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Abbey Road studios has put up a 24-hour live feed of the crosswalk The Beatles made famous on the cover of their 1969 album Abbey Road, and it is engrossing. You can watch thousands of tourists, oblivious to traffic, stand still in the middle of a crosswalk while their friend figures out how a camera works, as drivers on the road become increasingly frustrated. You can watch the live stream for yourself here: Abbey Road - Crossing Webcam
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Abbey Road studios has put up a 24-hour live feed of the crosswalk The Beatles made famous on the cover of their 1969 album Abbey Road, and it is engrossing. You can watch thousands of tourists, oblivious to traffic, stand still in the middle of a crosswalk while their friend figures out how a camera works, as drivers on the road become increasingly frustrated. You can watch the live stream for yourself here: Abbey Road - Crossing Webcam
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Everybody is driving on the wrong side of the road. What is going on?
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Notice that in Googlemaps it appears City of London put a portable fence to block them dang foreigners from screwing up the traffic.......................or, was that because the white paint was worn out by Beetle fans?????

P.S. They are still driving on the wrong side of the road.
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Sorry Jeff, I have to take -5 points off for spelling.
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Never was a fan of the beedles, Beatles, beedles, beadless or even the dung beetles. However, it is important to note that George Harrison Memorial Tree Killed by Actual Beetles. A humble Los Angeles landmark meets a bizarrely fitting end.

And...btw...did you ever think that Beetles chose their name to commemorate the famous beet famine in the UK in the early 60's, or was it the potato famine in Ireland.......
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Notice that in Googlemaps it appears City of London put a portable fence to block them dang foreigners...
Abbey Road is not in the City of London! :-)
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Actually, what's really screwy is, as I watch it at 18:27 (london time), there are crowds of people on both sides of the crossing - but they do NOT CROSS. But because they're standing there (apparently) waiting to cross, the cars are supposed to stop. Most do - and get annoyed coz the idiots just stand there. Some do not, and risk hitting a pedestrian (pedestrians have right of way on a zebra crossing!)

I suspect the end result will be sooner or later, this zebra will be replaced with a pelicon crossing. (One with pedestiran controlled traffic lights).
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Abbey Road is not in the City of London! :-)

I knew that, and know that "City of London" is part of London. Here in the good old USA "City" means "Municipality". After posting that HM the Queen texted me and pointed out the error of my statement. I have been forgiven by Boris himself and I have been notified I will be welcome in London AND the City of London.

I usually hang around Kensington, Bayswater, Rosary Garden and at the Falafel King near the Camden Market.
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I knew that, and know that "City of London" is part of London. Here in the good old USA "City" means "Municipality". After posting that HM the Queen texted me and pointed out the error of my statement. I have been forgiven by Boris himself and I have been notified I will be welcome in London AND the City of London.

I usually hang around Kensington, Bayswater, Rosary Garden and at the Falafel King near the Camden Market.
Ah, you see, Boris isn't Lord Mayor of the City of London, he's mayor of London. And, of course, he *is* the King of Falafel.

The Queen? Lives in the City of Westminster when she's in town. Has to wait at Temple Bar for the Lord Mayor of London to grant her permission to enter the City of London.

In the UK, a City means a town with a cathedral in it. A cathedral is a (usually large) church with a cathedra in it. Some cities are actually quite small - probably (I'd have to check) the City of London is the smallest, by both square mileage and population.

You realise of course we ONLY do this to confuse Americans. :-)
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OK. I can now declare myself duly elucidated.

Epiphany - I just figured this Abbey Road pedestrian crossing mystery. Has nothing to do with the Beatles. On the left side of the road is the Ministry of Silly Walks. And now you know the rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrest of the story.

In conclusion............never underestimate the stupidity and moronity of the London tourist Beatle fans. Especially watching the flailing arms like the Household Cavalry guard.

AND........Just saw the first SLK go the the camera field. Whooooo Hoooooo.

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but the funniest thing is:
a few years ago the crossing was MOVED.
it is no longer in the place where the Fab 4 did their walk. tears of laughter!
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but the funniest thing is:
a few years ago the crossing was MOVED.
it is no longer in the place where the Fab 4 did their walk. tears of laughter!
Then, how about feeling a little guilty for making thousands of idiots do the duck walk, flailing arms and tying up traffic for no reason whatsoever? And how about making being misguided fools a crime?

In truth however, the Ministry of Silly Walks has taken over the facilities of the Abby Road Studios which have relocated to the top floors of the Shard.
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