Milton Keynes Monopoly Board Game

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Milton Keynes Monopoly Board Game

Milton Keynes Monopoly Board Game

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Midsummer Boulevard, home to some of the city’s 22 million trees. Photograph: David Sillitoe/The Guardian

Cowper also wrote: “God moves in a mysterious way / His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.” You can simulate that divine experience by climbing inside the iFly Indoor Skydiving tunnel. Skating duo Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe / The Observer/Hulton GettyIn November the National Infrastructure Commission’s interim report into the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor stated Milton Keynes could become a global showcase for science, technology and innovation. If you look at a relief map, though, you won’t see a valley – silicon or otherwise – so much as a slight depression. To be fair, Britain’s Silicon Depression doesn’t really have a ring to it. The world’s favourite retail mechanical lubricant is made in Milton Keynes. Only six people know the recipe, so imagine how much more squeaking there would be in the world if they died in a freak accident or were bumped off by business rivals.

This is the eighth entry on the tourism board’s list entitled 101 Facts About Milton Keynes. (“Think you know Milton Keynes? Well...”) In 2013, Milton Keynes had around 255,700 residents – expected to rise to almost 300,000 people by 2026 and 325,000 by 2037. Thirteen people move there each day. How many leave each day, you ask? Apologies, I don’t have figures to hand. Unfortunately, it’s not true that Milton Keynes was named after two great, if ideologically opposed, economists. Nor is it true that the other name considered in 1967 for the city was John Maynard Friedman. However, the village of Milton Keynes – from which the 50-year-old city gets its name – was once Middletone, and owned by a Norman family named de Cahaines, from whom Keynes may have descended. Milton Keynes was originally envisaged as a London overspill zone, following the recommendations of governmental studies in 1964 and 1965 to build “a new city” incorporating existing towns such as Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Wolverton.While the company was originally started in Burton-upon-Trent its headquarters are now much closer to home. The ideas of Californian urban theorist Melvin Webber, who believed that the traditional concentric city would be superseded by “community without propinquity”, proved influential among Milton Keynes planners. It was envisaged as a low-density, low-rise city of light industry and convenience. Hence the city’s distinctive 1km-sized “grid squares”, or suburbs, where “workers, managers, vicars and doctors” would mingle in shops, schools and AFUs (advanced factory units). There are now over 450 Papa John’s outlets in the UK, including three in Milton Keynes. Intercontinental Hotels Group The 119 square miles city has 15 lakes and 11 miles of canals. (Birmingham, of course, boasts more miles of canals than Venice and more trees than Paris, so take it with a grain of salt.)

There are more than 20,000 parking spaces in central Milton Keynes, happily not all of them currently filled by cars.Drivers Mark Webber, David Coulthard, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, Max Verstappen and Alex Albon have all been on the podium with Red Bull. The company is over 130 years old and was founded in 1886 and has become one of Britain’s most well-known brands The city has its detractors. In the 1970s, fogeyish Private Eye founder Christopher Booker called it “the utterly depersonalised nightmare which haunted Aldous Huxley just 40 short years”, while more recently architectural critic Owen Hatherley damned the city for its “bland, kitsch, Thatcherite reality”, adding: “Today, Milton Keynes is still the non-place it was planned to be.” Intercontinental Hotels Group is a global hotel chain that owns several brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Kimpton Hotels.



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