Isle of Wight
7 March 1985
||Christine (Chris) Weston-Smith, primary school head
and husband John, secondary school geography teacher; both from Kingswood, Kent
|Hint to the Treasure
||Something up the garden path
||Hovering over Cowes
||To a majestic home with a Kipling connection, where the game’s
afoot: what once was straining in the slips now stands stonily among the statues.
||Osborne House – on a stone statue of a greyhound in front of
||Churchill’s “intriguing parcel” was royally sealed here, and
some donkey work ensures the next delivery.
||Carisbrooke Castle – in the bucket of castle’s well
||Cross an Arab-sounding watercourse to a hooded height where
the Commando network leads Annie up the pole.
||Robin Hill Adventure Park – at end of children’s adventure
||Past the Hiawatha man’s fountain and a crustaceous pub to
a seaside tradition in mint condition.
||Shanklin Old Village – on a stick of rock in The Original Old
Village Rock Shop 5
||It’s beside the point, but a smugglers’ glen leads to an amazing
finish with a little man from Zurich.
||Blackgang Chine – on a gnome in the middle of the maze
||The contestants won the treasure with 15 seconds to spare
||When the location of the treasure hunt was revealed, Christine
and John rather sheepishly admitted that they knew the area quite well, having
been there on holiday only the week before.
||Osborne House was originally the home of Queen Victoria. Rudyard
Kipling’s father designed its Banqueting Hall and Durbar Room. The reference
to “straining in the slips” is a quotation “I see you stand like greyhounds
in the slips / Straining upon the start” from Shakespeare’s Henry V.
||After the defeat of the Cavaliers in the Civil War, King Charles
I was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle. A donkey in a tread wheel has long been
used as the means of raising the buckets from the castle’s well.
||The Arab-sounding watercourse is the River Medina. The “hooded
height” refers to Robin Hill (Robin Hood, height).
||There is a fountain in Shanklin Old Village which commemorates
a visit by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of the poem Hiawatha. It is outside
a pub called The Crab (“crustaceous pub”).
||“The point” is St Catherine’s Point. The smugglers’ glen is
Blackgang Chine (ravine) which was used by smugglers. The “little man from Zurich”
refers to the phrase “the Gnomes of Zurich” which British Prime Minister Harold
Wilson used disparagingly to describe Swiss bankers.
Information © David Hodges, 2003, with corrections by Martin Underwood, 2010
Page design and notes © Martin Underwood,
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