The numbskulls who decide on honorific titles for provincial plances have chose Bad Ischl in Austria as one of the continent’s Capitals of Culture for 2024.
Bad Ischl is a fading spa of 14,000 inhabitants where the only noise to be heard is the defibrillator applied to ailing visitors.
Its twin claim to renown is that Brahms summered there and Kaiser Franz Josef signed the declaration ‘An meine Völker’ that proclaimed the start of the First World War and all our subsequent miseries.
City of Culture? Someone’s having a laugh.