Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Bridge Is Less Pretensious Than The Prose
I ought to pay closer attention to the different types of bridges that cross the canal. Mostly they are of a plain, functional design but every one is slightly different(unlike today’s motorways where the bridges seem to come from the same concrete mould). This one is Palladian and also a Grade II listed building. I find it quite pleasing and every time I run under it I think I am passing through a film set. It is part of the driveway to the Grove, which used to be the home of the Earl of Clarendon but is now a swanky hotel, much used by the English football team.
When I got home I had a look at the Grove's website to see if they said anything interesting about the building or the bridge - they didn't. But I did find this sentence: Our unique style is a mix of traditional elegance and hip, contemporary design which we call “groovy grand”.
You have no idea how much my head ached after I stopped banging it on the desk - it hurt more than the running.