The end of the world show

The author has gone quiet again so your correspondent is similarly left twiddling his thumbs (not literally of course, last weekend was spent in Wolverhampton and before that there was time spent learning the Apple II) because there’s not much to do with a blog like this if your “muse” isn’t posting… unless something tangentially relevant pops up of course. Today’s diversion is the Kelvedon Hatch bunker, a relic of the cold war era that was quite literally buried under a bungalow in the middle of some otherwise idyllic Essex countryside. The plan was that it would house the great and the good in case of nuclear emergency and this is probably where the TOWIE cast will be heading if the sirens start – even they should be able to find it because the nearby road signs have an entry for the “Secret Nuclear Bunker”!

A far more interesting description of the site’s construction in the early 1950s and the various purposes it was put to after that point comes from an article at The Register but there’s one particular detail that caught your correspondent’s attention; have a look what the district controller of Kelvedon Hatch had sat on his desk!

Image source: Gordon Joly

Image source: Gordon Joly

Commodore BASIC apparently wasn’t an issue when it came to choosing computers to drive nuclear bunkers and this is rather spookily mirrored by the Commodore PET at Crystal Peak during the climax of Terminator 3, so perhaps Kelvedon Hatch is where the British equivalent of John Connor will find himself as Judgement Day starts?

Image source: Spot the Commodore

Image source: Spot the Commodore

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