|I'm the one on the right. With the impressive hat.|
As Waterloo fever grips at least one of the inmates of Megablitz Towers, I took the logical step last month of visiting the actual battlefield. This was done as a day trip from London in the excellent company of Jack and Bertrand - the latter having made all of the travel arrangements. My part consisted of driving to the capital the previous evening and enjoying as best I could the evening rush hour.
At 0355* we set off from London and drove to Dover where with very little waiting we were shoved onto the next available ferry. After a float about we were soon trundling through France and then Belgium with your humble correspondent at the helm of Bertrand's suitably Gallic conveyance.
On arrival at Waterloo, being hardened military history enthusiasts, we at first ignored the battle and had some lunch. Or it might have been breakfast. Who knows?
Then it was on the the sparkly new visitor centre. Now I'm not generally a fan of such centres but this one is a delight. Built underground - presumably at vast expense - it doesn't mess up the view and contains much which the visitor may ogle.
Among the exhibits is one of Dr. Guillotine's finest. The 'story' starts with the Revolution and helps put the battle in it's historical context.
Clearly a man with a lot to say for himself. He'll want watching.
Coming next - the field of battle itself!
* apparently the time 3.55 occurs twice each day. I refer here to 3.55am