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Photography is not near as enjoyable as it used to be, there is always someone who will cause a fuss. I can't believe some of the incidents I read about, like a parent who takes photos of his own children in a park and gets locked up for the night in a prison cell (what were the police thinking). What about people who take photos in public places and are harassed by a minority of policemen who start claiming national security or terrorism. It has gone beyond a joke and the police really need to get a grip and stop treating ordinary people like criminals. The law is clear in most instances about people taking photos in public, this is backed by goverment ministers and the Prime Minister, so why do some police forces take a different stance.

Members of the public over react when they see someone with a camera, generally citing laws that don't exist and causing such uproar that it is taken seriously by policemen, to the point of them being taken away and treated like a criminal. And I might point out they will, in nearly all cases be released without charge depending on the circumstances, how humiliating is that for the person.

Why should you care, what can it do for you?

WiMax is short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, WiMax is based on the IEEE 802.16 wireless standard. It sits between Cell Phone technology and WiFi, data handling is more efficient with WiMax and multimedia like VOIP or video should pose no problems.
It would give you speeds faster than normal WiFi, no more waiting around for pages to load. Connectivity will be greatly increased, no more twiddling your thumbs. If you own a laptop, what if you could walk outside with it, say a mile away or more, what if I said you could still be connected to your network. Did I also mention no telephone line required. These are just a few benefits that WiMax will bring, and Manchester will be among the first in the UK to use it.

Wall on Alan Turing Way to be enhanced as part of a art projectThe Community Art Project which is part of an art scheme to enhance the wall backing onto Alan Turing Way, is well under way now. It is now entering the stage of interviewing artists, after a response from 351 artists requesting the full brief, the selections had to be narrowed down. Artists had to apply by sending images of previous projects or work, a CV (Curriculum Vitae) and any statements this included a statement on how they would approach the project but not a defined proposal that supported working practices, these would be essential in providing the panel with everything they needed to make suitable choices. The first initial sifting took place at Elizabeth House, Housing Market Renewal Offices, the aim was to end up with a smaller group of artists who ticked many or all of the boxes. Each artist was looked at and any that met the criteria as laid down by the steering group were put forward for further review, this initial process covered hopeful artists.

The Community Art Project as it has come to be known, is a pilot project for New East Manchester. With the aid of funding it is hoped that through art & artists skills, something positive can be done in the community where we live.

cap_640x480_1The project is supported by Art Council England, Manchester City Council, Housing Market Renewal, Eastlands Homes and Whitworth Art Gallery. The project came about through government directives to implement regeneration projects using art as a foundation. Several projects were shortlisted around the country, and has it happens one was chosen in East Manchester, namely the wall that backs onto Alan Turing Way. As I said it is a pilot project, and from the outset several problems arose, mainly concerning community consultation and implementation of the project.

Home Office Minister Tony McNulty MP has commented on the current legal situation regarding privacy.

"There is no legal restriction on photography in public places, and there is no presumption of privacy for individuals in a public place."

Recently at an event I was asked about taking photographs of people in public and this concerned me, mainly because of how some people reacted and started quoting non existent legalities. So I thought I would clear a few things up, and put people straight on what a photographer can and can't do.

Firstly, the law is extremely vague in a lot of areas, and really needs updating and clearly defining what a photographer can and can't do. There is a petition underway to try and get the Prime Minister to clarify the laws surrounding photography in public places, if you want to participate go here and help make it happen. And in support there is this Early Day Motion EDM 1155  PHOTOGRAPHY IN PUBLIC AREAS, why not get your local MP to add their support.

Paul Edwards on TV at the BBCToday was a bit special, as a community reporter I got to visit the BBC along with fellow community reporters, and take a look behind the scenes of the Northwest Tonight program featuring presenters Gordon Burns and Ranvir Singh. This is part of a partnership between MCIN and the BBC who are supporting the Community Reporters programme, there will be another couple of visits next week where we will cover an introduction to journalism. It was nice to meet Gordon Burns, I remember him from years ago when we were both younger, what a nice man, a very nice man. It was also extremely nice of him to take some time to explain what he does and a basic guide to the use of the computer software programs and pose for a few photos.