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Purveyor Dec 2013 OP
AtheistCrusader Dec 2013 #1
jberryhill Dec 2013 #3
AtheistCrusader Dec 2013 #5
jberryhill Dec 2013 #6
AtheistCrusader Dec 2013 #7
jberryhill Dec 2013 #10
XemaSab Dec 2013 #9
elleng Dec 2013 #11
Ezlivin Dec 2013 #4
jberryhill Dec 2013 #8
dipsydoodle Dec 2013 #12
dipsydoodle Dec 2013 #2

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:16 PM

1. London barrier lifted?

As in, raised into position? Gotten out of the way? What?


Edit, ok, they are going to CLOSE the barrier.

Wow, this thing is beautiful.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:19 PM

3. Presumably, from context, it would indicate...

...something along the lines of activated to its operative configuration, as it would seem somewhat odd for it to have the meaning of "actively rendered inoperative" in anticipation of the harm it is designed to prevent.

But that's just a contextual guess. Maybe they wanted to give the water a sporting chance.

It appears to work by raising walls from the inoperative configuration:


Here's a video of the barrier in operation:

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:21 PM

5. You'd think englishmen would SPEAK ENGLISH LOL

I think they used 'raise' and 'lifted' interchangeably, as in 'raising a barrier'.

In American English it sounds like they are getting it out of the way. My first assumption was 'holy shit, they are REMOVING the flood protection because its just going to swamp and break it anyway'.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:23 PM

6. That was my read of the headline as well


But I went with the contextual presumption.

You can never really tell, though, what the British have in mind.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:26 PM

7. Thanks for the diagram video. That helps immensely.

I suppose the proper term ought to be 'rotated into position'.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:29 PM

10. Thames Barrier Screwed As Britain Floods...

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:29 PM

9. I had that same thought

Like sometimes with dams, they just open the gates on the thing and flood everything downstream so the dam itself doesn't break.

Also, I need to call the insurance agent and ask about flood insurance.

I'm right downriver from this guy:

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:51 PM

11. 'Maybe they wanted to give the water a sporting chance.'

Thanks for that, berryhill!

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:19 PM

4. It's like they're inviting the waters in!

I, too, had to re-read that sentence to make sense of it.

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Response to Ezlivin (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:26 PM

8. Why Can't The English Learn How To Speak?

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:52 PM

12. Yes - put in place.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:17 PM

2. Thames barrier went up last night.

Background to its very existence is largely 1953's events.

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