Stanley in the Falkland Islands, like thousands of other cities around the world, will be beaming live images to the rest of the globe on New Year's Eve.
The Magazine 'Computer Which?' has compiled a list of 80 of the best webcams – including those focused on historic city squares, bars, sunny beaches and snow-capped peaks – which can be viewed by anyone with a computer and an internet connection. The Falklands footage joins views and party-going images from Times Square New York to the pyramids of Egypt – all counting down the seconds to 2008. The Stanley stream includes a view of Ross Road on the picturesque sea front where thousands of cruise ship tourists annually stroll, over the summer season. The view includes the harbor, pretty yellow gorse bushes and in the distance the imposing Town Hall and the Islands' seat of government, Gilbert House. An alternative view is from the Cable and Wireless Earth Station and shows part of the back of Stanley and the Falkland Islands Community School. These images can be found at www.webcams.horizon.co.fkWorldwide live views include footage of the Swedish capital, Stockholm; the Hungarian capital, Budapest; St Peter's Square in Vatican City; and four different views of Venice. The hustle and bustle of the Malad West suburb of Bombay can also be experienced, along with monsoon season in Katmandu. The Lamai beach cam in Thailand has audio, so computer users can hear the waves lapping against the sand. Those in need of some calm and serenity are advised to look at the website of the Arunachaia holy hill in India. Another webcam points directly up at Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest peak. The best webcams in Britain are said to be the Crown Bar, one of the oldest landmarks in Belfast; Loch Ness in Scotland; a view of Snowdon's summit in Wales; Mathew Street, Liverpool, featuring the Cavern Club; Brent Council's webcam for Wembley Stadium; Portsmouth Harbour; the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers' site; and a behind the scenes view of various BBC studios. By Lisa Johnston - SeAled PR - Stanley