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February 23, 2018

Singapore Flyer Entrance…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,SINGAPORE,Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Family Kiwidutch arrive at the Singapore Flyer and are immediately struck by the size of the wheel.

Having had a view of it from the Observation deck of the Marina Bay Sands, we see that it towers over the surrounding landscape, but the sheer scale of by how much, does not hit you until you are standing close by.

The outside area where the ticket office is located looks slightly underwhelming.

In fact it is so nondescript that the thought crossed my mind that it could be a side entrance to a shopping mall. However all thoughts of mediocrity were wiped away the moment we went a short distance inside.

We see a three story building where the wheel actually turns within a section of the structure, and the beauty and simplicity of the design are stunning.

The wheel is located on the upper levels, leaving a balcony style first floor and an open atrium in the centre. Within this central space are waterfalls, ponds, sitting areas and to the side, food stalls, but it is still the wheel that dominates, capturing your attention.

Getting to the wheel itself is slightly less straight forward. Using the wheelchair, I had to take a few detours of the less direct route to lifts but we got there in the end.

There is a whole area before you arrive at the passenger capsules which is kind of an exhibition area, we cherry-picked stopping to look at the bits we thought were interesting, mostly those bits where there were less tourists.

I am sure that part of the reason for this more extended entrance is to keep queuing tourists “occupied” in high season (school holidays and the like) when, I detect from the layout it appears there must be very long queues and sometimes a lengthy waiting time.

Wikipedia tells me: “Opening in 2008, The Singapore Flyer is a giant Observation wheel in Singapore. Construction took approximately about 2½ years. It has 28 air-conditioned capsules, each able to accommodate 28 passengers, and incorporates a three-storey terminal building.The Flyer has an overall height of 165 metres (541 ft) and was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel until the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which is 2.6 m (9 ft) taller than the Flyer, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, US, on 31 March 2014.

The previous record holder, the Star of Nanchang, in Jiangxi, China, is 160 m (525 ft) tall, although its 153 m (502 ft) diameter wheel is larger than the Flyer’s 150 m (492 ft) wheel. Early designs showed a 169 m (554 ft) tall wheel similar to the London Eye, drawing criticism that it lacked originality. The developers pointed out that the design was not finalised and was merely for conceptualisation purposes, though the final project changed little from the early designs. Subsequently, the project almost ground to a halt when the developer faced difficulties in sourcing funds to build the wheel.

Original plans to complete the wheel by the end of 2005 were thus postponed indefinitely, and there were reports (denied by the Singapore Tourism Board) that the tourism board has set an ultimatum date of 31 March 2005 for the developer to iron out its financial issues and to keep the development going.
By September 2005, the project was revived when funds were successfully sourced from two German banks. Collin William Page, a subsidiary of ABN AMRO, and HypoVereinsbank.”

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_Flyer
Wikipedia / Singapore Flyer / Observation Wheel / Singapore

September 11, 2013

This Imposing Gateway Makes a Grand Entrance…

Filed under: Canterbury Cathedral,ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Last summer we could be found standing early one morning  at the door of Christ Church Gate, which is the entrance  building to the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in the city of Canterbury, Kent, England.

The gate is an imposing structure and ornately decorated, I learn from the web that:

“The Norman gateway was built in 1517 by Prior Goldstone

The christ figure and the original gates were destroyed in 1642(48) *Richard Culmer (“the battlements were removed in the present century to allow some residents in the vicinity to see the time by the Cathedral clock.”)

The original turrets were taken down in 1830

The carving and artwork of the gate was restored in 1932/33 and the turrets rebuilt in 1937″

The detail of the carving and decoration in the gate succumbed terribly to forces of weather and became very indistinct  (the link to the website at the end of this post shows old photos and drawing of the gate before and after restoration) but at least some of it has been beautifully restored. We have only had a glimpse of the Cathedral tower from further away over the rooftops so far… with a magnificent gate like this to herald our entry our anticipation grows as the doors open and we pass though…

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Looking back from the other side…

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http://www.machadoink.com/Christ%20Church%20Gate.htm

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