Milton Keynes is a new city. It was carefully planned.
My next-door neighbour moved to our village in the 1960's, when - quite literally - Milton Keynes was all fields. She loves telling the tale of the time a bull showed up in her garden and the police thought she had been on the gin.
She is a bit of a hoarder and recently gave me the information pack she received from the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in 1972.
You know what? They succeeded.
Milton Keynes is beautifully laid out. The grid system of roads and roundabouts means the traffic flows easily. Navigation is straightforward and alongside every road are trees. There are thousands of trees to obscure the new housing estates. There are woods and parks and lakes and canals and hedgerows. There are 270km of redways, safe paths that crisscross the city for walkers and cyclists.
The detailed plans in the information pack were accompanied by an artist's impression.
This must have frightened the life out of the existing residents!
Can you spot David Blaine in the ice block? How prophetic.