Milton Keynes: Don’t go there
We saw the new Bond flick �Die Another Day� at the Odeon Multiplex in Southampton. Great non-stop action, as you would expect and a totally far-out plot that sees the writers going back to the Moonraker days of outer space. The director got to show off some pretty nifty CGI effects too. The �invisible� car idea is probably one of the zaniest ideas to come from the 007 stable but then, so is the idea of directing the sun�s rays onto Antarctica. Crazy plot, but fun throughout.
I was pissing myself laughing before Bond made his first quip because UK mobile phone operator O2 has got a new poster advertising campaign that reads �Milton Keynes � don�t go there�. On the poster is a photo of an M1 road sign with �Milton Keynes� on it. Beneath that is somebody�s text (media) message �Don�t go there�. So funny, you gotta laugh! Returning from Southampton to Milton Keynes I open the weekly newspaper and on page three there�s an article criticising the advert and getting all hot under the collar about it.
Milton Keynes is renowned for being a shit hole. That�s perhaps, a little unfair as it�s nowhere near as bad as some of the new towns: Slough and Bracknell come to mind. Milton Keynes is trying for city status. It�s been trying for years and constantly fails. It doesn�t look too bad these days. It�s got a lovely theatre and the shopping mall is less boxy and even has an outside part! But the whole suburbia, grid system, no community thing is never going to be acceptable by most UK citizens who, as a whole, like a sense of history and soul. Milton Keynes will always be a place of ridicule. Of course the citizens of MK are laughing because house prices are rising faster than most other parts of the country. Why, because it�s very near London and has excellent commuter links. So why get so worked up about a poster? Laugh, it�s funny!