Written by Ellis Ian Fields
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Friday, 3 September 2010

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Another bridge. Not in Scotland.

Painters on one of Scotland's landmarks are furious that once their work is finished it will also mean the end of a grand old tradition.

The men, working on the Forth Bridge, have almost completed a ten-year project to coat the steel work with a rust-proof surface - a year ahead of schedule.

Work on painting the bridge traditionally needs to start again as soon as the job is finished. But the new surface means it won't need a new coat for 40 years.

Said a union representative: "Ach! They always used tae say: 'It's like painting the Forth Bridge - once you've finished, you have to start again.'

"Well, that's nae longer true. Och! It's typical of the careless management style we're seeing more and more of these days - nae thought given tae the old ways or traditions.

"What're people going tae say noo when they're faced with a constantly repeating task? Ah dinna ken. Ah jis dinna ken.

"It's a wee mystery too, what the lads'll do for work for the next 40 years!"

(With apologies to our Scots friends everywhere.)

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