Thursday, August 11, 2005


Thunderous thumps are issuing every day from the army range on Foulness Island near Shoeburyness to the north. Weapons are developed and tested there and simulations of nuclear weapon blast effects are carried out. It has been a daily reminder that the army has a presence in the estuary, if no longer on their former forts at Red Sands and Shivering Sands - unless we include the shock waves they send to vibrate and buffet the tower a second after I spy the rising plume of smoke on the horizon.