Telford’s Burning

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

I went for my daily walk from the office to the shopping centre in town today and as I was walking over a bridge over the railway I smelled smoke, looked over the side and saw that there was a fire under the bridge somewhere near the tracks.

The two people in front of me didn’t seem interested so I phoned the fire brigade.  They asked me where I was so I explained that I was on a bridge over the railway.  They asked what part of the town I was in and I told them I didn’t know because I was walking so they asked again which part of town I was in.  Funnily enough, I still didn’t know.

So I gave directions from the nearest point they would be able to get a fire engine to and went on my way, calling in at the train station on the way to let them know about the fire.  Quarter of an hour later, the fire brigade rang to ask where the fire was because they couldn’t find it.  The fire station is literally no more than 3 or 4 minutes from where the fire was but it took them a quarter of an hour to get there.  I gave the same directions to the fireman on the phone who said “ah, I think we’re at the wrong bridge”.

The thing is, there isn’t another footbridge over the railway for miles so I have no idea where they went!

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2 comments

  1. FrankC (3 comments) says:

    Picking a, possibly erroneous nit, but did you specify “footbridge” when you first called the brigade?

  2. CherryPie (68 comments) says:

    Reminds me of the time I broke down on the M54 and the RAC trying to find me… They drove straight past me!!!

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