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Old August 15th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #941
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What gives, in all of my browsing over the last decade, I have never, ever seen a video restricted like that.

I have watched Russian TV and the news from Auckland NZ, Chinese sportscasts, world cup via Bahrain, Al Jezeera news, listened to Indian radio stations and so on. This is really a HUGE STEP BACKWARDs for the "World Wide" web.

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It is not at all the only website which does it and it is hardly a step backwards. Certain bit's of media which they do not have the legal rights to show outside their country are not shown. Any news in text form on the news website you can still have full access to, so their is no restriction against the press. You will find that CNN, Foxnews, and all the other american channels have similar features which are inaccessible outside of the US!
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Old August 15th, 2008, 12:13 PM   #942
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It's absolutely right that people who do not contribute to the BBC shouldn't be allowed to watch its full content.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 05:37 PM   #943
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Excellent island-behavior. I like that.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 06:17 PM   #944
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i don think the pyramid design of this building is too unique or original
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Old August 16th, 2008, 06:44 PM   #945
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Neither do I
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Old August 16th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #946
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Damned Egyptians.
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Old August 16th, 2008, 10:05 PM   #947
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This design is more original then you think since it's already quite old, it just takes lot's of time to build something like this in London.

And let's be honest, any pyramid design can never really be original because of those Egyptians.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 12:00 AM   #948
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seen better but why name london bridge tower. its a pyramid and nothing says london bridge.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #949
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seen better but why name london bridge tower. its a pyramid and nothing says london bridge.
Well, erm... it's next to London Bridge. And it's a tower.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 12:13 AM   #950
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And it's to be built at London Bridge Station
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Old August 17th, 2008, 01:08 AM   #951
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... and because it sounds cool.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #952
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seen better but why name london bridge tower. its a pyramid and nothing says london bridge.
Have you now. How wonderful for you. By the way it isn't a simple pyramid.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #953
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Just watched the video. Wow, I had no idea that the view corridors for St. Pauls Cathedral were that protected.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 05:15 PM   #954
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Only because English heritage might complain about any building that blocks them. I can understand why they want you to be able to see it, but why would anybody need to see it from the City? The only tourists in the City are there to either look at the Gherkin or to look at St Pauls itself. Since there wont be a public viewing platform in the City until the Shard is built, nobody except from the bankers will see it from above. Added to which, the City cluster is already tall enough to block views from the East. Views from the South would already be blocked by guys and the remainder of Southwark towers.

In short, the sight lines are already pretty blocked, so I doubt any further development of highrises will really harm them.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:31 PM   #955
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Maybe a silly question, but what does The Shard mean?
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Maybe a silly question, but what does The Shard mean?
Another name for the tower. The Shard London Bridge, also known as London Bridge Tower, the Shard of Glass and 32 London Bridge.

Or if you mean the definition of 'shard'.

The "Shard" was the first object spotted by Hoagland on frame LO-III-84M. Sticking some 1.5 miles above the Lunar surface, it is truly an inexplicable (by current theories) wonder of the universe. Casting a shadow across the Lunar plane, alignment with the local vertical rather than the "grain" of the film, and it's proximity to the "Tower" all argue strongly for it's artificial origin. Although no cross-confirming images of the "Shard" have been found, it's vicinity to the "Tower", which has been cross-confirmed, is a factor favoring it's existence as a "real" object. It has been suggested that the "Shard" may be a transient "out gassing" event. While this cannot be totally discounted, the absence of any "spray" around the "Shard's" sharply defined edges work against this explanation.



The shard in close-up:



This highly enhanced close-up of the tip of the "Shard" displays characteristics of a cellular, regular and geometric construction. The absence of any spray tends to diminish the "outgassing' theory, and the presence of a comparable glass like haze on the horizon behind "Shard" argues that it is amongst a field of artificial structures.
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #957
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^ WTF...
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Old August 17th, 2008, 08:50 PM   #958
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Maybe a silly question, but what does The Shard mean?
Shard is the nickname of the tower. The word "shard" basically means "a sharp fragment" or blade-like piece of glass/ceramics.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/shard

I think the nickname might have originated as an insult (from English Heritage or somebody), before it was actually marketed with that name. lol.
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Dequal, please never mention Hoagland here again. He is a kook at the fringes of sanity who peddles childish theories about so-called alien structures, and he is an affront to anybody who likes real skyscrapers. I am sure you didn't mean any harm, but Hoagland is just too stupid to be mentioned in the same context as the London Bridge Tower.
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Dequal, please never mention Hoagland here again. He is a kook at the fringes of sanity who peddles childish theories about so-called alien structures, and he is an affront to anybody who likes real skyscrapers. I am sure you didn't mean any harm, but Hoagland is just too stupid to be mentioned in the same context as the London Bridge Tower.
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