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Forth Bridge and Britain’s Decline

Forth Bridge and Britain’s Decline

This is from a piece by Ian Jack who remembered the opening of its predecessor 53 years ago. What has been lost? Odd little things: a quiet pice of shoreline a view, a further erosion of Fife’s separateness – which could be argued is for the good. The argument against the car is a bigger … Continue reading

Bristol Bridge

This is not, as most people assume, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but the ancient bridge crossing the Avon – now the Floating Harbour – in the centre of Bristol. This is from The Annals of Bristol by John Latimer: William Vick, wine merchant of Queen Square, died 3 January 1754. His will included several gifts, … Continue reading

A Newsreader’s Nightmare

A Newsreader’s Nightmare

Scotland’s Forth Road Bridge, which crosses the Firth of Forth, near Edinburgh,  is hopefully going onto the World Heritage listings but any mention of it is a potential minefield for newsreaders, as a letter in yesterday’s paper, by Thom Cross of Carluke,  explained: “The auld railway bridge (iconic) is the first Forth bridge but the … Continue reading