So once again I trailed into the big city today for a short meeting. I intended to scout around and find one or tow pictures of the more exotic houses that can be found there. However the bug that has been hanging around put me of. However on the way back to the station there is this very busy roundabout and standing in the middle of it we find this creation. Why is it there? What does it represent? Who bought this I ask?
This is Colchester, the first 'town' in England they claim. Famous for being burnt to the ground by Boudica because the Roman governor not only attempted to take over her lands after her husband died, he had been a friend to the Romans, but he also had her daughters raped and a little bit of murder and pillage went on. He appeared not to realise that some women get a bit upset in those circumstances, and he probably did realise this when thousands took over the unprotected city and put him to the sword. Naturally the Romans then put her and all around who sided with her to the sword also and then developed this place to their own advantage. In fact much of their layout remains in use today.
But this is a medieval knight, not a Roman soldier or an ancient Briton! This is of course still a garrison town, the parachute regiment are based here when not trotting around Afghanistan being shot at. However no Para wears armour these days, at least not that type. What does it mean? I was so concerned about this that I went for the train and forgot all about it.
I am indeed more interested in why this lovely vehicle was dumped here.
I noticed this before when I changed trains and wondered if this had been stolen and now lies vandalised in what once upon a time was the turntable for the steam engines. Mind you that might even be there under several decades of rot! I suspect that someone inhabits this old van as there are enough passing dossers who would make use of this. When new it must have cost a bomb, and the mobile hotel would have provided many holidays for the rich owner. It could of course have belonged to one of the rich sportsmen who transport themselves to events for several days at a time and live within such a vehicle. Even in this state it is still in better nick than my little bike.....