Saturday, August 21, 2004

Look but don't touch -- Part 2

I disagree with Tom about the Stonehenge road tunnel. I think it's rather a good idea, and English Heritage and the National Trust, proponents of the plan, have done much to preserve the nation's treasures.

So how about this: In addition to the tunnel, build a Stonehenge Theme Park some miles away, with a full-size fiberglass reproduction of the monument, guides dressed up in skins as Beaker People, and a village of wattle and daub, including tea rooms and souvenir shops. Disney proved long ago that tourists will flock to the ersatz Stonehenge, thereby leaving the real thing to latter-day druids and people -- like Tom -- with a taste for authenticity.