Sunday, April 15, 2012

SUNDAY BRIDGES -- The siren....

It's that bridge again, this time with an air siren tower to the right. During the NATO bombing of 1999, which began on March 24th of that year, this tower and others like it wailed at least twice a day. Its warning to take cover siren, nicknamed Šizela (she-ZEL-a) from the verb that means 'to freak out, panic', sounded at least once a day, and its twin sister, Smirela, (smee-REL-a), from the verb 'to calm down', followed at some point. If you'd like to listen to Šizela, you can do so right here. We did so for 78 days....still gives me goosebumps.

See other bridges at Louis La Vache's SUNDAY BRIDGES.

11 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

What a great post Bibi. Thank you for the bridge and the link to the siren.

Gaelyn said...

That had to be terrifying.

Louis la Vache said...

WOW! After that, you must have a considerable feeling for what it was like in London in 1940...

Excellent post, Bibi! «Louis» linked you to Sunday Bridges.

Juliette said...

Yes, terrible, terrifying sound.

Thérèse said...

I can only imagine!

Thérèse said...

a snapdragon but I am not sure about the description... :-)

Virginia said...

How awful that must have been for you all. For us, these sirens warn of impending severe weather...torandoes, and we hear them much to often it seems.
V

Powell River Books said...

That is an interesting bridge construction technique. I remember siren drills as a kid in Southern California. - Margy

Ann said...

looks like a haro, we too have them here.

Lowell said...

I'll pass on listening to the siren. Beautiful photo though and I do like that bridge. We have sirens on golf courses here to warn us of thunderstorms and hurricanes!

Re your question on Ocala: I think the woman on the perch worked for some local operation (hospital, maybe) that required one to wear an ID badge around the neck.

Anonymous said...

Quite sure this is cell phone tower or similar communication infrastructure and not a siren :).