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Old August 18th, 2014, 04:19 PM   #11161
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I don't think the Thames is "dirty", I think that like any river close to a maritime estuary the tide keeps pushing up silt (that is a word according to Google Translate; if not, ooze or mud?) upstream. Hence the (light) brown look.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 06:52 PM   #11162
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cooorrr lovely.


In other news, does anyone know where SE9 is?
SE9 is away on a break in Africa at the moment, but he will be back.

Also just to add, the construction of the Thames Tideway Scheme (super sewer), starting in 2015 and hopefully finishing in 2023, will drastically cut all overflowing sewage into the Thames on such occasions when it does happen.

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Old August 18th, 2014, 08:02 PM   #11163
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The Thames may well be cleaner than it's been in many years however there's no getting away from the fact that Bazalgette's original sewers (many if which are former rivers!) are still used however for far more people than the system was ever designed for. The need for the new super sewer is becoming ever more necessary as our weather becomes wetter as well as London becoming a bigger city.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 02:15 PM   #11164
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It may interest you to know, the River Thames is actually regarded as the cleanest river (flowing through a major city) in the world. More than half of London's sewage waste is treated/compressed into pellet size and shaped objects and sold on as agriculture fertiliser. It is also home to over 130 species of marine creature.. fish/shrimp/shellfish etc etc.. just FYI.
That's damning with faint praise if ever I saw it. Point of fact: The Thames may be cleaner than other major rivers, but that doesn't make it clean. This isn't some pristine subtropical inlet with crystal blue waters and white, powdery beaches. It's a gutter.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 02:24 PM   #11165
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The Walkie Talkie // 20 Fenchurch Street:

Link: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2014/08/hea...ssing-hairnet/

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London's infamous car-melting Walkie Talkie skyscraper is now looking a little more humble and less like a murderous automaton, with the building sporting an external net to stop its accidental parabolic sun reflector burning stuff at street level whenever the sun comes out.

The entire south-facing side of the curved tower at 20 Fenchurch Street is now covered with black netting, shaming the building, London's skyline and the architects responsible for creating the unfortunate light magnifier in the first place. It's only a temporary measure, though, with the nets eventually being replaced by a mesh of aluminium fins to permanently block the sun and dissipate reflected heat.[/QUOTE]

I'm looking forward to seeing the replacement fins. Does anybody have a render or idea of what this will look like? Opinions?
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Old August 19th, 2014, 10:25 PM   #11166
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No renders I don't think, but we know their basic construction and - from a distance - the effect on the building's exterior will be just to turn up the grayscale a little. They should be small enough that the glass just looks darker from a distance.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 11:01 PM   #11167
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As it's aluminum I don't think it'll look that dark.
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Old August 19th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #11168
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London tops Forbes list of the world's most influential cities in 2014

London is the most influential city in the world, according to analysts at Forbes, despite Britain being a “second-rate” global power.

New York came a close second, followed by Paris and Singapore as the annual list signalled a shift of power to “savvy” cities, rather than the largest or fastest growing.

Joel Kotkin, urban geographer Ali Modarres, analyst Aaron Renn and demographer Wendell Cox assessed 58 metropolitan areas in eight categories to compile the rankings.

They looked at the amount of foreign investment they have attracted, the concentration of corporate headquarters, business dominance, ease of air travel, financial services, technology and media power and racial diversity.

Mr Kotkin, who analyses political, economic and social trends, said the greatest global cities were once the largest but size is no longer as important.

Of the world’s 10 most populous cities, only Tokyo, New York and Beijing made the top 10 for influence.

Writing in Forbes, he said: “After more than a century of imperial decline, [London] still ranks at number one in our survey.

“The United Kingdom may now be a second-rate power, but the City’s unparalleled legacy as a global financial capital still underpins its pre-eminence.”

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...4-9676264.html
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Old August 20th, 2014, 12:17 AM   #11169
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All this talk of the cleanliness of the Thames makes me wonder where SE9 has gone on holiday!
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Old August 20th, 2014, 12:35 AM   #11170
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In the noughties, well into the years of the 15 year drought, the water was said to be clean enough to drink (if you waited for the silt to settle). Salmon returned, as did otters. However the drought ended, yes it did.

Thus whenever it pours and the Victorian sewer system overflows, sewage is released into the river. This now happens 60 times a year nowadays, more than once a week. That's 55 million tonnes a year of sewage. It is no longer the cleanest urban waterway in the world.

However the super sewer tunnel currently being built (if ever the rich people stop protesting about it) - at $7 billion and rising, and slated for completion in 2023 will hopefully put an end to that.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 12:47 AM   #11171
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I don't know if being that close to the Thames is a good plan. I mean, there are days where you can practically walk across the river on a thin crust of slime and effluence. Do I really want to be swimming that close to that level of mess?

Point of fact: the disgusting nature of the Thames actually makes up a part of my national pride. I think all great civilizations have to have their own horrendous cesspool right in the middle of their capital. It's a rite of passage.
I am strongly reminded of the Thames' fantasy counterpart, the Ankh --

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Paradoxically, Morporkians are very proud of it. They say "A water that has been filtered by so many kidneys can only be very pure indeed" or "A water so full of life can't be bad for health".

It has been said that the Ankh is the only river in the multiverse where cops can draw a chalk outline when a corpse is found.

There is a legend in Ankh-Morpork of an ancient drum in the palace that will bang itself if ever an enemy fleet is seen sailing up the Ankh, although the legend has died out in recent centuries, partly because it's the Age of Reason and also because no enemy fleet could sail up the Ankh without a gang of men with shovels going in front.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 12:24 PM   #11172
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That's damning with faint praise if ever I saw it. Point of fact: The Thames may be cleaner than other major rivers, but that doesn't make it clean. This isn't some pristine subtropical inlet with crystal blue waters and white, powdery beaches. It's a gutter.
you do realise that the lido plan isn't to actually swim in the Thames water right?
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Old August 20th, 2014, 01:06 PM   #11173
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However the super sewer tunnel currently being built (if ever the rich people stop protesting about it) - at $7 billion and rising, and slated for completion in 2023 will hopefully put an end to that.
Didn't even know that had been approved. Thanks.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #11174
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Old August 20th, 2014, 05:25 PM   #11175
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I spotted this news article. Seems like a good idea?

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/599...central-london

This is a great idea! I recently visited Berlin and they have a similar floating swimming pool there with decking to sit and sunbathe on and a few small bars too.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 06:21 PM   #11176
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SE9 is away on a break in Africa at the moment, but he will be back.
Aye, I was in Africa and the Middle East for much of the month. Fairly busy too, only had fleeting chances to relax.

A lot has happened in London whilst I've been away, good to see the LCI bridge in place.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #11177
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Aye, I was in Africa and the Middle East for much of the month. Fairly busy too, only had fleeting chances to relax.

A lot has happened in London whilst I've been away, good to see the LCI bridge in place.
Welcome back, SE9! I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say we look forward to seeing your updates again!
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Old August 20th, 2014, 08:52 PM   #11178
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Welcome back, SE9! I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say we look forward to seeing your updates again!
yes, we waiting for more updates
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Old August 20th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #11179
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Old August 20th, 2014, 09:28 PM   #11180
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Has it already been approved?
The Garden Bridge is still in planning.
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