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A futuristic-looking skyscraper under construction in London has been blamed for melting cars and setting fire to furnishings in a nearby shop.
COLUMNISTS People relaxed outside the Bank of England.
The lift has no call button, but just ‘knows’ you’re waiting; that makes it The Most Annoying Lift in The City.
Getting in and being propelled at ear popping speed up The Great Erection downed make you feel like a dodgy sperm.
You may be shot out of the top with an ecstatic “Wahey!” to anoint St Paul’s, but we aren’t.
(via TableTalk, The Sunday Times Magazine, Sunrday, 21st July, 2013)
Two words familiar to Barbican residents came into use: “podium” and “highwalk”. Mercifully “ped-way” (a word presumably invented by a planning committee) was soon dropped. “Podium” is normally used for the raised stage on which an orchestra sits. In the Barbican, it is the raised stage on which an entire village-within-a-city sits.
Building the Barbican on a podium had a number of advantages. Traffic and trains pass unnoticed underneath the estate. Beech Street, which runs right through the estate, has effectively become an underground tunnel. Windows of the lowest flats in blocks overlooking perimeter roads, as in Andrewes House, are still well above street level.
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