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  1. I believe that when digital photos are taken they are produced in a raw format which results in quite a large file. This raw file has lots of extra data embedded in it like time, date, gps, camera name, lens settings etc, although not all cameras fill out every entry. Usually most users then edit the photo with a "Paintshop/Photoshop/Picture manager" type program to crop and resize the image. When saved, this will result in a much smaller file as it strips out the extra data. A chap I used to know who works with forensics told me that digital photographic evidence in a court case was only accepted as safe if it was in raw form. Because if it doesn't have all the original data intact in the file then it could easily have been altered on photoshop. Now on to the issue of publishing photos on websites and web forums. It is always a good idea to optimise photos so they do not put too much overhead on the internet connection at the user's end. To do this I will always resize and resave the file as a jpeg format which is usually just a few kbyes. When the origonal raw file can be 4 or 8 megabits with all the raw data. If you had a page with lots of 4 or 8Mb pictures, it would take a long time to render on all but the fastest of broadband connections. And may cause some user's browsers to crash or become none responsive for a time.
  2. I'm pleased to say that I have been in more than one of those bands on that list. However what do you have to do to get a band on the list. I could name 50 or 60 more, do the list bands have to be signed to a record label or just have to exist ? I have been in 20 to 30 bands myself and when I ran a PA system I actually did the sound for 1000 gigs in local venues.. My poor ears !
  3. They were a great band. I remember there was a dancer like the happy mondays "bez" who used to go on stage and dance but he was awkward skinny and geeky. He was called "ken" and kind of more like an embarrasing uncle, than a cool guy. It was so funny..
  4. Yes. Red tape was a council run recording studios and practice rooms when it was first set up. The building it is/was in, also has other commercial studios on the top floor. In the 1980s the Human League had a state of the art fully digital studio in the building and there was also Axis studios which was set up by members of the Comsat Angels, but used commercially by many famous recording artists and record companies. I was briefly involved as I did some work for Axis in around 1988 wiring up some equipment, because I was a poly with the guy who fixed all the audio equipment for the whole block. In the 1980s you could hire one of the downstairs rooms and amps for a rehearsal room for a few hours is was reasonable rates. But what red tape were most famous for was they did courses for unemployed people who wanted to learn about being recording engineers. A mate of mine went on it and it was a great introduction in the days when we had to use old fashioned analogue studios with recording desks and 16 track reel to reel tape. Nowadays recording is far cheaper and easier to do as you can use a £1000 Mac computer which will do what £40,000 of equipment would do in the 1980s, this makes it far easier to get good results and why traditional recording studios are now few and far between for local bands..
  5. I'm also regularly invited to club 60. I have known many of the guys that run it via the local music scene for almost a couple of decades. There is some phenominal talent involved and many of them work with big acts in production or recording world. They often host nights at the shakespere and they run an internet blog radio station with lots of free music available. It is a real pleasure and privilage to know them.. The next time I get a band together I hope I could get it of a good enough standard to play down there for them.
  6. Before the block was built, was an old pub called the nelson hotel in the old moorhead area. Moorhead was done away with by the council because they wanted to reconstruct the streetscape to develop the "civic circle". Furnival gate was a middle section of a major connection which was to connect granville square (via a flyover) right through to Broad Lane (via a tunnel). The only bit that was built was this middle 25%. The new pub opened in 1963, and was busy, but someone was stabbed to death in the downstairs bar and it was closed I think in the 1970s. After a while it was reopened as the Hind. During the 1980s and 1990s the hind was a comfortable pub that used to have regular gigs in the lounge bar upstairs. It survived as the hind right up until around 1997, when it was refurbished as an irish themed bar called Séamus O'Donnell's bar. This lasted for around for or five years. It then closed for a few months and was reopened as a rock bar again called the Nelson.
  7. This is correct, for a while the adverts were causing problems. Over time the advert engine has served up completely inappropriate adverts as well, but that is not their fault it happens at the sheffield star as well. I think the real issue was that some of the adverts on SF were flash formats which can harbour built in scripts and in theory pose a security risk to a home user, as you can hide a keylogger or a hidden program in a flash script, and people with various virus protecction and high levels of browser protection were having problems. It wasn't their fault but it was amaterurish.
  8. I don't think the buildings on either side of high street go back very far. Certainly no more than about 100 years. I have seen local history books with more ramshackle buildings on that side and the other side was devastated in the war and they rebuilt with the building line moved back to make the street wider. Especially for the future which was the "civic circle".
  9. I always assumed, in my suspicious mind, that it was burned down in an insurance fraud and the insurance refused to pay out.
  10. I once read that this was a typical layout of a derbyshire village and why the old cottages and terraced houses on derbyshire lane at Norton are also arranged like this.
  11. Thanks for posting this subject, I have found it absolutely fascinating. I must have spent two hours plotting flags on google earth to try to understand the path of the road. I especially liked to follow all the extra thick grass verges along Hallamshire road. I used to know someone who lived up there and it never crossed my mind that is how the layout occured. It was interesting to plot the path between meadowhead roundabout and abbey lane as well. I have wondered about how the outer ring road would have continued from there for years. And it seems to me that the grass verges along greenhill avenue and bocking lane may indicate the same thing, that the intention was for the road to be widened into a ring road. Even with this in mind, google earth tells me that the dual carriage way at Hallamshire road would be around 63 feet across from kerb to kerb. wheras Bochum parkway is around 73 feet. These roads through built up areas can't have been designed to be as large and as fast as the current modern dual carriageways we see today. Alongside this issue, Greenhill parkway has an unusual alignment. It seems to be biased toward the north like they only built half the carriageway. The alignments to the roundabouts and the grass space at the south side of the road shows that the intention was obvious to design it to be a dual carriageway. Maybe even once they may have driven a dual carriageway right through bradway because Baslow road swings around a chicane to almost meet the alignment of greenhill parkway perfectly.
  12. Years ago I regularly got a newspaper, but nowadays I can't read any of the nationals because they tend to specialise in celebrity guff, as there is no need to report news with so many live news outlets. As for the star, it only has one possible reason to carry on and that is to report local issues. However you can get all those stories as they happen on local forums, and as bad as these local forums are, the spelling and grammar is frequently better than the star.
  13. I have read that in 18th century and before that, there were wooden crosses in some places where people would preach. It is entirely possible that before the victorians built all the protestant churches, that there were informal open air preachers administering to anyone who would listen under prominent trees or crosses. I believe that at Wisewood there was once a pond where this happened called pond corner. Charles westley was said to have preached under the Big Tree at woodseats, and when the area that is now parson cross was rural and farmland it is entirely possible that there was a cross for just such a purpose. Especially as if you look at the district on an A to Z, there is "parson cross" and a little further north "the Cross" suggesting a cross or at least crossroads.
  14. I love those pictures and stories from those cheeky tinkers on 28 days later. My main concern is that young boys who are possibly too immature to realise the danger of trespass on railways and other industrial sites, will decide to have their own adventures. When I was a lad we used to get into some right dodgy scrapes, especially when exploring/trespassing, however this kind of adventure was far beyond our imagination, it was long before the age of internet and mobile phone. I could easily imagine that if I had my time again and had today's information we could finish up in an early grave.
  15. I think it was long before the 1970s. In my1969 kelly's directory it names Northern General hospital but with no street number on herries road. According to Wikipedia, the hospital became a single entity as Northern General in 1967. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_General_Hospital