When we travel to other major towns in the UK, we realize how fortunate we are to live close to (but not within) the new city of Milton Keynes (MK) and its huge covered shopping malls.
When I completed my medical degree way back in 1971, Milton Keynes didn’t really exist. I vividly recall visiting the Design Centre in central London the following year where a major exhibition was held about the plans to develop a new city to be called ‘Milton Keynes’ about 50miles NW of London in North Bucks. At that time I was looking for a 3 year course to complete my training to work as a General Practitioner, and I applied for and got (purely by chance) one based in Northampton, 2O miles north of the site of the planned new city. It never occurred to me that I would end up spending the rest of my professional life working within a 20 minute drive of the centre of MK, watching its birth and development.
Car parking can be a problem in central MK – people flock to it from a wide area. But once you’ve overcome that difficulty, the ability to shop under cover in a warm dry environment is such a bonus – especially in winter. And being retired we can go shopping on weekdays when the centre is less crowded.
Today’s two images (taken on different days) feature the small gap between the original malls on the right and a major later addition on the left. In winter, light in the afternoon, streams through this gap reflecting off the glass exterior. An image not to be missed.