“When conflict passes into tourist attraction, the world is a better place.”

Even with it being the silly season, both BBC NI and UTV went a little bit overboard with the news that the Independent’s Simon Calder had declared, and there’s no other word for the gushing reports they produced, that the UK’s top tourist attraction is “open 24 hours a day and has yet to start charging admission: the open-air gallery in west Belfast.” In the actual article, Simon Calder’s Best of Britain, he scatters the plaudits widely in the various chosen categories – and the reported section merits a brief paragraph. Just as well we’re in the process of Re-Imagining those “dark, passionate and sometimes shocking murals from both sides of the religious divide”, then… [We are? – Ed]

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