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Tradition meets technology at Southampton Boat show

It's an enormous contributor to the local economy, and attracts thousands of visitors- this year's Southampton Boat show is under way

More than 120 thousand people are expected at Mayflower Park over the next week. But it's not just a celebration of the maritime industry with boating displays, and international exhibits - it's also where multi-million pounds contracts will be signed.

Andrew Pate has been meeting some of the exhibitors


Capturing a moment: Oxford photography festival opens

It's hoped the festival will become a regular event Credit: Oxford Photography Festival

Thousands of people are expected to visit Oxford over the coming weeks for its first photography festival.

Taking place in more than 20 venues over the next three weeks, the organisers hope it will attract a new audience to some of the world's most exciting photographers and striking images.

Broadhead's work celebrates the art of Johannes Vermeer Credit: Maisie Maud Broadhead
The Souvenirs exhibition looks at how we use photos as keepsakes Credit: Clarita Lulic

The event also features some of the winning pictures from this year's World Press Photo Awards

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Credit: Philippe Lopez

Drew Garner's exhibition, "Descendants" recreates portraits of famous people using family members. Gardner tracked down actual descendants of historic figures, and the results are very striking- among the works, below, are Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and Napolean.

Oliver Cromwell and his descendant Credit: Drew Gadner
Charles II and his descendant Credit: Andrew Gardner
Napolean and his direct descendant Credit: Drew Gardner

There's also an opportunity to see some rare, unseen images, including one of Hitler practising his poses for speech making.

An image of Hitler practising his speeches Credit: Heinrich Hoffmann

During the festival a pop-up drive-in cinema in east Oxford will also show films with themes around photography.

Screenings including Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, Rear Window and One Hour Photo starring the late Robin Williams.

The free festival runs until 5 October. Supported by Arts Council England, the festival is expected to become a biennial event

Cash boost for crime fighting via Smartphone technology

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Police are developing the technology Credit: PA

A project to develop digital methods for the public to contact police, is being developed by Hampshire and the Thames Valley forces.

Two million pounds of funding has come from a UK government innovation fund.

The forces will use the money to develop new apps for smart phones and tablets and a text service for people to report crime and incidents to them.

The new means of contact is aimed to complement calling 101 or going into a police station.

The money will also be spent on text and speech analytics and advanced mapping to give call handlers detailed information about the person contacting them and their location.

The forces plan to have the new services up and running from 2015.


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