Not only is the Shard opening tonight but Diary couldn't help noticing that it's almost 38 years since one of the world's best property themed movies opened in screens around the world, The Towering Inferno.
Starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman, the film tells the story of architect Doug Roberts who returns to San Francisco for the dedication of the Glass Tower which he designed for property tycoon James Duncan. Stretching to 138 stories (1,800 ft) the scheme is the world's tallest building.
The movie goes on to show how during a dedication ceremony on the 135th floor to which all of the city's highest profile dignitaries and celebrities, a fire is discovered, and it all goes down hill from there.
Let's hope that, for the great and the good joining Prince Andrew, the Prime Minister of Qatar and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra don't suffer anything like that.
But for those of us with fond memories of the cult disaster movie, here's a few quotes;
James Duncan: Is everything under control?
Chief O'Hallorhan: You have to move all these people out of here right now.
James Duncan: Oh, come on. Now just how bad is it?
Chief O'Hallorhan: It's a fire, mister, and all fires are bad
Senator Parker: At this rate it's going to take a couple of hours to get everyone down. So, I would suggest that those of us with stout hearts and trim waistlines start using the stairs.
James Duncan: That's 135 floors.
Senator Parker: All downhill
Chief O'Hallorhan: You know we were pretty lucky tonight, body count's less then 200. You know, one of these days, you're gonna kill 10,000 in one of these firetraps, and I'm gonna keep eating smoke and carrying out bodies until someone asks us... how to build them.
Doug Roberts: Ok, I'm asking.
Chief O'Hallorhan: You know where to reach me.