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Hey Monday, these are some cool links to make the last week of 2009 more exciting.
Goodbye N64 Kid, Hello Xbox 360 Kid (Gizmodo)
- Actually Ironic (College Humor)
- 'Tizzle Wizzle' Bloodbath and the Top 5 SNL Digital Shorts of 2009 (Asylum)
- Ricky Gervais sings Emo a lullaby (Comedy.com)
- Original Eiffel Tower blueprints (boingboing)
- Hacked STOP signs (Urlesque)
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Replica of Paris' Eiffel Tower coming up in Yanam
A replica of one of France's famous landmarks, Eiffel Tower, is coming up at Yanam, an enclave of erstwhile French colony Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh.
Construction of the Rs 25-crore replica, which will stand 101 metres tall (a little over 330 ft) at Giriyampetta in Yanam is part of the Puducherry government's efforts to promote tourism and strengthen its French connection. Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has sponsored the project, which is expected to be completed by October this year on the site provided by the Puducherry Administration.
Read Full story : http://tinyurl.com/ye2wm8nReplica of Paris' Eiffel Tower coming up in Yanam Puducherry A replica of one... more
"On May 15, the Eiffel Tower, the world's most celebrated monument and the iconic symbol of Paris, celebrates its 120th anniversary. Strikingly, the fame and allure of this improbable wrought-iron masterpiece have only grown with the passing decades. The tower, built by railway-bridge engineer Gustave Eiffel, has become a ubiquitous global image connoting modernity and glamour, while visitors who experience it firsthand are still amazed by the tower's potent mixture of spare elegance, immensity and complexity. And when the Eiffel Tower opens to its adoring public each day, the structure comes to life as crowds gaily clamber up and down its stairs, eating, drinking and flirting on the three platforms high in the sky. Open to the elements, enveloped in Eiffel's distinctive design, visitors can see and touch parts of the 18,038 pieces of iron (welded together with 2.5 million rivets) as they ascend heavenward.
The tower is so beloved that few today remember the storm of vitriol, mockery and lawsuits provoked by its selection as the startling centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. (One of the losing entries was a gigantic working guillotine!) Even as Eiffel was breaking ground by the Seine River in February 1887, 47 of France's greatest names decried in a letter to Le Temps the "odious column of bolted metal." What person of good taste, this flock of intellectuals asked, could endure the thought of this "dizzily ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a black and gigantic factory chimney, crushing [all] beneath its barbarous mass"? The revered painters Ernest Meissonier and William-Adolphe Bouguereau, writers Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas fils, composer Charles Gounod and architect Charles Garnier all signed this epistolary call to arms, stating that "the Eiffel Tower, which even commercial America would not have, is without a doubt the dishonor of Paris."
The Americans did not hide their chagrin when they learned that at 1,000 feet the Eiffel Tower would dethrone their own 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, finally completed in 1884. Sniffed the New York Times' Paris correspondent: "The French admit [the tower's] originality and value, but they deplore its ugliness . . . au fond, they are not proud to show this gigantic iron structure to strangers. . . . [T]hey vote it an abomination and eyesore." The Timesman insisted that the Washington Monument is "after all, more artistic than the Eiffel Tower." In truth, as the Eiffel Tower rose gracefully into the Parisian sky, its unique modern beauty catapulted it to world acclaim. An entire industry rushed to churn out Eiffel Tower replicas, as Phillip Cate notes in his book "Eiffel Tower: A Tour de Force" -- tiny gold charms, solid chocolate confections, giant garden ornaments, or the myriad images executed in "pen, pencil, and brush, in photo and lithography, in oil and pastel, on paper, canvas, on wood and ivory, on china, steel, and zinc."
From the day the Eiffel Tower first opened on May 15, 1889, at 11:50 a.m., fairgoers flocked to ascend its giddy heights. From high up, they savored the spectacle of Paris looking tiny and the crowds down below coursing through the rococo Exposition, enjoying such novelties as Egyptian belly dancing, Japanese tea houses, Javanese dancers, wine from the world's largest oaken cask (pulled to Paris by 10 pair of oxen), and the miracle of recorded sound at the Edison exhibit...""On May 15, the Eiffel Tower, the world's most celebrated monument and the... more
Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show HERE ON CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
Not all the way up the Eiffel Tower.
