Flat Earth: Watch on star sign

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The Independent Online
People interfering with that celebrity of the sign world, the 50ft by 450ft 'Hollywood', set up in the Hollywood Hills in 1923 to advertise a housing development, may now star in their own video. Infrared television cameras and radar-activated zoom lenses photograph anyone approaching the sign and a loud hailer blares out: 'You are being monitored. A park ranger is en route.' More like the cult 1960s programme The Prisoner than modern California. But then things become much more laid back. Last week the system detected 17 trespassers. The seven who did not flee were 'counselled' by rangers. Sad though. No more will LA wake up to read such changes as 'Hollyweed' - as it did when marijuana laws were relaxed in the 1970s.

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