Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
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Comic Classic Silly Walk App Is Full Monty..

Apps seem to have led the IT news in the past week, with a couple of rather surprising success stories.

Who would have expected an app based on a cult comedy turn, the best part of half a century old, to hit the big time?monty

Yet, the Ministry of Silly Walks App, based on John Cleese’s classic Monty Python sketch from 1970, has shifted almost a million copies to Apple and Android users in just eight months.

In the original, Cleese is a bowler-hatted civil servant given government grants to develop peculiar ways of walking.

In the app, the player showcases their own silly walk around the streets of London, collecting the coins needed to engineer even more pompous promenades, whist needing to avoid pigeons.

According to the App Store ratings, users love it!

Meanwhile, for those too young to have seen the original or old enough to want to see it again, it is, of course, available to stream on YouTube.

Now, which UK App do you suppose has just hit the headlines for clocking up eight million downloads in a little over a year at a rate of 19,000 a day?

Was it a hot game or some social media widget?

No, it is the BBC’s Weather app. We cannot get enough of its combination of a trusted forecast with a well designed, easy to digest, pictorial presentation. The Beeb recorded 13.8 million online calls for weather data per week during July, with traffic peaking at about 7am, later at weekends!

Move over, Carol Kirkwood, we prefer the face of an iPhone to the face of Breakfast Weather these days.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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