The blue markers on buildings in London are about to become a thing of the past.
The markers are used to give Londoners and visitors a sense of the historical importance to the buildings of the city. You might see Vivien Leigh ‘s at 54 Eaton Square, Mohandas Gandhi’s marker at 20 Barons Court Road, or Handel’s at 25 Brook St.; and guitarist Jimi Hendrix next door at No. 23.
It’s like a great historical treasure map around the city of London. I love to walk around the city and “discover” a marker that transports me back in time. The markers make the city unique, but are subtle.
The company making the plaques has a website that allows you to enter a name and search for the plaque.The sad news is that the blue markers themselves are about to become a piece of history. Due to government cuts the blue markers have been suspended. What I find even more distressing is that the government greenlighted a program for talking rubbish bins to be placed around the city prior to the Olympics. An expensive, and I think, ridiculous idea. But the government now suspends the placement of blue plaques due to spending cuts?
Click here to see a Youtube video of a talking bin in London.
Here’s a picture of Terry Jones and Michael Palin standing in front of the pub where Graham Chapman used to drink, a lot. And there’s a marker to prove it. And also a picture of a bin that looks like a basket ball hoop. So take a look, and tell me, what should the government have spent its money on, continued funding for the blue plaque scheme, or talking bins?