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Saturday, 4 November 2006

crane!

Fireworks! Wheee!There's certainly been a change in the weather - seemingly to co-incide with the season where people see fit to set fire to explosives... Chris and I went to his school to see their fireworks display - I'm sure they've become a lot more sophisticated over the past few years, since this display was rather impressive.

It's quiet in Central London tonight, though (I'm working a little later because our 9pm man is unwell) but it hasn't been during the course of the day. Demolition has started in earnest of the old building (known affectionately as "BHX" - Broadcasting House Extension) and in order to get the job done, they've had to put together one of those huge looming cranes.

crane carrying crane..Although it was slow (which meant that I only needed to watch it occasionally) it was still a marvel of civil engineering, as one (smallish) crane took the pieces of the very big crane from the back of the waiting lorries and stood them up, a much larger, telescopic crane picked them up, lifted them over the building and planted them in the courtyard behind. On a clear, crisp day like today, it was a wonderful spectacle, and certainly made the day a little more interesting.

I'm not going to be able to watch another piece of crane action tonight, though - the Highways Agency M1 Project page gives details of the bridge work that's going to be carried out. If Christopher was a little older (and if he was interested!) it'd make for a fascinating bit of education - certainly for me! (No.. I've not missed my vocation - I really have trouble getting my head round moving large things from one place to another! Take, for example, the salvage of the Tricolore (thanks, Brian)... now that is cool.


Podcast bits
Before I dash off home, I discovered a couple of days ago that the New Scientist magazine has a podcast! That brings my list of science and technology-based podcasts to three (the BBC's Digital Planet and Guardian Unlimited's Science podcast being the other two).

Recently, they interviewed the Prime Minister, and - despite the usual sycophancy and politician-ness (if you know what I mean) - it was a fairly interesting interview. You can find it here.

Odd music.
Loopy : www.myspace.com/lesliehall. That is all.

Halfway through my long weekend shift! Yay!

Posted by james at November 4, 2006 10:37 PM


 
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