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The Stuff Of Nightmares

June 26, 2008

Mine. No it ‘s mine now.


So Robert Mugabe gets stripped of his knighthood and it is given to Salman Rushdie instead – cue the resurgence of the fatwa that everyone forgot about…goodness…spin and politics has come a long way – especially as the move seems to be rather conveniently coinciding with the Mandela concert celebration. Naomi – naaaaaaaoooow! You can’t come on stage – you can stay at the very back of the top tier because you’ve been bad and for god’s sake don’t wear that hat with my prison number on it again you cow. Amy – naaaaaaooooow! You can’t meet Mr Mandela as your lifestyle isn’t something we would like to align ourselves with thank you you wheezy young girl you. Well that put them in their place didn’t it? The stuff of nightmares.


The politics of fear. And real fear. Fear…..and tall buildings….that rotate…on different floors…at different times. Even looking at the rather crudely put together press promo film
here makes me want to cry with utter fear. The London Eye is bad enough – I spent the top third section sitting on the middle bench having to look at my fingernail in macro detail in order to block out any peripheral vision until we were ‘over the hump’ as it were. Hideous. Anyway – back to the Dubai 79 independently revolving floors at any one time building – very clever and supposedly energy efficient which must be a good thing but by god – how scary is it? You won’t get me there – ever. I still get recurrent nightmares of driving over the West Gate bridge in Melbourne.


It is like a steep coil crossed with a rollercoaster. Try driving with vertigo – not funny. In fact, so un-funny I still dream about it but in my dream the road runs out but I always wake up on time. Funny that?

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  1. Momentary Madness permalink

    Whenever I hear Mandela I think of freedom, and I look at the poverty still in SA, and the tow-rag/successor Thabo Mbeki- (aids is not a problem in S. Africa) who would let an idiot like that take his place if he really cared about freedom for his people.<br/>Makes me very sick, and angry. <br/>As for the future (revolving buildings) the future projected when I was a lad never came to me, (I don???t know about you) and the majority like me. Like the great Common Market as we knew it back then it never came to the ordinary people; all it did was take, and give less.<br/>You, and the like of me will never have to worry about buildings even if they fly – whether we live to see them) we???ll never be able to afford to live in one.

  2. Geoff permalink

    Where do the stairs go?<br/><br/>Maybe you have to jump when the fire alarm goes off.

  3. rockmother permalink

    Momo Madster – Mbeki is a dolt. I remember a web entrepeneur friend of mine telling me in 1988 that within 10 years we will be able to watch short films on mobile phones – my mouth dropped open in disbelief and wonder. Now it’s a reality. As for flying buildings – we do have them – those horrible double decker airbuses are a bit like a monstrous flying building aren’t they? But as for revolving skyscraper – they can keep it – for thick people with more money than sense.<br/><br/>Geoffster – oh don’t – the stairs are probably like a real life Nintendo game where you have to wait for the right point of the revolve to jump down a flight and then onto the next one. What if they have a powercut or all the energy runs out? It looks like a giant Jenga about to topple. And the promo film is so misleading – it is so speeded up to make it look more amazing than it actually is.

  4. savannah permalink

    more money than sense is so damn true, sugar! incredible project, for sure, but given the uneasiness of the area and the disparity of economies…what a blasted target for lunatics! (btw, the connection between floors is the interior column ) outside of dubai’s masterplan for development being an urban planner’s dream, the architecture is <i>the stuff of dreams</i>.

  5. Istvanski permalink

    Mugabe madness and ziggurat sadness. <br/><br/>Strip the tosser of his knighthood – that’ll do a lot of good, wouldn’t it? It’s taken the UN this long to admit a crisis in Zimbabwe is happening. Such a shame that country isn’t a major oil producer, no outside government or world police would’ve tolerated this catastrophe if it was.<br/><br/>The Burj Dubai is a frightening prospect aswell. It’s projected height is being kept a secret due to competition from other tall structures being planned, but it’s said that it will be 2,684ft tall and it’s been designed in such a way that it can be built onto to actually extend it’s height after it’s been constructed!<br/><br/>The people who commission these tall structures should measure their penile erections and declare a winner once and for all.

  6. Istvanski permalink

    PS Tall buildings do have a use; to chuck despot dictators off the top of ’em.

  7. L??st Jimmy permalink

    I can’t stand heights.<br/><br/>Mugabe losing his honorary knighthood? <br/>Headline news too as if it would make a tyrant mend his ways – yeah, right.

  8. chazza permalink

    Unfortunately such is life. When Leaders like this exsist and get away with behaving the way they do. No doubts looking back now..they sneekly snuck in with (so call good will) won their peoples faith/support and now look at it. . .<br/><br/>Countries like this and many more others I am sure WE ALL CAN NAME A GOOD FEW…as long as leaders like this exsist. . Corruption, intimidation etc. .go hand in hand. Making people fear them is their aim and makes them stronger.<br/><br/>As they say…there is ALWAYS someone bigger to knock them off their leadership. Unfortuanately his opposition wasn’t the one this time. . . x x

  9. ALove permalink

    Freaky. I took a photo almost exactly the same as that bird one out of my front window a coupl eof years ago. Here…<br/><br/><br/>Birds!!!

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