TRAVELUNITED KINGDOMHARRY POTTER STUDIOS IN LONDON! JULY 26, 2018The Studio Tour!For all you HP lovers out there! We loved our trip to the Warner Bros. lot in London to see all of the original sets, props, and behind the scenes footage of the Harry Potter films. We have been trying to go to the Studios since last October but the tickets are always sold out 2-3 months in advance. So if you want to go, plan ahead! I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the tour but of course pictures don’t do it justice.The studio has very dark lighting (to give you a true HP experience) so the lighting is very weird in all of the photos. Sorry!The Great HallThe great hall is obviously one of the most famous sets from the Harry Potter films and one of the few that was used in 6 of the 8 films! The hall is mimicked after Christ Church College in Oxford. Two of the tables have been removed so that people can tour the set, but two tables still remain and are decorated with props from different scenes that all took place in this famous room. The best part of touring the hall is the actual Goblet of Fire at the end of the room that actually spits out Cedric’s name on a burnt piece of paper.The Moving StaircasesAnother one of the most famous sets from Harry Potter. I think every kids fell in love with these from the first film! It does ruin some of the magic of them by seeing the behind the scenes of it, but still pretty cool!Mirror of ErisedThe mirror of Erised (desire backwards) was told by Dumbledore to Harry in the first film that it will show a persons deepest desires while looking into the mirror. If only this was real… It could help everyone figure out what to do with their lives!Dumbledore’s OfficeDumbledore’s famous office was used in so many of the films but sadly not the same Dumbledore. I’m sure everyone knows that after the second film Richard Harris (who played Dumbledore) passed away. He was then replaces by Michael Gambon for the rest of the films.The Boys DormitoryOne of the craziest things about seeing the boys dormitory was how small the furniture is! Tiny chairs, tiny beds, and tiny couches. I guess when you have 10 year olds in them it fits to scale, but it totally blew my mind! This is also the home of the fireplace that Harry and Ron sat by during Christmas and Harry also talked to Sirius through!Butter BeerA Harry Potter tour wouldn’t be complete without BUTTER BEER! There’s only a few places that you can get Butter Beer in the world, Universal Studios Harry Potter World and Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. You can get Butter Beer or Butter Beer flavored ice cream along with a variety of candy from the famous Honey Dukes from the movies. Yes, I left with a chocolate frog… and a few other thingsPlatform 9 3/4The Platform location is actually at King’s Cross Station in London and was used to film the scene from the first movie. There are now so many replicas of Platform 9 3/4 all over the world and even a permanent one at King’s Cross.The Weasley CarI think the Weasley Car is everybody’s famous prop from the movies! It was so interesting to see how the scene where Harry and Ron get the car stuck in a tree was filmed. I always knew that half of the movies were filmed on green screens but its so weird to see how it was done in real life. Honestly kind of takes the magic out of the films a bit… but sooooo interesting!Privet DriveThe house Harry lives in when we first meet him and all fall in love with the boy who is treated so poorly by his Muggle family. This house was made as a replica of a house in Surrey, England which is the actual house that filming took place at. You can visit the house at 12 Picket Post Close, Surrey but you’ll have to remember that people do actually live there! The famous house went up for sale back in 2016 and was sold for $620,000.Diagon AlleyDiagon Alley is another crowd favorite from the film. We learned that the set of Diagon Alley doubles as the town of Hogsmead after they jumbled around some of the buildings. Of course we loved seeing Olivanders Wand Shop, Gringotts Bank, and the Weasley Twins store!The Knight BusAfter moving to England we re-watched all of the Harry Potter films. One of my new favorite scenes is on the Knight Bus driving through London because now we know all of the streets they are on.Tom Riddle’s GraveOf course when on a Harry Potter tour you have to see some Voldemort things too. Tom Riddles grave was one of my favorite things we saw! Tom Riddle = Voldemort by the way…HOGWARTS CASTLETHE BEST FOR LAST! And probably the most mind blowing! The scenes at Hogwarts were filmed at many different castles in Scotland but all of the wide screen angles and shots flying over Hogwarts were filmed on this model. We watched videos of how they used this model in the movies. They would often have the actors walking on a green screen, shrink them down, and then digitally place them on the Hogwarts model. They also made it so it looks like people are walking inside, turning on and off lights, and could control the weather at Hogwarts. One of the castles used in the filming is called Alnwick Castle just south of Edinburgh. 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10 Crimes Committed Using A Drone
Drones have drastically changed the way we explore the skies and film breathtaking landscapes. As much as this revolutionary product changes our lives, however, it can pose a threat if it’s used for sinister purposes.
It’s disturbing to discover all the things that criminals can do with technology as advanced as this. With drones, they can exploit various kinds of privacy laws that aren’t as strict as they should be. This makes it easier for them to commit their devious acts of malevolence and get away with it.
