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Reaching for the sky

a marriage proposal at The Shard, PA

A man proposes marriage to his girlfriend at The View, as the Shard building in London opens to the public.

London now has the tallest building in the European Union. 'The Shard' stands at 310 metres tall, and is known for its unique shape like a shard of broken glass.

Rob and Callum discuss London's newest skyscraper.

This week's question:

According to the Guinness World Records, the first ever skyscraper was built in the USA. In which city was it built?

a) New York

b) Chicago

c) Detroit

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


Reaching for the sky

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very tall buildings with many floors

a shard

a piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, which usually has sharp edges

forking out

spending a lot of money on something

the wow factor

a quality that makes someone feel excited or surprised when they first see something


a famous building


wealthy and successful

observation deck

a viewing platform in a tall building


let or rented out


recognised and accepted because of its location or long-term existence


uncertain or having risks



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