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here’s a bit of a story for you.  i’ve haven’t really posted much life stuff on this blog as i’ve been doing that elsewhere.

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however, i thought you might find this interesting.

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yesterday in between (and during) rain showers we walked on a new bit of motorway in central auckland

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it was open for 4 hours only as a celebration of all that is great about motorways and engineering and being a kiwi. 

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this giant blue crane was the magic behind constructing the new motorway bridge

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and next weekend it’ll be shut to traffic so they can do the final switcheroo

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so for one day only you could walk along and enjoy the view and inginuity

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in the rain

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beside the view over the sides there were plenty of bollards to admire

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and you could look down at all the spare bits of bridge they had left over (that always used to happen with airfix kids didn’t it)

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there’s the motorway going up the hill in the distance just to prove it is all connected.

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and here’s some detailed instructions about the big blue crane thing

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to be honest, it didn’t look particularly solid from underneath.  but i did an electronics degree, so what do i know.


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there were hundreds of peoples taking their sunday afternoon stroll on the road

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and it really felt like a lovely community thing.  they even put some diggers out for kids to climb in and pretend to drive (there were no keys in them)

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and i was delighted to see some gloves near this roller

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there they are look.  i don’t think they were workmen’s ones.  unless workmen wear blue woollen gloves.

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i loved it despite the rain.  it’s great to celebrate big feats of engineering and this was done in a lovely community way.  we even got postcards to show we’d been there.

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great stuff.

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there were a number of dead birds on auckland’s queen street earlier in the week.  i spotted a leg first, then another leg, then some seagull feathers.  and then this further up the hill.  makes you think doesn’t it ?

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