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(Some stone column)   Closed for 130 years, a public observation tower still standing tall in central London   (ianvisits.co.uk) divider line 62
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2012-10-30 09:58:29 PM

Slaxl: I went up the Monument recently. It's quite a climb, but quite a view as well.

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Incidentally what's a good image hosting site that doesn't shrink pictures, like photobucket does?


Came to post Monument. Great view of Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast from it. I still have the certificate for climbing it. Slightly easier climb than Bunker Hill Memorial in Boston, MA, and a much better view at the top.

Oh, and imgur.com for the images.
 
2012-10-30 10:16:45 PM

Slaxl: Incidentally what's a good image hosting site that doesn't shrink pictures, like photobucket does?


I use majhost.com. Need an account, I've never had any issues with it. The website is designed very... simply, so it somewhat insecure, but I don't care, I either stole the image from somewhere or it's one of my shiatty 'shops.
 
2012-10-30 10:18:39 PM

neuroflare: Slaxl: Incidentally what's a good image hosting site that doesn't shrink pictures, like photobucket does?

I use majhost.com. Need an account, I've never had any issues with it. The website is designed very... simply, so it SEEMS somewhat insecure, but I don't care, I either stole the image from somewhere or it's one of my shiatty 'shops.


ftfm
 
2012-10-31 12:50:14 AM

cgraves67: upndn: Thelyphthoric: Barricaded Gunman: FTFA: It was even designed to make climbing easier by reversing the spiral of the staircase to anti-clockwise...

Huh? How does that work?

Clever, but obviously it's worse for left handed people.

Building counter clockwise creates the northern hemisphere funnel effect with regards to falling down one built this way.

You would tumble down the stairs in a clockwise direction which would increase the tumble speed, think of a flat spin, it's tough to recover from once started.

Water funnels in a clockwise motion in the north hemisphere, FYI.

What??

I know that old castles had clock-wise spiral stairs because it made the attacker climb the stairs with their (right-handed) weapon in a difficult position to use. Therefore it was easier to defend such a staircase and it became a chokepoint. Presumably, a counter-clockwise stair would be easier for people with canes and walking sticks to ascend.



Um...and maybe having a more accessible/less tightly-wound railing for the (presumably) dominant, right hand?

Good point (or good fake/joke) about castle staircases, though.
 
2012-10-31 02:13:22 AM
Many places 'not open to the public' are still accessed for maintenance and other reasons.
Plus, there are groups that search for, and explore such locations.
Permission to do so, some times all you need to do is ask!
 
2012-10-31 05:20:40 AM
We used to have a Nelson's Pillar for observation in Dublin too until this happened to it in 1966. It was older than the one in London.
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2012-10-31 07:22:40 AM
I wish they'd re-open the Observation Deck at JFK Airport, but its been closed since the 1960s.

And there used to be one at the Chrysler Building, too.
 
2012-10-31 07:58:01 AM
DjangoStonereaver: I wish they'd re-open the Observation Deck at JFK Airport, but its been closed since the 1960s.

And there used to be one at the Chrysler Building, too.


There also used to be a really nice one at Dulles. Closed due to 9/11. Try as I may, I can't see how it is anything other than a hysterical overreaction.
 
2012-10-31 08:18:24 AM

ComicBookGuy: DjangoStonereaver: I wish they'd re-open the Observation Deck at JFK Airport, but its been closed since the 1960s.

And there used to be one at the Chrysler Building, too.

There also used to be a really nice one at Dulles. Closed due to 9/11. Try as I may, I can't see how it is anything other than a hysterical overreaction.


I actually was at the one at Dulles before they closed it, and its only real advantage was that it was the
only place you could catch a smoke after you'd passed the security screening. The view wasn't
all that good, and closing it isn't that much of a loss.

The JFK deck is at the base of the old central control tower, and its view must be staggering.
 
2012-10-31 12:15:49 PM

TheDrunkenIrishMan: We used to have a Nelson's Pillar for observation in Dublin too until this happened to it in 1966. It was older than the one in London.
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They could've at least vigorously lobbied for the city to move the statue first... Considering what was built on the site of it:
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2012-10-31 01:00:10 PM

ComicBookGuy: DjangoStonereaver: I wish they'd re-open the Observation Deck at JFK Airport, but its been closed since the 1960s.

And there used to be one at the Chrysler Building, too.

There also used to be a really nice one at Dulles. Closed due to 9/11. Try as I may, I can't see how it is anything other than a hysterical overreaction.


Go to Udvar-Hazy. You can go up in its tower (looks like an air control tower). On a clear day you can see Tyson's and the smokies off to the west - really!
 
2012-10-31 01:24:39 PM
HeFixesTheCable: ComicBookGuy: DjangoStonereaver: I wish they'd re-open the Observation Deck at JFK Airport, but its been closed since the 1960s.

And there used to be one at the Chrysler Building, too.

There also used to be a really nice one at Dulles. Closed due to 9/11. Try as I may, I can't see how it is anything other than a hysterical overreaction.

Go to Udvar-Hazy. You can go up in its tower (looks like an air control tower). On a clear day you can see Tyson's and the smokies off to the west - really!


I've been up that, too. I really liked the old one because it was outside, and was there during my formative years.

I always wondered who was the announcer guy I heard for years and years via automated P.A.
 
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