Oddities&Endities

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Potemkin, eat your heart out!


Anne misses window of opportunity
By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
(Filed: 22/06/2006)

A council preparing for a royal visit went a step further than the traditional lick of paint when it installed windows and curtains in boarded-up houses.
The move was welcomed by residents of the rundown estate, but minutes later, the boards were back up.
The work was carried out on the Mar Policies estate in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, for a visit by the Princess Royal to a new community building.
Craig Holden, a councillor, said Princess Anne was left with a false impression of an area where unemployment is three times the average.
Vicky Brown, 20, said: "For the first time in years, the street looked fantastic, but five minutes after she left workers boarded the windows up again."
Daily Telegraph

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