It’s (Early) May Bank Holiday and to fit in with the occasion there’s a ‘classic’ on TV today, David Lean’s ‘Lawrence Of Arabia‘. Apart from enjoying the film, there’s also a vague personal connection which always makes watching more involving.
Whilst working for AEA Technology, I lived in Wareham for 6 years, quite a beautiful Dorset town. A few houses up the road from me was St Martin’s Church which has a famous life-sized effigy of Lawrence in it.
The film itself opens in a powerful manner with his tragic death due to a motorcycle accident near to his cottage, Clouds Hill, which is close to Wareham.
As an interesting aside (wikipedia):
The circumstances of Lawrence’s death had far-reaching consequences. One of the doctors attending him was the neurosurgeon Hugh Cairns. He was profoundly affected by the incident and consequently began a long study of what he saw as the unnecessary loss of life by motorcycle dispatch riders through head injuries and his research led to the use of crash helmets by both military and civilian motorcyclists. As a consequence of treating Lawrence, Sir Hugh Cairns would ultimately save the lives of many motorcyclists
Picture credit: poster.