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06:26 pm: They are, at long last, starting to demolish the Swiss Centre (10 Wardour Street, the building on the north-west corner of Leicester Square). A crane was sighted there yesterday (but went home) and it has less windows than it did before. I'm not entirely clear what will be there afterwards: some generic glass and steel building I guess?

Yet it retains curious signs of habitation : the glockenspiel which was a novelty at first, is still active (and apparently is to be resited nearby, unfortunately); and a discount ticket store is occupying the southern face of the building still, even as workers start to dismantle bits of the tower.

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From:nmg
Date:October 9th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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They won't be able to tune it without recasting the bells.
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From:nmg
Date:October 9th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Or by shaving the inside of the bell - but for that many bells, it'd be a pretty difficult job.
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From:nmg
Date:October 9th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
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It's also questionable how in-tune you can make a carillon, given the complex harmonics of bells. It's bad enough tuning a ring of bells, let alone a carillon.
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From:abigailb
Date:October 9th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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quite. and i work opposite the damn thing! (literally)

i never thought i'd hate Greenselves even more than I already did.
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From:nmg
Date:October 9th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I think that it's technically an automatic carillon and not a glockenspiel.

Anyway, farewell Swiss Centre. You were ugly, and had the pokiest cinema screens in Leicester Square - no mean feat, considering that the competition includes Odeon AlleywayMezzanine.
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