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In pictures: Crowds gather to feel Walkie Talkie 'death rays'

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This lunchtime crowds gathered at London’s newest tourist attraction to experience the heat reflected from Viñoly’s skyscraper

Rays reflected off the curved facade of the 37-storey tower, described by Mayor of London Boris Johnson as a ‘lovely new skyscraper that is producing Aztec death rays’, are widely reported to have started fires, damaged nearby businesses, cracked tiles and burnt a doormat.

In response to the phenomenon the City of London has suspended three parking bays.

Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf have erected a scaffold screen on Eastcheap to protect pedestrians and buildings from the rays.

According to the developers the light beam at this time of year lasts about two hours a day and preliminary modelling indicates ‘the phenomenon’ will be present for two to three weeks.

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  • at last - a recognition of our core national religion: sun worship.
    imagine the potential; a vast ever-moving urban game of kinetic helio-ping-pong as everyone opens and closes their facades to deflect or grab this gorgeous resource.
    beware vengeful neighbourhood death-squad solar-flash mobs!

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