Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Go Forth

A Bridge Too Fair

An end is finally in sight to the famously "never-ending" British job of painting the Forth Rail Bridge. It's said that as soon as workmen finish painting the massive 19th century bridge they have to begin all over again. But a new long-lasting paint is being used that should last for 25 years, and could have a lifespan of up to 40 years.

FOOTNOTE: See your doctor if paint persists.

17 comments:

Lee said...

Eww, talk about cost overrun. How many guys did they have working on that bridge and how long is the thing?

Hope it's pretty when they get it finished!

Cheers!

suchsimplepleasures said...

then they can come and paint my house...with 5 kids, i need long lasting paint!!

Kimberly said...

And I'm a bit overwhelmed by the thought of painting the basement of our new house.

Oi!

Lori said...

Those poor guys! You would have to have a pretty strong will to get up each morning to a never-ending job.

Wait...that sounds like me!

(Ah..but the rewards...)

Jules~ said...

One way to look at it is that the never ending job is job security. Still it is much more enjoyable to have challenges and changes in work. Those painters must know every inch of that bridge backwards and forwards.

Starshine said...

I come here via Mrs. G's blog "Derfwad Manor". What an interesting life you've led! I just learned what vegemite is a month ago!

Maggie May said...

It might be a boring job, but it is THEIR bread & butter! I wonder what they will do now?

Cowgirl said...

But the saying "like the forth bridge" will live on to puzzle folk! I sometimes feel life is alot like that!

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Of course, if it takes them twenty five years to apply the first coat of this stuff they are back where they started.....

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Bubba's Sis said...

Talk about job security!

imac said...
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Lana Gramlich said...

Same thing with the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco (& others, perhaps.) Gotta protect bridges from corrosion, after all!

pat houseworth said...

How many Brits will this put on the unemployment line?

;)

KaiBlueCreations said...

The forth Rail and road bridges have always been that way.. maybe one less coffee break?
I've driven over the road side and you can see the rail bridge on the right as you head into Fife, where some of my mum's family live.
neato post.
Peace, Kai

D... said...

It's like doing laundry. Once you've finished, you see that you have a new load waiting. Sigh.

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

In British Columbia, they have stopped painting steel bridges to save money and now they are all rusting, they laid off all the workers who used to do that job.