Coverage of this story by The Guardian and The Daily Mail. BBC Radio 4's Today programme and BBC Radio Solent ("Julian Clegg Show") also picked it up, as did The Telegraph. (Update on the update: we also made The Lady, The Huffington Post and The Southern Daily Echo.) For the record, being interviewed by John Humphreys was every bit as nerve-wracking as it sounds. Listeners to Radio Solent sent in "Ode on a Car Park" poems all day, apparently. Part of The Telegraph's Editorial for 23 March 2012 was given over to an ... "Ode on a Car Park", which I think is rather good, and reprint here:
Breeze-block and brick and brutal concreteness,
Give four-wheeled shelter by the hour or day,
By simple rules of model completeness
Governing the ticket that you must display.
The Screen’s nearby; you’re nice and close to get
The South West services for Waterloo;
Convenient world, that’s different by far
From anything that Keats once thought or knew.
From your dark heart, when planning laws are set,
Will you in future years some highway yet
To fresh green lands your rising arm unbar?
All in all, a hectic day, but one that my co-authors, Jayne Archer and Sid Thomas (sunning it in Naples, but very much part of events via email), and I enjoyed immensely. We hope Keats would see the funny side.