Posts tagged ‘A440’

March 28, 2012

Sowing seeds…

by 3arn0wl

The staff and pupils of Poppleton High seem very keen to grow sunflowers all of a sudden.

Poppleton Council have given them permission to take over a roundabout,  and Moh Ahmeddoh and Juan Mann have been helping them plant a van Gogh scene right at the heart of Poppleton.

“We’re keen to look at the Fibonacci sequence in nature, and see how it’s used in other areas too,” Murray Merryweather said.

Year 11 Student Maria was unavailable for comment – she was busy listening to her MP3 player and wielding her trowel.

March 26, 2012

Sport, sport everywhere…

by 3arn0wl

After a hiatus of 27 tournaments, Hugh Wood was back on winning form again on the Tooting links, beating Ian Waite into convincing second position.  “This was coming,” Wood said.  “I’ve been close a number of times.”

An armada of evenly grouped rowers gathered to do battle on the Burbling in the grace of the March sunshine.  In a highly competitive afternoon’s racing, a Spanish boat sank.  “Estoy empapando.”  Emilio said.  “Necesito una ducha.”

And Poppleton was awash with brightly coloured tee shirts and shorts yesterday as a tsunami of the great and the good and the fit and the fat surged along the A440 towards the finish line for some Sport Relief. “That were exhaustin’”, observed Chorley University undergraduate Pixie Smith. “I’ll ‘ave t’ go fer a lie down now”.

December 19, 2011

Dance of the stars

by 3arn0wl

Bill Wainwright had produced a wonderful series of stills, which had been planted at short intervals along the A440, such that, if you drove Westward at 40mph, it shows a pair of dancers performing a pirouette.

It was advertising a pro – (minor)sleb evening of ballroom and Latin American dancing at the leisure centre.

Staff at the leisure centre had erected a huge, illuminated star, which doubled as their contribution to Poppleton’s celebration of lights.  Undertaker, and St. Nick’s Acolyte, Paul Bearer, noticed it as he was going to evensong. As he stood at the town hall, the star looked as if it was standing over the stables at the Dew Drop Inn.

September 28, 2011

A bit of a blockage

by 3arn0wl

The A440 was anything but harmonious earlier today…

A number of police escorts flanked the slow procession of the two Archimedes screw turbines and a large Crown crane,  along the ring road to the banks of the Burbling,  creating a huge tail-back of traffic.

Lifting the turbines and placing them into the water generated watts of interest, as did the divers securing them into position.

Chief Exec of Green Gen, Jenny Rator,  said: “With the strong and constant current of the Burbling, the turbines are already kicking out more electricity than we’d expected.”

That must’ve been a bit embarrassing for them, but I guess you have to go with the flow with these things.

August 17, 2011


by 3arn0wl

A lorry has shed its load on the A440, jettisoning bales of hay and bowling the cars behind it like 10 pins.

The truck was carrying straw from Mister Bannister’s farm in Little Sniffy, when the straps broke and the huge, round bales spun off the trailer.

“They were like Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bombs coming at us,” a motorist following the lorry said. “We had to swerve to miss them.”

“The incident happened as the lorry was accelerating onto the Poppleton ring road at just after nine o’clock this morning,” police said.  “It was heading anti-clockwise.”

One lane has been closed and there are reports of long tail backs on the A4411 interchange into Poppleton.

The Highways Agency was at the scene by 10 a.m., bedding down the straw.