I’ve never been to Blackpool, and according to Ian Anderson, it’s not the nicest place to visit. That said, I was listening to “Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull (Live)” and when “Up the Pool” played into my sweet, sweet Bose QuietComfort 35s, I had a wonder about the place. So I fired up Google Maps in my browser and had a look.
I ended up zooming into a central location near the Irish Sea, on Chapel Street – across from The Sea Fish and Chips Restaurant. Close enough the almost hear the gulls. I mistakenly zoomed in too close and ended up in street view (which is a great user experience by the way). I saw two images for a sign above a doorway.
Quite the difference as I navigated down the street a little and looked back at the same sign. A 9/11 conspiracy museum versus some exhibition of the universe. I believe that the 9/11 conspiracy museum is a more recent image and represents what is really there at the moment. That 9/11 thing has the look of a P.T. Barnum effort in my humble opinion.
When I next visit England, I have my sights more on Hampstead Heath & Ascot than I do for Blackpool. But who knows, maybe I’ll walk their sands at some point.