Memorial to the dead of the Soviet army in Sofia, Bulgaria, commandeered by supporters of Pussy Riot.
Yes GM, Ollie can stay! Remember Charlie Gilmour? The rock star’s son was so excited by rioting that he didn’t realise at the time he was swinging on the Cenotaph. Bless ‘im.
Quite so, Richard. We aren’t obliged to admire the statued amongst us, and most historical figures are complex. You wouldn’t put a statue of Oliver C in Drogheda, but it’s surely right to have his statue outside parliament, because he led parliament for the only period in our history when it was supreme, without a monarch.
Quite so. And in Britain the stature of our worthies tends to fall foul of pigeon shit.
I don’t particularly like seeing the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside Parliament but we don’t have to admire those immortalised in metals or stone.
Richard, this is the most brilliant link. Thank you. Fascinating. I love the (repeated) words ‘The eternal flame in the middle of the hall went out and was never relit’. Thus ended the most incompetent empire in human history.
FORGET YOUR PAST. A good look for some Brit monuments?
It used to be Free Nelson Mandela, now it’s Free Pussy Riot, so harshly treated by thug Putin. It is in fact quite common that monuments of the Soviet regime are either vandalised or left to decay. ‘Forget your Past’ is the grafitti message on a Bulgarian Communist monument here: http://www.archdaily.com/101626/forgotten-monuments-from-the-communist-era-in-bulgaria/
I heard a bell ring in my mind’s ear as I posted this, and then I remembered why. This is not the first time this memorial has been ‘vandalised’. See:
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