Good bridges (physical, musical, other) and underpasses

IdleRich

IdleRich
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



1977 - The Clash - Londons Burning
Always loved the Westway, very often I used to get the bus from Oxford (as I grew up nearby) into London.... first as a teen or early twenties when the sight of it heralded arrival in the big city, excitement, nights out and adventure.
Later on when I lived in London but used to go out with a girl in Oxford I made the journey with greater frequency but the Westway was always a significant landmark on the way. I liked to look down at the footie pitches, see if there were any naked women in the windows we went by... and of course watch out for Goldfinger's tower.
 

WashYourHands

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Menai is spectacular in all weathers. You know you're heading into a place with so much history, it oozes atmosphere
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Oh yeah, good call. Mum has a painting of the Menai Bridge on the wall in our house, always reminded me of holidays to Anglesey and so on. But when they built the other bridge we always used to take that one sadly.
 

polystyle

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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.
Is this one over by old fair grounds, one has to take train to get to it ?
 

mixed_biscuits

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There are few things I hate more than walking along a motorway bridge over another motorway; my brain just can't handle it.
 

polystyle

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Yeah I think so... there are a load of carparks and a space used to be a circus or fair or something.
We saw that bridge, off in the fog as you mentioned .
We walked around the fair ground plaza not far from there
Lots of sea gulls wheeling above.

Portugal has a lot going for it
 

catalog

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There are few things I hate more than walking along a motorway bridge over another motorway; my brain just can't handle it.
i sort of love/hate walking over motorway bridges - there's some really high ones near me, but they feel really flimsy and the railings are very small. also, when I'm driving, i often get distracted by the people who are stood on bridges looking at the traffic.
 

catalog

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example of a song with a bridge section, but i think there are probably better examples


 
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