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12/01/2009 10:07:26 AM · #1
...by Police officers in London for taking pictures of the sunset...The terrorists have Won!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8384972.stm
12/01/2009 10:13:51 AM · #2
Originally posted by doctornick:

...by Police officers in London for taking pictures of the sunset...The terrorists have Won!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8384972.stm


Gah! This is happening a lot in the UK. Pure idiocy.
12/01/2009 10:33:37 AM · #3
I'm a photographer, not a terrorist.
12/01/2009 11:26:30 AM · #4
Originally posted by doctornick:

...by Police officers in London for taking pictures of the sunset...The terrorists have Won!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8384972.stm

Interesting news clip from the BBC. Thanks for that. I'd never heard the expression about getting one's "collar felt" before. One source says it means "arrested", but I suspect it has a broader application -- I don't think the man in the story was arrested, I think he was just stopped and questioned. Any UK DPCers want to chime in?

Anyway, I like how they said it's happening to pros and to enthusiastic amateurs as well.
12/01/2009 11:28:35 AM · #5
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by doctornick:

...by Police officers in London for taking pictures of the sunset...The terrorists have Won!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8384972.stm

Interesting news clip from the BBC. Thanks for that. I'd never heard the expression about getting one's "collar felt" before. One source says it means "arrested", but I suspect it has a broader application -- I don't think the man in the story was arrested, I think he was just stopped and questioned. Any UK DPCers want to chime in?

Anyway, I like how they said it's happening to pros and to enthusiastic amateurs as well.


We have a Britisher staying here right now (Penny's brother) and he says it means "under suspicion"... When you're arrested, you get "collared".

R.

Message edited by author 2009-12-01 11:29:14.
12/01/2009 11:53:52 AM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

We have a Britisher staying here right now (Penny's brother) and he says it means "under suspicion"... When you're arrested, you get "collared".

R.


Splutter, splutter, splutter... you have a who staying with you? A Briton, or an Englishman, Welshman, Scot, or Irishman perhaps, but not a, splutter, Britisher.
12/01/2009 11:57:42 AM · #7
Originally posted by SaraR:

... or Irishman...


Um, point of order!!!

But, yes. Britisher??? :)

Message edited by author 2009-12-01 11:59:29.
12/01/2009 11:59:03 AM · #8
Remind me not to move to the UK if I wish to continue my enthusiastic but otherwise unremarkable amateur career. Though it might be fun to get arrested for shooting a sunset...
12/01/2009 12:03:41 PM · #9
I was asked recently to stop taking photos in a shopping centre by a rather annoying, petty, jobs-worthy security guard. It was worth it though to see the genuinely worried look on his face when i told him i'd 'already captured the shopping centres' soul' and was done for the day. For a second he looked really concerned by the idea before deciding i was a nutter.
12/01/2009 12:35:27 PM · #10
LOL! You'd definitely have to be a nutter to think a shopping centre has a soul.... :-)
12/01/2009 12:44:10 PM · #11
Originally posted by SaraR:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

We have a Britisher staying here right now (Penny's brother) and he says it means "under suspicion"... When you're arrested, you get "collared".

R.


Splutter, splutter, splutter... you have a who staying with you? A Briton, or an Englishman, Welshman, Scot, or Irishman perhaps, but not a, splutter, Britisher.


It's alright Sara - if it makes you feel any better I spoke to an Americaner the other day :- P
12/01/2009 12:51:10 PM · #12
Hey, here we ARE Americaners. And Americanerins. Or something like that.
12/01/2009 01:35:58 PM · #13
Originally posted by Melethia:

Hey, here we ARE Americaners. And Americanerins. Or something like that.

Bloody Yanks, we are!

Ugly Americans, hooligans, misfits, malcontents, & ne'er-do-wells!
12/01/2009 01:56:45 PM · #14
Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Bloody Yanks, we are!
Ugly Americans, hooligans, misfits, malcontents, & ne'er-do-wells!

Oh, are we competing with the Aussies now? :-p

12/01/2009 02:08:11 PM · #15
Originally posted by citymars:

Originally posted by NikonJeb:

Bloody Yanks, we are!
Ugly Americans, hooligans, misfits, malcontents, & ne'er-do-wells!

