Monday, March 17, 2014

Clear and unambiguous

Listening to an item on the Today programme on the proposed new garden city planned for Ebbsfleet, it occurred to me that here was a perfect untouched venue to commemorate the British victory in the First World War on a scale that would do justice to the tremendous achievement of the millions of British combatants and in time for the victory anniversary in 2018.

Not some wishy-washy "we were all guilty" lets-pretend-it-was-all-multicultural sort of monument.

Nor something so abstract that it leaves most people baffled ("modernist" designs are completely inappropriate to Great War memorials).

I am thinking of something as clear and unambiguous as the Mamayev Kurgan memorial:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Motherland_Calls

And entirely paid for by private donations.

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