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Old February 27th, 2011, 07:30 PM   #5621
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How I outfoxed the 1,000ft cub

A PEST controller told yesterday how she battled her fears to snare the fox living on top of Britain's tallest skyscraper.
Terrified Lisa Wood was hoisted up the outside of the 945ft Shard twice a day for two weeks to trap him.

When she finally reached the incomplete London tower's 72nd floor, she set a cage trap with pieces of chicken doused in sardine juice to lure Romeo the cub.

But it took a fortnight to outfox the fox, who had stunned builders by scaling the summit and surviving on scraps of their food.

Lisa, 43, said: "He was cunning. It took ages for him to fall for it. He'd look straight in my eyes as if he was saying, 'I know what you're up to'.

"Finally he took the food and the door slammed." She gave Romeo to a sanctuary, which released him.

Lisa said: "My first trip up to trap him was the scariest thing I've done. My son Grant was injured with the Army in Iraq, so he knows fear - and even he was impressed with me."

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Wow, quite an unusual story.

1.- How can there be a fox in one of the most urban areas of London? I got to see a few of them, but deep in the Parks (Holland Park to be precise), not roaming among the cars and pedestrians.

2.- How did it climb all the way to the top?

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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #5622
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Wow, quite an unusual story.

1.- How can there be a fox in one of the most urban areas of London? I got to see a few of them, but deep in the Parks (Holland Park to be precise), not roaming among the cars and pedestrians.

2.- How did it climb all the way to the top?

There are foxes everywhere in London.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #5623
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Nice project, Will this be the tallest building in the UK?
It's already the tallest building in Britain.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #5624
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Yeah the core structure is already higher then any other building, though the actual shard design still has a bit to go yet.

Had a look at it today from about 15 miles to the east of London, not bad looking already but will clearly look stunning once its finished, esp when its sunny.
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Old February 27th, 2011, 09:42 PM   #5625
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So the core is not at finished yet?
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Old February 28th, 2011, 12:17 AM   #5626
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So the core is not at finished yet?
The core has yes, but the buildings got around 55 metres to go before it's officially topped out
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Old February 28th, 2011, 12:34 AM   #5627
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Those photos on the last page were great and it shows how a very modern design can fit right in with more traditional older buildings. The glass cladding is particularly unique and eye catching.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 01:19 AM   #5628
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Nice project, Will this be the tallest building in the UK?
I understood that this would be Europe's tallest tower
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Old February 28th, 2011, 01:50 AM   #5629
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It'll be the European Union's tallest building - unfortunately Moscow beat us to the top of the Europe height rankings.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #5630
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It will hold the title for some years but not to long do i fear.
The heritage towers in paris will be built like 99% sure.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 10:49 PM   #5631
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iPhone shot on my way home this evening

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The Shard at night by cybertect, on Flickr
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Pretty much every angle is impressive.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 01:40 AM   #5633
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Its not just the height thing that makes this impressive, I mean there are quite a few bigger buildings out there...its the shape and the way its going to look that will put it up there with the very best, the design is frankly amazing and it stands worlds above anything else in that part of London.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:26 AM   #5634
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my mate has just come back from london and mentioned about this amazing new bldg over there. like a crystal. very impressed and he isnt into skyscrapers.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 11:55 AM   #5635
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Same view as previous on my way back to work this morning

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Old March 1st, 2011, 01:44 PM   #5636
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It will hold the title for some years but not to long do i fear.
The heritage towers in paris will be built like 99% sure.
It doesn't matter how long it will be the tallest tower for. Any height will be surpassed sooner or later. But the record holders will remain forever. . You will always be able to say that this tower was the tallest in Europe.
It's like in sports. All records become outdated but not the record holders.

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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:38 PM   #5637
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That is a wonderful way to look at it. Did anyone think less of the great pyramid when the Eiffel tower surpassed it? No. Does anyone see the Empire State Building as 'less' because there are many taller structures? Not me.

Now if we could only agree on Mercury City...
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Old March 1st, 2011, 03:59 PM   #5638
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What's the rate of the concrete floors now? Floor per week and a half?
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Old March 1st, 2011, 04:52 PM   #5639
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First post here finally

I've been keeping track on the shard for a long time now and I still stand in awe whenever I see it, it's gonna be such a beautiful building when completed and I really can't wait to see this and the Bishopsgate Tower standing in unison in a couple years time.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 06:27 PM   #5640
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lets get this back on topic this has just been posted on the UK forums and is a really beautiful shot, thanks to ChrisCwmbran for this :

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