John Webber

John Webber

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  • Comment on: Six of London's biggest building blunders

    John Webber's comment | Tue, 28 Jul 2015 9:57 pm

    The Kleinwort Benson Bank tower ,the firsi City tower hung around a central service shaft, and which previously stood on the site of the overbearing and out of scale 'Walkie Talkie; never gave all this grief, while just over the road the pioneering Fountain House, the first 'curtain wall' slab block (the white butlding in the centre of the photo) has stood since the 1950s.
    Is it 'listed'?

  • Comment on: John Mills says the cure for inequality is reindustrialisation. Do you agree?

    John Webber's comment | Mon, 23 Mar 2015 2:13 pm

    Once upon a time,in ,the high and far off days, oh Best Beloved ,there was a stretch of rough grassland beside a great River and on those fields there arose a wondrous hive, where iron ore and coal and lime arrived by train and ship and where electric power and gas were generated and iron was made from dirt in the only furnace to be found in the Southland, which lit up the sky nightly.
    And out of all this came, complete,trucks and cars and tractors in many varieties and colours. dozens, hundreds, daily, many to make their way in other ships, around the world.

    But this is no fairy story, it really happened a true tale, from start to finish, from A to Z, you could say, from Anglia to Zodiac.

  • Comment on: This man now owns one in three UK trains. Who is he?

    John Webber's comment | Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:00 pm

    While we prevent any British state public ownership,quite rightly, of course, of public services,train operating companies (-like East Coast, just handed back to the 'market', having been rescued,again , by state operation, and now perhaps, too closely tied with the West Coast Virgin so as to threaten a near monopoly).. but it is just a little curious, isn't it, that so much is part or fully owned by the German, French or Dutch STATE railways... oh yes and that 'RATP' branding on that London bus...isn't that the PARIS regional transport authority?

  • Comment on: Garden Bridge legal challenge launched over “devastating” visual impact

    John Webber's comment | Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:31 pm

    I agree.The clean lines of a bridge-Waterloo, Westminster, Hammersmith, Lambeth or the Albert suspension bridge etc. should stand out and contrast with the softer, less formal shapes along the shorelines.
    A bridge is a bridge and a tree is a tree.
    Both should be beautiful ,don't mix them up.

  • Comment on: Heathrow loses crown as world’s busiest airport. Which one has overtaken it?

    John Webber's comment | Sun, 18 Jan 2015 1:22 am

    Many residents of West London probabley would be happy to see the end of competition to see" who has the biggest whatever..."Heathrow doesn't have either open sea next door nor lots of empty desert, and above all, Britain is supposed to be a democratic country, whereas other states ruled by autocratic rulers, benign or otherwise...
    Nor are we supposed to have large squads of cheap exploited (and sometimes unpaid) foreign contract labour... .
    Perhaps Boris Island has some merit- and in the short term, we DO have an under used runway, longer than that at City Airport,already in West London. It served as the airport for Europe for a number of years.Beside the A,40, it's called RAF Northolt.

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