cane hill | walking the perimeter

As I walk around the left wing, I hear a loud bang from within the hospital.

This is very eerie and unnerving since there shouldn't be anyone in there.

The noise happens again, like a hammer on wood, and I quickly take this shot. In my haste, the slats of the security fence reflect the left half of the picture, leaving it white.

The open windows stare back, the curtains flapping. I hear the noise again: two sharp raps.

Was it the wind, rattling loose fixtures and fittings in the embattled hospital? I donít know, and I donít wait to find out.

(Ghost hunters would be particularly interested in the unworldly raps, the apparent orb on the photo, and the fact that my camera then malfunctioned and wouldn't refocus for a while. Well, the orb is a rain droplet and the camera wasn't happy about taking pictures of shiny security fences at point blank range.)

I was certainly happy to put the left wing behind me.

On to the wards.

(Or to view "hammer man's" lair, click here.)

2009: This is a dreadful picture and wouldnít meet quality standards now. But I had no idea of photographic technique, was completely ignorant of composition, and didnít understand how to operate the primitive digital camera I was using.

This was compounded during Grand Tour where I took two digital cameras because I didnít know you could swap SIM cards when one was full!

But I certainly wrote a lot of words for such a lousy picture.

Detail of the western wing of the Administration Block. © Simon Cornwell 2002