It seems to me to be one of those faddy 'vote for something' websites that seem to be all the rage at the moment.
By doing it over the internet and making it a big splash it will no doubt generate lots of dosh for someone.
The thing that makes me suspicious is the validity of the thing as there does not seem to be an authoritive heritage organisation backing or originating it.
It is like me hosting the 2012 Olympics in Lowlandshire just because 'I' decided to do so.
I have to say I am a bit miffed by the selection of the top 21 of the Wonders, as I would have expected to see myself up there. It is just down here in Lowlandshire people frequently look at me, and wonder. ;-)
So I have been told.
Lex Lamb <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
It all looks rather fishy, but maybe that's just my naturally suspicious
instincts. Haven't the time right now to really probe this, but the guy
behind it is a Swiss film-maker and entrepreneur called Bernrad Weber. He
seems to have been involved in some kind of idea to virtually or actually
reconstruct the Bamiyan Bhuddas a while back.
He's certainly not giving this opportunity away... The telephone voting
costs 50p a minute, and is handled by 'Mindmatics', who, according to their
own blurb, are 'a pioneer in interactive advertising solutions. From our
locations in Munich and London, we design, develop and market permitted
marketing solutions for the fixed and wireless internet communities.'
An occasional pub game amongst me and my chums is 'seven (man-made) wonders
of Scotland'. I won't bhore you with the usual shortlist, but for some years
have been meaning to suggest the idea to one of the Scottish sunday papers -
although the project has something of the feel of a BBC puff about it, a la
Greatest Britons etc. ad nasueam.
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of John Wood
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Subject: [BRITARCH] New Seven Wonders
Having seen the item, regarding Rockhenge, on the local news yesterday I was
wondering what it is all about?
Is this really a bonifide heritage interest activity or are my suspicions
correct that this a commercial enterprise on the back of world heritage.
Looking at the website there are loads of architects mentioned but not one
archaeologist, unless I have overlooked them.
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