Good bridges (physical, musical, other) and underpasses

catalog

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catalog

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From the archive, the Mancunian way from below

 

catalog

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Wythenshawe, the bridge over the M56. Quite a lot of the good Manchester stuff (eg Johnny Marr, Croww) come from Wythenshawe

 

catalog

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More Mancunian way. Its a big energy focus. Can't remember the name of the writer on the right but he's big in MCR

 

catalog

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Scary bridge over the River Mersey. I tried to walk that whole river from Manchester to Warrington but had to stop cos its a pain, no access by the Riverside for vast swathes.

 

IdleRich

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I like a good bridge. We live about a mile away from the longest one in Europe. It´s a strange, snaking, hump-backed sea monster of a bridge that shines brightly in the sun, or else fades mysteriously into the haze if it's raining or misty. I love going over it too, looking into the glistening water on either side, one day I´ll probably crash doing that. Especially as you get close to the far side where you can often see loads of flamingos.
Liza has a friend from Russia who moved to Portugal and his boyfriend is this incredibly bad-tempered French guy who just fucking flies off the handle at the smallest provocation. When he'd just moved here he gave us a lift home one time and we're on the motorway about a mile from our house driving down the river but he takes the wrong turn and gets funnelled towards the bridge, and then he can't avoid it and he's getting more and more annoyed, muttering under his breath and then just full on shouting and swearing. Cos from being a five minute journey, you gotta go over the whole bridge which is about 20k and then it comes out on the motorway and you can't turn round for some distance on that. One minute we are a couple of kilometres from home, then suddenly he's accidentally added an extra 60k to the journey and he's going fucking mental, just shouting the whole way with us sitting in the back trying not to piss ourselves. The prick.







It's quite nice to walk around at this end too, there is some quite nice scenery that feels very different in different weather.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Lisbon is bookended by two bridges. At one end the Vasco da Gama one which is long and low. At the other end you have the 25th April Bridge which is not nearly so long but much much higher. The view is fantastic from the top of this one; driving out from Lisbon it leads you straight to Jesus, the other way you can see the whole city below you, and if you look along the Tagus you can see for miles in either direction with toy boats on the glittering (again but it really is the only word for it) blue glass river.
At either end you can walk around beneath it and gaze upwards at the structure - my girlfriend took some great pictures from underneath in which it looked like some kind of modernist work by Anthony Carro or something stabbing into the crystal clear blue sky.

You can see Jesus in the background here.



 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Yeah when you're on the other side it's the best landmark to orient yourself - cue loads of "We have turned our back on Jesus" or "Finally we have come back to Jesus" etc
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
There is a weird little bridge in Sacavem I'd like to get a pic of - it's blocked off now and I guess it was just a footbridge over a stream that flows into the Tagus - but for some reason it has this huge arch above it that seems ridiculously large and out of proportion.
 

william_kent

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Westway - the 23 Acres

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Scene of early free concerts by Group X later known as Hawkwind

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1973 - scene of Notting Hill Carnival

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1974- J.G. Ballard - Concrete Island

‘Soon after 3 O’clock on the afternoon of April 22 1973, a 35 year old architect named Robert Maitland was driving down the high-speed exit lane of the Westway interchange in central London. 600 yards from the junction with the newly built spur of the M4 motorway, when the Jaguar had already passed the 70mph speed limit, a blow-out collapsed the front nearside tyre… Out of control, the car burst through the palisade of pinewood trestles that formed a temporary barrier along the edge of the road. Leaving the hard shoulder, the car plunged down the grass slope of the embankment. 30 yards ahead, it came to a halt against the rusting chassis of an overturned taxi…’

1977 - The Clash - Londons Burning

I'm up and down the West way, in an' out the light
What a great traffic system it's so bright
I can't think of a better way to spend the night
Then speedin' around underneath the yellow lights
London's burnin'
(With boredom now)
London's burnin'
 

Leo

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I'm from Fall River, Massachusetts, a city with a large Portuguese population. It was a long-running joke growing up that every time we'd drive over the Braga Bridge, my dad would say "This is the longest bridge in the world. Goes from Somerset, Massachusetts to Portugal".

 
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