"Teddy needs more than a trifle". This
teddy is the train Edward II which is (or was)
being restored at Bristol. Much of the sponsorship
of this venture came from Harveys of Bristol,
the sherry makes, thus the trifle. The name Robin
is for Robin Cousins, the ice skater, who comes
from Bristol. The plant in this picture is Nipplewort
- well think about another use for the word Bristol!
The shop is for "Ship-shape and Bristol fashion"
and the Christmas tree is for Christmas Steps,
famous in the city. BBC Wildlife is Headquartered
in Bristol, thus the frogs but the gorilla is
Alfred, a very well known past occupant of Bristol
Zoo. The plimsoll (known locally as a 'dap') is
included because Samuel Plimsoll was once MP for
Bristol. He was the man who invented the Plimsoll
Line - a safety measure for ships, placing a line
on the side of a vessel to mark the maximum loading
There are three roman numerals in this picture
- we will deal with V (5) first. We have several
references to time in this picture. One of them
is on the church poster. It advertises an Epiphany
Service - Epiphany being on the twelfth day of
Christmas. Confirmers to the number we are in
the Zodiac Tavern (12 signs of the zodiac - Pisces,
the one shown being the 12th) and Shakespeare,
author of Twelfth Night also gets a mention. Therefore
put the twelfth word "trains" into position
5 in the "key" message.
Now to the other two roman numerals,
XI and XII (11 and 12). The only other points
in time mentioned in this picture are dates,
the 21st and 22nd of March Put the 21st and
22nd words "train" and "spotters"
into positions 11 and 12 of the "key"