Wednesday, 19 November 2008

English Heritage - the UK government agency that acts as a latter-day feudal landlord for almost all old buildings in England - has a project:, which aims to publish on its website pictures of all the listed (i.e. "protected") buildings in the country.

This is bad. It's a waste of money and it's intrusive and slightly creepy. Flickr (along with the internet in general) has just as interesting a collection of building photos, hasn't cost the taxpayer a penny, and doesn't have them all neatly catalogued by their addresses. The pictures on the government site are just single photos taken from the nearest road. They show no details, making them as useless as they are intrusive.

On the plus side, I find this house attractive.

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