UK Broadband

The UK Government is changing it’s planning permission rules to make it easier for Broadband providers to install cabinets, enabling faster internet speeds across the UK. This includes permission for firms to install broadband cabinets and other related infrastructure on public land without local councils’ permission in England. It is also consulting about ways to shorten the time it takes to agree approval for cables and cabinet installation on private land UK-wide. (some would see this as very useful, other would see it as the Government pushing for what they want whilst ignoring the people)

The commitment builds on a previous £680m pledge and includes £150m to create 10 “super-connected” cities offering download speeds of at least 80Mbps (megabits per second) by 2015, and £530m from the BBC licence fee to help boost speeds in the countryside. The overall aim is to offer speeds of at least 24Mbps to more than 90% of the UK to enable it to become the “fastest in Europe” within three years. At that speed it would take 15 minutes to download a 90-minute high definition programme via iPlayer.

The latest moves have been described as “sweeping away the red tape” that would otherwise hold the country back and are designed to make it easier for BT and others to install 1.4m (4ft 7in) tall cabinets, and retrofit existing ones with new outer shells without running the risk that they will be opposed by the public. The government said that English councils would only retain the right to object if plans affected a site of special scientific interest. Internet providers have also been told that they will “face less cost and bureaucracy in laying cables in streets” in England and Wales once officials have found a way to simplify current permit schemes.

BT is already rolling out fibre broadband at a record pace, however there are a variety of issues that sometimes slow the process down and can cause frustration for those consumers and businesses who are keen to get fibre broadband. Such as people objecting to a new range of street furniture in Historic market towns (Make them look half-timbered or stone or have a floral display nearby – although water and electricity tend not to be a good combination). The government acknowledges these issues and wants to enable as many people as possible to benefit from the high speed fibre revolution. Virgin Media and the Thinkbroadband news site Both welcomed the move, and While these rule changes will affect BT Openreach most, they will also benefit others like C&W, Hyperoptic, Geo, FibreCity, Virgin Media and other operators who are currently rolling out fibre Optic Broadband.

Funniest Film ever

A recent survey  conducted by  members from movie subscription service Lovefilm to find the top ten funniest movies of all time,voted  the Spoof disaster movie Airplane as  the funniest film ever. The movie, which features a Neurotic Veteran war pilot named Ted Striker (Robert Hays) who is forced to land a Passenger Jet after  an outbreak of food poisoning renders the rest of the crew unconcious, also stars Leslie Neilsen, Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack, generated three laughs a minute  with memorable  lines such as  “Surely you can’t be serious, I am serious….and don’t call me Shirley”. The other nine films which made the list are:

The 2009 film the Hangover, which is based on a disastrous trip to Las Vegas, and features the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties,  came second, scoring a ‘Laugh A Minute’ rating of 2.4, and The Naked Gun which also stars Leslie Nielsen came third on the list  with a ‘laugh a minute’ score of 2.3.

The Outrageous and Foul-mouthed teen comedy Superbad, starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, came fourth. followed closely by Sacha Baron Cohen’s outrageous and politically incorrect portrayal of Kazakh journalist Borat in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan which made viewers laugh nearly twice a minute.  This was followed by Anchorman starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate as rival news readers whose quest for supremacy in the newsroom gets out of hand, which came sixth and managed to make audiences laugh 1.6 times per minute on average.

Interestingly, while Lovefilm members voted Life of Brian as the funniest film, the research showed that for laughs a minute Airplane beat the Monty Python epic hands-down.(I suspect Monty python went for  quality not quantity)’ although Airplane also has me “in stitches” every time I watch it.   I am also a bit surprised that films like Kingpin, The Pink Panther Movies, Hot Shots, Blazing Sadddles, Young Frankenstein, ‘Some Like it Hot’, Spinal Tap or History of World Part 2 weren’t featured in the list.

1. Airplane – 3 Laughs A Minute
2. The Hangover – 2.4 Laughs A Minute
3. The Naked Gun – 2.3 Laughs A Minute
4. Superbad – 1.9 Laughs A Minute
5. Borat – 1.7 Laughs A Minute
6. Anchorman – 1.6 Laughs A Minute
7. American Pie – 1.5 Laughs A Minute
8. Bridesmaids – 1.4 Laughs A Minute
9. Shaun of the Dead – 1.3 Laughs A Minute
10. Life of Brian – 1.2 Laughs A Minute

18th Bridgnorth CAMRA Beer Festival/ Severn Valley Railway Bus Rally

Recently I went down to sample a couple of pints at This years annual Bridgnorth Beer Festival which is being held down at the Severn Valley Railway Station at Bridgnorth , from Thursday 6th September until Saturday 8th September,   in association with CAMRA (The Campaign for Real Ale) . Entry was free and I’ve always enjoyed myself  in the past there is a lovely atmosphere and the staff are really friendly I also got another Souvenir half pint mug – I’ve managed to get quite a nice collection of these.

Over the years  I have set myself the challenge of sampling as many of the beers as possible during the four days of the Beer festival which has given me the chance  to try out loads of really refreshing local & not so local brews from around Britain sich as  Ludlow Gold “Ludlow Black Knight” Titanic White Star, “Titanic Iceberg”, Shires Severn Gorgeous ( which and has been voted Beer of the Festival in the past), Blue Monkey Evolution, Fuzzy Duck Golden Cascade and Hop and Stagger Golden Wander (Which is brewed locally and was also available at this years Rally in the Valley back in August). Perry & Cider were also available as were soft drinks, There is also Pig Roast Friday and Saturday evening, and food is always available locally. I also entered the Free Prize Draw, to see if I could WIN case of bottle-conditioned beer

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On the Buses – Severn Valley Railway Bus Rally Sunday 9th September

This weekend Local bus enthusiasts are also in for a treat, On Sunday 9th September The Severn Valley Railway is also hosting a Vintage & Historic Bus Rally based at Bewdley Station. This will feature a Superb variety of historic Buses and Commercial Vehicles , with famous Commercial Marques such as ‘Crossley’,’Leyland’,’AEC’ & ‘Daimler’ on display, There will also be Vintage Bus Rides available plus many different Trade Stands at the Station too….And if they happen to have any beer left over from the festival, that’ll be a bonus