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Come to London, see New York

A view through space to the Brooklyn Bridge, thanks to the Telectroscope

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In 1884, after a very hard sea voyage from London to New York, inventor Alexander Stanhope St. George had a brilliant idea. What if there was a way to travel to New York without having to endure the long sea voyage? Alexander set out on designing and building a tunnel between the two cities. He soon came to realize, though, that travel through the centre of the earth would be just as arduous a journey as the sea voyage, but that even without providing the means for a comfortable journey between the two cities, the tunnel could be used for a practical purpose.

Alexander designed a device which would allow London and New York to see each other without having to leave their own cities. The invention, called the Telectroscope, was a powerful optical device using mirrors and lenses to magnify the image on the other side.

Starting on an island mid-way between the two cities in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Alexander St. George and a crew of men started digging the tunnels in both directions. Work started in 1890, but after a breach in the tunnel which drowned 15 men, work eventually had to be stopped in 1894, the tunnel incomplete. Alexander St. George fell into madness, and died in 1917 in an insane asylum in Bethnal Green.

The partial complete tunnel sat unused and forgotten until Alexander Stanhope St. George's great-grandson Paul St. George found technical drawings for the Telectroscope among some paper's in his grandmother's attic. Intrigued, Paul set out to complete his great-Grandfather's work, and on the 22nd of May of 2008, the tunnel was completed and the Telectroscope installed.

I wandered down to the British end today, and checked out New York City. The device is amazing. A massive Victorian machine of unparalleled beauty and function. It is the best of what we human's can invent.

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The Telectroscope and London City Hall

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Getting my ticket from the automated dispensing machine. What will they think of next!

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There's New York on the other side. Hello New York!

Now, some in the "traditional media" have suggest that the tunnel doesn't really exist, and is instead, "a trans-Atlantic broadband network rounded off on each end with HD cameras, according to Tiscali, an Italian Internet provider handling the technical side of the project." Of course, these are the same people that deny the existence of UFO abductions, the faking of the moon landing, the Nazi moon base, or that Paul was killed in a car accident and replaced by one William Shears Campbell of Ontario, Canada.

Truly, what seem more realistic? That some Italian internet provider would be willing to set up a couple TV cameras on other side of the Atlantic for some hippy artist? Come on - hippies and big corporate pig-dogs don't work together. Obviously the simplest, and therefore the correct conclusion is that in fact there was a tunnel partially built underneath the Atlantic Ocean, and that it has recently been completed. Occam's razor, people!

Anyway, whether you believe that it is a tunnel through the earth, or some sort of technical trickery using high-bandwidth trans-atlantic cables, if you want you can check out more detail on the Telectroscope website, and get directions to the locations in both London and New York if you want to check it out. It'll cost you £1 in London, but is free in New York. The exhibit runs until the 15th of June, when I guess they close up the tunnel or something. Who knows?

Maybe you can even catch these two trying to keep up with the Yoga guy on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Posted by GregW 09:28 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged tourist_sites

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