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commseng London London
With just twenty minutes to the New Year, there are lots of us RF engineers sat here ready to go with the live OB - the biggest in the UK I've done this year.

Looked great - and glad to see you got that uplink clearance sorted Smile

There's one more New Year tradition that's being done a little differently, and that's the Vienna Philharmonic's concert. No audience in the hall this year, and the BBC's presenter will be in London. (Suppose I'd better get some sleep now as I'm getting it on air in the morning. Happy new year, all!)

It was only one of the many issues, which if we are ever able to meet over a beer this year I will tell you all.
Just home and watched my recording of it. As ever with a live show (it was not recorded earlier in the week - there is some rubbish on the internet at times! ) I spent the time looking at the kit and feeds and not the actual on air content.

I have to say it was far more enjoyable than the New Year 21 years ago, as I have explained here previously......
It wasn't until we went on air that I saw what the displays were - all the rehearsals earlier in the day were done looking at empty skies, which didn't give the flavour of what was to follow.

The only disappointment was that we didn't get the helicopter shots, as the weather was against us. However the lasers worked well against the mist.

Good luck with the Vienna Concert today!
IS
Inspector Sands
It was all live from London and it was FANTASTIC! I was not expecting the fireworks. Loved Tower Bridge fireworks, we have always had the London Eye as the focal point for the fireworks, it is great seeing other London landmarks getting to show off. SUPERB!

That's the advantage with having no crowd, the display doesn't have to all happen in the same place. If it's a physical event next year it will probably be back to normal, though it doesn't have to happen around the London Eye, it's just been there because of Big Ben
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
That display was so much better than every other year. We saw more than just the London eye.

In an ideal world where the devolved nations didn't hate each other they could work together to do displays in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast and have a combination of all of them produced live.

Loved McCoys little piece about there being no 2020 highlights.

The devolved nations don't hate each other. Wink
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
JC
JCB
#DefundTheBBC is trending because the people who constantly complain about people getting offended by everything were offended by "woke" fireworks 🙄
DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
What on earth are "woke fireworks"?
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MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Was that all live then? The drones were incredibly good, and the fireworks seemed better than normal as well. It was nice to see them using different locations for a change, rather than always just having the on the London Eye.


Talk on social media is that it was pre-recorded in order to stop crowds from gathering - done on Tuesday apparently.


Or, as it's more commonly known, a rehearsal
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
What on earth are "woke fireworks"?

Fireworks that disturb your sleep of course.
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
JO
Johnr
I went to the London fireworks a few years ago - never again!

You're basically just crammed into an area at 9pm and erm that is about as exciting as it gets until midnight, apart from some naff DJ! Bring your own booze sounds great until you realize there are about 10 portaloos for 100,000 people

Then you enjoy the 10 minutes of staring at the London Eye for the fireworks to appear, and that is that...you then have to navigate amongst the 100,000 people in Central London to try and get back to your hotel / home / whatever (my friend lived in Surbiton at the time so we had to get to Waterloo station to get a train back, that 10 minute walk took over 2 hours!
JB
JasonB London London
I went to the failed river of fire in 2000. They gave us special Capital FM radios to listen to a soundtrack for the display but you couldn’t even hear anything on it due to the loudness of everything. I don’t recall it being over packed but we got home at 01.30 to find the Biggest Breakfast Breakfast Ever on channel 4.
Have you washed your hands?
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
It was pretty much the Millennium that highlighted how crap London fireworks were on NYE and I think still a few years before they became the more familiar display - possibly 2005 to tie in with the Olympic bid.
Be nicer and more tolerant to each other. Them's the rules.
IS
Inspector Sands
It was pretty much the Millennium that highlighted how crap London fireworks were on NYE and I think still a few years before they became the more familiar display - possibly 2005 to tie in with the Olympic bid.

Before the Millennium there were no London New Year Fireworks.

Until then lots of people went to Trafalgar Square* for no real reason, stood there and got cold and wet and once Big Ben chimed in midnight they all wandered off and waited for the night bus home


*despite every year the police saying not to
IS
Inspector Sands
Was that all live then? The drones were incredibly good, and the fireworks seemed better than normal as well. It was nice to see them using different locations for a change, rather than always just having the on the London Eye.


Talk on social media is that it was pre-recorded in order to stop crowds from gathering - done on Tuesday apparently.


Or, as it's more commonly known, a rehearsal

A plate they filmed the one on Tuesday as a back up just in case the weather or anything else caused issues last night

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