As a society, we have not had much experience of celebrating millennium boundaries. A thousand years ago, most people were too busy with the problems of surviving to mark the event in any special way, so this time round we had to make it up from scratch. A few ideas, like planting forests, had obvious merit, while others, like the wobbly bridge, have now been fixed and found their way into public affection. Some like the large tent in east London just look plain daft. So when we receive a bit of millennium commemoration four years after the event (or...

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