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Published: January 23rd 2017
Today I've been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, optimistically labelled the 'Best City in Britain' by BBCs Newsnight... even though it still isn't technically a city. Milton Keynes is known for it's 'iconic' concrete cows, roundabouts and grid plan.
Milton Keynians (Miltonians? Keynese? Miltish Keynites?) have been celebrating with birthday cakes and parties, the BBC have dug into their archive to bring us videos of the very beginning when the city was designed to be the first of many to relieve the housing pressures on London. The modernist, fairly brutal architecture, was purposefully placed between London, Birmingham, Oxford, Leicester and Cambridge to allow for endless business opportunities.
Two of my friends hail from the city and have differing opinions on the 'city'. When I asked how I should celebrate, one suggested drinking a beer called 'concrete cow', the other suggested drinking anything so long as I did it with a sense of entitlement and disappointment with my life. I opted for a soft drink and playing a computer game based solely on town planning... and mythical creatures. I dread to think what I would come up designing a city whilst drunk.
Tomorrow - Fiesta de la Alasitas! Miniature everythings for everyone!
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