FFfAW Challenge – 187th

Hello to Joe Owens who is helping Joy out with the challenge entries for a while.
Get well soon Joy.

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Michelle De Angelis.
If it wasn’t so damn expensive and embarrassing, it would be a joke.
There had been so much publicity attached to it, and the commissions for the companies concerned had salvaged their business.
So much for a grand opening.
Now it was another fiasco, and they would never live it down.
Who wants half a bridge?
If only someone had checked and realised there was more than one Preston Marina, then the two halves wouldn’t have been two hundred miles apart!

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to FFfAW Challenge – 187th

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Very good Di, you know I can just see this happening somewhere, so silly it could be completely true!

  2. Sadje says:

    So spontaneous! Yeah it might even be possible. 🤣

  3. Michael says:

    Lol…Good one Di…gave me a good laugh..

  4. aczechelski says:

    Totally rings true for me and my city too. More like, hugely over-budget ugly bridge no one likes, but half a bridge could totally happen!

  5. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! Sounds like some of the blunders that have happened in Bristol’s never ending search to ease traffic congestion. We spent millions on a bridge that might never be used, so not that far off … Well written tale

    • Thanks Lyn. They had a similar issue in Poole as the old lifting bridge was unsuitable for the HGV traffic volumes. So they agreed to build another, the plan being not to have a lifting bridge. But they opted for another lifting bridge. And it’s boring, though apparently at night when it’s all it up it’s quite pretty.

      • Lynn Love says:

        Yes, a lot of money is wasted on these projects. I get suspicious when they’re built near the end of a tax year, wondering if they’re a way for local government departments to use up their budgets so central government won’t take anymore funding away. Me and my suspicious mind!

      • Actually, there is probably a lot of truth in that Lynn. Our Director in the financing dept made sure we spent our allocated budget for training, staff meetings, socialising etc etc. His logic was if he didn’t, it would be seen that he didn’t need so much and would thus be cut. We loved the last Friday in the month dept meetings……….. held over a cooked breakfast at the bank’s expense!

      • Lynn Love says:

        Haha! I always suspected as much! I can’t condemn local government if they do the same – the cuts are deep enough as it is without cutting more away

  6. Joe Owens says:

    hello and thanks for the warm welcome! I like your story and it reminds me of a photo I saw where two bridge halves are several feet askew of each other. i find the photo that I reference hard to believe as it seems those in the construction would have notice the discrepancy sooner, but I also know that deadlines, and pride many times can cloud even the best of judgement. Thanks for being a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and if you have any friends who might like it bring them along!

  7. Abhijit Ray says:

    Someone built one half of a bridge, and that too was inaugurated with fanfare! This is daylight robbery.

  8. JS Brand says:

    A marina in Preston? Next you’ll be telling us there’s a pier in Wigan.
    I really enjoyed this story.

  9. Oh, this never occurred to me. I assumed it was as trunnion bascule bridge. We have many of them in the Chicago area and it is a fairly common sight to see only one side in the upright position around the river. They are often called “Chicago Style” bridges.
    Still a very amusing story. Nicely done.

  10. michael1148humphris says:

    I hope that bridge building concern and my council don’t get together.

  11. Ha ha ha, I don’t think anyone, in any country, would be too surprised if their bureaucracy mucked things up on this scale.

  12. I liked the idea. Funny, but it could also be true. 🙂

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