Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday Miscellany - Some Odds, Ends and Personals

Some items on love . . .

An online news report last week:

Bride in hospital, groom and best man charged after Hobart wedding brawl

By Edith Bevin

A Hobart bride has been hospitalised and her groom and his best man charged with disorderly conduct following an alcohol-fuelled brawl at their wedding reception on Saturday morning.

Celebrations were in full swing when the bride became unwell just after midnight on Friday and guests called an ambulance.

When paramedics arrived they called for police backup because of the drunk and rowdy crowd.

Police said when they turned up some of the wedding party became aggressive and threw punches.

It took six police units to bring the situation under control, they said.

The groom and the best man were taken into police custody and have now been charged with disorderly conduct.

Police said the maid of honour was also spoken to but not taken into custody.

The bride is receiving treatment in the Royal Hobart Hospital for alcohol poisoning.

Whilst searching something on the net I came across the lovelock trees of Namsan in Korea. Love locks refers to the practice of attaching engraved padlocks and message locks, usually on an I Love You theme, to fences and other structures. I have previously written about such love locks being attached to the gabion walls of Ballast Point Park in Birchgrove.

Some trivia and pics:

The website 10 Most Today has listed 10 Awesome Love Lock locations

Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France - 
The most famous love locks location in the world is located on this pedestrian bridge in Paris, over the river Seine. It is estimated that the weight of the locks on this bridge may reach 93 metric tons! In June 2014, part of the parapet that carries the padlocks collapsed under the weight

Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany – 
Love locks started appearing on this bridge over the river Rhine in Cologne, in the year 2009

N Seoul Tower, Seoul, South Korea – 
Seven artificial “love trees” were put on the terraces of this tower in Seoul by the tower’s operators. Those artificial trees are capable of holding great weight, especially designed with the padlocks weight in mind. The tower’s operators also provided a “key bin” for the keys, so those won’t be thrown from the tower. The regular fences were also replaced by glass fences so that padlocks couldn’t be locked on the fence itself

Vodootvodny Canal, Moscow, Russia – 
Another artificial “love tree”, this time on a bridge across the Vodootvodny Canal in Moscow. This is just one of many such iron trees

Mount Huang, China – 
The fences on Mount Huang in China are packed with love locks. Sweethearts lock their soul together on one of the fences and throw away the key to the valleys below

Most Ljubavi, Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia – 
Most Ljubavi, meaning “Bridge of Love”, is one of 15 bridges in the town of Vrnjačka Banja, in Serbia. The bridge is a major destination for love padlocks

Malá Strana district, Prague, Czech Republic – 
Love padlocks can be found on a pedestrian bridge in the Malá Strana district

Monte Milvio Bridge, Rome, Italy – 
Love locks are gaining more and more momentum in Italy, and it all started in the Ponte Milvio bridge in Rome. The ritual in Italy is inspired greatly by a fictional event in the popular book “I Want You” by the Italian author Federico Moccia

Butchers’ Bridge, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 
This new pedestrians bridge has started collecting its share of love locks in 2010. The bridge crosses the Ljubljanica river

Brooklyn Bridge, NYC, New York, United States – Many love locks were locked to the Brooklyn Bridge, but they are now being removed due to safety concerns

As noted above, various places such as Paris and Brooklyn are removing padlocks, primarily because the tremendous weight of the locks is causing damage to structures. In Paris a part of the Point des Artes bridge fence and rail collapsed and fell to the ground below, thankfully not causing injury. Locks have also been removed from structures in Italy, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Additional reasons for removal include interference with heritage items and that many people consider them unsightly, such as the originators of the website No Love Locks at http://nolovelocks.com/about/

Pont des Artes in 2005

Pont des Artes since people began affixing locks from 2008

Imagine the weight.

Removal in Rome

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