Saturday, 5 November 2016

Sunday Times Where Was I? Holiday Competition

Near as I can figure it, through the possibly flawed perceptual filters of my own reality tunnel, the most likely answers this week, seem to me to be:

Q1. The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Q2. General George S Patton

They may as well just pre populate the answer text boxes with the actual answers, the initial clues most likely place us at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, which is home to the Lovell radio telescope, (named after Sir Bernard Lovell born c 1913), which was constructed c 1957. The site also features a thirty five acre arboretum, which contains a national collection of crab apple and rowan trees.

The national park ten miles to the east of Jodrell Bank is probably the Peak District National park and a country house built c 18th century, could be Capesthorne Hall. One of the architects involved in its construction was Anthony Salvin (born c 1799). Six miles to the south east of Lovell's marvellous radio telescope (and the guy was a genius who could track ionisation trails in the atmosphere caused by meteorites, with WWII army surplus radio equipment  housed in a shed and on an old searchlight mounting, fitted with an array of Yagi antennas), lies the twenty six mile long Macclesfield canal, which according to some of the reference sources I checked, was opened for business, c 1831.

The 'Tote that barge' hint appears to originate from a song called 'Ol' Man River' from a Hammerstein musical called 'Show Boat' c 1927. Northwest of the discovery centre is 'Peover Hall' and this is where General George S Patton had a billet during WWII. Peover hall, according to some reference sources, was constructed c 16th century by Sir Randle Mainwaring. It seems that Patton was more frightened of the American forces than the Werhmacht, as his troops were shelled all the way from the Normandy beachhead by an innumerate US army artilleryman called 'Mulligan', who could not tell one shell from another and strafed and bombed to hell by their own air corps, when the weather permitted them to take off. "Always do more than is required of you" is one of the quotes attributed to Patton.

N.B. due to the number of people who normally write poison pen letters in green ink posting on his page, the Eastender has moved to moderated comments but rest assured, if you have a comment or quip relating to the puzzle and its solution, he will endeavour to publish it.

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