HOLE IN THE ROOF
for August / September 2002
Sunday 15th September 2002
folks, it's hard to believe but The Shrine today celebrates
its 6 month anniversary in cyberspace. It truly feels like 6
years, but with any luck, we'll still be going strong in 6 years
too, though I somewhat doubt the physical focus of our affection
will be with us throughout the entire journey. But we'd like
to say thanks for all of your kind words and general grooviness
over the past 6 months. So, what about updates?...
- Oh dear - it appears
that there isn't any. What!? Well, that's the situation - and this is
the deal: Over the past few weeks, Webmaster Owen has been fully occupied
with post-natal fun, general madness and sleep-deprivation with his
new daughter, whilst Webmaster Damon is living in limbo, having relocated
with little more than a Dick Whittington-esqe sack to his name in order
to begin a new job in the newspaper industry. For this, we offer our
sincerest whatever it is you want us to offer. But before you panic
- DON'T! The Shrine is not dead, nor will it be
dead. We are both being forced to take a little breather whilst we get
our respective lives into some kind of normailty once again. And as
soon as we do, there'll be plenty of new stuff up here for you (and
believe us - there's some magic things in the pipeline). But in the
meantime, we're still enjoying your correspondence (and we both continue
also pop-up on the message board occasionally too, as you may well have
noticed) - so keep enjoying the website - and things will get moving
again before you know it. Be good.
- Viva La Hospital!
Saturday 24th August 2002
update is proudly brought to you by Mr Brain's Pork Faggots
in a Rich West Country Sauce. Well, actually it isn't (though
if they offer me money, I'll gladly accept it) - but show me
a product more worthy of ridicule and you'll win a prize. Our
real sponsor is at the bottom of this page...
a couple of things today because although there's many new things
to get up, Webmaster Damon is dying of the flu and Webmaster
Owen hasn't slept for a month (but young Jazzy Bones is doing
well). So here's a few new bits to peruse in the meantime...
- A group of former
Cadet Nurses has put together
a few words for you about life at the CRCMH in the late 1940s. This
nice account - which expands a bit more upon some of Jeanne Hopkins'
previous recollections - is permenently accessible via the Tales
and History sections.
- More added to
the History page (as usual)
- most notably 2 pictures of the Duchess of Connaught and a little explanation
of who she was - courtesy of Michael Zwerdling.
- Some new posts
added to the Your Tales
page - going by the titles of Bang, Must, Skull, and Goose. Remember
that not all emails we get sent will end up here (especially now that
the message board exists) - but it's still an interesting collection
of what people think of the hospital and this website.
- A big, big thank
you to Sir Robert "Daze" Barker for locating a copy of Barbara
Ansell et al's 1997 book "Looking Back 1947-1985: The
Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital." This, the only "proper"
book ever written about the site, is a most valuable resource (see bottom
of History page for a little
mention). Over then coming months, we'll be putting some excerpts and
text from it up here for you all to have a look at - which'll be great.
But for the time being, have a little taster by way of this
picture. Yes - it's the world famous "Wheely Thing" actually
in use at the hospital - cool!
- 3000 hits and
counting - "groovy."
- Mystic feel-good
things coming shortly- along with more from Ray (if he ever returns
from the Bahamas, that is).
- And to conclude
today, we'll leave you with a couple of suggestions for a "Hole
in the Roof" sponsor more ridiculous than Brain's Faggots. The
first, from our old pal John Ewen, and the second one from Daze...
- a "revolution" in skateboarding
(think about it for a moment)
Haddock Pasty -
Fresh Minky with sweet cured bacon, potato, onions &
carrot in a light puff pastry - Cornish through and through.
(say no more)
Friday 2nd August 2002
Miss Not-Appearing-On-This-Website / Not the Messiah
before we begin, let's have three gigantic cheers for Webmaster Owen
and the lovely Zoe as they welcome their new daughter to Planet Earth®
(a division of Microsoft Intergalactic Inc). Born at 2.16 am
on Friday 26th July, Jasmine Kara™
was released unto the world weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces, all bits intact,
very aware, peaceful, and not a bit wrinkly. The Flincher
watched over the machine that goes "Ping!" as she was delivered
inside the crumbling maternity department of the CRCMH and... okay,
so none of that last bit is true. But the rest is - and there
was much rejoicing (yay). The happy parents will graciously accept
gifts of gold and frankincense - but don't worry about the myrrh.
"But it's a valuable balm!" I hear you say. True, but we
all know that it's also a dangerous animal. So, relaxation and tranquility
is now very much in order. But it's not going to happen is it?...
- Right - to the
updates (or should that be Batmobile?). We have a new addition to the
- pioneering television broadcaster Barbara Kelly. This section has
also been cleaned up a little in that the celebrities are now in alphabetical
order as you scroll down the page. There's also shortcut anchors at
the top of the page - which might one day become useful if the page
ever expands significantly/ we just start making up celebrities for
- Some great new
stuff has found its way onto the Historic
Photographs page. In many ways, the most significant (simply because
it is the oldest CRCMH related photo on the whole website) is a postcard
featuring a visit to the "original" hospital by King George
V and Queen Mary. This appears courtesy of the Zwerdling
Nursing Archives - and do check out their website if you're
partial to nursing attire through the ages - and let's face it - who
isn't? Also on the same page, we have some more nice old images of CRCMH
nurses thanks to Jill Tweedy, and Jeanne Hopkins (as ever). Several
of these - all from the middle of last century - were taken at Bray
Court (later to become Bray Studios, but at the time a training centre
of sorts for CRCMH staff). Jeanne adds:
My year was
only the second year to train, and for some of the time we lived in
CRCMH dormitories that later became wards 14/13/12. We were at Bray
Court for the prelims, and after that lived at Wexham Park House near
Slough long before a hospital was ever built there, being bussed to
the CRCMH by hospital transport. To prove this point, four new pictures
show our prelim group taken at Bray Court, and one at the CRCMH.
And indeed they
do. Go have a look, as mentioned earlier, on the Historic
- A new
shot of Wire Jesus in the "bloodstained" CRCMH kitchen
has been uncovered and has joined the others on the Wire Jesus Collection
- A few new things
have been added to the History
page. Don't ask me what though. I can never remember exactly what's
been added to the History page, but
it's something to do with The Times newspaper I think...
- Some further pieces
added to the Security Guard
"interview." These include some comments about intruders,
and more importantly, "Mrs Y's" feedback on the artist's impression
of the Soldier from Ward 13.
- New links on the
Elsewhere page for the
Nurse Postcard website and the Canadian Military Project.
- Several very subtle
yet tedious maintainance things (including dodgy links and bad HTML
fixing) that nobody is going to notice anyway have been undertaken.
- Believe me - Many
good things are on their way... Stay Tuned!
- And that's just
about it for today - but not before we say thanks to John Ramanachala
for the Bywaters sketch
(which we didn't do last month) - and congratulations re: yet-to-be-named
quantum younger sister. As you said - the entire thing and the world
is all so tantric. So true...
Official Food of The CRCMH Shrine
("Can you guess what the "C" stands for yet?")