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Friday, June 19, 2009


I made the mistake of asking a colleague how a new library build is going on.

"Before we can do anything a power cable and telegraph pole have to be moved. Npower say they can't dig the hole to move the cable as if they do the telegraph pole will fall over, BT say they can't dig their hole to move the pole for fear of digging into the power cable! "


Madame DeFarge said...

Isn't there a tree nearby with a Tree preservation order that may be bashed by the telegraph pole as it tumbles groundward?

PI said...

Maybe they could make a feature of them and build round them.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Madame: almost certainly. And the cobblestones will be accounted for by the local Heritage Officer.

Pat: it happened, and I'm trying to remember where it was. It was some time in the late seventies in the north of England and I don't think it involved T. Dan Smith.

Lavinia said...

I'm reminded of the chicken and the egg analogy here. And by the by someone is not being a good egg here. In addition I can think of a couple of uses for rotten eggs right about now!

Gadjo Dilo said...

Build the library in a Zeppelin 100m in the air. Access by autogyro only. Weather permitting.

Kevin Musgrove said...

A colleague suggests the old British Council building in Manchester but I pass that daily on the bus and the telegraph pole's on City Road, well out of the way.

Lavinia: you're too "can do" dear, just go with the flow.

Welcome back Gadjo! It generally takes about five years to replace a mobile library that's come to the end of its operating life. Imagine how long it would take for a library service to buy a zaeppelin. In fact, that could be tomorrow's bit of productive thinking for us at work. It'll be more useful than what we should be doing.