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London 03
September 29, 2008
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Reminiscent of a bicycle wheel, the London Eye can be see from numerous places around town. Here it is glimpsed down a side road connecting Whitehall with the Embankment


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The north end of Westminster Bridge looking southeast. Boadicea, the gnarly warrior queen, is urging her chariot forward, probably on her way to ride the Eye


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The Eye is on the south bank of the Thames at the side of the former Greater London Council building. The building was sold to the Japanese in the 1980's and now houses the London Aquarium and numerous fast food joints among other attractions


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The Eye from the mid-point of the bridge. Notice the single sided, cantilevered support system - unique for this kind of structure


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Looking back across the bridge, across the street from the Boadicea statue, is this clock thingy


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When refugees seek political asylum in England I often wondered why they are not sent here - it has to be the the finest Political Asylum in the Empire


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Walking along the Thames Path toward the Eye provides this view of the Houses of Parliament


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Finally, The Eye! This view is from the river side of the wheel and clearly shows the absence of any kind of support structure


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The external "engine room" that provides the motive power to the wheel


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The spokes are actually significant steel hawsers with husky eyelets attaching them to the hub


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Part of the design that often escapes the observer is that each of the 32 cars are continuously rotatable about their long axis in order to be able to remain "upright" irrespective of the position of the wheel


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A nerds eye view


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The columned entrance to the old GLC building below the wheel


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Looking up-river with Westminster bridge in the foreground, Lambeth bridge and, round the bend, Vauxhall bridge


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Hungerford bridge is the next bridge down-river. This is a train bridge serving Charing Cross station and has suspended foot bridges hung on each side. The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1854.


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Beyond the station the ever present BT Tower can be seen


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Beyond Hungerford bridge is Waterloo bridge with the "City" (the financial center) on the left bank


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In the opposite direction is the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Margaret's church, Westminster Abbey and a bunch of other stuff


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So, here is BIG - The London Eye at 443 feet


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BIGGER, The Star of Nanchang at 525 feet


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And BIGGEST, for now anyway, the Singapore Flyer at 542 feet


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Along the Thames Walk by the Eye are a series of sculptures, several by the talented showman/con-artist Dali. This one might be called "Tab A in Slot B?"


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"Elephant on Stilts with Uncomfortable Saddle" perhaps?
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