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Coconut mystery

The coconut (Cocos nucifera) shown here was found at the junction of Woodfield Avenue and Mount Ephraim Lane in Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth early in the evening of 20 December 2016.  On its shell are written a number of words, apparently all written with a felt-tip pen by the same hand, and there is what appears to be candle-wax, which seems to have flowed down from the broken end of the nut, the end at which it was attached to the tree.  Few of the words can be easily read, but ‘Somaliland’ and ‘Kingsto[n]’ are legible.

Can anyone suggest what the nut was used for?  Please send any comments or suggestions to

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