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10Filming A Cashpoint (ATM)
Everyone knows that when you go to an ATM to withdraw money, you need to be aware of your surroundings so that nobody sees you entering your personal identification number (PIN). Banks have even installed privacy screens and dividers specifically for this reason. Back in August 2016, a drone could be seen filming people standing at an ATM in Templepatrick, Northern Ireland, and possibly recording the input of their PINs.
Once someone noticed the offending drone sticking its camera in other people’s business, it flew away and ended up colliding with a nearby taxi. Although a male suspect was forced to pay the owner of the taxi for damages, the police were unable to prove that the video footage was taken with criminal intent.
9Drug Delivery To Ohio Prison
Instead of trying to smuggle in drugs the conventional way, a prisoner’s buddies thought out of the box—as in outside of the prison yard. They strapped 7 grams (0.25 oz) of heroin, 57 grams (2 oz) of marijuana, and 142 grams (5 oz) of tobacco onto a drone and sent it flying over the walls of the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio.
Once the drone dropped the drugs for the intended prisoner, a fight broke out among the inmates. One of them grabbed the special delivery and threw it over the fence to another recreational yard.
Correctional officers managed to bring the fight under control with the use of pepper spray. They had to strip-search nearly 200 inmates to find the drugs, and the nine prisoners who were mainly involved in the fight were placed in solitary confinement.
8Lethal Weapon Delivery To Oklahoma Prison
Another group of criminals took note of the Ohio prison incident just mentioned and tried it for themselves. This time, they upped the ante by including a cell phone, hacksaw blades, drugs, and super glue.
They tied everything to the drone with a fishing line so that the contraband could simply be swiped from the drone. Unfortunately, the drone clipped the razor wire of the prison walls and crash-landed, leaving the savage inmates to fight over the forbidden materials until correctional officers were able to step in.
The crashed drone was taken as evidence by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Its director, Robert Patton, applauded the quick action and diligence of the staff working at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, where the event took place.
It is unclear if anyone was ever successfully prosecuted for this incident. Charges were dropped against Marquis Gilkey in 2016, although they may be refiled later. Gilkey had been charged with attempting to bring contrabandinto a penal institution and related offenses.
To catch a hacker, you have to think like one. Fran Brown and David Latimer, who work for security consulting firm Bishop Fox, developed a drone that can gain unauthorized access into various kinds of Wi-Fi networks. Dubbed the “Danger Drone,” it’s basically a Raspberry Pi computer loaded with hacking software and strapped to a kit-built drone body.
The device has a 1.6-kilometer (1 mi) range using normal radio control, but it can be configured to receive its signals using cell towers. As an example, this drone can “rickroll” vulnerable Chromecast devices. It’s the equivalent of secretly changing the TV channel to mess around with someone watching.
Although the idea of a hacking drone is nothing new, this particular concept can change things significantly as it can make hackers more discreet and less at risk of getting caught.
The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) managed to get their hands on hundreds of inexpensive, portable drones. These devices were used to slay and terrorize dozens of their enemies on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. When ISIS’s Mosul bastion was defeated in 2017, Iraqi forces found scores of drone factories.
ISIS manufactured two kinds of drones. One dropped a small explosive, and the other detonated itself once it came close to its target, which completely destroyed the drone as well as damaging or destroying the target.
Some drones that dropped explosives were also kitted out with a camera, taking footage of the chaos caused below. It wasn’t long before other militant groups started using drones as well. For example, Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa have already adopted this tactical approach but on a comparatively limited scale.
In June 2018, a drone was spotted hovering over a Cambridgeshire village for four consecutive days. A few days later, a home was raided. This led to suspicions that the drone was used to stake out potential homes to rob.
The thieves knew exactly the best point of entry as they managed to break through a bathroom window and ransack the house. The police were unable to link the drone sightings with the burglary.
There’s been a surge in incidents like this, with police called out to investigate because of safety or security concerns. This excludes all the times they were called about drones being a nuisance and violent fights occurring between annoyed neighbors and drone enthusiasts.
4Flying Over Restricted Airspace
In mid-2018, records revealed that airport pilots had reported almost 250 unregistered drones illegally flying around restricted airspace at airports the prior year. This poses a serious danger for large planes as drones can get sucked into the engine or crash through the cockpit windows, potentially injuring or killing pilots in the process.
Pilot Jeff Munford was enjoying his leisurely ride across the sky in his Cessna when a drone nearly hit him and his passengers. Traveling at those speeds, the drone would have easily caused severe injuries or even death.
According to a local police department, offenders flying their drones in restricted airspace cannot be prosecuted in any way unless they commit a local or state crime. This is because nobody is sure who regulates a restricted airspace and who exactly needs to take legal action.
When the question was posed to the FAA, they simply said that they don’t impose criminal penalties. According to them, that was a question that local law enforcement could answer. It’s just an endless blame game. Meanwhile, drone enthusiasts keep doing what they love while potentially endangering the lives of the people around them.
