Disappointment

Or is it dissapointment? (I teach English for a living by the way). Anyway, episode 1 of a probably increasing depressing series:

I’m trying to get on this ‘write more even if its crap because that’s how you get better you idiot and otherwise there’s no point in having a blog’ so this week’s theme is disappointment, (something readers will get a great big dose of if they’ve bothered to stick around) which is fitting given its the holiday season an’ all.

Let down number 1:London Bridge.

I guess  it fell down. Fell down. Fell down. My Fair lady.

I was in London recently (More on that later perhaps. In Haiku form?) and was quite looking forward to checking out all the historicityness (English teacher remember) of the place. The many bridges over the Thames included. The newer ‘millenial’  ones were predicatably drab and ‘modern’, tower bridge was mostly swathed in scaffolding and tarpaulins, but what I was really looking forward to was ye olde London Bridge, that magnificent span of song and rhyme and the only way across the Thames from the time of the Romans until the 17th century. Once a bustling thoroughfare, packed to the brim with shops and carts; screaming fishwives; strolling gentry; and various mudlarks, footpads, pinchpurses, knaves, scoundrels, cads, bounders et al, this sounded like something to see.

Unfortunately I was about 178 years to late to see it. They built a new one in 1831 but I was too late for that even, as in 1968 it was sold to a guy in Arizona. Really.

The new bridge looks like this:

This is where a picture of London Bridge would go had I taken one. It turns out the present strip of grey concrete is too dull to even excite the light sensitive elements of film or digital camera sensor, even google images produces only the more picteresque Tower Bridge.

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