If you have been in London for the last week you would have to have been living in a box to have missed the huge furore about News International. For students of English at UIC there is an enormous amount of information in the press and on the news – and of course a great opportunity for extra English practice. One of the central features of the story has been journalists using private investigators to get information for them – sometimes legally and sometimes not! There was a story in Friday’s Independent about the number of private investigators in the UK, how to become one and what the latest and most interesting gadgets are. So if you fancy trying out as a 21st century James Bond you might like to check them out. Have a look at these!
Redwed RX8 Asset tracker £665.50 – put it into someone’s car and you can follow exactlywhere they are on google maps. Until they discover it and throw it out the window.
Enigma spy phone £120.00 A mobile phone which looks like a normal phone (and can be used as one) but is also a sophisticated listening device!
GSM Computer Mouse – £150.00 A mouse which is also a sectret listening device and whcih transmits conversations taking place. It also has a hidden SIM card so can send messages through miobile phone networks. If you need more versions, you can get a voice recorder disguised as a calculator, a smoke detector or a usb stick.
My favourite is a radio jammer – which unfortunately is illegal in the UK. It stops people using their mobile phones as it blocks the signals. So the next time you are on a crowded bus or train and someone is talking rubbish loudly right next to you – imagine …..you could just turn on your jammer and stop them! Fantastic.