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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
I usually keep my eyes up, but do glance down from time to time. These are on the sidewalk in the town of Banff. Probably not functional manhole covers, but "art under the feet".
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
Those are not just beautiful, but functional in another way...if not as utility covers, then as guides for pedestrians. Do all the streets have them?
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Those are not just beautiful, but functional in another way...if not as utility covers, then as guides for pedestrians. Do all the streets have them? The streets crossing the main street in Banff (Banff Ave) have them, although I don't believe all the streets in town have them. I expect they're just up on the main pedestrian areas of town. But I agree, they are nicely done.
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
In Tokyo, They also use the covers for Fire Hydrants,something I haven't noticed before
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Re: More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
Thanks to you Paul, I'm now taking a lot of photos of manhole covers and birds on statues. Really some interesting things I never paid much mind to before. Here's a couple more manhole covers. I'll add the my statue birds on your next story. In Oslo Fire Hydrant in Tokyo
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Re: Berlin's airport tragedy of errors continues

PHeymont ·
It's hugely embarrassing to my German friends, and a farce of incompetence. What kind of architects and engineers are designing this place????? Correspondence school graduates? Perhaps the should just bull-doze the place and start over again. Might be quicker that way.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 3, 2013: Brandenburg Gate

PHeymont ·
Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate is surely one of the world’s most-recognized landmarks, and symbolizes Berlin in the way the Eiffel Tower means Paris and the Parthenon means Athens. It’s been the ceremonial center for marches and...
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Berlin: New scandal, but no new airport yet

PHeymont ·
Germany's reputation for precision, quality work and punctuality has already taken big hits because of construction delays and engineering errors at its still-under-construction new Berlin-Brandenburg airport for Berlin now has the additional...
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More Art under Your Feet

PHeymont ·
In a previous  BLOG , we took a look at some of the world's most popular art, and in a form you'll not often find in museums, but can be found nearly everywhere: manhole covers. The best of them combine real art with civic pride and history....
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Berlin's airport tragedy of errors continues

PHeymont ·
Berlin's long-delayed (it was supposed to open in 2008) new airport will now have a new delay: work was stopped today when it was determined that the terminal roof may not be strong enough to support the air-conditioning units that have recently been...
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Walking the Center of Berlin

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L shares a walk through Berlin's heart and tells us how he fell in love with it.
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Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
Berlin's trouble-plagued airport project, already 7 years overdue, will take at least another 2 and has just gotten €2.2 billion more to finish the job.
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Farewell flight for the Berlin Airlift

PHeymont ·
Built to celebrate Germany's 1990 reunification, this hot-air balloon has become too fragile to fly.
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Europe's Fastest Growing Airport is on its way out!

PHeymont ·
Berlin's Tegel Airport (TXL) which was supposed to be replaced two years ago by the new Berlin-Brandenburg complex, is hanging on and growing fast. It's still open because of technical and construction problems with the new field, and Berlin's growth...
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Latest on Berlin airport: Shoot the messenger

PHeymont ·
With the opening of Berlin's scandal-and-mishap-delayed airport still far in the future, authorities fire the PR man who called for more transparency.
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Berlin's new airport: closer and farther from opening

PHeymont ·
Berlin's new airport creeps closer to completion, but problems remain.
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
The EU has become a Money Pit for lame ducks. Another EU approved loan of 2.2 Billion Euros. Another reason for the UK to quit the European Union. Since it was Officially declared 'open' in March 2011, no commercial flight has actually left from or landed at Castellón-Costa Azahar Airport. Spain. Built at a cost of 150 million euros. The enduring feature of this freshly-deceased airport near Valencia is a statue in honour of Carlos Fabra, the local politician who was the driving force behind...
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
Actually, there's no EU spending involved here. They only gave the German government permission to guarantee Berlin's loans. I'm not sure about Castellon...thought it was a private fiasco. Ryanair is finally using it...vut I believe they are being subsidized to do so...
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
Yes Paul. That's what an EU Approved loan is.
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
I guess I'm a little confused by all this. Germany can't issue it's own bonds to built an airport in Germany (even a dog like this one)? It needs the EU's approval? Really?
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
Under EU Law the Government of a country can not subsidise a private venture. That would produce unfair competition. Like if Ford were given a Government subsidy, but not to another car producer. But the Government can act as a Guarantor to promise repayment if the venture fails. The EU does however give money to Countries with high unemployment to build factories that produce goods. Like in Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria - old eastern block countries. Then the new factory owner - an...
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Re: Berlin's airport fiasco: Another €2.2 billion and 2 more years

PHeymont ·
As Garry points out, it's an issue of state aid and competition. In the case of the airport, the company at the end of the chain, FBB (Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg), is structured as a private enterprise, although the Berlin and Brandenburg state governments (37% each) and the Federal government (26% each) are the investors. So, it is subject to the rules for government loans to private companies. In this case, the Commission ruled (click here for the ruling) that the activities and the loan...
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Re: Latest on Berlin airport: Shoot the messenger

PHeymont ·
They might be better off tearing this one down and building a new one. Fortunately Germany has Frankfurt, which works very well.
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Re: Latest on Berlin airport: Shoot the messenger

PHeymont ·
And Munich. But it's a long walk from either one to Berlin! Ironically, Frankfurt's huge new expansion, which began planning after construction already started in Berlin, will probably be finished first...
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Berlin Mitte manhole cover

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Berlin Mitte manhole cover
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