eXtensions - Monday 8 October 2018
eXtensions - Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (3): Bells in the Streets
By Graham K. Rogers
A couple of years ago, I went to the village of Soulbury where what is thought to be a meteorite lies in the road. It has been there for an estimated 10,000 years, even being used as a platform by politicians at times; but the local council panicked when a motorist hit it. They feared liability claims and resolved to move it.
I drove to Heath and Reach, a Bedfordshire village a short distance from the family home and, just as he had said, at the side of the road, not far from a bus stop was a single, bronze bell about 40cms in height. I presumed this was made of bronze as it has been in place for several years, in all weathers.
A closer look at the Furnitubes site showed that they had developed a Bell Bollard in the mid-1980s. These were not bronze but made of cast iron. My family were somewhat surprised but a look at the browser page seemed to make the point. Instead of a historical connection, there was a practical answer.
The location of the Heath and Reach bell bollard is by a sandpit from which heavy trucks exit most of the day. Turning left or right onto the road may cause them to cross the kerb. Likewise, the corner in Wong where the two bells are sited experiences a lot of heavy traffic and it is easy for trucks to drive on the path while negotiating the tight bend. The bollards would certainly deter that.
See also:Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (1): Return to UK
Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (2): The Dance of the Red Kites
Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (4): Live Railway Museum Visits
Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (5): Linton Zoo
Travels with Cameras, a Mac and an iPhone (6): Walks in the Country; Apple Watch 4; a Delayed Flight Home<>/a>
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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