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Wonderful pictures, and thanks for the links! But I have to nitpick this:

the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the longest steel arch bridge in the world.

Already when built, its big architectural rival, the Bayonne Bridge in New York was a metre longer (and finished a year earlier). Then the New River Gorge Bridge in the US, with road on top of the steel arch, was the longest steel arch bridge for a quarter century from 1977. Then since 2003, the Lupu Bridge in Shanghai is longest with its 550 metre span:

...(also see great construction photo selection), and soon it will be eclipsed by the 552-m-span Chaotianmen Bridge in Chongqing, also China:



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

by DoDo on Tue Mar 20th, 2007 at 04:46:29 PM EST
I'll have to concede I relied on an Australian chauvinist media source.  At 509m for the arch, it is clearly not the longest steel arch, but it seems (see the Wikipedia entry) it is the widest and possibly tallest.

I like the quote attributed to James A Michener (previous link):

To get on in Australia, you must make two observations. Say, "You have the most beautiful bridge in the world" and "They tell me you trounced England again in the cricket." The first statement will be a lie. Sydney Bridge [sic] is big, utilitarian and the symbol of Australia, like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower. But it is very ugly. No Australian will admit this.


Photo by Diliff, Wikipedia.   Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 license.

by canberra boy (canberraboy1 at gmail dot com) on Wed Mar 21st, 2007 at 07:20:51 AM EST
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Fun quote, but ugly? Though if I had to cast a vote for most beautiful, it would be for the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh/Scotland, I have to disagree with Mr. Michener, I find the Sydney Harbour Bridge rather nice, too.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Mar 21st, 2007 at 04:25:45 PM EST
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When it's not covered with what looks like sticking plaster, that is!

I was gazing upon it from a nice pub at South Queensferry two days ago called the "Two Bridges" cos of its siutaion between the two bridges: fish and chips much recommended.

Still, my understanding is that once they've put a new long-life coating on it, the Forth Bridge won't require the continuous and Sisyphean painting it has always had...

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 09:48:14 AM EST
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'Tis not a lie, 'tis only misleading. The Hampton Bridge over the Kangaroo river is a most lovely little thing.

... though it would be prettier still without the modern necessity of keeping the cars from driving off either side with those ugly guard rails.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 03:50:51 AM EST
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