I have been avidly reading the recent posts of Kate Shrewsday, Andra and MTM, not that I haven’t found their previous posts equally provoking as a day doesn’t pass without my gaining some insight from their considered words . It’s the concept of the selection of 7 wonders of the world that has attracted my attention, and the fact that these wonders should be architectural. Architects are slowly sliding into the same bracket as footballers, by which I mean star architects and star footballers but in the end that includes all of them as, by their very nature, they all aspire to be stars. Showered with praise and money these golden geese only lay useless golden eggs which do nothing to truly help us, humanity, but sit balanced on their pointed ends in their magnificent pavilions demanding the massage of our adulation. A golden egg is certainly wonderful and the bigger it is the more wonderful it becomes. I remember shooting one of these wonders, the Acropolis, for a Nescafé ad for Japan. I know the Acropolis isn’t included in the Magnificent 7 but I’ve brought him off the bench in the no.12 shirt. The plan hatched by the agency was that the vision of a cup of Nescafe , the account director’s premier wonder of the world due to the wonderful Nestlé budget that fell like a shower of gold into the agency’s coffers, would be slightly improved, though it was hard for him to imagine what could possibly improve the client’s product by an iota, would be the diffused image of the sun rising behind the Acropolis in the background of the shot. The fly in this ointment was the young photographer who gave not a fig for Nescafé but, in the short time that he had spent in Athens preparing for the shoot, had built a strong and emotional relationship with ouzo. Ouzo and sunrise don’t mix well particularly when sunrise occurs at exactly the same time as young photographers fall down unconscious from an excess of ouzo. The full walleted tourists continue to stare in wonder at the glory of the Acropolis whilst missing the wonder of a modern European country in total meltdown all around them.