Chris Davenport leads a team of skiers up a steep peak in the Antarctic Peninsula.
The dress rehearsal of the laser show tonight
Although the building has courted controversy and criticism (English Heritage has said the Shard "taints" a view of St Paul's), it is well-received as an elegant addition to the city's landmarks. Tonight sees the inauguration of the building, complete with a dazzling opening ceremony featuring laserbeams.
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My son is a construction manager on the shard, he was also on the Heron building over the river, both projects employed thousands and will do for many years to come.
Are you listening ( Cameron and Osbourne ) Hiccup and Heartburn i call them.
This is what the building injdustry needs, huge jobs employing thousands on long term contracts.
Stop talking and start asking for the tenders to rebuid Britain and get people in meaningful jobs.
It really is a shame that so many people on this forum seem to be unable either to spell correctly, or to use the spell checker, yet they still commit their rants to the web.
The aerial rat that we see flying around is a PIGEON, NOT a PIDGEON, the moans we hear are people WHINING, not WHYNING, Dubai is spelt just like that.
Finally the money that Qatar paid (not payed) was over £1billion and we have not paid anything towards it, the owners pay to clean it up.
A real shame to think that the owner is not English. Certainly not a London Icon in my views but another invasion of the rich in search of western recognition.
Well, the metres mean absolutely nothing to me, because there are much taller structures.
However, this is design at its finest. As far as the aesthetics are concerned, I haven't come across another building to rival it. It simply is riveting and captivating.
It truly is artistic. What we're tired of are concrete blocks. This one, though, isn't just another block of concrete, instead it has a shape that incorporates angles, lines, and curves in interesting detail and in perfect artistic harmony. It also seems as if some of the sides wrap around the others. All of this makes it a rather varied and interesting structure, yet not baroque or garrish at all - it actually is sublime.
The mettalic glass, again, is an alluring finishing touch to it. It wouldn't have had the same impact without it.
As far as the height is concerned, you just need to be able to see across the city, which I'm sure one can easily do from it.
The lasers might be interesting for some time, unless all the buildings start using them and render their novelty into banality through abuse or else finally clutter the sky.
Most tourist have seen the old architecture. Besides, everybody wants variety. There is nothing wrong with dedicating an undeveloped or underdeveoped area to modern artistic/aesthetic buildings.
The cost at 450 million also isn't quite exorbitant or prohibitive.
Overall, it is a rather sublime addition to a city that might otherwise begin appearing a little rusty and not varied or modern to most.
saw this from the train at 5.30am yesterday, shrouded in rain it didn't look impressive!
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