Shard piles

TIL that the piles for the Shard (309.7 metres/1,016 ft) go some 55m/180.5ft into the London earth.

IL it from here:

Of course, with the Shard being so very tall, its piles are likely some of the deepest vertical things piercing the London soil. But given the plethora of underground tunnels, pipes and… well… more tunnels and pipes traversing the subterranean Big Smoke, one imagines that they must have had to be very careful where exactly they stuck them.

Mind The Gap

This is a very impressive, very touching short film by Luke Flanagan. It’s earned him an official selection spot at this year’s London Short Film Festival.

You only need 6 minutes to watch it, but you do need 6 minutes to watch it.

The actual mind the gap announcement is as iconic a part of London as the double decker bus or the post box. For Londoners it goes deeper — many of us remember the actual voice of Oswald Lawrence on the Northern Line, so when we hear it now we have a recall to that time. There’s a kind of nostalgia for growing up in London and using the tube.

When you find that it’s based on a true story, you’ll probably find that you have some smoke from that pesky Cape Town fire in your eyes, right?

Lego Tube maps are great

To celebrate the 150th birthday of the London Underground, they (whoever “they” are), have commissioned five Tube maps made from Lego.

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They (the maps, not “they”) are being displayed at various Tube stations throughout the network. They range from the system in 1927 through to the future. The one above shows the Tube as it will be in 2020.

Brilliantly, the maps were made by Duncan Titmarsh, who is described as:

the UK’s only certified LEGO professional

yet another job that must pay better than science.