This is the eighth week of the repairs to Llanfair Bridge so I thought I’d have a brief look at the number 8.
It is considered a lucky number in Chinese culture, as evidenced by the timing of the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The ceremony was timed to start at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 pm (local time) on 8 August 2008, getting an almost full set of eights. I say almost because 8pm is actually 20:00 hours, not 08:00 hours, but I’m sure they had their reasons for this less than perfect timing. Perhaps the Beijing morning rush hour is horrendous, or maybe they just aren’t early risers, but I’m sure there must have been a very good reason. It certainly wasn’t the weather!
“Beijing fired a total of 1,104 rain dispersal rockets on Friday evening to blow away rain clouds for the smooth opening ceremony of the 29th Olympic Games at the National Stadium”
confirmed the local observatory on Saturday morning. It was the largest rain dispersal operation in China, and the first time that such technology has been for an Olympic opening.
No such pyrotechnics for us here in Llanfair to keep the weather fair for the repair of our bridge. This week a protective ‘tent’ was erected over the site to protect the workers and the repair itself, and it has proved very useful during the week’s less than clement weather!