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Najaf Garden City

by | 21st, February 2006

‘“MKWEB are busy installing webcams all around the city to show what a great place Milton Keynes is to live and work.” So says the official website for Milton Keynes, that city planned by committee in 1970.

The hanging garden city of Baghdad

Since then, the place has soared. As the website also notes, in 1974 the dial-a-bus was launched. In 1978, the BBC brought ‘It’s a knockout’ to the city. And in 1987, boxer Barry McGuigan moved to MK.

Given that, it’s little surprise to note that the world at large has sat up and taken note of the place. Milton Keynes is twinned with Bernkastel/Wittlich in Germany.

And, as the Mirror reports, it might well be the place on which the Iraq city of Najaf is modelled.

Llewellyn Davies Yeang, the company that gave Milton Keynes form and function, has been chosen to rebuild the holy city.

“Building the new Milton Keynes..IN IRAQ,” says the Mirror’s headline. And we could not be happier.

What joy it must be for the 500,000 inhabitants of Najaf, or Najaf Garden City as some are already calling it, to know that a multiplex cinema, huge shopping mall and a third-rate football team are just three of the myriad delights they can look forward to.

Maybe Najaf will get its own concrete cows, of the type that put Milton Keynes on the map. And maybe – just maybe – a visit from Barry McGuigan…’

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