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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.’
‘I’m sorry?’
‘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.’


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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17 Responses to #WRITEPHOTO – BRIDGE

  1. Sadje says:

    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.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Although it sounds like fiction I think it has more truth in it!!

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  4. KL Caley says:

    Brilliant story Di, a little local knowledge can go a long way. KL ❤

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! Bums! Really Di how do you think these up it so true 💜

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  7. Jemima Pett says:

    Oh, so sad… but so true of so many engineers and other planners who don’t ask the locals!

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