A Conversation for Isle of Wight Shipwrecks: Floating Bridge No. 6

Peer Review: A87911166 - Isle of Wight Shipwrecks: Floating Bridge No. 6

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Bluebottle

Entry: Isle of Wight Shipwrecks: Floating Bridge No. 6 - A87911166
Author: Bluebottle - U43530

Why couldn't the £3million bridge cross the river?

I'm beginning to think that the only possible explanation for Floating Bridge 6 is that it was an elaborate April Fool's Day joke that got out of hand and no-one now knows how to end…

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SashaQ - happysad

Excellent to see this in Peer Review - apt for 1 April indeed, that Floating Bridge No 6 is a joke that is not funny...


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SashaQ - happysad

is a joke, but that is not funny that it is such a waste of time and money...


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Bluebottle

Another waste of money was the latest official report. I've tweaked the entry to say:

13 April 2019 – the East Cowes councillor announces that the Local Enterprise Partnership's summary report on the bridge was a 'catastrophic failure' that 'cannot represent any kind of perspective on which policy or future actions are based.' Councillor Karl Love announced, 'We submitted several hundred pages demonstrating that the floating bridge has hurt the economy and that the Council appears to have provided deceptive information to the LEP in their business case.' Yet the report states it only received 14 responses to its consultation from the Isle of Wight, grouping the hundreds of responses from members of public on the Isle of Wight together and summarily dismissing them with the words 'one response was received from a stakeholder group'.

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SashaQ - happysad

That's not good that the LEP report dismissed the consultation responses, but is good that a Councillor has raised the issue.

I'm not sure I follow all the events, though - was it the Council report that said the floating bridge wouldn't work, and the LEP report that said the Council provided deceptive information while deceiving readers about the extent of the response to the consultation?


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Bluebottle

Thanks for your comments there – sorry I didn't notice them before.smiley - doh
I've updated it to include yesterday's news story (the Council announced the bridge was out of service when it, shockingly, actually wasn't out of servicesmiley - yikes The council then said 'Sorry, we got the dates wrong'.
But to answer your question the Councillor described the LEP report as being fill of deceptive information and highlighted that it was deceiving readers. The councillor also said the floating bridge doesn't work.

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Bluebottle

Strangely true:
According to what3words the Floating Bridge goes from Committed.written.wreck to country.ferried.umbrellas, travelling through such references as Piglets.collision.living, Mermaids.overlook.stuns and Only.reference.rock

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Bluebottle

Updated

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SashaQ - happysad

"(the Council announced the bridge was out of service when it, shockingly, actually wasn't out of service smiley - yikes"

Shocking indeed, given the probability that it was likely to have been true!!

smiley - laugh Great what3words locations indeed! smiley - ok

"Floating Bridge No 6 was built to have an expected lifespan of 40 years (which seems incredibly optimistic)" - does this mean it was expected to have a lifespan of 40 years, like No 5, but given that it broke down within a day, this seems incredibly optimistic?

What are 'prows'? Ah, is that the total length of the whole unit, while the 'length of hull' is the length of the bottom bit that sits in the water?

"Sloping shouldered report " - what's that?

"Islanders, though pleased that the floating bridge has reliably mastered the ability to stand still, would prefer a reliably moving floating bridge." smiley - snorksmiley - facepalm

"•26 September 2018 – Pulled from service for 24 hours following an accident in which a member of staff fell unconscious below deck in the engine room." smiley - yikes Do you know what the cause was found to be in the end? Sounds like the person was overcome by fumes, but that would presumably have taken more than 24 hours to fix... Ah, I see the outcome became known on 3 April smiley - yikes

" it only received 14 responses to its consultation from the Isle of Wight" - On the one hand it sounds like the 'locked filing cabinet in the basement' syndrome, but that is extra sneaky when individual responses are grouped together... Happened in a consultation I took part in a few years ago, when someone made a template letter to help people with learning disabilities to contribute, but everyone who used the template was grouped together into a single response smiley - grr

'psychophysical characteristics' is a fascinating phrase... Much to ponder, there...

