Sunday, February 03, 2008

Newcastle Beach. The sun usually sets in the West here!!
Can we accept our past - warts and all - our policies, our buildings? Do we change things?

Some news arrived from a globetrotting relative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. One small point. When I looked up my old travel guide it became clear that the streets there had been renamed to their pre-1970 names. Rightly, the dreaded Khmer Rouge had to be supressed and Quai Karl Marx, Lenin Blvd, USSR Blvd had to go. Nostalgia would be unthinkable?

We are able to plan and change our city precincts so that they pay for themselves with commercial ventures. Depending on one's mood, sometimes a visitor may like to enjoy the sights without intruding on restaurant clientele or having the absolute waterfront residents somehow hovering overall. Depends how the mood takes one.

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