See and Be Seen around HGVs

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This via our discussion forum at work:

June 26-27 Tuesday & Wednesday 7am – 7pm

Your chance to see what the HGV driver sees, or doesn’t see. Turn up anytime

Two large lorries will be set up all day Tuesday and Wednesday in Trafalgar Square. This is your chance to get up close and stay safe. Sit in the driver’s cab, see what you look like in the driver’s mirror. Walk / cycle around the lorry, discover where you can be seen and where you cannot. Talk to the police and some drivers, explain what it’s like cycling near a lorry.

One objective is to educate cyclists by getting to understand lorries. The other objective is to educate lorry drivers and trainers. You can take part in video filming of your moves and reactions, tell them what you think and feel. These videos will be used to help train lorry drivers in London. The aim is to reduce the number of collisions and deaths. If a lorry hits a cyclist – it’s the cyclist who hurts.

This show is put on by the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit of the Met Police. They are working to make freight transport safer.

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Please pass this information on to other cyclists . . . . .

Charlie Lloyd

Cycling Development Officer

London Cycling Campaign

Sounds like it should be a blast

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If you’ll pardon the pun.

I’ve just been sent this info about an event taking place in July. I’ve added in the link showing where the venue is on Google maps.

Title: Gas Organ exhibition
Venue: The Sassoon Gallery
Location: Blenheim Grove, Peckham Rye, London SE15
Date: 16th – 18th July
Time: Midday – 9pm
Cost: Free

On three sultry nights in July, the sepulchral vault of Peckham’s underground venue The Sassoon Gallery will reverberate to the eerily melancholic strains of the infamous Gas Organ.

The Brain-child of founding collaborators Lou Smith and Rufus Burdett, the Gas Organ is a fabulous musical instrument, able to play itself, or be controlled or played remotely.

Constructed from freely available plumbing, electrical and laboratory components, the Gas Organ is a fusion of Art, Science and Engineering, beautiful in its clinical appearance and mesmerising in its auditory effect. Witnesses of the event have their credulity challenged as they view the ephemeral chaotic turbulence of a flame producing such incredible range and depth of sound; how can a science lab experiment evoke such an emotional response as this? I am watching this, but I don’t believe it.

Weblink: www.experiment1.co.uk

I will definitely be checking it out.

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A myspace page for the British Humanist Association

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We represent the interests of the growing population of ethically concerned but non-religious people in the UK. Committed to human rights, democracy, equality and mutual respect, we work for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion in law, education, broadcasting or wherever else it occurs.

Happy Birthday Alan Johnston

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