EDitorial ± 7-Jul-2007

Seven Wonders Of Ipswich

Twelve months ago, as part of Ip-art, the wildly successful and prolific author Jasper Fforde came to town. Reading about him on the web beforehand, I'd come across his highly entertaining mini site entitled The Seven Wonders of Swindon, a bizarre mix of fact and fiction. Would be good, I thought, to devise my own set and have it up on the web before his visit.

They say that nobody can recall more than two of the originals -- well, here's the established list of the seven ancient wonders of the world:

  1. Great Pyramid of Giza
  2. Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  3. Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  4. Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  5. Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  6. Colossus of Rhodes
  7. Lighthouse of Alexandria

Dug out my trusty index cards, had a thunk, scribbled notes, and eventually decided on a septet of Ipswichian equivalents. Ran out of time, no surprise, and did nothing further apart from carry around my cards in the rucksack.

Until very recently when I noticed that on 07.07.07, July 7th 2007, there was going to be an announcement of The New Seven Wonders Of The World. Right, that's it, time to buckle up, knuckle down and get to work. Cue many late nights and lost sleep, but finally, finally, ready for the Big Day, I present The Seven Wonders of Ipswich. My list comprises:

  1. Great Pyramids of Crown House
  2. Charter Hangings
  3. Statue of Sir Alf
  4. Towers of Cumberland
  5. Mammoth on High Street
  6. Colossal Stone by the Road
  7. Electric House

There's bags of info about each of the above, piccies galore, and obviously a hugely detailed Lego model of each and every one.