51 freed after drawbridge collapse at castle

Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
Trip End Aug 08, 2010

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Castle Coch

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

                Well I have a few more things to clear up as far as Wednesday goes. When we finally got out of the castle we were lucky enough to find that the fire truck was not in front of our parking space. We were one stall from being blocked in. We snuck past the fire truck and got out of there before everyone else got into their cars. It turns out there were 51 people inside the castle at the time. We got back to the house around 5:30 and managed to catch Murray from Great Britain take on Tsonga in men's quarter-finals at Wimbledon. I’m not sure if it was during that match or another, but we also watched the Wales local news report to catch our story on Castle Coch.  It was the third story on their evening report, and featured Will looking out of the Castle Coch second story window as their picture. When they returned from break they went over their first two stories, of which we paid little attention to, and then it was show time. They didn’t really include too much of "our" report, but they did take my portion in response to “is there anyone with long hair?” – “Well, if we combine it all, we might come close to Repunzel.” Afterwards, we returned to the tennis match.  This time there was a bit more reason to who they were supporting tonight. As I stated earlier, Murray was from Great Britain, but we didn’t always have such reasonable choices…well some might not find them reasonable. The night before, Will’s mother was rooting for the more attractive pair in ladies doubles. I had to agree, I mean, they were Czech so I was also supporting heritage… theoretically. Unfortunately, I think they lost to the Russians.

                After tennis we ate dinner. Tonight, Will’s grandma was going out to some grill out.  Will’s cousin, Becky, was suppose to stop in this night as well for dinner. She had stopped the night before to chat. She arrived right before the end of the soccer, I mean football match. Me and Will had joined her and the grandma afterwards, and we all shared different stories. We talked about universities, broken bones, and all that good stuff.  Actually, at one point she used the term Uni. I had to pause for a second, and ask what she said again to make sure I heard correctly. Then I realized she was talking about the school, not the term some of us have picked up from Pirates of the Caribbean 2.  Anyway, she had been invited to dinner tonight, but had to cancel. I think it may have had something to do with a checkup she was getting that day – she broke her ribs back in October and at times, it still bothered her.  That just left the four of us that night.

                Becky had also dropped off some movies, so we went through the stash. No one was making a decision and Will’s father suddenly decided it was most proper for the guest to decide -_-. I looked a little closer and found a quite silly and ridiculous movie was in the pile. I forget what it is called, but it’s basically about how this team of astronauts set out to save the world. The sun is dying, and so apparently it’s possible to “restart” the sun by sending ASTRONAUTS TO THE SUN and then launching a NUCLEAR bomb into it. I mean, clearly, one nuclear bomb can reverse billions of years of stellar evolution. And of course, we have to send astronauts to do this job. We couldn’t simply just launch a missile from Earth.  Honestly, it would have been better if the sun actually did kick the bucket in this movie. Seriously, something like the sun collapsing in a fraction of a second to the density of an atomic nucleus…that’s just epic.  Epic in a way that the Earth blowing up in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy does(1 minute mark at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMnfT1t-09o) – which you must really listen to in good quality audio.  Disclaimer: I do not endorse the destruction of Earth in anyway. Now of course, one may think my status as an Astrophysics student might influence my opinion of this movie, but c’mon. I can sit back and enjoy The Core. This movie, looking past the enormous lack of consideration for true science, was ok. Not gonna lie, it’s hard to get past the fact that the basis of the story should never exist in the first place.  It did inspire a pretty awesome comic from XKCD (I have this attached). Nonetheless, I absolutely vetoed the movie.  

                                                                [End Rant]

                That left four movies, and Will’s mom was a fan of The Boat that Rocked. It was a British movie about Pirate Radio that broadcasted from a ship off shore. They provided Rock and Roll to the U.K, but officials in the government were set out to shut them down. I don’t want to give too many details, as some of you may wish to see it sometime, but I do recommend this movie. Get a little history, have a few laughs, and listen to some good music.  After the movie, Will and I headed up to the game room and jumped on the computers. I of course got caught up talking to some people, and then wrote what I could of the journal. Ended up getting to bed around 1:00 A.M. as I was going to be getting up at 9:00 A.M. to head into Bristol.

                                                        [End Day 4, Part III]

B.B.C Wales News Report:

51 freed after drawbridge collapse at castle

Fifty-one visitors have been freed after being trapped in a "fairytale" castle when the drawbridge collapsed.

South Wales Fire Service was called to Castell Coch in Tongwynlais near Cardiff at 1400 BST on Wednesday.

A crane was trying to get into the castle to carry out maintenance when the drawbridge collapsed under it.

The custodian kept those stranded entertained with a sword-fighting demonstration until the fire service was able to make safe an exit route.

Cadw, which manages the building and promotes it as a "late 19th Century fairytale-style castle," said they were freed by 1700 BST.

The "cherry picker" crane, which weighs 2.9 tonnes, caused the drawbridge to tilt sharply, trapping the picker against the wall.

No-one was believed to have been injured in the incident. The castle re-opened on Thursday.

Before the visitors were released, the Cadw spokeswoman had said: "A cherry picker undertaking routine maintenance on roof tiles at Castell Coch has unfortunately caused damage to the castle's drawbridge.

"This in turn has led to a number of visitors within the castle being unable to leave via the drawbridge exit."

She added: "Castell Coch will now be closed until further notice to undertake urgent repairs on the drawbridge".

Castell CochCastell Coch was built for the Marquess of Bute in the 19th Century

Castell Coch (which means Red Castle in Welsh) was built in the late 19th Century for the third Marquess of Bute by the architect William Burges.

It includes features of medieval style castles, and took 16 years to build, with work beginning in 1875.

It stands on the site of a Norman motte and bailey castle, which was later rebuilt in stone in the 13th Century but fell into ruin after it suffered serious damage soon afterwards.
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