Playing along to my tune.
Awful & dreadful.
A very special guest on the next show.
The new Star Trek film.Who's taking me ?
Tagging along as usual.
It's practically impossible.
Do you like British or American comedy ?
Following the coach.
"In the can".
Terry didn't sing.
The same old shirts.
Moving abroad for the winter.
Don't you love gardening ?
Tom's new show.
The lights look pretty.
You get what you pay for.
Let it be free.
Should I do a podcast on Lullabies ?
Sunflowers doing well.
A bad shot.
A trip to the garden centre.
Give it a try.
Bingo at "The Steam Coach".
Don't gamble on shares.
A lot of money.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKThursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show HERE ON... more
Recently it was discovered that the tallest building in the world - the Burj Dubai - had been the scene for a world record (and highly illegal) BASE jump. 1 British man attempted the jump and was successful, while a second man, a Frenchman, was caught before he could jump. They were both arrested and held in Dubai.
What is not known to either the authorities or the world in general, is that 2 men had already succeeded in climbing the tower and base jumping from it without being caught: another Brit and the same Frenchman who was later caught attempting a second jump. They were the first and have gone down as legends in their sport, for claiming the latest jewel in the crown of the sport. This is the story of that jump.Recently it was discovered that the tallest building in the world - the Burj Dubai -... more
A nine-foot chunk of the original Eiffel Tower staircase has sold for 553,000 euros in a Paris auction.A nine-foot chunk of the original Eiffel Tower staircase has sold for 553,000 euros in... more
PARIS (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower is cutting down on its display of sparkling lights to set an example of energy saving, its management said Friday.
The Eiffel Tower has twinkled for 10 minutes every hour on the hour during the evening since January 2000.
Now, to reinforce the message that energy must be saved for environmental reasons, the tower will sparkle for just five minutes every hour.
The tower's managers said the measure was mostly symbolic, as the 20,000 flashing light bulbs that produce the twinkling effect consume relatively little energy.
The 300-metre (984-foot) tower is France's most recognisable monument. It has become a popular activity for tourists to gather during the evening on bridges and squares to watch the spectacle.
PARIS (Reuters) – The Eiffel Tower is cutting down on its display of sparkling... more
As part of a new green initiative, the Eiffel tower is to lose its sparkle as thousands of its twinkling light bulbs are cut.
The French capital's top landmark first sported its "diamond dress" of flash bulbs to mark the new millennium, but they were kept on due to popular demand. Since January 1, 2000, every hour after dusk, the 20,000 bulbs twinkle brilliantly for ten minutes in what has become a tourist hit.
But starting next month, Sete, the company subcontracted by Paris to run the tower, has decided to half the time the bulbs are on, cutting illumination from 400 to 200 hours per year.
The decision is part of a plan to make the Eiffel tower and other monuments more environmentally friendly. "It's above all a symbolic decision, as the cost savings are not enormous", said the tourism deputy of Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë.
Mr Delanoë, who was re-elected this year for a second term, has put the environment at the heart of his policy-making, introducing a popular low-cost bike rental scheme and reducing traffic volume by 10 percent by multiplying bus lanes, cutting parking spaces, widening pavements and by promoting public transport.As part of a new green initiative, the Eiffel tower is to lose its sparkle as... more
An Oklahoma lawmaker has a tourism-generating dream of turning the Oklahoma oil boom into an iconic landmark rivaling the Eiffel Tower.An Oklahoma lawmaker has a tourism-generating dream of turning the Oklahoma oil boom... more
France will hold the Presidency of the European Union for the next six months. To honor this, special ornamentation and lights were installed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Check out the photos.France will hold the Presidency of the European Union for the next six months. To... more