Cleaning underway at National War Memorial due to graffiti
4 December 2012
Cleaning underway at National War
Memorial after graffiti attack
Today the National War
Memorial is being scrubbed clean again after graffiti
appeared on the building last week.
The Memorial is
undertaking a major refurbishment and has had scaffolding up
for almost the whole year to carry out the necessary
Paul Riley, curator of the National War Memorial,
says it’s very upsetting to see the iconic building a
target of tagging.
“The memorial is a beautiful building
and a national monument, and to see it covered in graffiti
is appalling. Whoever did this can have no sense of pride
Climbing on the scaffolding surrounding
the building is highly dangerous and Mr Riley urges that the
public stay well clear of the work taking place.
attempting to enter the scaffolding is trespassing. The
police have been informed and are keeping a close watch on
the building, especially at night.”
Although a building
site, the National War Memorial remains open to the public
and visitors are asked to take care while around the
Admission times are Mondays to Saturdays from
10.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4.30pm.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>