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Month: June 2003

News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident III

Continued from News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident and News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident II.

Well, last night, around 11pm, I received a telephone call from the local police station – just basically asking if I was a witness to the road traffic accident (RTA) last night (no, first thing I knew was when I heard all the bangs and skidding), whether or not I saw people running from the scene (it wasn’t until I had found my glasses a few minutes afterwards did I even see the crashed car no longer had a bonnet!) and if I could recognise anybody (nope). That got me thinking “Hit and run driver”, and today’s Leicester Mercury confirmed that with a small article on the 2nd page which read:

Guess That Movie: LXII: Sweet and Lowdown

Guess That Movie Round 62I knew I had been forgetting something non-work related (I’ve had that much to do at work, I’ve just been getting home and wanting to avoid the PC), and it’s the latest round of Guess That Movie!

Yep, Kymberlie R. McGuire correctly recognised Guess That Movie 61 as being taken from the movie “Fled”. But can you recognise the movie this screenshot has been taken from?

The rules: Just leave a comment with your name/alias, email address (for the prize givings) and the name of the movie you think this screen shot is taken from. If you guess that movie correctly, I’ll award you some points. Points start at 100 per image and decline over time (after the first 12 hours it goes down by 10 points, then down a further 10 points every 24hours after posting) – oh and wrong guesses have a 5 point penalty. But what good are points? Well, get 500 points and you can claim a £5 Amazon gift voucher/certificate for the Amazon store of your choice (£5 will be converted into the appropriate currency at the exchange rates displayed on at the time of claim) – so you can get free books, movies and music just by playing a simple FREE guessing game!

A: Sweet and Lowdown. Correctly guessed by Kymberlie R. McGuire

News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident II

Continued from News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident.

Well, the fire engines (2) and ambulance (1) have now left the scene of the road traffic accident that happened just over an hour ago, the police have just completed taking the details of witnesses and car owners whose vehicles were impacted (even taking their driving licence details: even though all of them were inside watching TV/eating: but their vehicles were parked on a public highway so)…

It looks like there were no serious injuries (although one or two people looked shocked: the owner of the red car that was the first one to be impacted took a while to cool down and I think I saw him just sitting on the kerb for a while), but I’m still not sure about the location of the driver of the silver car which caused damage to around 8 vehicles.

But, as per usual, I’ll update this blog once I find out more information about the crash – but for now, here’s a collection of 640×480 (roughly 28Kb) images that I took of the crash. My camera isn’t the best on the market and the lighting conditions weren’t too good either (it’s dusk), plus the “Do not cross” barrier the fire brigade put up kept me from getting “close ups” so…

News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident

Road Traffic AccidentThe road I live on has just been closed (well, the end which I live on has been). Why? There’s been a RTA (Road Traffic Accident)! From what I can work out, a silver car was coming down the hill at a far whack (which, unfortunately, is not unusual), collided with a parked red car, rebounded and hit another parked car, skidded, hit another parked car, hit a few others including a van (I’m hearing 8 vehicles were involved). The silver car seems to be a total write off (the front is less than 1/4 of the size it is meant to be) and there is no signs of the driver: either he’s standing with the considerable crowd near it (I’m still at home) or he’s done – what many people are saying – a runner away from the scene.

At the moment, there are two police cars at the Belgave Boulevard end of the road, with 1 ambulance and 2 fire engines and there’s a police car a bit further up blocking traffic.

Add: As I was typing that, another police car has arrived on the scene and theres some sounds coming from the vicinity of the fire engine closest to the crashing car. At first I thought they were just “making safe” the situation by cooling the engine, but I’m getting suspicions that somebody may be trapped…

More as I get it.

Snippet: Boxy, Boxy, Boxy.

Yesss, it seems that Zaphod (my old PC: now equipped with a working fan and a 120Gb hard drive) is now running Debian Linux successfully (well, it’s just downloading the security updates as I type). Why the cheer? Well, yesterday’s installation didn’t quite work so I offer this advice: Despite what the Debian website suggests, ignore the net-install and jigdo installs and download a complete CD image from your local mirror. I just did and it was plain sailing!

Now I’ve just got to be sure I want to purchase a RedHat Linux webserver: the reason I’m installing Debian is so my server and a home/office machine is running the same OS, but there’s a chance I’m swapping the main Beebware webserver from Debian to RedHat (as I can get a cheaper hosting package if I go to another backbone provider). However, I’m happy with the level of service my current hosts have provided me with so it seems a bit “bad” for me just to be comparing prices and bandwidth allocations…

Seems I spoke too soon. The original 250Mb partition I made for Linux was too small, so I’ve had to start again from scratch (I’m giving it 750Mb to play with now). Fingers crossed. And I just hope it doesn’t, somehow, bring down my Windows XP box when it connects to the internet (for some reason, on occasions it has caused the network section of WinXP to go strange)