Saturday, 30 August 2014

Seven wonders of the world

When we hear of the ĎSeven Wondersí, the first thing we think of is the seven wonders of the modern world. This list was created by New Open Word Corporation in Switzerland and was agreed on July 7th, 2007 and was revealed to the public in Lisbon at 9.30 pm local time. Voting started on January 1st 2006 and ran until July 6th, 2007 and 90 million votes were cast.

These seven wonders were chosen by people using the internet or phone. I am a little ashamed to admit it, but I couldnít remember the outcome, so I had to resort to the internet and now I know everything.

First on the list is the Great Wall of China (2,400 km long and itís not true that it can be seen from the moon, but itís certainly the earthís biggest wall). Next up is Petra (the ruins of an ancient town in the Jordanian governorate of Maían, which is popular because of its rock-cut architecture. Third comes the huge monument of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro (itís 38 metres high and weighs 35 tonnes). Fourth is Machu Picchu, the famous Inca city in Peru, built high in the mountains, over 2,000 metres above sea level. Another wonder is Colosseum in Rome, and the sixth is Chichen Itza, the Mayan city in Mexico and this great list is closed by the Taj Mahal.

So looks this amazing list. It was designed to be a guide and to tell us which places we really should visit. So, what can I say? Itís a great list, but I donít think that too many people have the money to see all seven. Life is really short and not everyone can spend all their time travelling. The best way to fix that problem is to create another list, a nicer list and more accessible. We can call it the Seven Wonders of Roscommon Town. I have to warn you that this list is totally subjective, but still, you can draw up your own list. Letís start. 

First of all is Roscommon Castle, it fits the bill of being big, old and open all day. Another place is my former home, Stonecourt. It has a great location in the middle of town and also because itís a former prison (not every town has a prison). Number three is of course the Courthouse. I donít have to explain why, but itís certainly the hub of local politics. Anyway, it is surrounded by nice trees and youíre very close to the Garda Station so itís a safe place. Another item on the list (and now guys you can start laughing) is the bus stop. What can I say? I pass this place every morning walking to work and itís very important to me, because when I see it I know Iím very close to work. In the middle of this list, of course we have to mention Loughnaneane Park, which surrounds the Castle. But itís not the park itself that is the most important, the most important element is the ducks, but itís impossible to fit them in a list of buildings, because theyíre not too old, not too pretty but they were, they are and for sure, they will be there forever. Itís almost time to finish the list and in my mind there are still plenty of cool places left to mention. Number six on the Wonders of Roscommon Town has to be the bench outside Stonecourt (it was fighting for this position with my work building but thatís for another day). The bench is in a really lovely place, is very comfortable and everyone from Roscommon has probably sat there at some stage, so we can call it a symbol that unites us. Oh no, itís too serious, I was planning to write something funnier. So number seven will be my secret and will stay with me forever!

So now you know, wonders are everywhere, even in Roscommon. We just have to look around and donít be too fussy!