Matches and Marbles
It isn’t a great idea really, in fact it is a rotten one. However you cannot help but understand their frustration and even admire their determination in trying to do something, even if it unwillingly became a self-defeating act.
Let us be frank and bold. The British, in line with all imperial nations, stole a lot of stuff. And for many it is still deeply troubling to have their country’s relics and symbols held in another country. Imagine if the Crown Jewels were in a museum in Adelaide or Berlin, or Managua, or Athens. Yes, Athens.
So after years and years of wrangling over the remarkable ancient Greek reliefs an agreement for an honourable return was not even on the distant horizon.
And so some bright desperate young intellectual Greek students decided to spark a protest. Their first act was to buy a box of matches.
The protest was effective in getting them noticed. The whole world noticed. The burning building in central London, the invaluable collection lost and the total destruction of those remarkable ‘Elgin’ marbles.