"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Friday, December 17, 2010

Getting it right

Having been brought up in Bristol from the age of six, I was quite used to the sight of the Clifton Suspension bridge elegantly spanning the Avon, so I was interested in  this article in the online Telegraph this morning.
It seems that Brunel's father, Sir Marc Brunel was also an engineer and was keen to give his son the benefit of his years of experience.







Sir Marc's design incorporating a pagoda is certainly eye-catching but I think in this case, Isambard got it right. For me, nothing can beat that seemingly effortless and graceful span across the river.
Just goes to show, Dad's not always right.

6 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny. - Happy Christmas to you and Keith and not forgetting Paddy.

    Interesting article about the Clifton Suspension bridge its something I did’t know.

    Your comment “ Just goes to show, Dad's not always right” - I’m a Dad three times over and I say “I don’t always get it right but I’m never wrong‘ so there !!!! [He, He] Mick x

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  2. Hi, Mick. Great to hear from you again and a happy Christmas and New Year to you too. I would say that, whereas dads perhaps don't always get it right, mums inevitably do - of course! ;)

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  3. Word Verification:- curable
    Bristol is a place I have never been but I guess that's curable. I've heard that old Isambard based his design on his mother's washing line - in honour of her curious taste in christian names. I taught thousands of kids but not one was called Isambard. I guess they're all in Bristol.

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  4. Well, as you know, YP, you do get a more upper clarss of pupil dahn saaff, innit. ;)

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  5. As a mechanical engineer myself Brunel has always been one of my 'heroes'! Flighty xx

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  6. Mine too, Flighty, inherited from Dad, also a mechanical engineer till he retired.

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