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   Carruthers  Tuesday Jun 10 01:26 PM

June 10th, 2014: Selfie at Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.




What some people will do for a photograph.



BigV  Tuesday Jun 10 01:35 PM

so... Carruthers. What's up with the postimage.org link you've included with the last couple pictures you've posted?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 10 01:36 PM

One in a million... make that Billion, get a chance like that.



Carruthers  Tuesday Jun 10 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
so... Carruthers. What's up with the postimage.org link you've included with the last couple pictures you've posted?

When I upload the image, it automatically includes the link as an ad. I suppose that I could edit it out.

ETA: Just deleted link. It occurred to me that the image might not display if the link wasn't included. Seems to be working OK.


BigV  Tuesday Jun 10 03:32 PM

Ok, thanks for the explanation. It was... unclear, but not now. Thanks.



glatt  Tuesday Jun 10 03:43 PM

I knew there was a hatch to get out the top of the head to check on those lightning rods, but I didn't realize how thin the concrete shell is. Look at it. Can't be more than a couple inches thick.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 10 03:55 PM

But isn't that just the skin? Surely there must be a steel armature holding it up. Maybe? Kinda? Sorta?



glatt  Tuesday Jun 10 04:01 PM




Carruthers  Tuesday Jun 10 04:25 PM

Interview with climber/photographer Lee Thompson




xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 10 04:29 PM

Ah, so it's a reinforced concrete structure inside, thanks.
Standing on the pedestal, on top of that mountain, it looks much taller than 100 feet. Makes my pucker clench just looking at the pictures.



Nirvana  Wednesday Jun 11 01:29 AM

Vertigo my old friend! :O



blueboy56  Wednesday Jun 11 10:58 AM

For those of us with heightophobia, it would be nice to have a warning so I don't soil my chair when the photo opens up.



BigV  Wednesday Jun 11 12:15 PM

*giggle*

sorry about ur chair.



Aliantha  Tuesday Jun 24 06:58 PM

Wow, I never saw a pic of Carruthers before. Forget the rest. What a hottie. haha For a Pommy that is. lol



Scriveyn  Sunday Jul 6 05:00 AM

Never knew Christ had a trepanation.



Carruthers  Sunday Jul 6 05:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Aliantha View Post
Wow, I never saw a pic of Carruthers before. Forget the rest. What a hottie. haha For a Pommy that is. lol
Er.... no, that's not me. I only posted the picture.


SPUCK  Tuesday Jul 8 03:56 AM

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Aliantha  Tuesday Jul 29 08:34 AM

Haha...oh well.



elSicomoro  Wednesday Jul 30 12:18 PM

Jesus Christ!



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 1 04:32 PM

Getting it up.



Carruthers  Thursday Aug 7 06:24 AM



Quote:
Christ The Redeemer is lit up with green, yellow and blue lights two years ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



BigV  Thursday Aug 7 01:47 PM

Why does this thread keep popping up every three days or so?



Carruthers  Thursday Aug 7 01:53 PM

It's been resurrected.



BigV  Thursday Aug 7 01:56 PM

You're saying it's not dead, yet...



Gravdigr  Thursday Aug 7 02:05 PM

It's getting better...



Gravdigr  Saturday Aug 9 12:35 PM

...nonsense. It'll be stone dead in a moment.



Carruthers  Saturday Aug 9 03:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
...nonsense. It'll be stone dead in a moment.
It's not dead...... it's resting..... it's pining for the fjords.

Er.... I think I might be getting confused here.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Aug 9 07:16 PM

It's pining for the Olympics at the moment.



BigV  Saturday Aug 9 07:22 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
...nonsense. It'll be dead stone in a moment.
fify.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 10 02:09 AM

Heh heh heh...




Pico and ME  Sunday Aug 10 09:26 AM




xoxoxoBruce  Monday Aug 11 07:58 AM

Fixing lightning damage.



glatt  Monday Aug 11 08:39 AM

Awesome.



Gravdigr  Monday Aug 11 04:24 PM

God, my knees may never work again...


When he pulled out that chisel and started chiseling on the arm, on the wrong fucking side, I envisioned catastrophe on a Wile E. Coyote scale.



glatt  Monday Aug 11 04:42 PM

I was waiting for him to drop the chisel or hammer on one of the people in the crowd below.



Carruthers  Monday Aug 11 05:02 PM

Seeing that sort of endeavour brings me out in a cold sweat.

I know that this is thread drift, but it reminded me of Fred Dibnah, a steeplejack from Bolton, Lancashire, who was featured in a number of TV series in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Watch him erect scaffolding at the top of a 200' chimney with no safety precautions of any description. I remember him saying that if he made a mistake in similar circumstances it was 'half a day out with the undertaker'.

