George Orwell,flat number 27B
April 3rd, 2007

“The Big Brother nightmare of George Orwell’s 1984 has become a reality – in the shadow of the author’s former London home,”thisislondon.co.uk reports.”It may have taken a little longer than he predicted, but Orwell’s vision of a society where cameras and computers spy on every person’s movements is now here.According to the latest studies,Britain has a staggering 4.2million CCTV cameras – one for every 14 people in the country – and 20 per cent of cameras globally.It has been calculated that each person is caught on camera an average of 300 times daily.Use of spy cameras in modern-day Britain is now a chilling mirror image of Orwell’s fictional world,created in the post-war Forties in a fourth-floor flat overlooking Canonbury Square in Islington,North London.On the wall outside his former residence – flat number 27B – where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras,scanning every move.Orwell’s view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under 24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.The flat’s rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell’s favourite pub, the Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every person entering or leaving the pub.Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras,together with hundreds of private,remote-controlled security cameras used to scrutinise visitors to homes,shops and offices”.

George Orwell,Big Brother is watching your house


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