Oh, are we competing with the Aussies now? :-p


I thought hooligans were Irish.
12/01/2009 02:09:38 PM · #16
The sobriquet *was* applied tongue-in-cheek. To be more specific, the man is Welsh. So's Penny, for that matter. They don't much identify with Britons, I don't think :-)

R.
12/01/2009 02:43:47 PM · #17
The ironic thing is, they are probably too scared to actually stop anyone who looks like they are from a Muslim country. Stick to the WASPs, that way they know they can meet their quota of `collars felt`, feel important and not upset the Muslims and get a ticking off for harassment - they know most of us are far too `British` to complain. Seriously, if I blacked myself up a bit, wore a sheet and walked around taking photos of London landmrks they wouldn't dare stop me.

Welcome to modern Britain.
12/01/2009 02:45:15 PM · #18
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

The sobriquet *was* applied tongue-in-cheek. To be more specific, the man is Welsh. So's Penny, for that matter. They don't much identify with Britons, I don't think :-)

R.


They do when they want benefits, National Health Service, Education, armed forces, subsidies etc. Bit like the Scottish. They cry for independence, but still want the cash benefits that being part of the Union gives them.

Message edited by author 2009-12-01 14:45:54.
12/01/2009 02:47:36 PM · #19
Originally posted by Melethia:

Remind me not to move to the UK if I wish to continue my enthusiastic but otherwise unremarkable amateur career. Though it might be fun to get arrested for shooting a sunset...


Deb, wasn't you on the London GTG when a few of us got stopped by the Old Bill?
12/01/2009 02:51:30 PM · #20
Originally posted by Simms:

Originally posted by Melethia:

Remind me not to move to the UK if I wish to continue my enthusiastic but otherwise unremarkable amateur career. Though it might be fun to get arrested for shooting a sunset...


Deb, wasn't you on the London GTG when a few of us got stopped by the Old Bill?


She certainly was! And also assisted in unlawful entry of a public house for the procurememt of alcohol, though she will deny this and claim she was looking for Starbucks!
12/01/2009 03:02:32 PM · #21
Originally posted by Simms:

The ironic thing is, they are probably too scared to actually stop anyone who looks like they are from a Muslim country. Stick to the WASPs, that way they know they can meet their quota of `collars felt`, feel important and not upset the Muslims and get a ticking off for harassment - they know most of us are far too `British` to complain. Seriously, if I blacked myself up a bit, wore a sheet and walked around taking photos of London landmrks they wouldn't dare stop me.

Welcome to modern Britain.


That is, of course, utter nonsense as anyone who has a large number of asian friends and family would know. Of course, if one got their 'informed' opinions from various idiotic media sources such as the Daily Mail or The Sun they may likely think like that. I don't know what your experience of this is Simms, but as someone who was in a relationship with an indian girl for 7 years and who's extended family includes many asians, and who lived in London for 16 years, often in heavily asian areas, i find your comment laughable (and just a bit annoyingly racist). Honestly, 'The police are too scared to stop people who look like Muslims'! Dear me, sometimes i despair i really do.

Message edited by author 2009-12-01 15:03:32.
12/01/2009 03:12:23 PM · #22
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

I was asked recently to stop taking photos in a shopping centre by a rather annoying, petty, jobs-worthy security guard. It was worth it though to see the genuinely worried look on his face when i told him i'd 'already captured the shopping centres' soul' and was done for the day. For a second he looked really concerned by the idea before deciding i was a nutter.


I was stopped once for taking pics of a textured wall of someone's house... beyond a joke...
12/01/2009 03:12:36 PM · #23
Originally posted by Simms:

The ironic thing is, they are probably too scared to actually stop anyone who looks like they are from a Muslim country. Stick to the WASPs, that way they know they can meet their quota of `collars felt`, feel important and not upset the Muslims and get a ticking off for harassment - they know most of us are far too `British` to complain. Seriously, if I blacked myself up a bit, wore a sheet and walked around taking photos of London landmrks they wouldn't dare stop me.

Welcome to modern Britain.


So, if you want to avoid being harassed, dress like a muslim with your keffiyah wrapped 'round your head?
12/01/2009 03:14:04 PM · #24
Someone should write a song about this...maybe Arlo Guthrie.
12/01/2009 03:27:33 PM · #25
samething happens here in NYC, sucks I dont understand how a regular person or a tourist with a point and shoot dont get questioned but soon as I pull out my SLR and lenses I get questioned. This has happened more than once if not I am watched like a hawk.....It all really sucks!!!!!!
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