"Art and culture will be integral to the experience; from the striking architecture of individual retail districts and new retail concepts to cultural collaborations, events and installations that will enhance the next generation of retail space."
Prizes could be awarded to anyone who can explain what the above quote actually means in practice. But they won't be, it's just too ridiculous to contemplate. It's just a load of shops, for goodness' sake!
fbb was taken, in particular, with ...
This gargantuan development, seen here in the closing stages of construction ...
Westfield's bus publicity, however, does not exude such confidence. Apparently, the trendy vehicle illustrated as serving this exciting new retail opportunity is ...
• 25 IIford – Tottenham Court Road
• 810 Canning Town – Walthamstow
• 88 Romford
• 104 Manor Park
• 108 Lewisham
• 158 Chingford Mount
• 238 Barking
• 241 Canning Town
• 2510 Walthamstow
• 282 East Beckton
• 2108 Newham General Hospital – Stoke Newington
• 308 Clapton Park – Wanstead
• 425 Clapton
• 4103 North Woolwich
• D8 Crossharbour
There is a particularly poignant posted comment on Sampling Salubrious Stratford , quoted in full (well, nearly in full) here:-
Hope you do a trip through the terrorist tent, that every bus is being forced to go through before entering the bus station (or certainly are on the newly extended 97 route).
Here's what happens ... every bus has to pull up inside an enormous tent. Passengers panic, and start to try to get off. Rent-a-cop security guards board the bus, order everyone to sit down. They then hilariously (not) order everyone to get their credit cards for inspection and are then surprised when some thicko's actually do it. Quite what they're doing other than walking up and down both decks annoying us and making us think we're second class scum I don't know.
While this is going on, passengers are walking out of the railway and underground station unchallenged, pedestrians are streaming from old Stratford over the new bridge, cars are arriving (with the odd one being singled out for search). And every single one of those people being as equal a terrorist threat as us poor b*****s on the 97 bus.
Welcome to modern Britain. It's only going to get worse with the Olympics.