V10 meets H3

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Flying chimneys and firemen

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This is what happened last night. Having finished work, I was sitting on the sofa with a whiskey and a mood for staying in when I heard an enormous crash. A gale had lifted a chunk of chimney off our neighbour's roof and thrown it into the street. Action stations. Our elderly neighbours were prety stunned by it all. We rushed down the street banging on doors telling people to move their cars and then improvised bollards with our plastic garden chairs (we found some bricks in the street to weigh them down with) with warning notes - 'Danger! Falling Masonry.' We call the police and within five minutes we get the fire brigade and a police car to cordon off our street. There's still lots of loose masonary up on the roof and so the fire brigade do this amazing job of clambering up the ladder in a gale, with an occasional brick toppling down to dismantle what was left of a pretty flimsy chimney. Pretty impressive, I say.

Oh and i took some photos hanging out of the bedroom window.
1st Mar 2008, 17:35  

nige says:

blimey, that sounds like quite an evening.

1st Mar 2008, 17:39

taniwha says:

It put a bit of a crimp in our cosy routine. Our neighbours had to be evacuated, poor things. One of them is around 90 and talking to her sister last night suggests she was pretty knocked back by it all.

1st Mar 2008, 17:42

nige says:

wow, i'll bet. quite a delicate age, to say the least.

1st Mar 2008, 17:44

hildegard says:

Ah, firemen... not for nothing are they such a popular fantasy... ;)
Hope your neighbours are ok & their place soon repaired; a nasty shock but a lucky escape.

1st Mar 2008, 17:50

MaggieD says:

Yep, hope everyone is OK and the damage can soon be repaired ... I really do like that top shot .....

1st Mar 2008, 19:27

rhys says:

Anything to do with damage from Monday's earthquake? Oh, and I like that top shot.

1st Mar 2008, 20:32

taniwha says:

Thanks for the positive comments. I really like the first one too.

2nd Mar 2008, 17:03

wow - great shots and good story too!

4th Mar 2008, 13:53

taniwha says:

Thanks D. I came away from the experience with more respect for these guys. They are real problem solvers and jacks-of-all-trades

11th Mar 2008, 07:54