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Donkin's World: Crop Circles - The Woking Connection

Richard Donkin highlights a piece of sci-fi borough council "vandalism''.

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If you used the Google search engine pn the 15th of last month you were maybe wonder why the word Google featured as a series of crop circles http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=crop+circles&hl=en&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=_bqvSqKXCoac4gaRt6GtCg&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=6

The Guardian had some ideas, suggesting it might be part of a viral marketing campaign. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog

It also says there's a tweet from Google giving the co-ordinates of Horsell common in Woking, Surrey. This was the spot that H. G. Wells chose as his Martian landing site in War of the Worlds.

Woking has celebrated its literary fame with some Wellsian sculptures http://scifi.uk.com/2005/09/19/war-of-the-worlds-and-woking-horsell-common/ in what is otherwise the dreariest of town centres.

The next thing, I suppose, will be to have a brown sign on the M25 pointing to "H. G. Wells country" and an H. G. Wells interpretation centre on Horsell common with sound effects and even more Martian mock ups in situ for those without a scintilla of imagination.

Sadly it was only fiction. It wasn't Martians that destroyed the place but a borough council with all the aesthetic vision and sensitivity of the Vogon Constructor Fleet. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/hitchhikers/guide/vogon.shtml


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