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Thursday, 8 May 2003
Our greatest building
Scotland's new parliamentarians are making a lot of noise about using taxpayers' money to "improve" our transport system. The private sector seems to have been able to do the job quite well 100 years ago:
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Of course the Tay Bridge was built & run by (distinctly) greedy capitalists. This proves only human imperfectibility.
But it is a beautiful bridge, well worth showing. It may be that bridges are the most beautiful buildings as aircraft are the most beautiful machines - both require economy of structure.
8 May 2003, 21:40:20 GMT+01:00
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They certainly did. The reason that the Forth Bridge is so overbuilt is in direct response to the Tay Bridge having fallen in to the water complete with train and passengers on top a few years earlier.
Now then. Unfortunately for us two more passengers should have been on that train to visit a friend in Dundee. But they weren't. Karl Marx and Engels stayed in Edinburgh due to the latter being ill instead. Bummer!
8 May 2003, 14:39:12 GMT+01:00
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