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The Tower of Barad-Dur (or, the Shard)

Friday 1st February 2019, 3.30pm (day 2,717)

Shard as Barad-dur, 1/2/19

Old and new London… Renzo Piano, architect of the Shard — tallest habitable building in Britain and the second-tallest freestanding structure, after the Emley Moor TV mast — claims to have been inspired by church spires. Myself I think he was inspired by Tolkein. If this isn’t Sauron’s tower Barad-Dur, I don’t know what is.

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Manchester, City of Gold

Monday 3rd December 2018, 3.30pm (day 2,657)

City of Gold, 3/12/18

At least the sun came out this afternoon, its last rays of the day illuminating the skyscrapers that have grown up recently in the Deansgate area of the city. Old timers would not recognise some parts of Manchester now the years-long construction boom is starting to top out.

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Beetham Tower, Manchester

Tuesday 20th September 2016, 8.55am (day 1,853)

Beetham Tower, 20/9/16

At 554 feet, or 169m, this is the tallest building in the UK outside of London, and also one of the world’s thinnest buildings: not apparent in this shot but the unseen third dimension is very slight. Only the topmost floors are seen in this shot, but these are the highest residential apartments in the UK. And apparently it makes a great noise when the wind is high. I like the way the windows had caught the vague sunlight this morning.

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