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Postby Gillzajoker » 30 Apr 2017 10:58

Wonderful pics., Tom - Aisling is so like Siobhan, it's amazing! :D
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Postby Skier Pete » 30 Apr 2017 15:33

image and information courtesy of Glasgow Science Centre
This is a tower "Freestanding Structure" that I went up last year, it is freely rotating and has an aerofoil cross section to help stabilise it in strong winds


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Glasgow Tower
At 127 metres tall the Glasgow Tower is currently the tallest tower in Scotland. It holds a Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world in which the whole structure is capable of rotating 360 degrees. The whole structure rests upon a 65 centimetre diameter thrust bearing which it allows it to rotate freely. The tower has two elevators each with a 12 person capacity, but this is normally limited to 6 guests plus a single member of staff for reasons of comfort. There is also an emergency staircase, comprising 523 stairs from the Cabin level to the Podium. Design It is shaped like an aerofoil (as if an aircraft wing had been set in the ground vertically), with computer-controlled motors to turn it into the wind in order to reduce wind resistance. The tower, previously known as the Millennium Tower, was the winning design in an international competition to design a tower for the city centre of Glasgow.

When completed in 2001, it became the tallest tower in Scotland. The website for the tower claims it is "The tallest freestanding building in Scotland". Although the tower has an observation desk (at 105 metres), it does not have floors continuously from the ground and therefore it is not considered a building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).


The tower has been plagued by safety and engineering problems throughout its history. Problems with the Nigerian-made thrust bearing on which it rotates led to it being closed between February 2002 and August 2004. On 30 January 2005, ten people were trapped in the lifts and only rescued after five hours. Following the incident, the tower re-opened on December 21, 2006. In September 2007, a charity abseil event was held on Glasgow Tower.
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Postby judgegeoff » 30 Apr 2017 18:30

Not the tallest and certainly not one of the newest, but I believe that our St. Nicholas' church tower in New Romney, Romney Marsh, Kent, is quite interesting.

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It is believed to have been built by Bishop Odo *, William the Conqueror's half brother just after the Norman invasion and may well be one of the first substantial Norman buildings to be built in Britain (we are only 27 miles from the site of the battle of Hastings). All four spires on top of the tower are different in style. The tower has 8 bells which are rung by a team of enthusiastic bell ringers.

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In 1287 a series of torrential storms swept over Romney Marsh and changed the whole topography of the area. New Romney had been a sea port, with ships berthing close to the church but, after the storms, it was left 3/4 of a mile from the sea and the whole area was covered in several feet of shingle. To enter the church we now have to go down 6 steps (to reach the level pre the 1287 storms).

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If you go inside the church you can still see the flood marks from the great storms on the pillars.

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*Bishop Odo was a despicable wretch by all accounts. As a priest he was forbidden from shedding blood and therefore denied sharp edged weapons, so he had a smooth wooden club made so that he could ride into battle and kill people without shedding their blood. As such, he is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry. He treated the local people of this area very harshly.

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Postby Gillzajoker » 01 May 2017 10:42

Very interesting, Geoff! :D
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Postby judgegeoff » 01 May 2017 12:41

On our recent Rhone river cruise our final destination was the city of Lyon where we spent 2 nights. On an included 'Lyon City Tour' we were taken up to the top of a hill named Fourviere which overlooked the city and gave panoramic views over the whole area. We also visited the Basilica of the Virgin which is also on top of the hill. But what really caught my eye was the metal tower nearby which, to a casual observer, looks just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris :-

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This tower was built just 3 years after the Eiffel Tower, between 1892 and 1894 and, during the Exposition Universelle of 1914, had a restaurant near the top and an elevator capable of carrying 22 persons at a time. After the Exposition it was used as an observation tower until 1953 and is now used as a television tower. At 372 metres high it is the highest point in Lyon.
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Postby tomvet » 01 May 2017 22:35

Not a tall tower by international standards, nevertheless the Gran Hotel Arrecife is the tallest building in Lanzarote.

I recommend going to the 17th floor of the Hotel for the coffee and the views from the Star City bar.

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There is no pretentiousness that one often gets with a 5* establishment. You simply walk in, find the lift and up you go.

Views of Arrecife and surrounds including the ports are excellent!

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The bar serves meals also, though at 1030am before our South Lanzarote tour we just had coffee and OJ and not at 5* prices - well Irish 5* prices! €6,20 for both drinks!

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In conclusion, a lovely place to rest and recharge during ones walk around Arrecife.
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Postby judgegeoff » 02 May 2017 10:39

Twelve months ago Chris and I were on the "Celebrity Infinity" on a cruise from San Diego to Vancouver, along the West Coast of America. One of our ports was Seattle and, after visiting the Pike Street Market, we decided to go to the Columbia Centre, the tallest skyscraper in the city at 902 feet above the ground. Once inside the building we had to go up several flights of escalators and then took an elevator to the 40th floor. We then had to change to another elevator that took us up to the 73rd floor where there is a room giving almost 360 degree views over the city. The views were breathtaking, the kind that you only normally see out of the window of an aeroplane :-

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Interestingly, the Columbia Tower is over twice the height of "The Space Needle" which is the viewing tower that the majority of visitors to Seattle seem to go to. After visiting the Tower I can thoroughly recommend a seafood lunch in the nearby 'McCormicks Fish House and Bar' where we had a fabulous meal.

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Postby tomvet » 15 May 2018 19:20

So more towers from recent trips

Berlin TV Tower

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The Kolner Dom in Cologne - only 533 steps to the top!

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Koln Triangle

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Eusibius, Arnheim

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Rhein Turn, Dusseldorf

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Main Tower,Frankfurt

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Postby Skier Pete » 16 May 2018 10:32

I went up this tower in August 1996, it the time it had the fastest lift in the world, but, you could not feel any accelerations or decelerations at all, it was a very very smooth ride


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Postby tomvet » 16 May 2018 15:07

Yes Pete you told us on a previous page
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