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For visually challenged writers, the image shows a red and white Vertical Lift Bridge crossing an expanse of water.
Sam looked on as they put the finishing touches to the bridge. It had been erected in record time and would be an alternative to travelling some ten miles downriver.
He was joined by an elderly man out for the day on his bicycle who stopped to chat.
‘Nice lookin’ bridge,’ he said.
‘Thanks!’ Sam replied.
‘You design it?’
‘I had a hand in the final draft, yes.’
‘Did yer homework?’
‘On design and costing, yes.’
‘I see. Shame.’
‘Pity ya didn’t do some real homework.’
‘How do you mean?’
‘What de yer know about this area sonny?’
‘Just that it needed a bridge and that’s what The Company provided.’
‘Yep. I kin see that, but it won’t last.’
‘The area floods twice a year and all that thar construction will be under water in a few weeks.’
Sam fell silent, and saw future commissions blown to shreds.
Shaking his head, the old man got back on his bike and said
‘Yessir. That’s why they’d never built a bridge here before. It’d just be swept away.’
That’s a great story Di
Thanks Sadje. Reminds me of a supermarket chain who would not listen to the local fishermen when they decided to build their latest outlet on tidal land. The intended car park never happened after years of pushing for compulsory purchase orders on properties needed for access, and within a year, the building suffered serious subsidence.
Yes, local knowledge is essential for setting up a business. Or constructing a bridge
Reblogged this on About the Jez of It.
Thanks for the reblog.
Although it sounds like fiction I think it has more truth in it!!
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Brilliant story Di, a little local knowledge can go a long way. KL ❤
Oh! Bums! Really Di how do you think these up it so true 💜
memories of a supermarket chain who did not listen to the local fishermen about tidal waters. Supermarket got built, subsidence followed.
Yes indeed it always does when Manon rules 💜
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Oh, so sad… but so true of so many engineers and other planners who don’t ask the locals!
thanks for commenting Jemima