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A towering disappointment

Originally uploaded by Joffley.

I am a naturally nosy person. And nothing appeals to me more than getting a chance to snoop round buildings (and building sites) from icons to long neglected eyesores.

As a result, London Open House weekend – the annual opportunity to get a peek inside the capital’s buildings – has become a red letter event in my diary. But this year it will be tinged with disappointment.

Over the years I have been inside HM Treasury, St Pancras Chambers and Channel 4’s Horseferry Road building. But the one building I have longed to view is the BT Tower, or more specifically the viewing deck at the top.

Maybe it is because it has been off limits for most of my lifetime after its closure for security reasons, but the BT Tower has always appealed to me more than any other tall building in London. But it has never been included in the Open House London programme – until this year. Continue reading

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The High Line

Originally uploaded by littlesaint_uk.

If you are lucky enough to be going to New York this summer, make sure you leave time to check out its newest park – the High Line.

The High Line, which opens later this Spring, has supporters ranging from U.S secretary of state Hillary Clinton to actor Edward Norton. The difference between The High Line and a traditional park is that you won’t find it at ground level. It has been cultivated on a disused elevated railroad above the streets of Manhattan.

You can read more about the story behind the High Line’s creation in an article I have written for the March edition of New Start.


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