"You could spend £750m on a pile of horseshit and it'd be impressive"
March 14, 2020 6:44 PM Subscribe
Was the Millennium Dome really so bad? The inside story of a (not so) total disaster (Guardian, March 2020) -- Organisers over promised and vastly over estimated how many guests it would attract, and the press hated it, but surveys show those who did visit overwhelmingly loved the Millennium Dome. Despite this, the collective memory is one of failure, even as the Dome's replacement, the O2 Arena, has been a huge success.
The creators of the Dome set out to provide an experience that would unite the country. In a way, they succeeded. There is something unifying, and typically British, in our collective enthusiasm for enshrining the memory of the Dome as being a bit shit, be that memory accurate or not.My own personal memories track with those described in the article. I remember visiting the body area as a kid (and basically nothing else) and loving it, but if you had asked me my general take on the project it would have been negative. In Brexit Britain however, there's room for nostalgia about when the height of our national hubris was just a big tent.
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