I need some inconsistency

An amalgamation of content: the aim not to politicise, but exercise. I'll think aloud about politics, technology, current news, as well as being a gay boy and what that really entails.

Saturday, December 06, 2003

Ferris wheel in Birmingham

As the original Ferris wheel was a bit different to what was around before it, the Ferris wheel that's been put up in my town of Birmingham is rather odd too. The original was made to be a form of competition to the Eiffel tower erected in Paris, and was made for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. This Ferris wheel also has a link to Paris; it used to be there. Though now rebranded the 'Wheel of Birmingham' it still retains some of the charms of Paris; the commentary is describing the paris skyline and is in French! It's quite an experience to look over the industrial heritage of Birmingham to be told that we're looking down the Champs Elysées which is were it used to be.
The City Council say; "[It's] disappointing, as there are so many great things to say about our city.". There really are loads of great things about our city, but one of them is a wheel which talks at you in French! So far there are no plans to change the commentary to English any more, we love being odd like this, and the wheel is getting tonnes of visitors with the current styling, so why change it!

Guardian sketch


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