Save our Cathedrals!
October 5, 2006
‘Canterbury Cathedral is falling apart at the seams, with chunks of masonry dropping off its walls and a fifth of its internal marble pillars held together by duct tape. The extent of the building’s disrepair was revealed yesterday at the launch of a global campaign to raise £50 million over five years for urgent and long-term renovation and conservation.”We don’t like to admit that we have had to tie bits of the columns together because we are proud of the building, but we do,” he said.’
I find this news shocking. Our priceless cultural heritage held together by duct tape and string? Have these ham-fisted clerics never heard of Blu-Tack? Not only is it ideal for attaching gargoyles and stained glass windows but “it’s adhesive properties increase with time” so the cathedral won’t need to worry about making another appeal 500 years from now. At one pound 19p a packet, I would be prepared to donate a reasonable quantity to protect the place for future generations. Mind you, it would help if a useful purpose could be found for it, too.