Frightening.




xoxoxoBruce  Monday Aug 11 05:30 PM

Quote:
Once demobilised, he returned to steeplejacking but met with limited success until he was asked to repair Bolton's parish church. The resulting publicity provided a welcome boost to his business, ensuring he was almost never out of work.
OK, there's Dibnah fixing that steeple. I could do that, I ain't scared, someone on the ground boasts. But don't realize overcoming heights is nothing, knowing how to do the job once you're up there is quite another

There are thousands, hell maybe millions, of highly skilled craftsmen out there who eek out a living never being recognized for their skill. The parts guy who knows whether the catalog is right or not, the farrier who shoes multi-million dollar race horses, or the tailor that knows if you hang on the right you'll have problems. We know doctors, lawyers, professors, etc, have to know a lot of stuff, but the public doesn't have a clue about the skills other people may have.


Gravdigr  Wednesday Aug 13 11:16 AM

It's just more proof of your sig line:

Everything is interesting, when you look closer.



BigV  Thursday Aug 14 11:48 AM

Massive, *massive* heebie jeebies watching him lash that corner board with some 3/4 hemp rope, with no safety line between him and his half day with the undertaker. The chimney swaying 2 to 3 inches... um, nope. Oh, I believe him, but I'll collect my telemetry from terra firma, thankyouverymuch.

I also noticed the regular bands around the circumference of the chimney, keeping the bricks from bulging outward, restraining the force in a downward direction where the bricks are strongest, in compression.



Carruthers  Thursday Aug 14 12:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
Massive, *massive* heebie jeebies watching him lash that corner board with some 3/4 hemp rope, with no safety line between him and his half day with the undertaker. The chimney swaying 2 to 3 inches... um, nope. Oh, I believe him, but I'll collect my telemetry from terra firma, thankyouverymuch.
Huge heebie jeebies quota here:



Fred was larger than life and had a massive following. There are plenty more videos from his TV programmes on YouTube. Some less terrifying than others.

The poor chap died at the age of sixty-six in 2004.

It's a hackneyed phrase, but we shall not see his like again.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 14 03:19 PM

Quote:
Fred was larger than life and had a massive following.
I suspect 99% because of their heebie jeebies, and 1% for the skill behind the showmanship.

In the US, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), would have sent a swat team to take him out, if he garnish that much attention.


Carruthers  Thursday Aug 14 03:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
I suspect 99% because of their heebie jeebies, and 1% for the skill behind the showmanship.

In the US, OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration), would have sent a swat team to take him out, if he garnish that much attention.
He wouldn't get away with his casual approach today. Quite rightly all manner of safety precautions would have to be in place.

However, even if he had not been well known I suspect that he would have operated in the same way.

A few weeks ago there was a picture of construction in progress on the Post Office (now BT) Tower in central London.

I think it was to commemorate the building's fiftieth anniversary. The lack of safety precautions would make your hair curl. I'll see if I can find it.


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 14 03:37 PM

Quote:
However, even if he had not been well known I suspect that he would have operated in the same way.
Agreed, the skill behind his showmanship is the way it was done. They knew if you fell 50 feet or 500, it's the same dead.


Carruthers  Thursday Aug 14 04:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Carruthers View Post

A few weeks ago there was a picture of construction in progress on the Post Office (now BT) Tower in central London.

I think it was to commemorate the building's fiftieth anniversary. The lack of safety precautions would make your hair curl. I'll see if I can find it.
Found it:



No hard hat,
No overalls,
No hi-vis clothing,
No gloves,
No safety footwear,
No safety harness,
No fencing around the perimeter.

Horrifying.


Whilst searching for the above image, I stumbled across several more here:

50 years of the BT Tower

Just look at the crane operator in the third picture. At least he had a hard hat!


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 14 10:30 PM

Quote:
One of Britain's best-loved buildings turns 50 this week
I love that line, I see it used a lot, everywhere.
Did they take a poll? Do you remember being asked what buildings you love, and which one the most? I don't remember being asked about any of the things the press says I love/want/need.

We look at those pictures or the ones of the steel erecting in NYC, and cringe at the possibilities. But remember most of those guys survived.


Carruthers  Friday Aug 15 05:33 PM

Back to Christ the Redeemer.

There's comprehensive information about the statue, its construction and maintenance plus a good selection of photos here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/special/20...141/index.html



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 15 09:15 PM

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But the original pale grey-green stones that make up the mosaic surface have run out - so there is a possibility that the statue will gradually turn a darker shade.
Seems to me they could have synthetic ceramic tiles that mirror the properties of the original stones, and in the exact shade they want. Would that be an social/artistic faux pas?

They say they want to keep the statue in tip top shape for the tourist revenue, but I suspect the reasons from the people of Rio would place that second at best. To me, that Art Deco look is always cool, and it's a great visual for the city, as Rainier is for Seattle, or the Empire State Building for NYC.

I hope if the statue is ever destroyed, it's in a spectacular Cecil B. DeMille fashion. You know Earth quaking, lava spewing, wind howling, a white whale, and 7,000 Macedonians dressed in full battle array, rather than deteriorating neglect. It deserves no less.


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