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“Servian”, Chelsea: heptagonal defence structure


“Servian” burglar alarm, Kensington and Chelsea • Regular polygons aren’t that common, especially heptagons – the only other similar sounder I’ve featured is here. Hampshire-based Servian’s sterile lozenge logo reminds me of pharmaceuticals packaging, but the name actually recalls ancient Rome’s burglar alarm-appropriate Servian Wall, a massive defensive barrier made from blocks of volcanic rock, which repelled Hannibal amongst others. So strong was it that some of the 2,400-year-old edifice still stands today, with a large chunk next to Rome’s main railway station.There’s even a bit, apparently, in the station’s McDonalds. • Spotted: Pont Street, Kensington and Chelsea, London, SW1, England, 2010 • Politics: In the Conservative constituency of Kensington


Above: ancient Rome, showing the Servian wall in blue, and the later Aurelian wall in red, plus an impressive remnant of the Servian Wall next to Rome’s Termini Station.

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  1. I choose a nova 6 as the local spackers did not use it, now the biggest cowboy will nail a monkey sick yellow one on slum housing for £200, another other is on with the deltabell, a 3rd is on with the ventcroft underpants box, unless its very pricey or your product sooner or later it will appear with a wallys label on it…

    • I’m guessing £200 is the new ‘£99.99’ (or £129 as it was round our way) – but then that didn’t even get you a SAB, just a lid with no base, maplins siren nailed to the wall underneath, ebay/chinese ‘HiTek’ 5 and a half zone all-in-one with PIRs for the hallway (also entry/exit) lounge and back all wired back-to-back whether that means facing the window or not!

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