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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    I know some of you guys are pretty big on abandoned spaces and ghost towns, here's one I think a lot of people might never have heard of:

    Exploring the Cypriot DMZ
    • CommentAuthorHelljin
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    @Sobreiro

    How long until this becomes a photoshop meme staple?
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    A little bit of self-service here, at least by proxy... A good friend's brother is running a psych experiment on peoples' reactions to comic strip panels, and would like as many participants as possible, so pretty pretty please and thank you ever so much for clickies.
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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      CommentAuthorJ.Brennan
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    @Celan: Thanks, that was creepy awesome. I've been looking for a horror book/movie reminiscent of House of Leaves for ages. Apparently it was in front of my face the whole time.
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    Everyone's favourite comedian-turned-senator lays down some truth.
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      CommentAuthorSobreiro
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    Pay attention, Whitechapelers:



    The site's here.
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      CommentAuthorbarton
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    Meep
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      CommentAuthorinfomancer
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    @barton I'd watch that.
    • CommentAuthorHelljin
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    I'm in a bit of a crummy mood over job situation and being single so I'm watching videos of bulldog puppies and dwarfs dancing.

    Guess which one I'm posting here.

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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    @Sobreiro

    I need to see ALL of these movies now, plz.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeJul 21st 2011
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    @oldhat - AAAAAAARGH! MY EYES!!
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011
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    @Flabyo:

    In 1979, I went on a cruise round the Mediterranean with school (no, I'm not a bloody old Etonian, before anyone asks), and one of the stop-offs was Cyprus. Very odd experience: half a dozen motorcycle outriders armed with machine guns accompanied us for the whole day, including a journey along part of the edge of the DMZ which, when the teachers tried explaining it to us, resulted in it sounding like some Eden-like experiment in peaceful co-existence. Then we all ended up going swimming at, what we were told was, the Presidential Palace. This wasn't because we were VIPs or anything special, just that it was the only place they could, apparently, guarantee the safety of a couple of coachloads of kids from Salford. (Either that or the machine-guns and isolation were to protect the natives from coachloads of kids from Salford.)

    Being 11 year olds, we all thought this was all the coolest things ever and didn't for a moment stop to consider what we might need to be protected from. Having said all that, our previous day-trip had been a madcap race around Israel; where the birthplace of Christ, the Dome of the Rock and all the other places we visited, were totally eclipsed by Israeli soldiers letting us hold their weapons and pose for photos with them.

    Looking back, I'm kind of torn about the whole experience. Without a doubt, the cruise was utterly wasted on 11 yr olds. But can you imagine parents today signing release forms allowing their children to visit two major political flashpoints? Nowadays, it'd be sponsored by and documented on Holidays in the Danger Zone with viewers disappointed that we all made it home in one piece.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011
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    @Greasemonkey - the title should "Portugal, ten years on from decriminalizing possession of drugs" which is what happened. If someone is caught with a small amount of one drug, it is considered to be for personal consumption and is cleared of charges (I'm not sure but I think police releases you but confiscates the drugs) but from a certain amount on, the person is charged of possession of drugs with intent to sell which will land you on jail. As for the data the article presents, I can't confirm or deny because it's a subject that isn't discussed anywhere.
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    @flabyo/foamhead:

    The Cyprus DMZ is a major aspect in my favourite Bruce Sterling novel, Zeitgeist.That's the magical-realist book set in 1999, featuring the manager of a Spice Girls rip-off band. Treat yourself - it's amazing.
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      CommentAuthorAzabith
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011
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