I like the BBC link - captured a tweet from '42 minutes ago' smiley - dontpanicsmiley - laugh Yikes, 'old' 3 year old chains needed replacing after having not been used for a number of days during that time smiley - yikes "no end date initially given" - no end *time* initially given?

Excellent update to the timeline - the saga just keeps on going... That is a fascinating comment from the Council Leader, overoptimistic, defensive and realistic all in one smiley - bigeyes

The percentage of schedule operation perhaps sits better higher up, and then the quote is an excellent closing comment smiley - applause


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Post 10

Bluebottle

Thanks for your comments, I've made improvements to the entry without taking it out of service for a month and sending everyone on a 12-mile diversion.

I've added a smiley - footprintssmiley - musicalnote to hopefully explain the hull and prow measurements.

I'm surprised you've not heard the expression 'slopey/sloping shoulders' before. Unlike someone who is 'broad-shouldered' and carries both responsibility and blame, someone with sloping shoulders at the slightest hint of being criticised passes the blame onto others and says it was nothing to do with them. I thought it was a common phrase, but if no-one else is familiar with it I can add an explanation?

Anyway, I've done some tweaking and moved things around – but the important thing to remember is that if there are any problems with this entry, they're not my fault. I'm the only one who has written this, it is true, but I deny any and all responsibility.

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SashaQ - happysad

smiley - ok

Superb description of the sound it makes! smiley - roflsmiley - headhurts

Thank you for the explanation of 'sloping shouldered report' - I know 'has broad shoulders' meaning a person can cope with responsibility and blame, but can't say I've ever heard the antonym before! My first thought was that it was a report about the slopes into the water smiley - roflsmiley - blush

Well done for improving the Entry without the need for a 12-mile diversion. "I deny any and all responsibility." - Noted smiley - ok


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h2g2 Guide Editors

This story is popular on Social Media, and we sent a link to your Entry, <BB<!

We received a reply "that is genius. Love it!"


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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Not Banned in China

This entry is much funnier than the situation it describes. smiley - laugh I like it!


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Bluebottle

Ooh, what Social Media was it linked to from? smiley - facepalmsmiley - book or smiley - tit, or more?
(Dare I suggest that if the unedited version went down well, how well-received an approved version might be…? smiley - winkeye)

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h2g2 Guide Editors

It was on smiley - facepalmsmiley - booksmiley - ok (News from on the Wight)

"Dare I suggest that if the unedited version went down well, how well-received an approved version might be…?"

Good point! Do you have a plan for managing the Timeline of Service? It will be out of date on Monday. With the way things have gone, it is likely to be out of date again at least once more before 12 May, 2020, too!


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Bluebottle

Are you suggesting that the Floating Bridge will become out of service again at some point in the future, despite it being fixed now?smiley - yikes

I've tweaked the entry again – and should the entry need an update I'll use the established system for updating & curating entries, 'cos that's what it is there for. smiley - smiley

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smiley - ok

That's good news that it is fixed today as expected. Yes, given the events so far, the probability is high that it will become out of service again at some point before its third birthday! smiley - laugh


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Post 19

Bluebottle

Hurray! To paraphrase that old song, 'The Ferry to the Isle of Wight',

smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteThe floating bridge on the Isle of Wight is something quite unique
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteIt looks just like a Sherman tank and breaks down once a week
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteAnd if you cross on Mondays, well it's bound to spring a leak,
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteWhen you cross the River Medina on the Floating Bridge.

smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteThe captain groans, the engine moans, and it's all systems go
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteBut after half a yard you wonder if you'll have to row
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteThe seagulls all have nylon ropes in case you need a tow,
smiley - whistlesmiley - musicalnoteWhen you cross the River Medina on the Floating Bridge.

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SashaQ - happysad

smiley - laughsmiley - ok

Congratulations! smiley - bubblysmiley - biggrin


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