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‘Policeman car attack footage’ probed by Scotland Yard

Dramatic footage which appears to show a policeman attacking a car after the driver refuses to get out will be investigated, Scotland Yard said. The clip, shared on social media on Saturday and viewed around 50,000 times, shows what appears to be a police officer – filmed from the position of the driver – repeatedly telling him to “get out of the car”, adding: “You’re not allowed to drive it.”

The officer then hits the driver’s side window with what looks like a baton, before a voice can be heard saying: “I’ve got a licence. I’ve got a licence. I’ve got insurance. You’re smashing this for no reason.”

The Metropolitan Police said it is “aware of footage circulating on social media of an incident involving two uniformed officers in Camden”, adding that the incident took place at Weedington Road, north-west London, at around 5pm on Friday. In a statement, the Met said: “The footage will now be subject to an investigation by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).”

The policeman can be seen striking the windscreen, resulting in the glass shattering, and he then starts slicing around the damaged area with what appears to be a pen knife.

When asked by the driver what the problem is, the officer tells him he is “not allowed to drive”. The police force said on Saturday evening: “As soon as the MPS was made aware of the footage, the DPS was contacted immediately. The individual who uploaded the footage has been contacted by DPS officers.

“As this matter is in its early stages, the officers have not been suspended or placed on restricted duties. No-one was arrested during the incident.”

The video, which could not be independently verified, has been shared on Twitter and Instagram where the officer’s actions have been described as “mindless vandalism and intimidation”. A man who wanted to be referred to by just his first name, Leon, told the Press Association he was the driver and the person who filmed the footage.

He said the incident took place on Friday evening in the Gospel Oak area of north London, and said it was a case of “mistaken identity”, describing the officer’s actions as “a completely unlawful act”.

Leon, who said he spent the evening in hospital due to getting glass in his eyes, said it was “complete madness” and that he is “still in shock”.

“Every time he smashed the glass, fragments of glass were just ricocheting in my face,” he said.

Matt Berry – The Small Hours

Like a British James Franco sporting a well shampooed badger on his face, Matt Berry operates on another level to us mere mortals. The foghorn-voiced Renaissance man s talents are capable of skipping across the screen, onto the stage, behind the pen and into a Volvic water bottle with ease; all while he campaigns ceaselessly as an ambassador for refugees, the multi-faceted cad. In addition to mastering the Rik Mayall school of acting through a run of brash, over-sexualised alpha male figures on British television, Berry has also found time to release a string of experimental prog-folk records that started with 2008 s Opium . The keen multi-instrumentalist can commonly be found recording every note of his musical output and often teaches himself new instruments from scratch in a matter of weeks. He may not look it, but Matt Berry is pretty much a modern Da Vinci, just with better hair and without the propensity for sketching weapons of mass destruction in his notepad margins. What we’re trying to say through all this awestruck gushing is that, if this article was a review of Matt Berry as a man, a leader of men and a passionate lover (or so I nightly imagine), he d get 10/10 every time. But, as those of you who ve cheated and scrolled down to the bottom of this page to see the score will know, this polemic sadly ends here.

Like its predecessor Music For Insomniacs , The Small Hours purports to have been drawn from that surrealistic period between midnight and dawn when the frayed edges of dreams seem to weave themselves into strands of inspiration. But while the luscious Insomniacs channelled Brian Eno at his most inspired, Hours channels Dave Gilmour at his sleepiest. This instinctive, stream-of-consciousness writing results in some pleasant melodies on tracks such as Beam Me Up and Say It Again . Overall, however, this exercise in easy listening is about the most dad-friendly thing Berry s done since that BBC Father s Day special. Opener One By One amounts to little more than the kind of straightforward acoustic rock ballad that could be churned out by any number of greying pub-bound bands scattered about the country, while elsewhere Gone For Good sounds like it could have been the result of David Gray s reggae phase in some horrifically dystopian parallel universe. Maybe it s just be the fact that Berry has been writing with his live band in the studio for the first time and has had to streamline his usually ambitious writing process; but the spark of unpredictability that defined his previous records is sadly lacking. For the first time in his musical career Matt Berry sounds like an aging comedian living out his rock n roll fantasies. I don t want to whack out a lazy Ricky Gervais comparison (they both starred in seminal ’00s BBC comedies! They both played hapless bosses stuck with outdated values! etc.), but there are shades of Life On The Road audible here that simply cannot be denied. That would be fine if his music was a similar extension of his comic persona, but there s no Brent-like goatee and nod to the camera for Berry to hide behind here. When moonlighting as a musician he has always been careful to drop his signature onscreen hamminess and affected gruff roar in exchange for a stripped back vulnerability. So when you hear him sincerely uttering lines like The peach said to her sister Oi there melon! This is heaven, on the godawful The Peach and the Melon , your toes can t help but curl up faster than a frightened hedgehog.

Most of these issues are confined to the safer first half of the album. Things improve drastically towards its back end when the instrumental jazzathon Night Terrors rocks up to the party with a lopsided grin and a picnic hamper of hard drugs. Like his past albums bloated highlights The Pheasant and Solstice , this winding nine minute-er demonstrates that Berry is at his best when he goes wildly off script. The similarly late in the day single Obsessed And So Obscure is instantly familiar in the best of ways, despite some bizarre lyrics about lusting after Christopher Lee (to reiterate, this is not a comedy album).

Still, despite this late-album salvaging, The Small Hours marks the first Matt Berry album that might merit a little stick to the day job heckling from its audience. With any luck this constitutes no more than a blip, a small blemish on the well-groomed polymath s sterling and varied career that will be overshadowed by his future endeavours. As it stands, though, this is a record that should only be bought if you feel like another pair of socks might just drive your dad to do something drastic this Christmas.

