Am I the only one who seems to have noticed a giant eye in the middle of Belfast?
That's right, they've brought the aptly London Eye right to our doorstep. Well, a similar looking attraction anyway.
Only it's not really an attraction. To me, and I'm sure to many others, it's practically an eyesore (excuse the pun). Estimated to have cost £3.5 million, we now have something that resembles a big Ferris wheel in our back garden. Certainly, it may increase tourism during the Christmas season, but I have a few qualms with the Eye.
Firstly, why on earth would the people of Belfast want a Belfast Eye? If you want to experience going up in the air and round in a circular motion, not only can you go to London and do this, but there are also other things called Ferris wheels people. They cost less and go faster.
Why does Belfast appear to be conforming to what other cities, such as Manchester and Seville, have done? According to the BBC, each trip on the Belfast Eye will last fifteen minutes and will give passengers "panoramic views" of the city. I'd like to know exactly how it will be possible to have these "panoramic views", because from what I've judged, the Belfast Eye isn't exactly in the most ideal of locations to do so. Why didn't they place the Belfast Eye nearer to the waterfront rather than in the middle of town beside City Hall? It just makes no sense whatsoever.
I also have real issues with the cost of the Belfast Eye. Instead of spending the money in areas where it's needed (in hospitals, education, or even in charitable areas, considering it's almost Christmas!) the council is openly whoring out the city to tourism! In my opinion, it's completely unacceptable. The only thing that prevents me from wholly slating the eye is that it's not a permanent fixture in Belfast. It's only here until March 2008, so far, but rumours are circulating that this could change if the Eye is successful.
That is why I'm calling on the people of Belfast to boycott this monstrosity. Not only will it be over-priced, but it's completely over-industrializing our city! I love Belfast, but I don't see why we need to do what other cities are doing to increase tourism. It's a piece of machinery that spins round. To me, the Belfast Eye is not tourism. It's a way for the greedy moneymakers in our society to exploit people around Christmas time.
Instead of queuing up for hours to get on the oh-so magnificent Belfast Eye, do yourself a favour - go to the Christmas market, talk to the citizens of Belfast, get a hot chocolate, buy presents, and go sightseeing in your own way. You'll have a much better time than you would by standing in an over-hyped, over-priced, badly placed Ferris wheel!