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Can You Camp On a Roundabout?

June 26, 2006

There is a lady that has been camping on our local roundabout for the last few weeks. There was also a group of serious alcoholics that lodge at a halfway house near the roundabout that were also camping there a few months ago. It got a bit messy and they didn’t cope with the rain very well. Finally, their Cath Kidston tent (I know! Such taste!) fell into more and more disarray. I saw one of them helping a completely incapacitated member off the roundabout a few weeks back – maybe back to the shelter of the half-way house? One day it all got cleared away.

But, a big shaven-headed lady is back. Nice blue tent, a hoarde of clothes in piles outside and hanging from the trees. Today I saw a low side-table with a vase of flowers on it and a small toy troll. She was sun-bathing the other day seemingly oblivious to the constant traffic encircling her. I might go down and take photo’s and post them up later. Hopefully she’s not violent or anything!

No one seems to move her on and she isn’t causing any trouble so why should they? I was wondering whether there is some loop-hole in Thatcher’s idiotic ‘travellers can’t stop anywhere ever again ever’ law that means roundabout’s are exempt?

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  1. WavDav permalink

    I guess, in a roundabout way, they are…<br/><br/>Please take some piccies, my fellow Americans would love to see some eccentric Brits. BTW, in the States it’s a Rotary – boring! And what’s more it goes the wrong way! Actually that would be really good fun, make everyone go the wrong way round – even better, alternate directions on different days of the week!!! <br/><br/>Time for my medication.

  2. rockmother permalink

    Yes dear. Have a lie down. Did you find your teeth? (Shouting) Switch it on!

  3. First Nations permalink

    huh, i always heard it called a ‘circle’ here. like ‘Ladd Circle’ in the Laurelhurst neiborhood in Portland. There were winos camping there once too. i found a hippie sleeping on my grandparents grave once. true story. it wasnt near a traffic circle though. it was near a country club.

  4. Istvanski permalink

    I have read your thesis entitled: "Can You Camp On a Roundabout?" and I must admit, I was unaware of such phenomena.<br/><br/>However, I do know that Graham Norton frequently goes "around and about, camping it up".

  5. Robert A. Swipe permalink

    "i found a hippie sleeping on my grandparents grave once. true story. it wasnt near a traffic circle though. it was near a country club."<br/><br/>So your grandparents being buried near a country club put the lie to the Associates song of the same name, first nations.<br/><br/>How cool is that? <br/><br/>(That Billy McKenzie was always talking gooble-de-gook, wasn’t he?)

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