2004

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1961  Tuesday, 16 November 2004

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Nov 2004 20:22:53 -0500
Subject:        Stratford-upon-Avon Journal: To Be a 'Clone Town,' or Not:
That Is the Question

Stratford-upon-Avon Journal: To Be a 'Clone Town,' or Not: That Is the
Question

November 1, 2004
By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England - To survive the approach to the home where
William Shakespeare was born, a striking timber-frame house in the
center of this bustling town, it would be wise to bid adieu to all
bucolic notions of quaint old England and ready oneself for the
onslaught of globalization.

A visitor must march past Country Casuals, Boots pharmacy, Next, and
Marks & Spencer, and pass Accessorize, HMV, Whittard and of course, the
dueling coffee shops, Starbucks and Costa Coffee. If it were not for
Shakespeare's dwelling and a few notable old houses, this town - with
row upon row of British chain stores - would scarcely be different from
any other in Britain these days. Most butcher shops and hardware stores
have closed. So have the family clothing shops, the fishmongers and a
long list of other independent businesses.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/01/international/europe/01stratford.html?ex=1100358441&ei=1&en=cff5189d8596c7e2

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