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October 31, 2003 12:01 AM

Broken: Playground design

 Mark Foley writes from London:

These photographs were taken on a walk in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe in London.

This is one of those things were you figure at least, say, five people must have been involved in the decision, and no-one at any point seemed to think it was a bad idea.

Perhaps it's deliberate - so that parents can say, "If you don't place nice, now, you know what's going to happen..."


That's abosolutely hilarious!

Posted by: Sabon at November 2, 2003 09:27 AM

To boldly go where most of our ancestors have gone before.

Posted by: doctor doom at November 2, 2003 09:47 PM

I used to live in Rotherhithe. I walked past that everyday. It may be symbolically wierd, but it is situated quite nicely. Your photo cuts out the context: the shade of the pretty little church, the cute little nook the whole playground-cemetary slips into. And really, that was the biggest chunk of grass in the church grounds.

Posted by: Christopher Robbins at November 4, 2003 03:18 PM

This post is broken!

When I was a kid, my mother told me to "play nice", not "place nice" but then, I was raised in California, not London.

Posted by: Cynthia at November 5, 2003 08:43 PM

I assume this is a churchyard that's been converted into a playground, rather than a playground that just happens to have some gravestones placed there for decoration. If so, what's the problem? Children have been playing in churchyards for hundreds of years. Long may they continue to do so.

Posted by: verstegan at November 6, 2003 06:05 PM

I think verstegan is correct, although not on the decoration standpoint. I reckon that this was a graveyard where there were some graves of people who's ancestors were still living. Rather than trash the graves and upset/face legal action from these ancestors, they possibly relocated the graves to the edge of the playground where the little kiddies couldn't stumble over them.

Posted by: andyfork at November 7, 2003 08:07 AM

I think the point is that children playing around upright granite is probably a vey bad idea. But hey at least they put some spongecreateâ„¢ at the bottom of the slide...

Posted by: 1981 at November 7, 2003 08:54 AM

Now they wont be scared of graveyards

Posted by: NoName at December 30, 2003 02:56 AM

when I lived in mission hills in san diego there was a nearby school that had alot of grave "plaques" in the playground, it was part of the ghost tour, but it pales in comparison to this!! I especially love the view from the slide!

Posted by: sugi_grl at April 2, 2004 02:43 PM

Call it a 'GRAVE' mistake?

I know Austin Powers would!!!

Posted by: Andrew Wilson at October 21, 2004 11:59 AM

proper sound

Posted by: Scotty at April 12, 2005 04:07 AM

Ha ha what great pics! Nice idea - at least someone is having fun in the graveyard which is more than can be said of most people!

Posted by: Nicky Perryman at June 9, 2005 05:57 AM

So what's the problem...I grew up in a town where the cemetary was next door to the church,which was next door to the school.150 years ago in this country,the church and the school were often the same building.Get over it.

Posted by: Mary at June 23, 2005 08:12 AM

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