08 March, 2014

Milton Keynes

Arguably the last new town, Milton Keynes is as old as I am.

Certainly not as old as the rocks on which she sits MK (as maybe we should call it) is also very different aesthetically from other new towns as you can get. The church of Christ the Cornerstone is a joint venture between all the mainstream churches in England not just protestant but also including the RCs something that certainly didn't happen at Harlow or any other new town I've been to. The Cornerstone cafe was closed when I called.
The MK art gallery was presided over by quite a handsome young man who thrust a leaflet into my hand giving details of their exhibition. 
And quite an exhibition it was. Not too many real treasures although my dad would have gone for the Aston Martin DB4 sports car but the items were not junk either. Artists included Tom Chadwick Derek Jarman, Thomas Gainsborough, Picasso and Maggie Hambling. To be fair there were a lot of schools represented too. So when you've seen the church and the gallery what else is left - and the reply to that has got to be 'not much'. There is a lot of public art in the town centre, not a patch on Harlow's, but it's not that good and no post about MK would be complete without a shot of concrete cows! There is a pleasant park which has some sculptures but central MK is all about the shops. There are pleasant places to live in round about but couldn't spare the time to visit them today.

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