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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby bill cobbett » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:22 am

GreekIslandGirl wrote:
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kurupetos wrote:Hermes, your joke is good too. :lol:

Bridges are good, kurupetos. Here is the Rio-Antirio bridge in Greece funded by the EU. Finished ahead of schedule and within budget. Beautiful, don't you think? :wink:

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That's a phenomenal bridge. Driven over it once and it was awesome. Stunning to sail close to as well . :D Love it - can't beat the Greeks when they set their minds to things.

As for the infrastructure; they may have some blocked projects at the moment, but they certainly made some hefty improvements within the Peloponnese (despite the extra setbacks from the year of devastating fires).


What a boring, nondescript bridge.

Can't beat a bit of decent and very solid and very traditional North European Gothic when it comes to bridges.

Here's a nice and distinctive image of one...

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ooops... wrong picky, here's the right one... (where did that one come from?... :oops: )

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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby Hermes » Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:55 am

bill cobbett wrote:What a boring, nondescript bridge.

Can't beat a bit of decent and very solid and very traditional North European Gothic when it comes to bridges.


This is in the jokes section so please tell me you're joking...
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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby kurupetos » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:00 am

Boring! Here's something more exciting... 8)

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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby bill cobbett » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:07 am

Hermes wrote:
bill cobbett wrote:What a boring, nondescript bridge.

Can't beat a bit of decent and very solid and very traditional North European Gothic when it comes to bridges.


This is in the jokes section so please tell me you're joking...


Mate... am seriously very fond of Gothic architecture.
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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby Hermes » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:23 am

bill cobbett wrote:Mate... am seriously very fond of Gothic architecture.


Fair enough. But mine looks like a spaceship....

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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby Me Ed » Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:18 am

I doubt that Greece can actually afford to turn on the lights on that bridge these days ...
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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby kurupetos » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:26 pm

Me Ed wrote:I doubt that Greece can actually afford to turn on the lights on that bridge these days ...

According to the website below, there are plans (if not implemented yet) to install PV panels. :wink:
http://www.ecocity.gr/index.php?option= ... &Itemid=72
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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby Hermes » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:46 pm

The Rio-Antirio Bridge - An Engineering Marvel

The Rion-Antirion Bridge is considered to be a creation of extraordinary engineering. Built in an area with high seismisity, it spans a 3 km-wide straight across the Gulf of Corinth, northeast of the city of Patras on Peloponnesus, Greece, and links the town of Rion on Peloponnesus with the town of Antirion on the Greek mainland, approximately 250 km northwest of Athens, Greece. Each end of the bridge sits on an opposite side of the expanding Corinthian Gulf rift zone.

Measuring 2,880 meters (m) long (9,449 ft) from end to end and 28 m wide (92.4 ft), the Rion-Antirion Bridge is considered to have the longest continuous, cable-stayed, fully suspended deck in the world, measuring 2,252 m in length (9,7431.6 ft).

Each of the four vertical structures are constructed with pylons that rest upon 90 m (297 ft) diameter, reinforced concrete caissons that sit upon a gravel layer on the sea floor, 60-65 m (198-214.5 ft) below the surface. A typical vertical structure measures 220 m (726 ft) high from the sea-bottom to the pylon head.

The project’s total cost was 630,000,000 euros and financing for the bridge was secured by way of using 10% share capital, 45% state financial contribution and 45% from loans from the European Union’s financial institution, the European Investment Bank, guaranteed by a group of commercial banks (Gefyra, 2007).

On April 13, 2005, the Rion-Antirion Bridge was given “The Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement (OCEA)” award by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This was the first time, since 1960, that the award had gone to a project outside of the United States.


More on the engineering achievements of this bridge: http://drgeorgepc.com/ArtRionAntirionBridge.html

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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby yialousa1971 » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:13 pm

bill cobbett wrote:
GreekIslandGirl wrote:
Hermes wrote:
kurupetos wrote:Hermes, your joke is good too. :lol:

Bridges are good, kurupetos. Here is the Rio-Antirio bridge in Greece funded by the EU. Finished ahead of schedule and within budget. Beautiful, don't you think? :wink:

Image


That's a phenomenal bridge. Driven over it once and it was awesome. Stunning to sail close to as well . :D Love it - can't beat the Greeks when they set their minds to things.

As for the infrastructure; they may have some blocked projects at the moment, but they certainly made some hefty improvements within the Peloponnese (despite the extra setbacks from the year of devastating fires).


What a boring, nondescript bridge.

Can't beat a bit of decent and very solid and very traditional North European Gothic when it comes to bridges.

Here's a nice and distinctive image of one...

images-2.jpeg


ooops... wrong picky, here's the right one... (where did that one come from?... :oops: )

images-1.jpeg


The so called "Gothic style" is the Byzantine style(more "cuspidal"), adjusted to northern climates. :wink:
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Re: The Benefits of being in the Eurozone

Postby Hermes » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:28 pm

yialousa1971 wrote:
The so called "Gothic style" is the Byzantine style(more "cuspidal"), adjusted to northern climates. :wink:

That would explain Bill C's fondness for it. It reminds him of home. :)
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