Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A little bit of Hampshire

Like most of you I suspect, I went straight to Google earth to take a look at Abbottabad, Bin Laden's final hiding place. The internet-savvy locals have been of great assistance in linking a plethora of photographs to the area; they show a British army garrison town. The pre-1947 buildings, that is to say most of the significant ones, show the unmistakeable hand of design by the Royal Engineers to a standard template that can be found from Nairobi to Hong Kong. Others, such as St Luke's Church (below) translate English 14th century gothic forms to the North West Frontier. It's all rather like Hampshire. And I bet the trains run on time, too. 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You know the town was named after an Englishman anyway...

anon anon said...

Nice comment, Raedwald!

Reminds me of another world, the one they're all pretending didn't exist...

Andy said...

I`m surprised that the Church is still standing and hasn`t been torched by one of the "spontaneous" mobs that are so common over there.