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Saturday 28 March 2009 9.25pm
was it just me or did this event totally pass SE1 by? From Bankside St Paul's was shining bright as was the entire route from The National Theatre to Southwark Bridge...
Saturday 28 March 2009 10.38pm
From what I've seen of it online it was a pretty tokenistic affair.
Sunday 29 March 2009 1.21am
I noticed that City Hall seemed to be in complete darkness yet the Gerkin and others behind were lit up as usual.

About half of Canary wharf was still lit up...Looked like they'd turned off all the office lights in one block but forgotten about the stairwell leaving a vertical line of light!

Were we all supposed to do it at home too?...
Sit in the dark for an hour?
Sunday 29 March 2009 8.29am
in sydney where it began people stay in, light candles, have friends around for dinner etc its a really calm and quiet hour. all the lights of the city are dimmed..all the landmarks go dark its a lovely experience to participate in.
check the clip:
Sunday 29 March 2009 8.57am
I was rather disappointed that no one seemed to take part (except me!). Not enough publicity here I think.
Sunday 29 March 2009 11.00am
I certainly approve of it, I recall reading that a generation of children are growing up with little awareness of what is in the night sky and I find that rather sad. I've just returned from the Galloway Hills in Scotland having witnessed the most beautiful evening skies with star filled panoramas. I was completely unaware of this event until two days ago.
Sunday 29 March 2009 11.43am
so why was it such a flop in london? something to do with us being utterly clueless with regard to the environment/global warming?
Sunday 29 March 2009 11.48am
boroughpaul wrote:
From Bankside St Paul's was shining bright

Does Bishop Charteris of London disagree with the Archbishop of Canterbury and think God will intervene to prevent climate change?

Overall the lack of visible darkening is partly a reflection of how overlit much of central London now is with too many buildings having floodlighting.

The list of London participants is feeble:

WWF website - Landmarks in SE England wrote:
Brighton Pier
BT Centre, Newgate Street
BT Head Office, London
BT Tower
Canterbury Cathedral
Centre Point
Citigroup Canary Wharf
Coca-Cola Piccadilly Sign
Guildford Cathedral
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
Hoover Building - Tesco HQ
IKEA Croydon Towers
London City Hall
London Eye (will dim)
Nelson's Column, London
National Gallery, London
National Theatre, London
Pearson HQ 80 Strand (previously known as Shell Mex House)
Richard Rogers Lloyd's building(One Lime Street)
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Observatory Greenwich - Number 2 laser
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Stamford Bridge (Home to Chelsea Football Club)
The Gherkin (30 St Marys Axe)
The Hayward Gallery, London
V & A Museum, London
Wembley Arch
Sunday 29 March 2009 3.22pm
neither the London Eye nor The Globe looked very dim at 845 last night
Sunday 29 March 2009 5.10pm
Maybe James can do coverage next year to encourage more people to join in. I found it quite nice, sitting quiety for an hour with a couple of candles.
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