Thursday, May 29, 2008
While in America I was lost for words when one young reporter told me she wanted to come to England to visit Stonehenge. I have never visited Stonehenge though I have occasionally noticed it while driving on the A303. It inspired in me feelings of - well, nothing really. Now, it seems, it was used as a burial ground for much longer than we thought. Right. I'll remember that the next time I'm passing. Meanwhile, somebody has stabilised the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This story prompted in me the realisation that the one monument in the world that fires my indifference more than Stonehenge is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If it were upright, it looks as though it might be quite nice, but leaning it's just an oddity. Stonehenge is another oddity, a folly in a barren field. I would be quite unamazed to discover it was a fake put up by Lord Byron and friends on a whim. I think I persuaded the reporter that Lincoln was a better bet.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 10:57 pm