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Banksy Art Show In Abandoned Eurostar Tunnel - 7462/12147
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 6th May 2008
Bristol graffiti artist Banksy has found a new way to present his work - an abandoned Eurostar tunnel (link below.)
The reclusive painter converted a half-mile stretch of the tunnel in Leake Street, Waterloo, into a gallery for his and 29 other artists' works.
Among the images on display at the Cans Festival are recreations of Madonna kissing Britney Spears and newly-elected London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The exhibition also has a number of installations, including a burned-out car, a tree with CCTV cameras and a piano with green paint thrown over it.
Artists involved in the three-day street art show came from all over the world, including Australia, Canada and Brazil.
Members of the public were encouraged to get involved by turning up with a spray can and adding their own stencils.
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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.
Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.
The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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