Friday, August 04, 2006

You'll Never Get Me Up in One of Those Things

This is called the "London Eye," but Tomcat and I call it the "London Eyesore."

It's 443 feet high, 115 feet taller than Westminster Tower ("Big Ben.") It has 32 "capsules," one for each London burrough. Each capsule holds 25 people. It takes about 30 minutes to make a complete revolution.

From the top, and on a clear day, you can see everything for 25 miles around. (Um, how many clear days are there in London, anyway?)

London has some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, most of it centuries old. Then you come across something uber modern like this. The Anglophile soul feels assaulted.

I don't know whether Prince Charles has made specific comments about the Eye, but he has complained in the past about the super-modern structures going up in London, marring the beauty of this magnificent city. There's nothing wrong with modern architecture, per se, but it just looks silly next to say, a Christopher Wren. (Um, for a prince who appreciates beauty, what's he doing married to what's-her-name?)