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Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 20:54 GMT 21:54 UK


Clock tells time with a wink

The world's first talking, smiling, winking clock has been unveiled.

The BBC's Liam O'Donohue at Manchester Airport
The computer generated image, projected onto a wall at the top of a staircase at Manchester Airport, not only tells passengers the time, but says "hiya" in a Mancunian accent and even blows the odd kiss.

It cost 50,000 to put together and was modelled on the eyes, nose and face of British Airways cabin crew member Jill Muir.

"Its just fantastic, it really hasn't sunk in yet. I'm so pleased and proud," she said after the clock was unveiled on Monday.

[ image: Speaking clock: Jo Blakeway provided the voice of time]
Speaking clock: Jo Blakeway provided the voice of time
"Its meant to be a bit of fun and warm and friendly."

While Ms Muir's features are on view, the voice the public hears actually belongs to radio presenter Jo Blakeway.

The two were recorded at different times in the studio, then the voice and lips synchronised to produce the clock.

"It's nice, something different," said Ms Blakeway. "It's a talking point as you're coming up the stairs - 'Ooh, did you see that clock in there'. Its just good fun."

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