Walkie Talkie, Walkie Scorchie

CITY OF LONDON – So much talk these days about the Walkie Talkie building on Eastcheap.

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Apparently the half-finished 37 storey building, dubbed the Walkie Talkie because of its concave shape, is reflecting light so severely that it actually melted part of a Jaguar and has also interfered with shops across the street by blistering their paintwork. The £200 million building, designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, has now been renamed the Walkie Scorchie as temperatues from the beams heat up to 50 C.

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I headed there after work today to find out what the fuss was all about but the sun was setting and so I saw no high power beam, just other City workers looking up at the intriguing building. The builders are yet to find a solution to the problem. Apparently the same architect caused a similar problem with the Vdara Hotel (dubbed the Death Ray Hotel) in Vegas. The Vdara Hotel solved the problem by installing anti-reflective film. Perhaps something similar will have to be done in London. I do like this ¬†building though. I think the shape is pretty cool and for a new build, it’s my favourite in London. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the Shard!

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It’s better to give

LONDON – You know, I really, really love buying gifts for friends. I find such joy in looking for something that they’ll enjoy and love. Once I’ve found something, the next best thing is wrapping it up.

So, the other day I stumbled upon a shop, just off Cheapside street, in the City of London. It specialises in baking and cooking accessories and offers classes in various cooking styles. They even do short classes during your lunch break. Handy!

I walked in on a Saturday. The shop was completely empty as they typically are in the City on the weekend. It’s one of the reasons why I love to shop in the City on a Saturday. I headed to the back and found this great gift idea for my friend Heather.

She’s been talking about how much she loves macaroons and she likes to make them herself. So I thought that this baking tray would really help her to get them looking fabulous.

I’ve had this Thank you card for a while. I’ve been saving it for a special occassion.

Here’s the final look. I threw in some ribbon to finish it off.