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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041653/Highest-crane-installed-London-work-begins-complete-Shard-skyscraper.html

Britain's highest ever crane will be put in place today at the building site of what will become Europe's tallest building.

Builders will use the machine to complete the spire of the Shard skyscraper near London Bridge in south London.

When fully extended the crane will sit at 317 metres or 1,040 ft above ground level, making it seven metres taller than the building's eventual highest point (310 metres).

The Shard will become the tallest building in the European Union and the 45th tallest in the world when it is completed in 2012.

Looks like the tallest building folly has been joined by the tallest crane folly. Although if you are going to complete the tallest building clearly you'll need a tall crane.

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"The Shard" seriously?

Definition: A fragment of a brittle substance, as of glass or metal.

So the building isn't going to be completed then? In line with the economy and all the promises.

And what the hell is 'the shard' (agreed they could have thought of a better name) going to be?

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It's in Pyongyang.

The Ryugyong Hotel, under construction since the 1980s: Another monument to a ruling elite's greed.

Apparently the BBC called that one "a reminder of the totalitarian state's thwarted ambition" :lol:

At least they're succeeding in building it in London.

They mustn't forget the windmill on top. Green energy you know - and it'll help the building's carbon footprint.

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what an eyesore that building is

Calling it the Shard is a bit strange. Amongst its meanings given in the OED are: -

A piece of broken pottery

A fragment of something worn and decayed

A patch of cow-dung

A gap in a hedge

I suppose that saying it resembles a shard of glass means it looks like a long, thin, and sharp fragment from a broken window pane - common enough in London these days - but again not an optimistic name.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2041653/Highest-crane-installed-London-work-begins-complete-Shard-skyscraper.html

Looks like the tallest building folly has been joined by the tallest crane folly. Although if you are going to complete the tallest building clearly you'll need a tall crane.

Only the 45th tallest in the world - can't we do better than that ?

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