27 October 2009

abridged

I just love it when Tower Bridge goes up and you have to wait for the boat to go through before you can continue your journey. Pedestrians are excited at seeing the boat go under; and the cyclists and bikers who have crept their way to the front of the waiting queue completely ignore the traffic controller's instruction to wait for the lights to turn green and as soon as the gates open they all bomb away across the bridge.

When it happens at night you have the added pleasure of seeing the city sing along while you wait to cross.

It makes the best excuse for being late.

7 comments:

Deptford dame said...

Some time next year or the following one, the bridge will be in the 'up' position for several days while they repaint the hinges as part of the refurbishment work that is currently being carried out! That will be interesting.....!

kristina said...

In all my years in London, I've never actually seen the bridge open! Must do something about that... K x

colleen said...
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colleen said...

A neighbour of ours, at the time a Thames Barge Captain, took us on a trip that required the raising of the Bridge to let us go through. I can't tell you how excited I was. I waved to the tourists as if I was to the palace born.

Liz said...

I can understand your enthusiasm. The first large vertical lift bridge in Britain was built in our town and I used to love to watch it in action. (I used to wish my dad's car would get stuck on the bit of the road that lifted). Sadly, with the decline in traffic on the River Tees, it was finally fastened down in the 1990's.

60 going on 16 said...

It's one of those wonderful London surprises. Seen by most of us only by chance and then rarely. Never disappoints.

Weeping Sore said...

Your first picture is breathtaking in its spare, modish shapes and muted colors, yet throbbing with life.

Your second picture could be the city singing along, I agree, a much better interpretation than a shaky camera hand and a long exposure.

Now I'm late too.