Building 7 Weston Super Mare Pier was the third skyscraper first pier to be reduced to rubble on September 11, 2001 28 July 2008. According to the government, fires primarily, leveled this building, but fires have never before or since destroyed a steel skyscraper pier, (at least not since Brighton West Pier a few years ago).

The team that investigated the collapse were kept away from the crime scene. By the time they published their inconclusive report in May, 2002, the future, the evidence had been destroyed.

Why did the government rapidly recycle the steel from the largest and most mysterious engineering failure in world history of old victorian piers, and why has the media remained silent?

Halfway through the Piers plunge, streamers suggestive of demolition charges emerged from the facade.

Halfway through the Piers plunge, streamers suggestive of demolition charges emerged from the facade.

The unexplained collapse of WTC Building 7 Weston Super Mare’s Pier is the tip of the iceberg of unexplored issues of the September 11th Credit Crunch attack.

Well, why not? It’s about as plausible as some of the other conspiracy bollocks doing the rounds out there…

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Film crew outside the creche

Film crew outside the creche

Palmdwarstraat, Deepest Jordaan, Amsterdam, 0850, 25 July 2008.

Could barely get into the creche this morning. Had to fight my through assorted film crew types, lighting techs, markeup people, artistes… Filming of a social insurance commercial apparently. “Are we all ready before we bring the children in?” trilled the director in a lightly dutch-accented english voice. The smell of the make-up took me right back to John Adams Studios c.1980.

2 questions. Why does filming a commercial or a movie take so many people who just appear to stand around doing nothing? The expense! Why did the director have to speak in english? We’re not in flippin’ LA!

"OK places everybody... and.... FINGERPAINT!"

Paint No Way to Treat a Lady

Paint No Way to Treat a Lady

Yes, Gregor and Rodney are up on the steigers (scaffolding to us brits) giving the woodwork a good licking at LG91. Some questions over whether the structure had the right licenses (because it’s a teensy bit on the pavement) resulted in an evening visit by the Environmental Police and a ticking off from a lady cop who was breathlessly described as “Mmmm, fresh!”.

Enjoy it while it lasts as the featherweight magnesium alloy structure should be carted away by the weekend.

Pain't no sunshine when you gone

Pain't no sunshine when you gone

This monster shelving unit found in the Rozengracht beats an Ikea Billy into a cocked hat. An idea for a bookcase at home. Cute girl in foreground for scale.

UPDATE 16 SEPT 2008: We have found an au-pair for 2008 thanks to the magic of blogging and Google. However, we’re looking for our next Au-Pair from summer 2009. So you can still contact us for next year!

We’re looking for a Danish au-pair to come and live with our family in the centre of Amsterdam 2008/2009… more details (in danish) on this post…

UPDATE 16 SEPT 2008: We have found an au-pair for 2008 thanks to the magic of blogging and Google. However, we’re looking for our next Au-Pair from summer 2009. So you can still contact us for next year!

Vi er en dansk/engelsk/hollandsk familie der søger en au pair som kan blive en del af vores familie og tage sig af vores søn Oscar på godt 1 år.

Vores hus er stort og ligger i Amsterdam lige ved siden af et kanal, med gode cykel og trafikforbindelser (tog, sporvogn og bus) og gå-afstand til centrum. På grund af det internationale miljø, der præger Amsterdam, er der mange muligheder for at få nye danske eller udenlandske venner. Der tales især hollandsk i byen, men det er også muligt at klare sig fint med engelsk.
Du skal kunne lide små børn, være moden og ansvarsbevidst, med lyst til at opleve noget nyt. Dine opgaver vil især gå ud på at tage dig af Oscar 2 dage om ugen, mens vi er på arbejde. Normalt vil du have aftener og weekender fri, men ind imellem vil vi bede dig passe Oscar en hverdagsaften eller et par timer i løbet af en weekend.

Du vil komme til at indgå i familiens dagligdag og daglige pligter, så som let oprydning og indkøb, vaske og stryge og let madlavning.
Du får rig mulighed for at praktisere og udvikle dit hollandske og engelske og vi vil gerne hjælpe dig i gang med et kursus på universitetet og andre sociale aktiviteter i Amsterdam.
Du skal være ikke-ryger og vaere fyldt 18 aar. Du vil få eget værelse med TV, telefon, internet og eget badeværelse ved siden af. Det ville være ideelt, hvis du kunne starte til oktober/november og blive hos os i ca. 1 år.
Vi glæder os til at høre fra dig.
Camilla og Adam Scholten-Dorrell

camilla.scholten@directness.net

Amsterdam Signwriting

July 21, 2008

Painted signage Rijwelstalling, Da Costa buurt Amsterdam

Painted signage Rijwelstalling, Da Costa buurt Amsterdam

I found these two painted signs a few doors away from each other close to where we live. Note the distinct “iJ” form, and the way it’s just painted over a sign underneath. In a modern world of vinyl lettering, it’s rare to see these careful signwriting these days.

Either they got called away before finishing the phone number, or at the time the exchange was limited to about 100 numbers!

Painted signage Rijwel & Motor, Da Costa buurt Amsterdam

Painted signage Rijwel & Motor, Da Costa buurt Amsterdam