HOLE IN THE ROOF
to The Hole in the Roof - in other words, the little
space in which we can sit and observe changes to the site as
they happen - meaning both this website, and the hospital itself.
Here you can check the latest gossip, or see what's been added
to the site, with the most recent updates at the top. I'd recommend
that all regular visitors head straight to this page whenever
you pop by - that way you can find out if there's anything you
might not have seen yet. Any links from this page will take
you straight to the updated item in question.
Wednesday 25th June 2003
UPDATE IS PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU
- Well, not officially,
but almost. Either way, this is not an update in the traditional sense
of the term. You may or may not have noticed that - lamentably - The
Shrine has, for the first time in its 15 month life, been offline
for the past couple of days. This was a voluntary move whilst we waited
for further news of an investigation by the Thames Valley Police into
illegal activities being carried out in the Taplow area. This inquiry
is still very much underway, and as such, at the discretion of those
who uphold the law, The Shrine may once again be put on hold.
In light of recent
events , we wish to reaffirm the following message - the core of which
is spread throughout this website:
is ILLEGAL. Under no circumstances does The Shrine take any
responsibility for those who unlawfully enter private property. It
is highly dangerous and must be discouraged. Please enjoy the former
Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital and other such derelict sites
purely in cyberspace. Exploring in person may result in a criminal
conviction. This website exists in order to spare you that criminal
conviction. Use it wisely - and seriously weigh up the potential consequences
before you attempt a random act of stupidity.
- the police aren't the bad
guys here. In doing their job,
they're only trying to protect
you from doing silly
things and endangering yourselves.
Besides which, they clearly
have a sense of humour. For
example, the Thames Valley Police
"Please do not request patches,
articles of uniform clothing,
emblems, etc. We are unable
to respond to such requests."
So, be good... or be "nicked."
The choice is yours. Like countless
people out there, we don't want
to lose The Shrine -
so don't let us down.
- Some "proper"
updates coming soon. Webmaster Damon has suffered a nasty middle-ear
infection of late too, so hopefully his hearing will return, or you'll
only get a left-speaker mono update...
Monday 9th June 2003
THIS UPDATE IS PROUDLY
BROUGHT TO YOU BY
DAVROS DOES DROPMORE?
I thought we'd begin with an interesting little bit
of trivia courtesy of the BBC's Daryl Joyce. It turns
out that the rather mysterious Dropmore House - which
is, of course, quite literally just down the road
from the CRCMH - was used for a Doctor Who location
shoot in 1971 (which was first screened in January
1972) Appropriately, the story - entitled Day of
the Daleks - featured an investigation into a
Starring Jon Pertwee (in the third incarnation of
Britain's most popular non-Mist Raiding time
traveller), the plot ultimately revealed that the
'ghosts' were from the future, and desperate to change
the course of their history. As the Doctor himself
"There are many sorts of ghosts, Jo. Ghosts
from the past, and ghosts from the future."
(So where does The Flincher fit in?)
Dr Who (L) & Mist
Raiders (R) with uncannily similar Taplow-shot scenes
those of you interested in Dropmore, or indeed classic
British sci-fi, Day of the Daleks is available
to buy on BBC video.
the first thing we're going to do today is to direct
you away from The Shrine. Have we
gone completely mad, I hear you ask? Well, no, we
simply have a bit of a revelation for you. We've
known about this for a few weeks (thanks to taplow.org's
Andrew Findlay initially - and several others since
then) - and shame on us for not passing it on to
you with more speed - but we can rectify that right
now. Here's the deal:
An official Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital
Redevelopment website has gone online. It's only
taken them 17 years or so, but the National Trust
(now with their hospital-bulldozing partner Countryside
Properties) has finally attempted to get their act
together when it comes to informing the public as
to their intentions on a grand scale. At present,
it's a very basic affair - but with promises of
an update every couple of months or so, it might
become a valuable resource for those who want to
keep tabs on the development.
Whilst we sincerely doubt that most regular visitors
to The Shrine would agree with any proposed
plans to "replace the existing derelict buildings
with attractive housing", we are sure that
many of you might want to take advantage of the
offer to email
Countryside Properties with your questions or opinions
concerning the future of the site. So get to it
- and check out their new website for yourself HERE.
