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Flash
326964.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:33 am Reply with quote

Q: When will they finish painting the Forth Bridge?
F: Never, When Hell freezes over, etc
A: 2012.

Painting the Forth Bridge is the proverbial unending task, but a new epoxy resin paint has now been developed which will last at least 25 (and perhaps as many as 40) years, so when they complete the current paint job in 2012 they will have finished. It has never been the case that they simply started at one end and worked their way along to the other; different parts of the bridge are exposed to the elements in different ways, and the repair schedule reflected that, though it is true that there’s a permanent maintenance crew as you would expect. The current paint job began in 2002 and involves the application of 20,000 m² of paint (in three coats) and a total cost of £180m.

The Sydney Harbour and Golden Gate Bridges have similar proverbial status in their respective countries (when Paul Hogan was discovered by Australian television he was working as a painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge). The classical version is Sisyphus, the son of King Aeolus of Thessaly and (in some versions) the father of Odysseus who was punished for thinking himself the equal of the gods by being condemned to an eternity of frustration pushing a rock uphill.

 
eggshaped
326967.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:36 am Reply with quote

For the notes, the Golden Gate bridge is not gold, it's painted industrial orange. The name comes from the straight that divides the city of Istanbul.

 
Jenny
327206.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:43 am Reply with quote

I was most disappointed when I saw that orange!

 
WB
327270.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:07 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
For the notes, the Golden Gate bridge is not gold, it's painted industrial orange. The name comes from the straight that divides the city of Istanbul.


Not sure that's strictly correct. The Bosporus is the strait dividing Istanbul. The Golden Horn is the harbour in Istanbul. The Golden Gate (after which the straits in San Francisco are named) was the largest of the gates in the walls of Constantinople and I'm not sure how much (if any) of it is left.


Last edited by WB on Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:57 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
eggshaped
327354.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:37 pm Reply with quote

What he just said ^^^

 

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