Geoff Meade is in Hyde Park. Do you think he went for a paddle?
I would have if I was him, it was such a lovely day, and he must have been hot under his smart clothes.
What does everyone think of the fountain? I like it, but just think it is a bit dangerous to paddle in – surely the stone is a little slippy?
They should have shown Geoff with his trousers rolled up, paddling.
Yes, it doesn’t seem like a very child-friendly fountain. There will be tears when they all fall over on the hard granite. Someone didn’t think *that* out very well, did they?
Personally, i think it is a fitting tribute to such a lovely spirited woman, the sound of the flowing water will conjure up her lovely smile.
You could hear flowing water when Diana smiled? Was she drooling a lot or something?
That’s just disrespectful, news_wench. I agree with Four Pints. The fountain is a metaphor for everything she represented.
Repetitive and watery, with no real purpose and generally a waste of public money?
Repetitive and watery, with no real purpose and generally a waste of public money? 😛
No real purpose? Its there so people from across the world can pay tribute to Diana.
Would you rather take the approach of the Windsors and just pass it off and ignore the public sentiment over her death?
I may be in Australia thousands of kilometers away and personally never saw Diana (although my parents have), but she did great things in the world and had a awful experience with Charles (May he never be the King of Australia) and she died in a truely awful way.
She deserves some tribute and memorial for the people from Britain, The Commonwealth and globally to pay their respects to her.
People across the world don’t need a ?3.6 million fountain to pay tribute to Diana. What do you think she would have preferred, that the money was spent on that, or that it was given to the charities she helped during her life to carry on doing great things?
The public sentiment isn’t all one way, you know. Believe it or not, there are quite a lot of people who don’t care all that much – obviously it’s tragic when anyone dies in an accident, but no more so because of who she was. She died because her chauffeur was wasted, not because of any conspiratorial plot. I admittedly don’t know that much about her and Charles’ relationship, but marriages break up. It happens. I’m not sure he did anything that deplorable.
By the way, if Australia likes the royals so much, why don’t your taxpayers pay for their upkeep?
A multitude of good points there, news_wench.
I didn’t realise the fountain cost so much, that is appalling! Especially since it is so badly designed it over flowed yesterday!!! I think they should have made some donations to charity.
The idea of a statue is silly, she was divorced from Charles by then, and wasn’t even *Princess Diana*, she was HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, which is different.
At the end of the day, what was she doing gallivanting around the south of France and Paris with her boyfriend while her kids were at school in England anyway? It was tragic for anyone to die like that, bur apart from her charity work, she was no great shakes!
I especially hate to think of my taxes funding her do-good missions. It’s not like she had to work like the rest of us, so she had the time to do charitable good works. If she worked a 9-5 I doubt she would have had the time or energy to go and help people abroad all the time.
Well she was still Diana, Princess of Wales, she had to drop the HRH.
Good point fishcakes. I will vote you for new princess of wales.