Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Read all about it

The London paper - journalism so good they have to give it away - ran a big double spread feature on the london skyline of tomorrow today. Depending on whether you read the leftmost or the rightmost column of page 10 the Shard will be either 1,017 or 1,003 ft tall. Quality journalism. And:

London will never be Manhattan, but over the next 20 years the capital’s skyline is going to change dramatically and Canary Wharf and the City will definitely be giving New York a run for its money.
Unless she means "London will never be Manhattan" in a literal sense surely this is self-contradictory?

Talking of poor writing, I read the Guardian's eLearning supplement yesterday and it was atrocious. I've heard it called the Graudian in the past, and reading it yesterday made me think it may even once have had the name London Lite.

Back to the London paper. I would class its tone as muted celebration, which in London I think probably counts as whole-hearted cheers by anywhere else's standards. I've just come back from Poole where the people are nicer and more chatty. Although a shoplifter alarm did go off as I walked in to Tesco's, which I thought was overly suspicious of outsiders. Bloody Tesco's - you'd never get that in Waitrose.

Interesting facts the article contained were an explanation of the cheese grater's unusual shape: It makes it easier to grate the moon, and the sloping side means the view of St Paul's isn't obscured.

It also had a few artist's impressions of the Walkie Talkie. Not pleasant... but luckily it's being halted by the otherwise disappointing Ruth Kelly.

There's a video (doesn't work in Firefox though) interviewing the exhibition director of New London Architecture about skyscrapers as he gives the interviewer a tour of their model (which is missing the Willis Building! But don't worry; I have notified them). The interviewer has just, cynically but quite correctly, accused the buildings of trying to "out-wow" each other. I missed the reply as I was typing.

He gives an astute appraisal of the current vogue for nicknaming new building projects, which began with the gherkin. Come to think of it "wedge of cheese" would be a btter name for the "cheese grater".

Yes - what about the shard of glass, hmmm??? It's not in the cluster, is it Mr Murray?

Ah, no - but it is next to a train station. It's all part of Ken's strategy. Oh yes it is.

Watch the video!

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