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June 28, 2007

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Ann Margaret Lewis

I went up in the tower in 1987 before they closed it. They had no safety rails and it was REALLLLY leaning.

Glad I got out of there with my life. And I'm glad they were able to save it.
--Ann

Martin Tohill

Pesky Brits have no appreciation for the value of art. Left to their own devices the Italians could have corrected the tower without all those ugly weights.

Ed Peters

This all started with the mob murder of the Gracchi Brothers in 121 BC, but that would take more time to explain than I have.

Inocencio

Ed Peters,

Your historical humor is hilarious!

Now if only you could except that Johnny Depp is not funny.

Take care and God bless,
Inocencio
J+M+J

Maureen

Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi, said, "These are my lead weights"?

That's plumb interesting!

Inocencio

oops accept is what I meant. Need to slow down.

Take care and God bless,
Inocencio
J+M+J

Ed Peters

If I weren't trying to honor the "integrity of the thread" rubric, I'd avenge that gratuitous and vicious slur on Johnny "the Great" Depp. Grrrr.

Elijah

Psshhh.

Silly people finally gather the energy to fix the tower and it's still not straight.

Brian Walden

I wonder why no one has come up with the idea to purposely build a leaning tower just to make it a tourist attraction. I'm sure people would flock to the leaning tower of Omaha.

pseudomodo

I lean therefore I am...

Lawyer talk...

Is it not true that Johnny Depp is in fact not funny?

Yes......

I am NOT amused

Johnny Depp mentioned in a thread about a 'limp' tower. How appropriate!

Actually the bell tower on the island of Burano near Venice also leans.

http://goeurope.about.com/library/bl_burano_5.htm

Philippus

I've visted Pisa twice over the last 3 years, and whatever the bureaucratic delays, we should be grateful for its conservation, as the tower is a marvel. (Also, the Italians can be pretty unitalian when it comes to their cultural treasures; I think that in this case they were just very careful instead of very slow.)

But that being said, the church next to it (see the photo) is even more impressive. Much more. If you ever go to Pisa, buy a ticket for everything. You won't regret it.

PS: The tower can't be straightened, even if one would want to - which would mean loosing much of its appeal ofcourse. It began leaning before construction was finished, and later floors were build at an angle to 'correct' the leaning. Its actual shape is more like that of a banana.
PPS: a lot of Italian towers lean - construction (and especially foundation) wasn't always up to standards in those days. Pisa's tower is just the most famous.

barritts beer ginger

Not much on my mind worth mentioning. What can I say? My life's been generally dull today. I've just been letting everything pass me by recently.

john

The quality of education is, is not lower than 15 years ago

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