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Old June 21st 04, 10:17 AM
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Does it have something to do with white flags?

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Old June 21st 04, 12:32 PM
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On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:17:56 +0300, noname wrote:

Does it have something to do with white flags?


No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...

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Old June 21st 04, 01:48 PM
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"John Cook" wrote in message
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No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...


It didn't have anything to do with that either. The building was first made
white with lime-based whitewash in 1798, when its walls were finished,
simply as a
means of protecting the porous stone in freezing weather.


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Old June 22nd 04, 08:26 AM
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"John Cook" wrote in message
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On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:17:56 +0300, noname wrote:

Does it have something to do with white flags?


No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...


If it had been "burnt down" I don't think a little paint would have helped.
Granted, they did do a lot of damage.


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Old June 22nd 04, 06:17 PM
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John Cook wrote:
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:17:56 +0300, noname wrote:

Does it have something to do with white flags?


No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...

Cheers
John Cook


This is the story in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. According to Ripley, it
started out pink.

Richard.


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Old June 22nd 04, 08:35 PM
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Richard Brooks wrote:
John Cook wrote:
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:17:56 +0300, noname wrote:

Does it have something to do with white flags?


No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...

Cheers
John Cook


This is the story in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. According to Ripley, it
started out pink.

Pinkish-beige to be exact. It's sandstone, after all.

Got to see it in early 1988 when it was being re-painted. They said that
it was going to be about an inch smaller in all dimensions after all the
old paint was scraped/sandblasted off. I suspect this was a leg pull,
however.

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Old June 22nd 04, 10:29 PM
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Marc Reeve wrote:
Richard Brooks wrote:
John Cook wrote:
On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 12:17:56 +0300, noname
wrote:

Does it have something to do with white flags?

No, but it might have something to do with the repainting it needed
when an invading force burnt it down...

Cheers
John Cook


This is the story in Ripley's Believe It Or Not. According to
Ripley, it started out pink.

Pinkish-beige to be exact. It's sandstone, after all.

Got to see it in early 1988 when it was being re-painted. They said
that it was going to be about an inch smaller in all dimensions after
all the old paint was scraped/sandblasted off. I suspect this was a
leg pull, however.


No! Go with it. When I worked for the BBC (and Imperial College, London)
that there was this blanket contempt from the old boys for students who'd
learnt it all on paper and had little or no "hands on" experience.

These college genii worked out the size of the box to fit an orifice and had
forgotten that the thickness of the paint would have serious consequences on
the outcome. Duly painted, the box didn't fit!

Damned college types! ;-)


Richard.







 




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