You can also register for updates
by providing your email address
on the site. However, in the couple
of months since we did just that,
we've yet to hear anything (an anti-Shrine
conspiracy perhaps? - given
that they've never responded to
any of our enquiries) - so who knows?
the past few months, we've had
a lot of mail concerning the information
on this website about the Duchess
of Connaught. Apparently there
wasn't just one duchess - and
thanks to several people out there
who have let us know otherwise,
we trust that the history
section is now a little more accurate.
- Likewise appearing
in the history and historic
photographs sections, and somewhat related to the above issue,
we have (courtesy of Barbara Ansell's book) a new
image of the original WWI-era Duchess of Connaught Hospital, as
it was called back then. This features the (now collapsed) Stage Room
prominently, and so should be of interest to both historians and explorers
- Some new stories
from the Maidenhead Advertiser have been added - most recently from
last Friday's edition (thanks to Bob Hurley for the scan, though just
the text is up at present). These are titled: Homes
site 'unsafe' (6th June); Anger
at Trust's double standard (28th March); and Rubbish
fire at hospital (7th March). The latter, whilst brief, details
another arson moment shortly after the major fire in February - though
I don't suppose that the title of the article intentionally meant
it to sound like the conflagration was a pathetic effort. Not quite
as good as my favourite newspaper headline of all time mind you (from
here in Melbourne a couple of years back, and I still have it on the
wall) - TWO DIE IN CAKE SHOP HORROR. The imagery that conjures
up - aah. Well, the Rubbish thing made me smile anyway - not
that it's a laughing matter (SO DON'T DO IT, KIDS).
- On a more important
note - for those of you who are local and wish to voice your opinions
on the impending doom of our beloved mystical buildings - here's something
that was mentioned in last Friday's newspaper report:
Residents are invited to join parish councillors for a public meeting
about the redevelopment in Taplow Village Centre at 8pm on Friday,
June 13th 2003.
So, by all means, pop along and tell them what you really think.
Every voice can make a difference, so you never know.
- And still on
the subject of the Latest Developments
part of the website - just a quick note to say that it is looking
very tired and probably needs a bit of work to keep it more up to
date, which will hopefully happen before too long. One thing that
we are going to do is to link to Adobe Acrobat documents (being .pdf
files to the uninitiated) of all CRCMH-related Maidenhead Advertiser
articles dating back to 2001, all of which are stored on their server.
Just to make things a little easier for everyone. The text on this
part of the site certainly needs changing too. I think it still rants
on about King Sturge. Oh dear...
- Now for some
more ghost photographs. The routinely deranged Dr Spencer Kaye is
back once again with his latest offering - He must be after redemption
(bad topical joke) - admire his latest masterpiece here.
- On a considerably
less ridiculous level, we also have a nice new mysterious
photo from Andy - and it appears to feature a white figure at
the corridor window no less. What do you think? Oh, and we've also
fixed the anchor links at the top of the Paranormal Realm page,
because they went a bit haywire after the last update.
- There's one
final "spectral image" for you, and certainly an unintentional
one. The entrance gates as captured on a recent excursion by Jeanne
Hopkins appear to show some mysterious entities. We'll call them the
Evil Guardians of Eternal Doom
- and you can call them whatever you like. Go take a look - HERE.
- We've also got
a new colour postcard
photo, most probably from the 1970s - courtesy of Isabel Dorta
Andujar, who not only was born there, but her parents lived and worked
there as well. It's in a similar vein to the photos which came from
John Ewen - that nice idyllic atmosphere - so ta for that Isabel.
- And on a final
note, it looks as though I might be without an internet connection
at home for a few weeks (which is a long story, as is usually the
case). Using the computers at work is kind of tricky because it's
a Mac environment there and The Shrine is all done on IBM/PC
equipment, so if there's no updates during that time, well, you'll
On a similar-sounding yet unrelated matter, there's a small possibility
that the cyberspace address of The Shrine (i.e. our physical
server) may indeed have to be changed (again, it's a long story).
Such an event would possibly mean paying (eek! - what does that word
mean?) for some better webspace - and indeed having our own dedicated
URL (which would in all likelihood either be along the lines of pwurg.com
or crcmh.com). This is by no means concrete at this point, but bear
it in mind. I'm sure that we'll be able to keep you up to date as
(or indeed if) things happen, but as a safety measure, I'd bookmark
Message Board now - which is::
...so if The Shrine perchance does mysteriously (albeit
temporarily) disappear overnight, you'll know where to head for information.
So - DON'T PANIC - just be aware...
...and until next time - Be GOOD.