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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, January 09, 2005
    Bang on

    Manchester's B of the Bang, from the papers, looks like a fantastic sculpture. Designed to make The City of Manchester Stadium look like something more than just a corporate construction in a windswept location, designed to counteract the old Olympic cliche which pretends that sport is about "people coming together in peace and harmony," its creator Thomas Heatherwick says, "Sport is not like that. The bottom line is aggression ... I wanted to do something that was as opposite to passive as possible."

    He's plain speaking about another aspect of this project, too, this taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa metallic explosion: "Cities are in competition; you don't just build a stadium because you need a stadium ..." And yes, this puts one over Liverpool and all our 2008 puff. But I'd like to enjoy it. Must get over to see it. Perhaps the next time we play Man City and, of course, give them the thumping they deserve.