Date Posted: 27/11/2015

23 November; the week at Read

Spot The Difference

We kick off proceedings this week with an interesting opportunity for all of you to engage in a game of spot the difference. One of our discerning readers noticed an uncanny resemblance between two of our officers in the school CCF contingent and two members of the hit 70s sitcom, Dad's Army. Can you see any similarities?

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Captain Mainwaring pictured with Private Pike, from Dad's Army

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 Colonel Evans and RAF NCO Alfie Thomlinson.

Rugby: U13 Read vs Fulneck

On Saturday 21st November, Read took on Fulneck away from home. Read had beaten them in the first game of the season and were prepared to do it again. It started slowly for Read, Fulneck got two quick tries but Read's heads never went down. Fulneck switched off and Read took advantage. We then got the tries we needed to go just in front at half time. The second half was much better for Read and we fully deserved the full time score of Read 69-33 Fulneck. Alex Wilkinson, Sam Stephens and Spencer Smith got on the scoresheet with a couple of others. Special mention to Flynn Kelly for getting his first try for the squad.

By Spencer Smith (8JB)

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The Bridge of Sighs

Many of us have been hugely inconvenienced by the engineering works on the bridge between Drax and Goole; but who among us knew the exact nature of the problem? Well, fortunately for you, we have had a group of Sixth Formers go down there to investigate. Sam Harrison reports...

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 Close analysis: the bridge as viewed by members of our Sixth Form team from the side.

The Drax Newland bridge has been under threat of closure for  a while now. It is not yet fully thirty years old, but has already lost some of its structural integrity. The reason for this has been the soft underground layer of sandstone and clays which the bridge's pillars have begun to sink into. This in turn has caused the sides of the bridge to lean into the "deck", (or the steel bedding which is the framework of the base of the bridge). A massive 10 mega-newtons of stress is being pushed onto the bridge deck (as shown above).

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Girders, girders everywhere...

The work the civil engineers have undertaken was to lift the whole bridge 3mm and to add a gap between the sides of the bridge and the bridge deck, to allow better expansion in the heat. The underlying soft sedimentary material underneath the bridge pillars has also been partially replaced by more robust material, so the bridge pillars do not sink.

All in all, it was interesting afternoon, as some of us who have expressed interest in engineering as a degree course, got to see the complexities of a real life construction project and to understand the cost and time implications of the whole phenomenon up close.

The really important fact that everyone wants to know though, is when is the bridge going to re-open? The earliest will be just before Christmas, but it is looking like it will most likely be sometime in January.

Sam Harrison


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