasurably to the amount of electromagnetic radiation in the air - with potentially disastrous consequences for the nation's health.
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英国时尚协会主席Harold Tillman认为，放眼全球市场，中国市场的潜力是其他国家和地区所不及的。不仅仅是因为中国有良好的消费者基础，也因为英伦时尚在中国的接受与认可度较高。今年10月，他们将带20多位年轻设计师来到香港做第一次推介活动。除了官方的助推外，不少大牌设计师如Paul Smith也纷纷将眼光投向中国市场。
Hyundai's latest offering gives us a glimpse of the future of travel in a hydrogen-powered car as their iX35 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle made its debut in the UK. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was amongst the first in the world who were lucky enough to be there for the grand unveiling.
The vehicle is Hyundai's third-generation FCEV and it demonstrates the company's work on cutting-edge alternative fuels. The car runs on a fuel cell stack which can operate at sub-zero temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius, and unlike a combustion-engined car, the iX35's only emissions are water vapour.
The ultimate goal is to see zero-emission vehicles on UK roads within the next few years, and the iX35 brings Hyundai one step closer to the commercialisation of fuel cell electric vehicles.
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Today sees the announcement of the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, a new partnership between the iconic fashion house and five of London’s leading cultural institutions which will allow young people from across London to gain invaluable experience within the arts. Endorsed by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the leading art galleries involved are: Hayward Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, South London Gallery, Tate Britain and Whitechapel Gallery.
The investment will facilitate a three year programme that will give young Londoners aged between 13 – 25 from across the city unique access to the museum directors and curators, artists and collectors who shape the British contemporary art scene. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Boris Johnson's infamous 'ping pong' speech at the London 2012 Hand-Over party after the end of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
For the really funny bits, fast-forward to 2.20.
Boris- you are a true legend!
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ANGLO-NIGERIAN ARTIST TO EXHIBIT ON WORLD-FAMOUS FOURTH PLINTH, LONDONS TRAFALGAR SQUARE
Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria sponsor Yinka Shonibare MBEs Nelsons Ship in a Bottle, to be unveiled on Monday 24 May
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, today announced that the next commission for the world-famous Fourth Plinth in Londons Trafalgar Square Nelsons Ship in a Bottle by leading Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shoninbare MBE - will be formally unveiled on Monday 24 May.
Set in a giant bottle, the 5 metre long and 2.5 metre high scale replica of Nelsons flagship HMS Victory will link directly with Nelsons column, located just metres away at the front of the iconic square.
The artwork will be the first commission on the Fourth Plinth to reflect specifically on the historical symbolism of Trafalgar Square, which commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, and is also the first of such commissions by a black artist. The work was commissioned by the Mayor of London and sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria.
The ship's 37 large sails will be made of exuberant and richly patterned textiles commonly associated with African dress and symbolic of African identity and independence. Tying together historical and global threads, the work considers the legacy of Britains expansion in trade and Empire, made possible through the freedom of the seas that Nelsons Victory provided.
Yinka Shonibare says his piece will reflect the story of multiculturalism in London: For me its a celebration of Londons immense ethnic wealth, giving expression to and honouring the many cultures and ethnicities that are still breathing precious wind into the sails of the United Kingdom. A ship in a bottle is an object of wonder. Adults and children are intrigued by its mystery. How can such towering masts and billowing sails fit inside such a commonplace object? With Nelsons Ship in a Bottle I want to take this childhood sense of wonder and amplify it to match the monumental scale of Trafalgar Square.
Highlights from the world's tallest video projection brought to you by LG on New Year's Eve in London, with greetings from Michael Caine, Ricky Gervais, Homer & Marge Simpson, Helen Mirren, Rio Ferdinand, Christine Ohuruogu, Rod Stewart & Boris Johnson.
Oil prices fall ahead of a key meeting of OPEC ministers. Also, President Obama spent part of his weekend trumpeting his success of Copenhagen. Clean Skies News talks with Worldwatch's Chris Flavin and Jonathan Lash of the World Resources Institute about the Copenhagen Accord and whether it can be called a success. And, London Mayor Boris Johnson announces plans to install 25,000 charging stations across the city over the next five years to service the growing numbers of electric plug in vehicles.
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Staff at the Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon had to look twice when they thought they spotted premier footballer, David Beckham, having lunch with Swindon Town FC's manager, Danny Wilson.
The two were deep in conversation in the hotel's restaurant, but seemed to be enjoying a football rather than a bottle of champagne with their meal. When staff looked closer, they believed they also spotted Boris Johnson in the background!
The London Mayor and Becks were unlikely poolmates later that afternoon it looked like David was showing Boris keepy ups with an inflatable beach ball. While Boris seemed to be catching up on the latest gossip On closer inspection maybe not all is as it seems
*Of course, this wasn't really David Beckham or Boris Johnson just people that looks like them.
Was it Boris Johnson taking full advantage of the facilities on offer at the Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel near Swindon?
he was spotted relaxing on the balcony with I Love London pants, and then enjoying a manicure, relaxing by the pool with David Beckham and was seen walking through the gym.
Staff couldn't believe their eyes when they thought that Boris had chosen to read Heat while Becks was ploughing through the Financial Times.
Discretion was called for when who they thought was Boris was trying and failing to catch a frisbee in the hotel grounds - practicing for the 2012 Olympics presumably.
On closer inspection maybe not all is as it seems....
Of course it wasn't actually Boris Johnson - just a great lookalike!
Boris Johnson was joined by Kelly Brook to launch the Mayor of Londons Skyride.
The event, on 20 September, is expected to be the biggest mass participation cycling event ever held in the capital.
The Mayor of Londons Skyride will give tens of thousands of cyclists the chance to enjoy traffic-free city centre roads for the day, encouraging riders of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes with friends and family.