For those of you who have ever been fortunate enough to visit Glasgow, in west central Scotland, an iconic image will probably be forever ingrained in
your memory. That image kind of sums up Glasgow and it's sense of humour for me. It represents a deep-seated disregard for authority and a belief
that a good laugh (even at our own expense) is absolutely the best medicine.
I am of course talking about the statue of the Duke of Wellington, at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow city centre, and the perennial placement of
a bright orange traffic cone on his head!
I know, I know... it sounds stupid.
It IS stupid! It is pointless and serves no function whatsoever... other than bringing a smile to the lips of thousands of Glaswegians and hundreds of
thousands of visitors to our fine city.
Well, to cut a long story short, Glasgow City Council were getting fed up having to remove the cone approx twice a week, at a cost of around £10,000
per year, so they applied for planning permission to raise the height of the plinth that the statue resides on, to make it near impossible for
revellers to place the cone back on top. A huge outcry followed, a petition, a facebook campaign.... the works! and within a few short days, tens of
thousands of Cone supporters demanded that they leave it be, and the council has now backed down!
One thing was still puzzling though.... no one ever seems to see HOW the revellers get the cone up there!
It's very high (even without raising the plinth) and it's slippery bronze surface must make it extremely difficult to climb. Well now, a tourist has
captured what has never been seen before... and it's astonishing!
It just HAS to be done Cobalt!
I reckon they should fit him with a permanent Bronze one? OR just LEAVE THE TRAFFIC CONE THERE!!!
Saving £10k a year, reducing the likelihood of injuries to the conesters, and keeping a smile on everyone's faces for FREE!!!
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