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Artful dodger


Proponents of the Turner gallery have ignored the lesson learnt by Robert Stephenson 160 years ago.

When the newly constructed Chester to Holyhead railway line was washed away near Penmaenmawr, the eminent engineer is said to have remarked: 'I would advise any young railway engineer to have nothing to do with the sea.'

He said if he had known at the outset what he had found out by the end, he would have built a two-mile tunnel through the back of the hill.

NCE's news mentioned New Orleans last week opposite the Turner gallery. The untameable force of the sea is evident - it is not a place to put works of art.

John C Sreeves, sreevesjc@talktalk. net

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