Ravings From The Bog

Belfast’s Broadway Lido (or Cooler as we all used to call it!)
August 24, 2008, 3:37 pm
Filed under: Belfast, Fun, Life, Memories, Society, Thoughts, Weird & Wonderful | Tags: , ,

For those of you not resident in Northern Ireland, over the last few years we’ve seen some major investment in infrastructure since the reduction in violence here (note: reduction).

The main road through Belfast joining the M1 and the M2 together, known as the “Westlink” has been the subject of much frustration for motorists while some remodelling has been carried out. In the last few months, the finishing touches have been applied and the last few construction vehicles and oils drums are being removed. 

On 16 August, following some very heavy rain, the new underpass flooded completely, and five vehicles were trapped, their drivers narrowly escaping death.

Excuses from those responsible for the design of the underpass ranged from “two rivers run nearby the underpass” (d’oh!) to “unseasonally heavy downpour”. Now, it may have escaped some of the folk living in the Amazon rainforest, the jungles of Sarawak or a few non-cable subscribers in Nome, Alaska, but for the rest of us, the climate has radically changed over the last ten years or so. You’d think that the brainiacs in the planning department in our fine city would have allowed for some wiggle-room in their calculations and the possibility that NI might be included in the GLOBAL warming effects that the rest of the GLOBE are experiencing. Note to all cinema-goers – hopefully the message about saving the planet contained within WALL*E landed with you; make sure you tell your friends.

As can be seen from the tastefully Photo-shopped photograph above, it was quite a sight. 20 million gallons of water! It was reported that there were floods at this exact spot in December 2007, yes 2007, not 1807, just less than a year ago!!!

Time for some retraining I think…


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