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Journalist and musician Rhodri Marsden has been addressing common technology problems by stripping away the jargon and enlisting the help of readers in his Cyberclinic column in The Independent for the past two years.

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Street Maps hits the UK

Posted by Rhodri Marsden
  • Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:21 am
Three weeks after I noticed that Seety had beaten them to it with their Street View-like service for inner London, Google appear to have finally launched Street View in the UK, allowing those who have been screeching about the privacy implications to finally have a look to see if Google's camera caught them putting out the bins with their hair in curlers.

It seems that the following areas are covered:

Swansea - Cardiff - Bristol - Oxford - Southampton - London M25 - Norwich - Birmingham - Coventry - Cambridge - Derby - Nottingham - Sheffield - Scunthorpe - York - Leeds - Bradford - Manchester - Liverpool - Newcastle - Belfast - Edinbugh - Glasgow - and, strangely, while the majority of the service is urban areas, there are huge swathes of Scottish countryside covered around Dundee and Aberdeen.

I would write more about it, but I'm busy looking at stuff. Just head to maps.google.com and drag the little yellow figure on the left onto the map.

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nudejournal wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:39 am (UTC)
Hang on, 3 weeks, really? I'd swear I saw Seety's stuff last year.

http://digitalurban.blogspot.com/2008/10/london-gets-non-google-street-view.html
rhodri wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:47 am (UTC)
I meant three weeks after anyone bothered telling me about it :)
almostwitty wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:43 am (UTC)
From the fact that they've got a pic of my car before it got sent to the scrapyard, the pics were taken in 2008...
bopeepsheep wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:58 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely 2008. On a Tuesday, in the case of my road, and a Monday in the case of my old house. (Bin day!)

And it was before my tarragon plant died...
almostwitty wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:59 am (UTC)
And having looked at Shepherds Bush and the fact the Westfield centre hadn't even been built yet, we can certainly say before June 2008...
bopeepsheep wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 11:09 am (UTC)
But definitely not before Jan 2008 (two new-in-2008 cars identifiable). I'd hazard a guess at April-ish?
rhodri wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 11:15 am (UTC)
The Mail were frothing at the mouth in June 2008 about the arrival of Google's cameras on the streets of Britain, and various articles in The Register at about the same time where people were spotting the Google cars and photographing them - so yeah, early summer.
bopeepsheep wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 11:19 am (UTC)
Well that's just bringing FACTS into it.

I'm slightly surprised if it's really June, as my front garden looks more bare than I remember, but I could just be crap at remembering what grew last year.
scat0324 wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 12:06 pm (UTC)
It's captured the removals van of some friends in Oxford, so for that part at least, I can accurately say 20th June 2008.
mcgazz wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 10:54 am (UTC)
Liverpool's covered, but it stops just before Bootle. So I stood in the same spot, on a main road, mooning on a 24/7 basis for months for no reason at all!
ruudboy wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 12:21 pm (UTC)
It managed to get you hooked up with giro_playgirl!
mcgazz wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 01:29 pm (UTC)
It's not our only shared interest, but it is one of them ;-)
crocodilewings wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 11:01 am (UTC)


That's the embarrassing tat on my windowsill!
seotoday wrote:
Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 03:26 pm (UTC)
isn't this invasion of privacy?
eyekiller wrote:
Thursday, 19 March 2009 at 04:46 pm (UTC)
how have they managed to make London look like there are only about 3 cars? And there's no spying on my flat then!
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