Thursday 22 March 2012: "Bridges" Newcastle Upon Tyne...
Happiness is a Boo called Richard...
It's been a really terrific day :-) got up late and if you knew me you would know that this does not happen as I do not like wasting time sleeping! But, today I had the pit to myself as BA is still in Hamburg and I have the day off and for once I was going to have some me time! Got ready at leisure and took a stroll into town braving it without a coat but I knew that by the time I got back my Raynaud's would be kick in and I was right! Whilst in town got my fur cut and visited my regular drinking house "Costa" for my traditional Massimo Americano.
Today I present the "Bridges" of Newcastle Upon Tyne... (A must in LARGE)
For those who are not familiar with the North East or the UK the bridges from the front to back are "The Swing Bridge" which was designed by William Armstrong and work commenced in 1873 and was opened in 1876 for use by road and river traffic. The Swing Bridge is operated by hydraulic power; the hydraulic accumulator sunk into a 60 foot shaft below the bridge, the water is then released under pressure which runs the machinery to turn the bridge. The mechanism used for this is still the same machinery originally installed by Armstrong. "The Tyne Bridge" The Tyne Bridge was officially opened on 10 October 1928 by King George V and has since become a defining symbol of Tyneside. It currently stands as the tenth tallest structure in the city. "The Gateshead Millennium Bridge" The Bridge was lifted into place in one piece by the Asian Hercules II, one of the world's largest floating cranes, on 20 November 2000. It was opened to the public on 17 September 2001, and was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 May 2002.
It's been a great day, Carry On Blipping!
Ps. Thank you for all your wonderful comments on yesterday's sunset, it got featured in the Spotlight - Thank you :-)