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The English language is preparing to mourn the loss of one of its most agreeable similes as painters finally apply the last lick of paint to the Forth Bridge. For well over 100 years, chaps armed with buckets and brushes have scaled the famous structure in a Sisyphean endeavour to keep it spick and span. Now, however, after a …

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PR

It's all PR BS I'm afraid. I was told by somebody on the project a few years back that it was a myth that the bridge was constantly being painted. Futhermore he said he could cite periods where no painting was done on the bridge at all for some considerable time.

The whole myth got started because painting the structure is so complex that it obviously takes a very log time and somebody stated that it took so long that by the time the painters reached the far side they would have to start again at the other. There was never any official confirmation of this.

Indeed I remember a few years ago it being a news story (probably in the Scotsman) that the bridge was falling to bits because the painting had been stopped. They can't have it both ways - either the painting was stopped or it has been continuous since the bridge was erected.

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Anonymous Coward

Nope...

They did stop for a while, but I have family in South Queensferry, their house has an excellent view of the bridge and there were people working on it all year round.

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Anonymous Coward

Working on it...

...isn't the same as painting it you know.

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Anonymous Coward

Like Xing the Y

"Like pleasing the missus!"

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Like X-ing the Y

Like correcting Wikipedia...

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Coat

"like X-ing the Y"

like trying to secure Windows

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like Y-ing the X

Like updating the Motorola Android Phone?

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Flame

X-ing the Y

Like checking a Windows computer for Viruses

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Hows about...

Like trying to appease her.

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Anonymous Coward

Alternative

Like keeping a windows server patched?

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Which one

And which Forth bridge are we talking about ? "Network Rail" is the clue. Not the graceful FRB then, but the pleasingly chunky FRB.

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There is only one Forth Bridge

There is a Forth Road Bridge too. Please do not confuse them.

That is all.

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The rail of course

The rail one is called the Forth Bridge not the Forth Railway Bridge

Only road bridge not with road in its name next to a railway bridge I know of, is the Tamar Bridge as the railway bridge of course is the Royal Albert.

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Title

There are two bridges: "The Forth Road Bridge" and simply "The Forth Bridge". The latter doesn't have "Rail" in its name.

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Confusion abounds

Evidently we are all having a quiet day. I thought it was "Forth Rail Bridge". So does the Visitors Centre at forthbridges.org.uk. Wikipedia allows both "Forth Bridge" and "Forth Rail Bridge", but what do they know?

Admittedly "FRB" was a step too far.

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There are two different bridges, with two different names....

Forth Bridge - Railway Crossing

Forth Road Bridge - A90 Road Crossing

Similar to the situation in Gloucestershire / Wales.....

Severn Bridge - original bridge, now carrying M48

Second Severn Crossing - new bridge, carrying M4

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Pint

ouch

reading your comment made my brain go crosseyed! :)

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Anonymous Coward

Of course there is only one Forth Bridge....

The others were First, Second and Third.....

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Anonymous Coward

3rd Bridge

There is a third bridge, George, which has as usual been unfairly omitted. George IV Bridge, that is.

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George IV Bridge does not cross the Firth of Forth. It's an elevated street in Edinburgh. You can't count it just because it's in Scotland you know.

There are two bridges at Queensferry, the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge. Although they are planning another road bridge. Further inland there are two more bridges although I think they cross the river Forth rather than the Firth of Forth. Those are the Kincardine on Forth Bridge and the Clackmananshire Bridge which bypasses Kincardine to the north.

So in short there are still only two bridges over the Firth of Forth.

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like X-ing the Y

with due respect to the moderatrix - like policing the reg comments

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To State the Obvious

Like Patching a (insert your own preference here) Server.

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Happy

How about

"Like thinking of a 'get me coat' one liner that hasnt already been done."

"Like finding a previously unused 'paris' gag."

"Like waiting for for an Orlowski Article with comments."

"Like waiting for a Page Article without moaining about Brit-Kit".

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Er...

I think there was a Page article that didn't slate Brit-Kit last week, wasn't there??

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Unhappy

And with a political flavour

for a long and pointless endeavour:

"Like talking to a politician" (add name of current PM to make it topical)

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Like downloading the internet

Like downloading the internet.

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Had to be said

Like finding a fenchman who'll shag his missus

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Unhappy

Another (topical) political one:

Like waiting for government to use open source

or

Like government to complete a computer project on time and budget

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Wet Paint

I'm glad to hear it will be finished, I have seen a few TV articles in recent years where the workers talked about the new longer-lasting paints and also commented on the myth that the bridge has needed a "Wet Pain" sign since it was built.

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Like paying for PFI

This is the post bit, ya.

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Reminds me of a backup once

Reminds me of my last company, when the tape drive broke on the software production server. Someone decided that we couldn't buy a new one, because the new SAN took all the money and it had an excellent new tape drive in. I was instructed to run a cron job each night to copy the source code repository to the SAN which was in a different building (The backup software couldn't backup to the SAN).

It took just over 25 hours to copy the entire repository over the internal network, so the next night the job started before the first had finished. I can't remember how long this nonesense went on for before they decided to buy a new production server and just connect it directly to the SAN. Whatever, it certainly saved the cost of a tape drive :)

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@Headley_Grange

Except that brass monkeys has nothing to do with cannonballs...

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@ Graham Bartlett

Thanks for you post and the clarification. I've been labouring under that misapprehension for years.

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X-ing the Y sounds good to me

Let's not get too fussy here, nothing wrong with "X-ing the Y". Maybe except for the potential mispronunciation as "waxing the I" (eye?)

Yes, yes, I was just leaving anyway.

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Like X-ing the Y.

I personally like the euphonic sound of that phrase, so I would like to officially submit for your approval: "Like eksing the why."

-dZ.

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Like...

Edinburgh has a ready-made substitute right on the Forth Bridge's doorstep!

"...like building Edinburgh's tram system!"

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Like...

Like waiting for a set of comments without OS bashing

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Paris Hilton

see icon.

never stops.

allegedly.

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P - lease....

This is old news and coupled with this the scaffolding is not down for three months. So it is not finished yet and it is old news that it is finished. The News in this country is tripe with a capital T. Have people forgotten that our government has been engaged in torture! This means if they can do it to them, they can do it to us.

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WTF?

Wow....

Been a while since I seen a trolling post that went quite so far off topic! But hey, at least the rendition flights will have a nice view on the approach to Edinburgh Airport.

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FAIL

@Marco Mieshio

If I understand your post correctly, we should not be concerned with anything other than just one instance of something that has probably been going on in some form or another for a long time. There is no justification in your mind, for people to indulge in a bit of humour combined with non-political interest.

I'm sorry, you are wrong.

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Like X-ing the Y.

To be a true substitute it needs to be some action that once completed needs to be started again .... perhaps

"like making pedantic corrections to the register comments forum postings"

will do.

"Back in the day"(TM) it would, of course, have been "like reading usenet"

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Meh

In that case...

...Bracknellexile hit the nail on the head with "...like building Edinburgh's tram system" - the tracks in Princes Street requiring repair work only a short time after being put down!

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@HP Cynic

"Wet Pain"? Are you accidentally typing your NSFW website URLs again?

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qjbhqb

Like staying opted-out of Facebook's privacy invasion schemes.

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Unhappy

Like ...

Like clearing out the spam trap

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Oil Rigs?

Every one I've been on has been a rusty bucket. Epoxy paint isnt the be all & end all.

Don't think the painters should hang up their brushes just yet.

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Endless Loop

Like keeping a games PC up to date.

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