It was during the evening of Thursday March 26th when I sat watching the BBC drama ‘Banished,’ a series about a fledgling penal colony in New South Wales. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02jfvpn
As I watched the drama unfold in the forth episode, I was suddenly stuck with the thought, why the cemetery of the penal colony was located on the beach. The colony being surrounded on three sides by dense forest which stretches out for thousands of miles, making the digging of graves impossible without first clearing an area of land. So it’s easier, and less time consuming for the convicts to dig their own graves in the sand of the beach. And so my thought was to transfer this reasoning to that of The Village, also surrounded on three sides by dense woodland, thus making it easier to dig graves in the sand of the beach. It is just a pity that by the time of ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ the original idea of the cemetery being on the beach appears to have been forgotten.
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