The Gherkin

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by guinnessdrinker, Oct 13, 2002.

  1. guinnessdrinker

    guinnessdrinker political refugee R.I.P.

    An article in the Indie on Sunday has described that new tower block ususlly reffered as "the Gherkin" as "the detumescing intromittent organ of a baboon". what would be your description?
  2. drfranni

    drfranni Coldharbour Crone

    During the day it seems to merge in with all the other dull buildings. But at night..... becomes a fairly wonderland, a giant sparkly gherkin, the mystical shiny gherkin palace where the Queen of the Gherkins sits in her shimmering emerald throne, her dress contructed of thousands of petals cut from crisp packets and edged with pickled onions

    As night falls, the lights twinkle on and pub snacks of all descriptions gambol in her glittering Court. When daylight comes, the gherkin shrugs off its nocturnal glamour and only a pervading smell of pickling vinegar betrays the night's events to contruction workers
  3. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    That caused one of my 'snorting tea down nose with laughter' moments. How can you have such sharp humour on a Monday morning? I want to know your secret drfranni................
  4. secretsquirrel

    secretsquirrel Respectable married lady

    legal access to perscription drugs?

    ;) :p
  5. Sunray

    Sunray Its sunny somewhere.


    How many Gherkins have you seen that are that shape, silver and glass.

    Now Dildos on the other hand.....

  6. drfranni

    drfranni Coldharbour Crone

    Cruel people have accused me of being obsessed with the Gherkin, to which I can only reply, everytime someone says they don't believe in the Gherkin, a cocktail onion dies.


    Last night I got confirmation from IntoStella and my son (unimpeachable sources) that the Gherkin is now green. Closer up, it looks green and blue.

    So what's the deal, have they filled it with fairy lights? At night it now looks like the biggest crimmus tree in London
  7. mains

    mains New Member

    yeah, looks like an attempt at 'christmas tree type action' with green and blue lights, looked really good coming into london bridge on the train - for a glass Gherkin like...
  8. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    I thought it was 'the erotic gherkin'? I rather like the erotic gherkin as a building actually.
  9. drfranni

    drfranni Coldharbour Crone


    Hee hee - I'm not mad after all - there is going to be a big pretty lights thing this evening when they add the last girder

    I was entertained to read elsewhere that they haven't sold most of it yet. If they had asked me, I could have explained it was hardly polite to try and displace the Fairy Gherkin Queen and her extensive court

    But they never DO ask me.....
  10. RubyToogood

    RubyToogood can't remember what goes here

    Just bumping this thread because I saw it for the first time when I was pruning the other day and it made me roar with laughter. :)
  11. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's by far one of the most exciting and original buildings in London - I love it!

  12. the B

    the B Sorry

    If you go onto Brick Lane and look towards the Gherkin, there's a spot where you can take a rather powerful photo. I've got to actually take the photo someday and I'll post it.
  13. Pie 1

    Pie 1 The fuck did I do?

    I think it bloody fucking fantastic!
    Btw, an architect friend of mine was telling me how they are all preoccupied to the point of fear about what the press/ public will dub the're creations once they are unveiled. Foster must have seen this one coming though!
  14. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I love it too!! I normally hate most new buildings but there's something about the Gherkin. Seemed like it suddenly appeared out of nowhere - a friend and I had been out at a party all night and we were looking for some food in the Liverpool Street area and suddenly, there it was, almost like a spaceship just landed.
  15. chegrimandi

    chegrimandi associated with adultery

    its a work of genius, beautiful at night and in the day.....I hope you can go in and visit it once its fully opened.....:)
  16. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

    When the Millenium Bridge opened it had wobble and was nicknamed the WibblyWobbly Bridge, if I remember correctly. Now, I think syscrapers have some kind of safety mechanism which allows them to sway a little in the wind to prvent the top parts sheering off in high winds. If so, does this mean that this new skyscraper can be nicknamed "The Jerking Gherkin":D :p

    I thank you!:D
  17. Oxpecker

    Oxpecker gwaharddedig canolwr cont

    You're right, it's a fabulous building whether reflecting light or generating it's own. My brother in law was one of the structural engineers in charge of construction and I turned down the offer of a visit a while back. I'm kicking myself now, though.

    I believe there will be a restaurant at the top, but I don't suppose I'll be able to afford it :(
  18. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

    Truth be told, I'm not keen on it. It does look rather vulgar. Personally, I don't think that a giant prick standing on end in the middle of London is especially pleasing to the eye. :p
  19. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Agree totally. I love it too.

    Poster - it's not vulgar, it's beautiful. And anyway does everything in this conservative-minded country have to be understated? You're just like a certain right Royal Charlie.

    "vulgar" - boring snob!
  20. swampy

    swampy Well-Known Member

    i'm dissapointed that hey didn't continue the swirly glass pattern all the way to the top.

    Bitterly :D
  21. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist


    Believe it or not, I do actually like modern buildings. Despite it being a monument to the Thatcher regime, the Canary Wharf tower and complex looks very nice. Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, also looks very impressive despite being the dream of dictator Kim Il Sung.

    An erect cock in the middle of the city just looks a bit, well... silly in my opinion.

    EDIT for spelling.
  22. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    But it doesn't look like a cock! You must either have, or look at, some crazy cocks man.

    It's way more interesting looking than Canary Wharf too.
  23. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

  24. hatboy

    hatboy Banned Banned

    Now I think they're too concrete and 60s looking.
  25. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    I think its fab :D
  26. butterfly child

    butterfly child Well-Known Member

    It is fucking ace
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

  28. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I've been to a wedding in the Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool. The morning sun came in through one of the stained glass windows, putting beams of coloured light across the interior and it was so beautiful I nearly cried. All Liverpudlians I know call it the Paddy's Wigwam (they're all Catholics, I have no idea what Liverpool Protestants call it).
  29. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    I think its a great addition to Londons skyline, so many contemporary buildings are bland at best and often downright offensive; IMO its an attractive and interesting addition to our City.
  30. pooka

    pooka Can't Re Member

    I think the Mersey Funnel is an alternative. I had a look in there very early on in the building of it (that's how old I am!). There were no furnishings, just an altar. The light through the lantern was breathtaking.

    Oh, and the gherkin's a belter. A modern building that's not a combination of boxes - what vision.

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