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Old 04 September 2013, 03:12 PM
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For Andrew of Ware: If that is a serious question, it wouldn't be. The boiling point of pure water at sea level is 100C. Salt water (which blood is similar to) boils at a higher temperature. It would be enough to burn skin though.

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Old 04 September 2013, 04:01 PM
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I just realised that I walked past that building the other day. It looked very strange.
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Old 04 September 2013, 05:58 PM
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When I posted I was remembering a story we discussed a year or so ago about a Las Vegas hotel and casino that was supposedly causing more intense sunburns at the pool.
They were talking about the "Walkie-Talkie" building on the Today show this morning, and mentioned the Las Vegas hotel as well. Apparently they were designed by the same architect. I'm starting to wonder if that architect is a wannabe Bond villain, building lots of death rays in various cities, disguising them as buildings.
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Old 04 September 2013, 08:04 PM
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If the focus of the concave mirror is on or near the ground only for a short time each day, the scaffolding might be a solution for now. But how the phenomenon can be expected to have disappeared in two to three weeks and not to return next year at the same time is something that isn't clear to me.
Part of the problem is England's unusually hot summer this year.
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Old 04 September 2013, 08:48 PM
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It looked very strange.
It is a weird looking building. There are quite a few strange-looking skyscrapers going up in central London at the moment.

The Shard got loads of publicity (it's the tallest and it's set apart from the others), and before that so did the Gherkin, but several buildings in the City have just "appeared" over the last year or two - or it seems that way if you're only paying an average amount of attention. You can hardly see the Gherkin from some angles any more, which is a shame since it still looks much better than most or all of the others.



The "Walkie Talkie" is the blue one with two cranes on top more-or-less in the middle, slightly apart from the main group of City buildings and just behind the dome of St. Paul's. I think it's quite ugly.

(eta) Here's a cropped version with more detail of that section.


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Old 04 September 2013, 08:57 PM
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From the bright sunshine in that photo, I'm surprised half of London hasn't melted from the reflected sunlight.
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Should pilots be flying close enough to the building for this issue to be a problem for them?
London City Airport is about four miles from the building and it will be on the flight path to one of its runways. However, the concave side of the building faces south - hence the problems - but the aeroplanes will pass over it flying east/west. Many helicopters fly over that part of London and their pilots may be dazzled by the building.

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For Andrew of Ware: If that is a serious question, it wouldn't be. The boiling point of pure water at sea level is 100C. Salt water (which blood is similar to) boils at a higher temperature. It would be enough to burn skin though.
Yes my question was partly tongue in cheek. I don't know if the phrase is used outside the UK, but when someone gets angry they say that 'it is enough to make my blood boil'.
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Old 05 September 2013, 08:10 AM
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From the bright sunshine in that photo, I'm surprised half of London hasn't melted from the reflected sunlight.
I know. Like Skeptic said, we've had an amazing summer this year!
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They were talking about the "Walkie-Talkie" building on the Today show this morning, and mentioned the Las Vegas hotel as well. Apparently they were designed by the same architect. I'm starting to wonder if that architect is a wannabe Bond villain, building lots of death rays in various cities, disguising them as buildings.
Check the footing of the building for any movable platform that would allow it to turn! If there's none, I will rate them a 1 on the BNVS*.


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( I was going to say 10 is Blofeld, but then I realized, there was more than one Blofeld and peopel seem to like them differently )
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The next sentence might amaze you:

The Walkie Talkie building has won a UK award.

The next sentence will not.

It has been voted the ugliest new building in the UK. It has won this year's Carbuncle Award and now London has won the award for four years in a row.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34116610

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Thomas Lane, who runs the awards, said the building "crashes into London's skyline like an unwelcome party guest".
A slightly longer report is here:

http://www.itv.com/news/london/2015-...iest-building/

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This building almost makes one yearn for the good old days of the Second World War, when there was a good chance that one might emerge from the shelter to find buildings gone.
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Old 02 September 2015, 07:37 PM
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I can't say that I find the gehrkin particularly pleasing to the eye either.
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Old 02 September 2015, 07:54 PM
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Strangely, that is one of London's new buildings that I do like. However, it is 11 years old so is not eligible - indeed the Carbuncle Award did not start until 2006.
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I might be misremembering, but isn't Canary Wharf where the Doctor fought off the Daleks and the Cybermen?

Maybe that's the problem?
the building was actually built by the Cybermen to allow them to bring more of them to our dimension!
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I might be misremembering, but isn't Canary Wharf where the Doctor fought off the Daleks and the Cybermen?
I don't know, but the Walkie Talkie isn't in Canary Wharf...

In the photos I posted above, Canary Wharf is the group of skyscrapers in the distance behind the unfinished wedge-shaped building. (That one's also finished now and is called the "Cheesegrater". I think it's almost as ugly as the Walkie Talkie). Perspective is a bit foreshortened in my picture, but those buildings are actually two miles or more away from the nearer buildings in the City.

The most prominent building in Canary Wharf is the one with the pale pyramid on top, which is One Canada Place. It was the UK's tallest building until the Shard was build.

Most of the buildings have proper names as well as their nicknames, but I don't know most of them.... the Gherkin is 30 St Mary's Axe, and I think the Shard is actually officially called the Shard. The Walkie Talkie is apparently 20 Fenchurch Street. I guess it's not surprising that people use their nicknames rather than a street address.
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You've got to hand it to the British, they are the best at naming things. Around here we just call the buildings by the name of whoever occupies them. I'd love to be able to tell someone that something is located next to the "Hatstand".
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You've got to hand it to the British, they are the best at naming things. Around here we just call the buildings by the name of whoever occupies them. I'd love to be able to tell someone that something is located next to the "Hatstand".
or "the Dill Pickle"

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Old 03 September 2015, 06:08 PM
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There's always Denver's "Darth Vader Building". More distant view found here.

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(Yeah, I know -- it's not the building's official name...)
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Around here we just call the buildings by the name of whoever occupies them.
I thought we named our buildings after whoever is willing to pay the most for the naming rights.
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IN the original thread from 2013, we were talking about the reflected sunlight from the "Walkie-Talkie" causing damages on the ground and whether the unusual hot summer was responsible for that.

Now, after the summers of 2014 and 2015 are over, did the problem resurface?
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Old 04 September 2015, 09:16 AM
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You've got to hand it to the British, they are the best at naming things. Around here we just call the buildings by the name of whoever occupies them. I'd love to be able to tell someone that something is located next to the "Hatstand".
And sometimes we refuse to even do that without a fight! Willis Tower was, for most of existence, named the Sears Tower. Other than people who have to use the new name for professional reasons (newscasters, etc) I haven't run into anyone from back home who actually calls the thing "Willis Tower". Chicagoans are so stubborn that the Wiki link contains no less than four cites backing it up, including a link to a magazine that dropped it in the top ten worst cooperate name grabs. I almost feel bad for the compan- no I don't, it's the Sears Tower darnit!
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