Checkpoint Charlie has reappeared - in Highgate Cemetery

It s not the colour of the ugly shack at the entrance to Highgate Cemetery which has sparked an outcry (New hue for pink kiosk, H&H May 15 & H&H letters, May 8), it s the shack itself. This is a cross between a portable loo and a Communist border hut lik

It's not the colour of the ugly shack at the entrance to Highgate Cemetery which has sparked an outcry (New hue for pink kiosk, H&H May 15 & H&H letters, May 8), it's the shack itself.

This is a cross between a portable loo and a Communist border hut like Checkpoint Charlie, and is an unnecessary barrier; a purposeless blot on the landscape, totally alien to its setting.

The 'guards' holed up inside the Checkpoint kiosk behave as you'd expect: they look sullen and suspicious as they vet visitors coming in and they are ready to shoot from the lip at the mildest of questions.

I'm not sure which is more fraught, getting into the cemetery or squeezing out past the line of visitors anxiously queuing at the Checkpoint to be frisked for intent.


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The 'competition' on colour is thus an irrelevancy and nothing more than a shabby stunt to take the heat out of the situation.

But it doesn't, it simply adds insult to injury.

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Viv Bright

Haverstock Hill NW3

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