Big buildings in Surrey

I was at the CKNW website looking to see if they had any information on something else, and happened to stumble across the following news item (more details via the Vancouver Sun).

Basically, it sounds like there are plans to throw up an 81 storey building in Surrey (according to the story, this would be the tallest skyscraper in Canada). I knew that they were planning a bunch of 30 - 40 storey buildings near the Skytrain line in Surrey, but I hadn't heard anything about putting up a building quite this tall.

Kind of interesting, but I suspect that this can be tied in to the upcoming civic elections here. Perhaps targetting people who disliking the oodles of land being used by all the townhouse developments that have been springing up here of late? Do you think that this actually stands a good chance of going through, as it seems - if you read the Vancouver Sun article - there may still be zoning issues in spite of the mayor's claims otherwise?

Someplace that even Darren may not be crazy enough to want to railfan...

I stumbled across a BBC story today announcing the completion of a railway line into Tibet. A few quotes from the article:

Trains travelling on the line will have to have carriages that are sealed like aircraft to protect passengers from altitude sickness. .... The workers who built the line had to breathe bottled oxygen in order to cope with the high altitudes.

To railfan that would probably count as even crazier than this

Well, the invoice has arrived...

It seems that I've finally received my renewal invoice for the hosting account here (my current year ends on something like November 7th I think). Now I guess comes decision time, as to whether or not I renew for another year. I'm fairly optomistic about where I'll be in January at this point - the remaining issues will hopefully be settled one way or the other in under a week - and I may not be quite as tight financially as I originally thought so I think that I may end up springing for a renewal.

Any thoughts on the site's speed / uptime over the course of the past year?


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