Eiffel Tower to go Dark...

Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:11 PM
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Eiffel Tower to go Dark...

From http://tinyurl.com/yv4hqy

Eiffel Tower to go dark ahead of report

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 30, 6:46 PM ET

PARIS - The Eiffel Tower's 20,000 flashing lights will go dark for five minutes Thursday evening, hours before scientists and officials unveil a long-awaited report on global warming.

The darkening of the landmark in the City of Light comes at the urging of environmental activists and is timed to coincide with Friday's release of the major report warning that Earth will keep getting warmer and presenting new evidence of humanity's role in climate change.


I am pleased. Perhaps they can turn the blinking lights off permanently.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:26 PM
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Quite a few other Parisian monuments will go dark for 5 minutes tomorrow. The electricity company has already requested that individuals who are also participating in this action not all turn on their electric things at 8 p.m. precisely. Since the electricity network is completely computerized, it could cause a blackout if everything went back on at exactly the same time.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:27 PM
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Hi K,

And then Italy would be shut down again!

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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:31 PM
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Paris might arguably be a little enhanced without the eyesore of that awful tower. Of Monsieur Eiffel's various architectural efforts (bridges, statues, lighthouses in Estonia, Hungary, the US and elsewhere), I find that monstrous tower in Paris among the less appealing.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:34 PM
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I am flying to Los Angeles tomorrow, so I will not be affected by whatever happens.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 01:42 PM
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Hi hidden_europe,

You are a person after my own heart.

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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 02:31 PM
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I think I could "put up with" the lights from the towering monster in exchange for removal of all that smog in the LA basin.
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In fact those of us participating in the blackout in Paris will be turning out our lights from 7:55 to 8:00 pm to mark the event. The flashing lights on the tower are normally lit on the hour for five minutes only which means they'll be relit at the same moment the manif ends.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:28 PM
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"... the manif ..."

I love it. Thanks, bilgebob.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:36 PM
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I'm sorry, but I happen to LOVE that tower with the twinkling lights, and can't wait to see it again in March. I guess I'm just not politically correct.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:43 PM
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Sorry, Ira and hidden-europe, but your comments are a bit turn-of-the-century (i.e., 19th to 20th). Most of the people I've talked to who live here now love la Tour, lights and all, not to mention that the tourists love it as well. I've met a few Americans living here who think it's cool to say they hate it.

May it flash on.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:49 PM
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And thanks, bilgebog, Anselme and Hagan. I love it, too.

Those who don't like it can look away.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:50 PM
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Ah, the Global Warming industry is reaching a high point.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 03:53 PM
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I love it too, I saw it for the first time on 14 January and loved every minute of the twinkling lights. Gave me such a thrill.
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Another one who loves the Eiffel Tower and its twinkling lights.

Global warming is something to seriously think about and to take action. I would start with those people that have private jets that use them like cars. Oprah Winfrey is always complaining about global warming yet with all her big homes and her jet travel to Los Angeles to get her eyebrows plucked she is a major contributor of global warming.

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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 06:48 PM
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Oh please don't let them turn them off forever. I've never been to Paris. I've never seen the Eiffel Tower. I'm going in May and I just want to be there one spring night as night falls and the lights come on. I know I'm going to love it. Let it wait for me and I promise I'll use those dreadful energy-efficient lightbulbs everywhere in my house.

(Well, actually that's not true...but I do use them on the front porch.)
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Old Jan 31st, 2007, 07:16 PM
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Watch the delumination in real time at http://www.paris-live.com/
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They talked about it on TV this morning and it is for France in general, not only Paris. We'll try to remember to turn the lights off at 7.55pm. (My sons can't wait to use candles instead!)
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Italy is doing this also. At least I received emails saying this was going on here.
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Old Feb 1st, 2007, 03:54 AM
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>Those who don't like it can look away.<

No, you can't. The danged thing is visible from everywhere.

HDM,

You can see the blinking thing in real time at http://www.paris-live.com/

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