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(BBC)   Window cleaner + London's tallest building + high wind = sharded   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 49
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2012-07-02 05:07:36 PM
Did he shard himself?
 
2012-07-02 05:27:59 PM
"I think it was seen from a helicopter and people panicked unnecessarily."

Sorry, but I think seeing some dude stuck on window cleaning platform 1000 feet in the air swinging in the wind is a reason to have a bit of a panic.
 
2012-07-02 08:44:51 PM
This is when all those hours playing Mirror's Edge finally pays off! Except your controller only points down.
 
2012-07-02 08:54:57 PM

NowhereMon: Did he shard himself?


This is where the shard hits the fan.
 
2012-07-02 09:09:10 PM
I sharded myself and I'm firmly on the ground. I cant stand heights.
 
2012-07-02 09:09:21 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener


NowhereMon: Did he shard himself?

This is where the shard hits the fan.


"Window cleaning? It shard work."

"Thank you, Mr. Connery."
 
2012-07-02 09:09:35 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: NowhereMon: Did he shard himself?

This is where the shard hits the fan.


did the shard hit the oscillating suspension device?
 
2012-07-02 09:09:57 PM

At least he wasn't in danger from cleaning the Dildo of London.


www.eikongraphia.com

 
2012-07-02 09:10:05 PM

exick: "I think it was seen from a helicopter and people panicked unnecessarily."

Sorry, but I think seeing some dude stuck on window cleaning platform 1000 feet in the air swinging in the wind is a reason to have a bit of a panic.


Only if you're directly under it or near where he could land when he fell.

Otherwise, it's really just a crazy show and there's no need to panic.
 
2012-07-02 09:11:05 PM

elffster: I sharded myself and I'm firmly on the ground. I cant stand heights.


Seriously, just looking AT tall bldgs gives me vertigo. My brain does a double twist and I imagine I'm up there looking over the edge. Then I puke.
 
2012-07-02 09:12:06 PM
Nice.

P.S. I am a douchebag and always have been.

P.P.S. I also happen to be a Wizard.

P.P.P.S. I come in Peace.
 
2012-07-02 09:16:29 PM
So winds were high but well within safe limits and it only took a few minutes for the maintenance crew to stabilize the cradle? Everybody panic!
 
2012-07-02 09:20:09 PM
Let me read that headline again.
 
2012-07-02 09:23:52 PM

skinink: At least he wasn't in danger from cleaning the Dildo of London.


If high winds had struck there, he could have been in a real pickle.
 
2012-07-02 09:24:39 PM
Why have they built skyscrapers in London? It's not a skyscraper kind of town. I don't think Sir Christopher Wren would approve.

/though Hawksmoor probably would
 
2012-07-02 09:26:40 PM
Not knowing that there is a building in London called the Shard, I read that headline and immediately thought there was some kind of gruesome unintentional stabbing that occurred.

Glad to see I was wrong.

/off to see my shrink now
 
2012-07-02 09:29:52 PM
Am I the only one humming along to Heart of Glass while reading that?
 
2012-07-02 09:31:16 PM
♫ What's my line?
Im happy cleaning windows
Take my time
Ill see you when my love grows
Baby don't let it slide
Im a working man in my prime
Cleaning windows
number a hundred and thirty-aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrggggg ♫
 
2012-07-02 09:32:33 PM
FTA: An ambulance had also been on standby.

At 72 stories, and shovel and bucket would have been plenty enough.... And a wet mop afterwards...
 
2012-07-02 09:37:45 PM
Should have sent ze Viper.
 
2012-07-02 09:38:11 PM
Never underestimate the power of uninformed bystanders to make an incident into an emergency.

/OH MY GOD THERE'S A MAN UP THERE!!!!
 
2012-07-02 09:39:16 PM
They should sue the people who reported it. Just because one is a wuss, does not mean everyone is a wuss.

People need to stop being such busybodies.
 
2012-07-02 09:41:24 PM

JonnyG: They should sue the people who reported it. Just because one is a wuss, does not mean everyone is a wuss.

People need to stop being such busybodies.


Dude it's England. Don't get your hopes up.
 
2012-07-02 09:43:35 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: elffster: I sharded myself and I'm firmly on the ground. I cant stand heights.

Seriously, just looking AT tall bldgs gives me vertigo. My brain does a double twist and I imagine I'm up there looking over the edge. Then I puke.


Im tiny, so no puking on me. That costs extra.
 
2012-07-02 09:57:58 PM
First the broken penis thread, and now this. I'm going to have to reach down my throat and push my genitals back out from where they're hiding.

\somewhere around my pancreas, I think.
 
2012-07-02 09:58:24 PM
Window cleaner in England? My first thought will always be:
upload.wikimedia.org
A classic of soft-core porn from my youth.

Get off of my lawn.
 
2012-07-02 09:59:17 PM
I'm amazed we still have some dude squeegeeing windows 100 floors up in this age. Isn't this the future yet? Don't we have robots for this kind of work?
 
2012-07-02 10:00:05 PM

TexanBoy: JonnyG: They should sue the people who reported it. Just because one is a wuss, does not mean everyone is a wuss.

People need to stop being such busybodies.

Dude it's England. Don't get your hopes up.


Good point.

Hope level down.
 