5/10

Words: Josh Gray

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References

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Fujitsu Lifebook S936

Launched at the beginning of 2016, the Lifebook S9361 sits, together with the U904, in a category that Fujitsu describes as notebooks with “ultimate features and stylish design”, destined for professionals on the move looking for products that combine looks with substance. Prosaically though, it’s essentially a more refined version of the Lifebook E7362 that we reviewed not so long ago. As expected from a laptop for which the cheapest version will set you back about 1,000 (around £1,340, AU£1,740), this is a model that looks and feels premium. Its main rivals include the ThinkPad T460s series, the Dell Latitude E7440 and the HP Elitebook 1040 G3.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

The S936 uses the same magnesium/aluminium combination for its chassis but manages to keep the weight down to only 1.19kg (our model weighed in at 1.42kg thanks to an optical drive and the touch display). What came as a surprise though was how chunky it is at its thickest, this notebook is a whopping 26mm thick, which pushes it outside the minimum requirements to be called an Ultrabook. At last, a vendor that doesn’t compromise! Another area where Fujitsu has trumped the competition is connectivity and expansion capabilities.

Unlike many of its competitors and despite its weight, Fujitsu managed to include a free memory slot that allows the owner to upgrade the memory to 20GB of DDR4 RAM (4GB of memory is soldered on the motherboard) simply by removing one screw and one flap. This is still a far cry from the 32GB that the E736 could take thanks to two free slots, but it is the only major step down with this model. We’re puzzled by the fact that engineers have managed to cram in a modular bay that allows you to shove in a secondary battery, a hard drive or an optical drive; an example of where modularity works in an enterprise setup.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

When it comes to ports, there’s a GbE port, a legacy VGA one, and HDMI port, three USB 3.0, an audio connector and a card reader. It’s a shame about the lack of a DisplayPort though which would have made this machine 4K friendly.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

Servicing the laptop is a fairly mundane operation. There are a dozen screws that need to be removed some of which are well hidden and all the important components are well in sight. Because Fujitsu placed manageability ahead of integration, servicing teams will be able to replace almost all components in the S936 far faster, in case of hardware issues, reducing downtime considerably.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

However, we did hit a snag when trying to take out the battery. For some reason, the S936 includes a snap-on cover, an odd option. When we tried to put the battery back, it just wouldn’t fit in properly and got jammed. This meant that we couldn’t put the cover back on. Speaking of the battery, the smaller one offered has a 51Whr capacity with a beefier 6-cell model boasting 77Whr and up to 15 hours of longevity. Slot in an optional secondary 28Whr battery and that adds another six hours to an already impressive battery life.

The battery life tests were carried out by Fujitsu using the BAPco MobileMark 2014 office productivity test. A major reason why the S936 excels in mobility is because it uses a screen technology that draws less power.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

Our model came with a palm vein sensor, a Fujitsu exclusive and one that doesn’t require you to touch the sensor in order to unlock your device. A more traditional fingerprint sensor is also available as an option. Other security features on the S936 include a smart card reader, encrypted disk and a TPM 2.0 module, all of which are staple offerings on high-end enterprise laptops. The relatively small footprint of the machine means that a 13.3-inch display was the only logical choice with a full HD model or a WQHD one, with touch and anti-glare offered as options.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

Our model came with an Intel Core i7-6600U CPU (2.6GHz, two cores, 4MB cache), 8GB of RAM, a 128GB M2 SSD, a 4G LTE modem, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, Windows 10 Pro and a list price of 1,200 (around £1,600, AU£2,090) excluding VAT. As with other Fujitsu laptops, this one comes with a two-year warranty. There are also two front-facing speakers and a webcam. We tested the Fujitsu Lifebook S936 using Cinebench R15, CPU-Z and GeekBench 4. On the first benchmark, it reached 43.9 fps for the OpenGL test and 322 points for the CPU benchmark. CPU-Z yielded scores of 1,597 and 3,597 (Single and Multi-thread respectively) while on the newly introduced GeekBench 4, the notebook achieved 17,749 on its compute benchmark and 3,871/7,560 points on its single/multi-core test.

All these numbers are on par with what one would expect from a Skylake-based Core i7 processor from Intel.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

The display, which uses Sharp’s acclaimed IGZO technology, was exquisite, on par with the rest of the competition. It boasts great viewing angles, reasonably thin bezels and well balanced colours. The keyboard and the touchpad were equally good the former offers a reasonable spring and feedback, with massive Enter, Shift and Backspace keys, and great travel. The touchpad has two physical mouse buttons and while it’s not the biggest we’ve seen on a 13.3-inch laptop, it is accurate and responsive, although we have some reservations regarding its slightly high level of friction.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

A port replicator/docking station is also available which adds an extra USB 3.0 port, DVI and DisplayPort connectors.

Fujitsu Lifebook S936

Early verdict

The Lifebook S936 is one of the best designed laptops we’ve seen in recent years. Okay, so it’s not perfect and is a tad thicker than we’d expect, but removing the artificial limit on thickness gave more leeway to engineers and frankly, the additional 10mm thickness meant more space to fiddle around and a level of expansion capabilities that we’ve never seen on any laptop of this weight.

Perhaps the only reservation we have is about the battery and its cover; a minor point but one that caused us some problems.

References

  1. ^ Lifebook S936 (www.techradar.com)
  2. ^ Lifebook E736 (www.techradar.com)

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