Here we are at week 9, so this time we have a few (hopefully) interesting facts about the number 9. Any of you mathematically inclined types will probably remember this from school, but here is a little reminder:
If you multiply nine by any whole number (except zero), and repeatedly add the digits of the answer until it’s just one digit, you will end up with nine. Here are some simple examples for the non-believers.
- 2 × 9 = 18 (1 + 8 = 9)
- 3 × 9 = 27 (2 + 7 = 9)
- 9 × 9 = 81 (8 + 1 = 9)
- 12 x 9 = 108 (1 + 0 + 8 = 9)
In French the word neuf means both nine and new. In German, the words for nine and new are neun and neu, and in Spanish, nueve and nuevo. In the decimal system, as you count and reach nine you know you are about to make a new start1.
Moving on to our bridge and the news is good. The inside2 face of the collapsed area has now been rebuilt to its original height, and the outside face is coming on well with some 35%3 having been rebuilt to the required height.
Pointing has also started on the other inside areas of the wall as well, so the amount left to do on the actual bridge where we walk (and drive?) is progressing well. Perhaps it won’t be too long before both sides of the village are once again reunited? We can but hope.