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Friday Bridge Blogging

by PeWi Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:01:18 PM EST

We haven't had one of these in a while and since a certain momentous event further described below the fold - it might be - as an anti-metaphor and antithesis, to why I started the series also be the last.

Bridges to Nowhere!


If you want to go from Tolsta to Skigersta, the distance as the crow flies is about 8 miles. It's a very nice journey, along some pretty spectacular coastal scenery. Traigh Mor and Garry Beach at Tolsta, Dun Othail, Dibidil, the long valley at Maoim. The forlorn ruined chapel at Filiscleitir, with the demure shielings at Cuidhsiadar. And then the metalled road is reached at Skigersta.

Bridge to nowhere

Yep. There is no metalled road from Tolsta to Skigersta. It's an 5 mile bogslog between the Bridge to Nowhere and Cuidhsiadar, with an additional 3 miles along a reasonable track.The Bridge to Nowhere is a relic from the era of Lord Leverhulme, who owned Lewis and Harris between 1918 and 1923. He was a visionary man, who wanted to bring progress to the Long Island.

(all from BBC

Bridge to no-where is of course also a political metaphor, which I first came across with pork bridges in Alaska:

aslaska bridge

Salon.com

Christian Science Monitor

Today, motorists can't drive directly to the tiny hamlet of Port MacKenzie from here, but that could change, courtesy of US taxpayers. Two Alaska Republicans with clout in Congress, Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young, are pushing for funds that could send the Anchorage suburbs leapfrogging into those hinterlands.
The proposed $2 billion Knik Arm Bridge - one of several projects that could make Alaska the biggest winner in this year's transportation-bill sweepstakes - has stirred outrage from critics who see it as pork-barrel spending that will send federal deficits spiraling up.

Some of the Bridges to no-where are outright beautiful though and funny.

Bridge

Thanks

Some other things are just naturally beautiful.

Mila
Mila Clare Luise 2590 - 31 - 47 and three weeks early. Mother and Daughter are fine.

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isn't she the most cutestes?
by PeWi on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:01:43 PM EST
She is not only cute, she is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to you and the Mother.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:14:41 PM EST
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Oh, Mr PeWi, that's not a bridge to nowhere!

Congratulations and best wishes to all three!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 02:40:38 PM EST
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No, of course it isn't (-: It is a very exiting path ahead (i only have to replace the heads of the fairy wall paper with some of R.D.'s and all will be well I trust <smirk>

Thanks everyone!

by PeWi on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 08:18:45 PM EST
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What a wonderful way to announce. Congratulations.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 03:48:27 PM EST
What a lovely baby!

Congratulations to you both!

by Solveig (link2ageataol.com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:21:24 PM EST
Excellent,

Although the last picture does appear to be short on Girders ;-)

Many Congrats.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:39:45 PM EST
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Mila Clare Luise 2590 - 31 - 47

What do the numbers mean? is the 2590 a user number, have you signed her up already? ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:45:59 PM EST
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LOL!

My guess is weight in grams - length in cm - head circumference in cm.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:56:39 PM EST
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Thought so, but did think that it was just a little too high, unless we'd had a rush of registrations in the last week ;-)

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:16:19 PM EST
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Almost there, only length and head circumference are swapped.
by PeWi on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 08:14:06 PM EST
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There are some bridges to nowhere in a valley in the Northeastern tip of Italy, towards a mountain pass with Slovenia, and I have no clue what they are since I first saw them over a decade ago.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 05:58:05 PM EST
Felicitations, PeWi.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:32:51 PM EST
A(n in)famous bridge to nowhere is the unfinished Eastern Boulevard freeway in Cape Town/South Africa -- unfinished since 1977:

There is a project to finish it, apparently on ice.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:34:26 PM EST
A bridge to nowhere famed to German railfans is the lifting bridge of Kamin. It was on the main connection to the island Usedom (on the northeastern corner of today's Germany), but it was bombed in WWII (Peenemünde, the V2 test launch site, is at the other end of the island), and the main city it led towards, Swinemünde/Germany, became Świnoujście/Poland. All that remains:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:54:48 PM EST
Less romantic or spectacular, but also rail, German and WWII-related are the bridges of a never finished rail freight orbital line around Berlin.  Some photos at RailFanEurope.net, here is one:



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Jan 11th, 2008 at 06:57:51 PM EST
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Congratulations!
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jan 12th, 2008 at 02:27:46 PM EST


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