2012-07-02 10:01:02 PM

BigLuca: I'm amazed we still have some dude squeegeeing windows 100 floors up in this age. Isn't this the future yet? Don't we have robots for this kind of work?


Yes, but it's cheaper to bring in immigrant workers.
 
2012-07-02 10:01:10 PM

GypsyJoker: First the broken penis thread, and now this. I'm going to have to reach down my throat and push my genitals back out from where they're hiding.

\somewhere around my pancreas, I think.


Nice ref.

*bzzz-zap*

;)
 
2012-07-02 10:03:13 PM

BigLuca: I'm amazed we still have some dude squeegeeing windows 100 floors up in this age. Isn't this the future yet? Don't we have robots for this kind of work?


Damn them robots stealin' our jerbs!
 
2012-07-02 10:04:28 PM

JonnyG: BigLuca: I'm amazed we still have some dude squeegeeing windows 100 floors up in this age. Isn't this the future yet? Don't we have robots for this kind of work?

Yes, but it's cheaper to bring in immigrant workers.



The Sears Willis Tower has had an automated window-washing system since its construction forty+ years ago.
 
2012-07-02 10:12:13 PM
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2012-07-02 10:21:55 PM
Nice building. I bet you can't fit it up yer arse.
 
2012-07-02 10:50:58 PM
Shadoobie...sharded, sharded...
 
2012-07-02 10:57:11 PM
Put me in the camp that thought a window broke and the dude got shared (like arrowed).
 
2012-07-02 11:01:55 PM
You mean shared in equal portions?
 
2012-07-02 11:14:09 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Why have they built skyscrapers in London? It's not a skyscraper kind of town. I don't think Sir Christopher Wren would approve.

/though Hawksmoor probably would


London did used to have height restrictions. And a lot of the skyscrapers are not in London, they're in the City of London, which is not London, despite being located in the middle of London.
upload.wikimedia.org
Pink: Greater London, aka London
Red: City of London (completely independent of Greater London)
 
2012-07-02 11:23:45 PM
Next week; a benefit concert to aid stuck window washers.

cdn.eurweb.com

♫ We're sending our love up the Shard. ♫
 
2012-07-02 11:47:17 PM

BigLuca: I'm amazed we still have some dude squeegeeing windows 100 floors up in this age. Isn't this the future yet? Don't we have robots for this kind of work?


and those poor bastards, at least on the older buildings, have to carry the counter ballast weights to the next side after one is done. you turn into a muscle mutt doing that job.
 
2012-07-03 12:23:09 AM
Arrowed seems to be the common term used in this forum to describe being wounded by an arrow. Therefore sharded should mean that the person was penetrated by a shard of glass (especially when used in the context of cleaning windows on a building).
 
2012-07-03 01:07:59 AM

Paris1127: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Why have they built skyscrapers in London? It's not a skyscraper kind of town. I don't think Sir Christopher Wren would approve.

/though Hawksmoor probably would

London did used to have height restrictions. And a lot of the skyscrapers are not in London, they're in the City of London, which is not London, despite being located in the middle of London.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x387]
Pink: Greater London, aka London
Red: City of London (completely independent of Greater London)


Oh yes, that all sounds perfectly logical. Just like when they apparently hired someone with parkinsons to draw up their city lines, I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.
 
2012-07-03 03:25:12 AM

Neondistraction: Paris1127: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Why have they built skyscrapers in London? It's not a skyscraper kind of town. I don't think Sir Christopher Wren would approve.

/though Hawksmoor probably would

London did used to have height restrictions. And a lot of the skyscrapers are not in London, they're in the City of London, which is not London, despite being located in the middle of London.
[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x387]
Pink: Greater London, aka London
Red: City of London (completely independent of Greater London)

Oh yes, that all sounds perfectly logical. Just like when they apparently hired someone with parkinsons to draw up their city lines, I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time.


The City is absolutely 'in London' - in the sense that nobody would say they weren't in London if they were there. It is a special case in terms of how it's governed, but that doesn't make much difference in practice.

Also, the skyscraper in question is south of the river, so not in the City. Similarly Centre Point and the BT tower, which were the first tall buildings built in the 60s are either in Westminster or Camden, and Canary Wharf (the big high- rise development started in the 80s) is in Tower Hamlets. There are a few towers in the City itself, but no more or less than elsewhere.
 
2012-07-03 07:47:42 AM
CSB:

I once knew a hippie girl who liked to recycle in wierd ways. I went over to her house and in the flower bed by the front porch were big pieces of broken glass stuck in the ground. Is ask 'WTF!!!'. She said it was her "Shard Garden".
 
2012-07-03 08:33:36 AM
it's story not storey
stupid pricks
 
2012-07-03 10:51:35 AM
i.qkme.me
 
2012-07-03 11:21:06 AM
The text distinguishing a 'maintenance worker' from 'window cleaner' had me crying with laughter. Best unintentional, real-life reference to The IT Crowd ever.
Link goes to shortened episode
 
2012-07-03 12:45:07 PM
It looks a little like a skinny version of North Korea's Ryugyong Hotel.
 
2012-07-03 07:24:48 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: "Window cleaning? It shard work."

"Thank you, Mr. Connery."


Hahahahah, YESH!


loonatic112358: did the shard hit the oscillating suspension device?


If you want to be technical about it!
 
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