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Jan 07

New 7 Wonders of the World

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Some international heritage dudes have decided to make a new list of the 7 Wonders Of The World. We the punters get to vote for our favourite out of a shortlist of 21 famous monuments (the winner announced on the 7th July, 7/7/07 DYS). Luckily the one remaining old wonder (the Pyramids of Giza) made it through. That could have been embarrassing! On the official (and rather clunky) website the descriptions of each deserving candidate include a short exclaimatory summary at the end. These can range from the meta:

In short – vote for the Kremlin/St.Basil’s, as a representation of – Fortitude & Symbolism!

to the bizarre:

“In short – vote for the Colosseum, because it is now a symbol of – Joy & Suffering!

Nice! Personally I would vote for either the Easter Island statues or Stonehenge, because everyone is still fairly clueless as to how they actually got there - true ancient mysteries, as opposed to what is clearly a large cheese grater.

Comments

  1. 1
    Pete on 17 Jan 2007 #

    Bah, no giant Kim Jong Il statutes, or Iranian scimitar arches.

    The Acropolis didn’t get into the first seven wonders of the world, it doesn’t deserve to get in this one! Handily I have been to seven of these wonders, so they would be the ones I would pick! (For US, surely Mt Rushmore fits better?)

  2. 2
    Tim on 17 Jan 2007 #

    No brutalism = no wonder(s)

  3. 3
    Mark M on 17 Jan 2007 #

    Tim – I’m not sure about that: that place in Timbuktu would look quite comfortable on the South Bank.

    I’ve been to three and a half (in so far as I’ve seen the Statue of Liberty in the distance).

    The camp German castle is a bit of a wild card, there.

    I’m guessing the Statue of Liberty is considered more universal than Mt Rushmore. The Empire State Building would have been better than either.

  4. 4
    Pete on 17 Jan 2007 #

    I reckon the SoL gets the nod cos its actually French!

    No rollercoasters I note, which makes the whole competition suspect to me.

  5. 5
    Chap on 17 Jan 2007 #

    Of the five I’ve been to, I’d choose Angkor Wat in a heartbeat.

  6. 6

    pyramids of gizasthetics

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    Kat on 18 Jan 2007 #

    I’ve only been to the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower. They were ok I guess but they didn’t fill me with awe in the same way as catching a glimpse of Stonehenge whilst whizzing past on the A303.

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