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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Dangers of Walkie Talkies

Oh dear I cannot help but guffaw at this story (not at the damage caused though) that so clearly highlights that no matter how mind numbingly restrictive Nanny's local council planning laws can be, the most incredible architectural howlers can still be approved and erected (ooh, can I have an erection before the watershed?).

Step forward whoever was responsible for designing and approving the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in Eastcheap. Aside from being a bit of a carbuncle, it also seemingly has the power to melt cars.

That at least is the claim made by Martin Lindsay, and others, who have found that bits of their cars (parked within the vicinity of the erection) have melted as a result of the building allegedly magnifying the suns rays and focussing them onto the cars.

CityA.M. reports that Mr Lindsay was distraught to see the warped panels along the side of his high-spec Jaguar XJ.

He parked his Jaguar at 12.45pm on Thursday afternoon but when City A.M. visited an hour later there was a smell of burning plastic and some panels were beyond repair. The building (dubbed the Walkie Scorchie after it began reflecting the ray of light that has left passers-by shielding their eyes) has also badly damaged a van parked nearby.

Eddie Cannon, a heating and air conditioning engineer, said his Vauxhall Vevaro had suffered similar damage on Wednesday:
"The van looks a total mess – every bit of plastic on the left hand side and everything on the dashboard has melted, including a bottle of Lucozade that looks like it has been baked.

When I got in the van it was a really strange light - like it was illuminated and they were filming. I want to know what effect it's having on people walking down the road." 
Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they are investigating and are quoted:
As a precautionary measure, the City of London has agreed to suspend three parking bays in the area which may be affected.” 
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  1. You have misunderstood what is going on. This is an unspoken collaboration between the London authorities and the architects and contractors to do down the owners of flash cars and white vans. Social egalitarianism inaction, or in action. If you were to park a grey Vauxhall Astra in the focused space, it would be unaffected. But then again, if you are reduced to driving a Vauxhall Astra, you probably don't know much about sunshine.

  2. Tonk.9:47 AM

    I was watching a few weeks ago now, a hi-viz clad "Fire and rescue service" spokesman talking about heath fires......He went on to say not to disgard bottles etc on the heath, because they can act as a magnifying glass and start a fire.....I look forward to the next time this spokesman appears......."Do not disgard bottles or erect glass buildings on the heath, because they could act as a magnifying glass and a start fire."