THE HOLE IN THE ROOF
Welcome 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.
LATEST UPDATE: Thursday 13th May 2004
This isn’t a proper update – it’s just for testing
purposes, but still …
Welcome, at long last, to crcmh.com
(or dare I say crcmh.co.uk –
go on, try it if you like).
Yes folks, The Shrine has been
resurrected from its near-death experience and shall continue to grace
cyberspace from its new bigger and better home, courtesy of
Maidenhead’s very own ClockTowerWeb.
Serious grooviness coming this way soon – so watch out. Oooh …
P.S. Just a reminder that Ray
Hurley-Castle’s Conquest 2002 archive is very much offline for the
moment. This is entirely down to the site where it was being hosted choosing
to remove it all. Fear not, however, because we’ll be relocating it
soon – but just don’t tell us that the links don’t work in
the meantime, because we already know that. And that goes for many other
non-working links too.
LATEST UPDATE: Sunday 21st
- Just a very brief note to say that we've just added the article
from Friday's Maidenhead Advertiser - which you can
find cached HERE on our Newspaper
Coverage page. It regards a meeting set for Thursday 9th October
(though it fails to name the location) at which you are encouraged to
put forward any views and discuss (or should that be laugh at?) the
latest development proposal. We at The Shrine wholeheartedly
encourage anybody from the vicinity with a concern for the site to turn
up and speak your mind. Go on, don't be afraid. It should be very
interesting to see what comes of this event anyhow - and we'll naturally
pass on any developments that result as we hear them.
- And a quick thank you from myself to everybody for all your
words of encouragement over the past few days - it's much appreciated.
I'll get there. Fear not.
17th September 2003
UPDATE IS PROUDLY BROUGHT TO YOU BY
- This update is brought to you by The Webmaster's Liver
... or what's left of it.
- Webmaster Damon Says: Many of you appear to have noticed that The
Shrine hasn't been added to for quite some time. Indeed, the Message Board
has the odd faked message purporting to be from myself and promising
impending additions (hint: don't assume that you can avoid revealing
your true identity by posting under a false name because everything
is there in black and white, as the police know all too well). Still, at
least this seems to show some sense of enthusiasm toward the website out
there - which is fantastic to know - because we love you too.
That said, I feel compelled to comment that not one person has cared
enough to point out (well, until Paul did last week - merci, Mr. B) that
virtually none of the links on the last update actually worked at all
anyway. This "care factor zero" attitude does leave me rather
baffled as to why any of you would be getting anxious for another one.
But still, we've got to keep the show on the road. And keep the show on
the road we will. But first ...
I think I'd describe myself as naturally resilient to the bad things
that life throws at us. I've never been the sort of person who gets ill.
In 29 years, you could count the days I've been absent from work or
school through illness on one hand. 2003, however, is proving a hard nut
to crack. Let's put it another way - it isn't exactly going to go down
as the greatest year of my life.
Abdominal pains that progressively worsened since about February
culminated in a diagnosis of severe internal damage at the end of July.
The bottom line is that my liver is in a very bad way. This is in part
due to having just a little too much fun for a decade (for which I hold
nobody accountable for except myself), along with other factors that
have yet to be determined. At any rate, it's going to take a lot of time
and effort to get it working properly again. Right now, I've almost
forgotten what it feels like to be completely at peace with yourself. It
hurts when I'm standing up, and it hurts when I'm laying down. Without
prescribed painkillers, I wouldn't even be able to sleep at night.
In addition, the special diet they put me on ended up accidentally
starving me to the point where I began hallucinating (and I mean evil
ones). I don't think it was conceived as a weight-loss plan but that's
about the only remotely positive thing that came out of it - although
I'd never recommend it to the readers of Woman's Day. Seriously,
your rabbit would have laughed at what they've been forcing me to eat.
And this probably had something to do with bringing on a spate of panic
attacks, the latest of which - on Friday - lasted over an hour and put
me in intensive care for the night. These episodes are utterly terrifying
- as you'd know all too well if you've ever had the misfortune to
experience one (far more so than an encounter with The Flincher, I
Never slept so little
Never smoked so much
Lost my concentration I could
even lose my touch
Talking to myself
Crying out loud
Only I can hear me
I'm stuck inside a cloud.
In short, I'm not exactly a well webmaster just now. As a result,
maintenance of The Shrine hasn't been anywhere near the top of my
priorities of late. Don't get me wrong, I love this website and all that
it entails - but I've been more concerned with the notion of staying
alive (just like Maurice Gibb didn't) and more than content to focus
solely on getting out of my predicament on a day to day basis. I can
assure you that I'll get there (hey - you don't get rid of me that easily)
- but I will ask that you try your best to bear with me a little, that's
What it all means is that The Shrine will get updated when it
gets updated. Perhaps it's the payback I get for starting a hospital
website - but as long as I'm a patient in one hospital, you'll have to
be patient regarding this hospital. No amount of "you fat lazy
sod" on the Message
Board is going to make it happen any quicker. It's also worth
bearing in mind that, although there's been plenty of CRCMH-related talk
and happenings of late - particularly with the increased police concern
and continuing redevelopment matters - we've received precious little
new material that would make a useful visual addition to the website.
That's not to say that we don't have a large backlog of our own doing
(because we certainly do - photos, film, memorabilia and more- and we will
get there with it eventually), just that worthy contributions from
elsewhere have been increasingly thin on the ground. It's due to this,
however, that the Message
Board has truly proved its worth.
