Government figures have recently revealed that as many as 200 people in the UK now own mobile phones and it’s fair to say that they are taking over the world. So, it’s rather timely that Wivenhoe inventor Michael Flartelshum has created a new app that reveals interesting historical facts about the town.
Available on iOS, Android and Amstrad operating systems, the app – called ‘What a’Gwan’ utilises GPS, mirrors and string to make magical moments from the past come alive in your hand. Simply turn the app on, point your phone at a Wivenhoe landmark and watch as a historical fact is revealed before your very eyes like a dog peeing against a tree.
Flartelshum told The Watcher: “I had the idea while wheeling my wife past the William Loveless Hall in a wheelbarrow a few months ago and found myself wondering who had walked in the same spot as me 15 years before. So I decided to go home and make use of my cooking degree and produce one of them app things.”
What a’Gwan costs £37.68 and has revealed among other tidbits from history that Princess Anne once French kissed a Wivenhoe local against the wall outside The Flag in 1973, John Craven invented graffiti when he drew a crude penis on a wall by Wivenhoe station in 1942 and Su Pollard ran naked through the town in 2002.