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Old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital | by Cameron Self
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Old Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

'I wonder now, however, whether there might be something in the old superstition that certain ailments of the spirit and of the body are particularly likely to beset us under the sign of the Dog Star. At all events, in retrospect I became preoccupied not only with the unaccustomed sense of freedom but also with the paralysing horror that had come over me at various times when confronted with the traces of destruction, reaching far back into the past, that were evident even in that remote place. Perhaps it was because of this that, a year to the day after I began my tour, I was taken into hospital in Norwich in a state of almost total immobility. It was then that I began in my thoughts to write these pages. I can remember precisely how, upon being admitted to that room on the eighth floor, I became overwhelmed by the feeling that the Suffolk expanses I had walked the previous summer had shrunk once and for all to a single, blind, insensate spot. Indeed, all that could be see of the world from my bed was a colourless patch of sky framed in the window.'

 

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Taken on May 28, 2009