Those of you who have become part of the growing online CRCMH community
have done a good job in keeping us all up to date with hospital-related
issues. Sure, there's been the occasional rubbish on the forum - which
is only to be expected (see any other online forum or e-group in the
world for supporting evidence) - but there's also been some useful
insights and engaging topics popping up every now and then. So don't be
afraid to post - the more people contribute, the more everybody will get
out of it. And once again - do make the most of local Sgt. Graham
Johnston's continuing presence on the Message Board. By regularly dropping by,
he's providing you with a wonderfully informal way to communicate your
CRCMH-related questions and concerns to the Thames Valley police. By working together, you have the
opportunity to make the community you live in as good as the cyberspace
one you frequent, So don't be afraid - go ahead and ask away - he
And on a further Shrine development, ClockTowerWeb's Paul Baker
(the mastermind behind maidenhead.net no less) has offered to
host this website in order to keep it local (it's a local website for
local people - says me in the darkest depths of Upside-Down Land). This is a rather timely offer and very
handy for a number of reasons that we don't need to delve into here - so
we'll keep you posted with future developments on the matter as they
unfold. Though again, please be patient because nothing is going
to happen quite as quickly as I'd like at the moment for reasons already
explored. "Well, can't Webmaster Owen do it then?" I hear you
ask. Well, he's pretty snowed under too - in a housemungously
sprogtastic type way. Actually, I might as well hand you over to the man
himself for a quick word - then I'll be back with a couple of actual
CRCMH-related things for you ("Yay - so we do get an update at
last!" cries the multitudes) ...
- Webmaster Owen Says: I've been very busy with BUY!! SELL!! BUY
BUY? SELL HOUSE HOME PROPERTY BUYY SELLLL which is a bit on the shite
side as far as fun goes, but still we'll be moving again soon into
somewhere Good™ because we're running out of room at our
place as Jaz (now a year and a month and a bit old) is accumulating vast
quantities of fluffy toyage. Gosh, it's a whole barrel of joy.
The Foragelet™ is doing amazingly well - she's walking
everywhere, saying around 30 words consistantly and surprising us with
oddities daily. We were wandering around the garden when she pointed to
a bush and said BUDLIA. She was right. And when bored, she sings the 60s
Batman theme. She has never seen the program.
Buh? dinna dinna Batman!
My hair seems to be re-dreading itself at an alarming rate.
I'm buying Transformers® from eBay as a hobby.
The Shrine shall be scribbled upon more when the time that we need
more of is with us...
Is The Flincher a paranormal farmer?
Don't mind if I do.
I didn't know you danced..?
Just the once, she was blind drunk and I was feeling rather unwell.
Why of course!
She's still floating there to this day!
Good show! Glad to hear it! Encore! Vamoose!
That's fightin talk, stranger.
Grooves and healing Kaliber.
- Okay. We've got a couple of things for you
today, so let's begin with some news which we'd like to apologise for
not having brought to you sooner. Lamentably, it's of the sad variety
and it heralds the end of an important CRCMH-related era.
Prof. Eric Bywaters
Professor Eric George Lapthorne
Bywaters, C.B.E, pioneering rheumatologist and CRCMH unit director
(1947-1975), passed away on Wednesday 2nd April 2003 at the age of 93.
Along with his sucessor, Barbara Ansell (who died in 2002), Bywaters was the
most important and respected contributor to the medical advances made during
the life of the CRCMH. In many ways, it was Bywaters that made the hospital
what it was, and he will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all who
knew or encountered him.
A full obituary appears on the British
Medical Journal website, which we have permanently cached for you here along with his self-portrait sketch on
the Prof. Bywaters page.
Three cheers for The Prof from us here at The Shrine.
- It recently came to my attention that the What's
for Dinner? page was looking slightly wrong. Within the past
year, it had been updated to feature a great deal more names from the
menu board. However, although the page was most certainly re-made and
sitting on my computer, it seems that the new version strangely wasn't
ever uploaded to the website at all - even though, I suspect, it would
have been mentioned on an update at some point. Therefore, we now bring
you the extended page in its full glory. And, er... "unch".
Whatever that's supposed to mean.
- We've got a couple of additions to the Your Tales page,
in the form of Addictive
and Spirits - both of
which are nice little exploration tales, the former revealing some of
the most interesting information thus far regarding the mortuary. These
accounts also serve to remind us that many of the greatest CRCMH
expeditions and write-ups - as evident from the growing collection of
tales - have been from the girls. It's nice to know that hospital
addiction isn't exclusively a male issue. We've also added some comments
from a fellow architecture afficionado in Tennessee - under the heading Best - just to remind us that the
appeal of The Shrine has spread slightly further than the Thames Valley (and indeed Melbourne). Whilst we're on the subject of the Your Tales page though, you may have
noticed that there's been a severe lack of stories added to it over the
past year - a trend which we expect will continue. There are two main
reasons for this.
One: Many such accounts are nowadays conveyed directly to the Message Board,
thus eliminating the need for us to re-format them for the main site.
Indeed, unless you have a very important or elaborate tale, you're
really better off putting it straight onto the forum so that people can
comment on it - plus it'll appear instantaneously.
Two: Most tales we've received in recent times have had a supernatural
angle, so they've ended up on the Paranormal
Realm page instead.
- And finally, just in case you needed any further confirmation
that the local police are far from being the enemy of the CRCMH site -
this link was suggested to us by our resident law authority, Sgt.
What's your favourite building?
As audiences vote to save an old property for the BBC's Restoration,
and architects mull the year's best new buildings - what's your
favourite building? Why not have a look HERE - and nominate the lovable bane of
our existence? You never know - somebody somewhere might listen to us.
- So there you have it. Do remember the bit
about being patient - but most of all, have fun, keep up the forum
activity, keep the useful contributions coming - and we shall returneth
with more just when you least expect us to. Be good.
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