218 Million British Pounds gone on a new folly.
Thought for the day…”It always seems impossible until it is done” (Nelson Mandela).
” Life is like photography. You use negatives to develop”
One definition of a ‘folly’ is a building that is built mainly for decoration, but in a style to imitate something else (such as a castle or tower), and at such expense to have shown folly for the builder. So when I read news about the new airport that has been built on St. Helena island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, then the word ‘folly’ springs to mind. The news often features stories about the much-delayed new Berlin airport, which seems to be continually delayed and plagued by one problem after another, but the new St Helena airport is equally worthy.
This new airport (soon to receive its first commercial flight) has been built at a staggering cost, reportedly 218 MILLION British Pounds. The fancy airport comes complete with control tower, restaurant, departure lounges and full security facilities, and a fire station complete with 3 expensive fire-engines. Not bad at all, except for the fact that St Helena only has a population of about 4255 people. Not only that, but the island only has 2 small hotels, which will be completely unable to cope with the numbers of tourists expected on the weekly flight to the island. So the British government has spent 218 million British Pounds on an airport which will have almost no flights, an airport which will serve a population of about 4255 people and an airport which will overload the 2 hotels on the island. So it is not only Berlin that gets it wrong with its airport. Folly? I think so.
Another great photo from the Fuji X-E1 camera…taken with the 55-230mm lens at the maximum 230mm….
and another photo from the archives….autmn colours at Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
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