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    [Article] Rebuilding Najaf (Iraq)

    Interesting, if a bit tongue-in-cheek article from the BBC website detailing how a British company, famous for designing the last great new town in the United Kingdom - Milton Keynes - has been awarded the contract to redesign the Iraqi city of Najaf.

    At first glance the stacks of labelled box files which line one wall of Martin Crookston's London office are a trot through some familiar locations in provincial England.

    Smethwick, Birmingham, the Black Country and Telford, Newcastle, Najaf.

    That's Najaf as in the Iraqi holy city. Najaf, the scene of two suicide bombs a couple of years ago which killed dozens of people and injured many more. Najaf, the arena for a full-scale American military assault to oust a radical Muslim cleric, back in 2004.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tranplanner
    Interesting, if a bit tongue-in-cheek article from the BBC website detailing how a British company, famous for designing the last great new town in the United Kingdom - Milton Keynes - has been awarded the contract to redesign the Iraqi city of Najaf.
    Heresy! The last great new town in the UK is Poundbury.

    Hilarious comment at the site:
    Haven't the people of Najaf suffered enough?! Does this historic city realise what they've bargained for: roundabouts, faceless "boulevards", joy riders in cars with under-chassis lighting, chequered caps, extortionate parking costs, a shopping mall the size of Albania and a no-frills cinema that looks like a pyramid.
    Chris , Luton


    It's nice knowing that suburbanites are exactly the same any country you go. Hell in my country the no-frills cinema that looks like a pyramid is a gathering spot for joy riders in cars with under-chassis lighting and chequered caps.

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