3Obstructing An FBI Hostage Raid
In 2017, an oddly impressive criminal tactic hit FBI agents trying to complete a hostage raid outside an unidentified US city. While the entire rescue team was set up in an elevated observation post to assess the unfolding situation beneath them, a whole swarm of drones approached and circled their position, essentially rendering the agents blind.
Not only did the criminals anticipate the FBI’s arrival, the cameras that were affixed to the drones were continuously streaming video of the agents via YouTube. Organized criminals have used drones to watch law enforcement and identify potential cooperating witnesses who visit police departments.
In Australia, drones are even used to aid illegal smuggling operations. The criminals stuff their shipment of drugs or other prohibited goods inside a shipping container. When a drone shows that port authority workers are getting too close to the container, the criminals call in a false alarm to divert security forces.
In Utah, a couple got the fright of their lives in early 2017 when they noticed a drone hovering outside their bathroom window. John Henson was getting ready for work. When he got out of the shower, he noticed the whirring sounds of the drone outside the bathroom window.
When he opened the window to investigate, the drone flew off. He chased it until the drone landed in a church parking lot. Henson grabbed the device and called the police.
Officers found that the red lights on the drone had been taped shut so that it could fly unseen in the dark. They examined the footage on the camera, which was extremely disturbing. By peeping through windows, the drone had recorded the view inside several different houses, including one high-rise apartment’s bedroom.
Police were able to track down the owners of the drone because one of them had filmed himself in front of his truck with his license plates in clear view. Posting a message on Facebook for the criminals, the officers said that they had found the drone and knew who the perpetrators were.
The police added that the suspects could turn themselves in or the officers would come knocking on their door with a warrant for their arrests. Aaron Foote and Terisha Norviel turned themselves in shortly after, and each was charged with voyeurism.
1Photo Of Sunbather Ends Up On Billboard
In 2014, 50-year-old Mandy Lingard from Australia was utterly mortified to find her photo plastered onto a billboard without her consent. Normally, a situation like this would only result in a small lawsuit. However, she was photographed while sunbathing in nothing but a G-string, which caused embarrassment for her whole family.
The photo was taken by a real estate agent’s drone. The agent uploaded the picture to the Internet, printed it in a real estate magazine, and slapped it onto a massive billboard. The billboard image was quickly taken down, but Lingard still felt violated.
Australia’s laws about filming people on their property are currently not as strict as they should be. Another woman from Darwin was filmed skinny-dipping in her pool in 2017.
- Roll With the Punches Meaning: To tolerate or endure through the unexpected mishappenings you may encounter from time to time. Yes. As an ex Boxer I am ready to face them.
- Back To the Drawing Board Meaning: Starting over again on a new design from a previously failed attempt. Starting to publish the Poetry ebook from my blog tomorrow is the deadline. How I hate deadlines.
- Jack of All Trades Master of None Meaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them. Yes I am one. No problem with that.
- Rain on Your Parade Meaning: To spoil someone’s fun or plans; ruining a pleasurable moment. Happened this morning and suggested solutions to overcome the issues and mitigate risks.
- Hear, Hear Meaning: A shout of agreement, or to draw attention to a speaker. Yet to happen.
- I Smell a Rat Meaning: A feeling that something is not quite right, or awry. That sinking feeling… Why does it always occur on my bad biorhythm days?
I’m a gardener Mentor. I try and die the seeds to make Dreams grow into ambitions, translating into Vision, mission, goals, objectives, action plans, biz, marketing plans etal.
In my efforts, sometimes I come across very distressed mentees. I have to work on making the soil good as they have rocky soil of past bad experiences, thorny soil which does not allow seeds to germinate, or find soil. I spend 5, 13, 26, 52 weeks depending upon the STATE, and SITUATION.
I Sometimes come across Sand, silt or clay land or simply rocky land. Rarely I find delta land ( usualy in C Suite execs) which is fertile . Each gets a different mentor treatment.
It works. There are failures too. As the mentorees stop responding and throw seeds on footpath – it is eaten by birds and pigeons.
In one case, after sowing 150 revenue ideas and rigorously, tilling the land I found failure. I decided to move on. As the farmer/ mentoree just did not understand and allowed my gardening efforts fail.
Sad but true! It happens.
Gardener then moves on too…
Dear BFFFs ( Best Friends, Fans, Followers, Mentorees, Relatives) Thank you very much for your encouragement and viewing my oldest blog https://csuitementor.blogspot.com/ on Blogger.com. While I started with Typepad and WordPress but changed many times but the oldest blog is still active and has regular visitors like you. 260007 views till date = I am astonished, pleased and in gratitude of all the viewers. Thank you so much.
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Did you know…
… that today is the birthday of the Nannarrup Hoffmani? In 2002, scientists announced the discovery of a new species in New York City’s Central Park, an 82-legged centipede that had first been discovered in the park’s leaf litter in 1998. The bug received its name from the Virginia scientist who helped to identify it. Um… happy birthday? 😉
Today’s Inspirational Quote:
“If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.”
— Dr. Wayne W. Dyer