HOLE IN THE ROOF
ARCHIVE for April 2002
UPDATE: Tuesday 30th April 2002
6 weeks online, we're finally showing up in a major search engine,
namely Google, which is perhaps the most important one.
Search terms that make us come up as No.1 on the list include:
Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, Canadian Hospital Taplow,
Hospital Taplow, derelict Taplow, haunted Taplow, and a
whole lot more - even Maidenhead hospital (I wonder how
the actual working hospitals in Maidenhead would feel
about that? I thought our META tags were okay but that is ridiculous).
Ironically, Maidenhead's very own search engine, Alta Vista,
has been too slack to include us yet - but it's only a matter
of time. Still, this should start to create a better awareness
of the site.
Monday 29th April 2002
Howdy folks, firstly just checking in to say - "yes, we're
still alive here at The Shrine despite the lack of updates
in the past week or two. This has purely been because we've
been rushed off our feet gathering new booty for you (seriously,
it's very time consuming) - so hold on a little while longer,
because the enormous new photo section is very much "getting
there" and should be up in the next week or so - so brace
yourself for Conquest 2002.
- A new Maidenhead
Advertiser article from Friday announces that 94% of respondents reject
the idea of development on the CRCMH site - check out the story in the
Latest Developments section.
- New photo of "incinerator
with nude" added to the Esoteria
Collection photo page.
- New links
added for a site about weird nursing tales (which includes spooky stuff)
along with a site about an American hospital that looks uncannily similar
to the CRCMH (ta to Andrew for that). Oh, and after a couple of years
of campaigning, the Dead End? website (original home of The Flincher
tale) has been officially pronounced dead - i.e. removed by host Ozemail.
Thursday 18th April 2002
somewhat erotic art shots by Owen added to the Esoteria
Collection in the photographs section. These were
taken at the CRCMH in 1995. I can't remember ever stumbling
across any such wanton nymph on any of my travels inside
the place - bah, some guys have all the luck...
- Damon defaces
another of Owen's masterpieces - by adding Pwürg's "Quality"
cassette single cover as an insert on the original photo used for the
purpose (Isaac Mangang in his wheelchair) - also on the Esoteria
Collection page. Click on the thumbnail to see the new addition.
Wednesday 17th April 2002
world's greatest Richard Dreyfuss inspired picture added to
Damon's first impressions
page. The first sign of madness?
new link on elsewhere
page for the all-new Cane Hill abandoned mental hospital website.
Tuesday 16th April 2002
we celebrated our first month in cyberspace and are proud to
announce that the CRCMH Shrine has had over 350 genuine hits
in its first calendar month online (site maintenance always
bypasses the hit counter by the way). This might sound rather
paltry in comparison with, say, microsoft.com (or indeed those
people who begin their counters on 10,000 hits to make themselves
look better - aka. virtually everyone on the internet), but
for a website as esoteric and obscure as this one, we're fairly
chuffed. Actually, the original Flincher tale on the
now defunct Dead
End? website took well over a year to amass that amount
of traffic. It is also worth noting that this site is not yet
showing up in search engines. It has been submitted, but the
way these things work nowadays (i.e. very badly), it's going
to take a month or six. But once it starts turning up, we'll
of course get the casual sufers on the hunt for all things CRCMH
stopping by. But for the past month, it's just been word of
mouth and a couple of generous links. So a big thank you is
due for your interest so far, and also to those who have shared
kind and/or constructive words with us. So, keep on popping
by, and we'll keep on, er...chooglin' ...?
new page featuring a potential "ghost
photograph" has been put up in the Flincher
section. Is it The Flincher?...or just a bunch of shadows? You
- Two Maidenhead
Advertiser story scans have been added to the newspaper section
of the latest developments section. Although neither of them
feature any news we don't already know (they're from late Jan/early
Feb 2002), one of them has a quite disgusting picture of what developer
Countryside Properties intends to do to the site - so get that
- Don't panic!
- the masses of new images are on their way, and boy will they
be good. So remember: Be patient, not a patient...
Wednesday 10th April 2002
three warm and atmospheric photos from the 1970s contributed by John
Ewen to the miscellaneous
photographs page. Old colour photos have a wonderful feel about them
that's virtually impossible to reproduce today - it's almost like
they transport you back in time. Presently, the resolution on these
isn't the best, but hopefully the'll be upgraded in due course. Thanks
to John for these.
new observation from "Flinch-Hunter Extraordinaire" Mr Lucas
Bones has been added at the bottom of the Flincher
page. It makes you wonder...
Monday 8th April 2002
the what's new page a bit - it's now called the hole
in the roof - in other words, it's the little space in which
we can sit and observe the changes as they happen.
- An all new image
header (it beats the word "banner") added to every page linking
to the hole in the roof. It also contains a link to the home
page, or more intentionally, the site frameset for those who've somehow
accessed this site by hopping over the back fence so to speak. Now visitors
led astray by nasty search engines won't find themselves stuck within
a very crap looking site - if they're clever enough to think of pressing
the "head on home" button that is. Thanks to Paul at Maidenhead.net
for bringing that one up.
Saturday 6th April 2002
what's new page and related banner.
- Added a couple
of bizarre stories related to Beaconsfield and Maidenhead High Street
that have nothing whatsoever to do with the CRCMH. I'm not going to
even attempt to explain these anomalies. I'll just use the word Lilliput.
- A few dead links
fixed on the [history]
of South African Foreign Affairs Minister Dlamini Zuma, and
CRCMH DJ John Savage in the celebrities
section of [intrigue].
- Assorted new links
added, including supernatural sites, a visual tour of Maidenhead, and
an updated link to the Cliveden walking tour on [elsewhere].
The links have also been cleaned up a bit with more information about
some sites - and we've got rid of a few links that, to be honest, were
- New map showing
the location of the CRCMH, and a few extra bits and pieces on the F.A.Q
- The R.S
Collection has been up in the photographs section for a week
or so now, but early explorers of this website may have missed it. And
indeed, new images were also added to the miscellaneous
photos at the same time.
- Discover how some
joke graffiti led people to believe the CRCMH was being used by Satan
worshippers in the [intrigue] section..
fourth Maidenhead Advertiser
article (from March 2002) in the Latest Developments section. This has
been up for a while, but wasn't on the original upload of that page.
- The large downloadable
versions of the CRCMH appointment card and the Gratis Surprise Inc.
form have been removed for the time being. Nice though it all was, they
collectively took up a full megabyte of web space which didn't seem
particularly justified. Expect them to return in the future however
when we can think of a better way to present them. Contact
us if you're desperate though, because they can always be e-mailed to
- This isn't an
addition to the site, just a bit of pointless gossip (which is "good
for morale"). Webmaster Damon was quite surprised when Christine
the check-out chick from the supermarket down the road made her TV debut
on Neighbours in Australia on Friday. Actually, that shouldn't
be so surprising given that every other person in the country is in
Neighbours. She won't be appearing on UK screens for a while
though, but when she does you'll be able to say "ah - so that's
the girl that slapped Damon in the face when he said "My, what
a smashing blouse you have on."
Friday 15th March
- The Canadian Red
Cross Memorial Hospital Shrine goes online for the first time - starring
tales about The Flincher
and a whole lot of other stuff that has never been seen before.