Shakespeare or St Pauls today?

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Shakespeares Birthplace

Shakespeare's Birthplace

If you’re driving through Warwickshire this morning you might see some road signs with tape across them. The word “Shakespeare” has been cunningly taped over. I say “cunningly” because it is still obvious what the word is underneath. Why? Because the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is objecting to the way Shakespeare is portrayed in the film Anonymous which opens world-wide this Friday. In the film, Shakespeare is not the author of the plays but the Earl of Oxford.
In one, inexpensive stunt, the Trust has managed to get national newspapers, radio and TV to highlight both the film (for which the producers must be rubbing their hands with glee at the additional number of people who will head to the cinemas) and Shakespeare. And in half-term week when parents will be wondering where to take their children! Possibly to the five properties owned by the trust such as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Henley Street in Stratford-upon-Avon where Shakespeare’s Birthplace is?

Tourism of a different kind in London. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, the doors have had to be closed because, the authorities claim of health and safety. Now the cathedral says it is losing £20,000 in lost revenue. But the activists say that the fact that they are there is encouraging a boom in tourism as people are coming to see them. Not so, say some traders. They claim they are losing business because fewer people are going into the coffee shops and sandwich bars.
Did the cathedral have to close? The activists say no. But it got them additional publicity over the weekend. Come Monday though and the story had momentarily disappeared. Maybe today they both need some more PR?
The question is would you go to St Paul’s just to see the activists?

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