Bridge on the River Kwai

I’m not much a of cards player myself – the closest I get is a quick bit of Snap-chat™. So imagine my surprise when travelling through Kitulaga in western Sri Lanka, I came across a bridge that according to legend and a jolly good 1957 movie should have been located in Burma.

More oddly, the bridge in the movie Bridge on the River Kwai and the Pierre Boulle (I thought that was a game!) novel Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai, is now home to the annual World Bridge Championships Finale™.

Spectators excitedly await the arrival of the finalists. (Pixabay)

Bridge is fascinating game in which you try to recreate famous bridges around the world by stacking playing cards.

For those of you who have no idea of the massive historical significance of this card game – here’s a clip from the movie Bridge on the River Kwai:


And here’s some random whistling from the movie:

The competition winner in 2015 using three decks, managed to build a replica of Tower Bridge in London (the winning entry is pictured here).

Tower Bridge, London, made from playing cards. (Pixabay)

Other entries in the past included a life-size replica of the world’s longest bridge, the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge in China, which at more than 100 miles in length didn’t quite fit on the Kwai bridge.

Another less successful entrant was the Sidu River Bridge, which at a height of 1,627 feet collapsed in one fell swoop when a passing Sri Lankan white elephant let one rip. Three people were injured that day. Two from card-crush injuries and one from inhalation of poisonous fumes.

The next time the Finale™ will be held is in February 2017. Given the bridge is so small, only a few dozen tickets are on offer. But BS Travel Guide has an in with the emcee for the day and he promised us a good deal for the first 50 applicants. So please be in touch via the usual email site!



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