- Aug 26, 2014
Tintagel region is already very much like that -- a horrendous concentration of tat and tack. But until now they've stopped short of physically altering the landscape. Morons. Think I'll go and carve my likeness into the EH boss's front door, see how that goes down.There again a Ye Olde Arthurian Theme Park might be the way forward. We could have a Gourmet Round Table Burger Bar and Sword in the Stone Pizza Restaurant, a Hotel Lancelot complex with Corporate Guinevere Business Centre and White Knight Quad Bike Circuit. The opportunities are endless! Think Big .. Who needs a ruin when Tintagel Castle Walk Executive Apartments could become a major development in the area!
I know what you mean, but there are so many ways of supporting tourism or local jobs [not necessarily the same thing] without damaging the landscape. The Lost Gardens of Heligan; the Eden Project; etc. I can think of a bunch of other things they are not doing, but could -- the morons.This makes me think of the line from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, when a newspaper editor is forced to choose between reporting the truth or jumping onto the bandwagon of popular opinion:
Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
I find myself torn in what to think about this—yes, it's crass and pandering to tourism—but Cornwall is the poorest county in the U.K. and depends for a large part of its income on tourism. I've lived here 26 years, and have known many people who work two or three jobs in the summer connected to the holiday industry, who try to save enough to get through the quiet winter months.
How many people would visit Loch Ness, if it weren't for the monster?
English Heritage have a commercial agenda too, and are not just guardians of our history. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that they'll soon be organising Knights of The Round Table jousts, with grateful locals clanking around in suits of armour. Such tourist traps are huge business around the world, with Renaissance Fairs being sold on a franchise basis. I visited one myself in Georgia, and it was a well thought out bit of hokum, mixing historical eras and selling lots of 'authentic' merchandise and food (turkey legs!) through concession stands.
The rise and rise of dumbing down continues....
This offends me also. But then I go on to read the other responses, and see another perspective.EH are supposed to preserve our heritage -- not vandalise it. Morons.
Tintagel Castle Merlin carving sparks 'Disneyfication' row - BBC News
Rant over. For now.
Budget cuts and sheer need to survive - and maybe a new generation brought up on the concept of franchises, as in The Star Wars Franchise, for example.So to read about this makes me wonder what has changed? Because the EH I had to deal with would have probably invoked the riot act before allowing such a thing to go-ahead so I can only assume some real change in their over-all ethos in the 5 or so years it has been since my last dealings with them.
As someone who goes to Cornwall each year, I know what you mean. But there are other ways of achieving the same end, I believe.Interesting. I'm just a few miles down the road from Tintagel right now, and a couple of immediate thoughts occur to me:
1. The village itself is already a tired and depressing place. There's a deep sadness about the buildings, the shops, the people working there too. If this does something positive for the folks there - well, good stuff.
2. There are still many unspoilt and beautiful parts of Cornwall. But they're reducing in size and number year on year. If the exploitation of Tintagel means that other areas of the wild North Cornwall coast gain a reprieve as a consequence - that's also welcome!
Talking about it with my wife - she wondered whether EH would permit similar at Stonehenge. We then had a debate about the likely graffiti signature of a Neolithic hooligan. A big 'X' ?As someone who goes to Cornwall each year, I know what you mean. But there are other ways of achieving the same end, I believe.