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Simon Proudman
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Not so Cheap. TV Smith and the best band you never saw
Possibly the hardest working man in Punk, TV Smith has been an integral part of the British music scene for over forty years. His assault on the charts began with  The Adverts   the early punk innovators who upended the charts with  Gary Gilmores Eyes , bef...
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The Propaganda Posters of North Korea
We are just back from a trip to North Korea. What with missile testing on the one hand, and promises of "fire and fury" on the other it was, to put it mildly, an interesting time to visit. More entries on North Korea will be added here over time, although t...
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The view from inside a Nuclear Power Station
I used to pass by the cooling towers at Didcot on an almost weekly basis on the main rail line between Bristol and London. They dominated the landscape pouring columns of steam in the sky from the coal powered plant, some saw them as a blight on the green c...
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Pushing the button. Inside a Soviet Nuclear Missile Base
The fire button was grey, not red as expected. Applying gentle pressure from my finger on it caused the equipment lights to flash and a deafening bell to ring. I had initiated the unstoppable sequence to launch nuclear missiles, along with decoy rockets, fr...
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Courtney Barnett. Gumboots and Glastonbury
“It’s all been a bit of a blur, there
have been constant new experiences every day.” Melbourne based songwriter, record
label owner and hobby gardener, Courtney Barnett is reflecting on how her life
has changed in the last year. From recording her first ep ...
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More than just kebabs and vodka. A guide to the cuisine of Turkmenistan
Enough for two rugby teams. The Plov man at work Well, of course, you can survive quite happily on a diet of kebabs (also known as shashlik) and vodka (also known as a spirit that can burn the back of your throat off) while travelling around the country, as...
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A Kamikaze attack on Colombo
The IRA came up with idea of turning a car into a lethal weapon of destruction by loading it with explosives and then detonating it across Northern Ireland and the UK. The car bomb soon became one of the standard tools of terrorist groups around the world. ...
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Brewing up in Beijing
It had to be a mirage. A large frosted glass full of beer
with a frothy head standing ten metres high in the Gobi desert, as the sands
beneath were being blown into small drifts by the strong winds. I had been travelling for two weeks along the Karakoram
Hi...
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A ticket on a rocket. Dhaka.
You don't need to wait for Virgin Galactic to get their act together. You can buy tickets for a rocket today, down at the port of Sadarghat in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Of course this will not take you into space but down along the rivers of Bangladesh, and for a ...
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WWII Madness. Million Dollar Point. Santo, Vanuatu
Like most of Vanuatu, Espirutu Santo in the northern chain of islands, was occupied by the Americans during WWII to launch their attacks on the Japanese in the Pacific. On their departure from the island they left behind infrastructure like roads and runway...
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