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The favourite dogs, of Kaiser Bill, or Wilhelm II, last Emperor of Germany, are buried in the grounds of Castle Doorn, near Utrecht in the Netherlands. Bill, who after losing World War 1, would spend the rest of his life in obscure exile here, is buried in the building in the centre of this picture.

Other than a small band of German royalists, there are few today visiting this curious corner of European history. Bill, by most accounts an annoyingly vain, impetuous yet intelligent man, who was responsible more than any other for the ghastly war, loved dogs and the latest military machines. He spent much of his retirement walking his pooches and sketching fantastical battleships. So he may have appreciated the outline of my spaceship in which his remains and those of his pets could together enjoy a journey without end.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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