Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Weekend in HD

Caught the train after work last Friday to Heidelberg to stay for the weekend with Doris and Richard, the plan being to then play golf near Heidelberg on the Saturday.

Saw six-month old James Gordon for the first time, the new addition to the Brewis family. What a charmer. His proud parents said he'd be going on solids for the first time this coming week, which is when the fireworks will really start as regards nappy-changing.

Anyway, the golf was a good laugh. We (Rich, Steve, German friend Phips and I) went to Baden GC near Östringen-Tiefenbach situated in the Kraichgau. We all hadn't played for a while and were hence a bit rusty, though some more rusty than others. I was vying throughout with Steve for the prize for the number of golf balls lost. Phips was less wayward, but, by his own admission, he's played better. Rich was the best though, cracking it down the middle on most holes. He ended up carding a more than respectable 88.

I earned a few derisory comments - probably deservedly so - for the number of sweaters and jumpers I'd brought with me. The temperature was in double figures, and I ended up played in a t-shirt and pink short-sleeve polo shirt over the top. Caused a right kerfuffle in the car with all them layers flailing around. And they say I bring it on myself.

Later that day, Rich and I adjourned to a Chinese restaurant in Heidelberg for a meal and met up there with Steve, John & Berenice, Rachael and Michael, Ian & Ros, Rob and Keith.

After a leisurely breakfast the next morning with Rich, Doris and James, followed by Championship highlights on ITV1, I said goodbye and Rich kindly dropped me off at Heidelberg Hbf from where I took the train back to Weil.

An interesting photo...

...of that bridge again, taken from today's local paper.

Monday, 13 November 2006

Bridge over the River Rhine

Slight correction to what I reported last week: the bridge over to Huningue will be the world's longest pedestrian bridge. Anyway, it was set into position yesterday, and everything went according to plan. It will be open to the public from 31 December.

Here's a live webcam view of the bridge.

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Pedestrian bridge to France

On a happer note, the new pedestrian bridge from Weil to Huningue over the Rhine to France is due to be positioned and set on its foundations this coming weekend.

Starting tomorrow, 8 November, it will be carefully lowered from it's current position in Huningue docks on to pontoons by means of sophisticated hydraulics. Then between 4 and 8 on Sunday morning (12 November ), the bridge will be moved to it's intended location on the Huningue side of the river and from 10am onwards will be turned 90 degrees across the river. It could be quite a spectacle. After all, it's set to become Europe's longest pedestrian bridge. However, I'm off to Freiburg on Sunday to watch SC Freiburg vs. 1. FC Köln, so I'll have to give it a miss.

The bridge is due to open to the public on 31 December.

Here's a description of what's going to happen taken from Weil's official website:

Here's computer image of what the bridge will look like

Mayhem in Lörrach

An item of local news for your attention:

Yesterday morning, a young lady was sighted on the roof of the town hall of neighbouring Lörrach. It was obvious she was contemplating suicide. Macabre and sad spectacles like these always seem to attract throngs of onlookers, and so it was that a hundred of so people - even families - were soon milling around in the square below gazing at the roof of what is Lörrach's tallest building by far.

Amid these scenes, some local teenagers among the crowd, some of them recognised trouble-makers who tend to hang around the Rathausplatz, thought it would be a good idea to shout "Jump!" repeatedly. Unbelievable.

Lörrach's tramps, who regularly hang about in the area between the railway station and the town hall, took exception to this and - to their great credit - confronted the gang of youths. A violent fracas ensued involving more than 40 people. The police waded in to arrest some of the trouble-makers, but were then physically attacked themselves by other teenagers. Six officers were injured, two of them seriously. A dozen teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are now facing charges. The mind boggles how twisted some people are.

All the while, the girl, aged 21, was still on the roof. Thankfully though, after four hours she was finally persuaded to come back into the building and is now receiving professional help.

Here's a report in German