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Fukushima town revealed in Google Street View

[h=1]Fukushima town revealed in Google Street View two years after tsunami[/h]Mayor of Namie invites Google's cameras in to stop world forgetting twin disasters of tsunami then nuclear meltdown The Fukushima town of Namie, captured by Google Street View. Photograph: Google Two years after Fukushima's triple nuclear meltdown forced tens of thousands of residents to flee, it is possible to take a virtual journey deep into the exclusion zone to one of the towns they left behind. Google Street

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Dear Justin...

After Miss Bieber's hissy fits on his recent tours, this open letter to him/her from a British musician has started going viral in the last 24 hours. [h=5]Hi Justin. I thought I’d write you a little letter in the hopes that I can lift up your spirits and help you get back on your UK tour. I’m a musician like you. I sing and play guitar in a band called Blunderbuster. We’re sometimes on the road for extended periods of time and I often find that tempers will tend to get the better of us w

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Fade away...

A friend posted this story and I found it quite poignant. Sometimes names you never recognise fade away far too soon... sorry it's so long but is worth a few minutes of your time. [h=1]RIP, Aaron Swartz[/h] My friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday, Jan 11. He was 26. I got woken up with the news about an hour ago. I'm still digesting it -- I suspect I'll be digesting it for a long time -- but I thought it was important to put something public up so that we could talk about it. Aaro

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Where to go in 2013...

Nice to see this. Good result on the back of much of Skyfall being filmed in the Highlands and ties in brilliantly with 'Year of Natural Scotland' and the Open being held there. Also good build up for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and hopefully a 'Yes' vote at the referendum!! Top travel destinations for 2013 By Lara Brunt, Special to CNN, with CNN Travel staff January 2, 2013 -- Updated 2122 GMT (0522 HKT) HIDE CAPTION Scotland, United Kingdom << <

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people watching...

On this trip I've loved just sitting at bars and restaurants and watching the world go by. And as I've learned more about my camera and what I like shooting, I've discovered I also love taking people shots, so have been experimenting a lot with my zoom lens. Slightly voyeuristic but think I got some half decent shots. Here are some of my favourites so far... the whole collection is at http://s1309.beta.photobucket.com/user/Iaininthailand/library/

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Escape!!

Managed to evade Chinese State Security and smuggle myself on a flight to Malaysia. Was strange; despite having a vpn set up that allowed me to access facebook, any attempt to access TF got a 'this website is under construction' message. It's been a hectic trip and really looking forward to reaching Langkawi on Saturday and doing nothing but lie on a beach and drink beer. Singapore was interesting; cleanest place I've ever visited (and the safest) but it disturbed me that just below the surf

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Chaos and Order...

Despite the fact that my house looks like a total bomb site, there is actually order lurking below the surface. In fact, am probably the most organised I've ever been. To-do lists, day to day wall charts for ticking off essential tasks and the like seem to have helped avoid any semblance of panic (yet). All the 'official' things have been completed (passport, hotel, innoculations etc etc), shipping for some personal stuff organised, 12 months travel and health insurance done, it does seem as if

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Just for laughs

In 2008 was our 1st Comedy Night with Raymond Mearns which was a great success. This year Raymond brings Gary from Glasgow for a hysterical night of Scottish comedy. Ball Room at Rembrandt Hotel, Sukhumvit 18, Bangkok Starts at 6.30 PM till late Friday October the 5th, 2012 Includes buffet (4 courses-including pre show appetizers), soft drinks, wine, beer and corkage free bring your own bottle (spirits). Price per person: 2,750 Baht (Early Bird – 2,500 Baht) Price per table of 10: 25,000

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Tengo hambre! Tengo sed!

I arrive in Bangkok on the 26th September, Thought it would be nice to meet for some beer and food at... Charley Brown's, Sukhumvit Soi 11, Sukhumvit Road, Watthana, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110 From 8pm till Midnight (we may do something after depending on people's thoughts) **LIMITED FREE DRINKS SO COME EARLY!!** :twisted:

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Thai or no deal...

[h=1]Deal or No Deal' crowns fifth quarter-millionaire[/h] Deal or No Deal has crowned its latest quarter-millionaire. Nong - from Swindon, originally from Thailand - became only the fifth person ever to win the biggest prize of £250,000 (12.5 million baht) on the Channel 4 gameshow. The 21-year-old pricing analyst trainee said throughout the game that she felt that her own box contained the coveted prize. She had received large offers from the Banker of up to £34,000. In the final round

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Atlantis?

Well maybe not, but you have to wonder if stories like this one contributed to one of the most enduring myths on the planet. [h=1]Hidden Doggerland underworld uncovered in North Sea[/h] A huge area of land which was swallowed up into the North Sea thousands of years ago has been recreated and put on display by scientists. Doggerland was an area between Northern Scotland, Denmark and theChannel Islands. It was believed to have been home to tens of thousands of people before it disappeared und

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Scientists may have just discovered a brand new species of human

his skull has a weird mix of ancient and modern traits. It was discovered in a cave in southwest China and dates to between 14,500 and 11,500 years ago. And it might represent the newest humanoid species to coexist with humans. First, there were the Neanderthals, which were first discovered in Germany 150 years ago and have had a firm place in the public imagination ever since. Next, there were the Denisovans,whose remains were found in Siberian caves back in late 2010. Now, we can add the Red

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Makes a change...

The songs that tend to top the charts these days are usually bland manufactured crap. But this has got to number 1 and is pretty damned good. First couple of times I heard it I was sure it was Peter Gabriel as he has that sort of vocal style from the Sledghammer era.

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More beatboxing and the Ciaran rap...

This time from the multi talented Seattle based comedian and musician Reggie Watts. This guy is pretty damn amazing. First vid is layers of beatboxed sound with him singing over it. The second is what I call the 'Ciaran Rap' (for reasons that will become obvious)

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flutebox/beatbox

Beardyman has been posted a few times but here he is again with one of his peers, Nathan 'Flutebox' Lee. Brilliant stuff - could we see Rob beatboxing while on the cello? :twisted:

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Do not stand...

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. (Do not stand at my grave and c

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the evils of drummed and based music

Before we get started, let us review some uncovered information about the group who follow the drummed and based movement, called “Jungle Listsâ€.What is a Jungle List? From our “What is a Raver†investigation This is the violent clan of the bunch (ravers), with their afro-angry drum beats and zulu dance moves. Mostly made up of “Yellows†and blacks, Jungle Lists goto these parties to stir up trouble, cause fights and rob other ravers. This should not be a surprise as we know comm

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Some old films...

Wont embed the videos so you will have to follow the links. Was watching a documentary on British Pathe and they showed some old footage of Thailand/Siam. There is some videos of Prince Bira (Thailand's only Formula One driver to date) as well as footage of His Majesty's world tour and lots of other gems. Here's the link to the search results for Thailand; http://www.britishpathe.com/results.php?search=thailand And here are some direct links to videos' Thailand in 1933 from the 'Round th

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Blessed Samhain; the origins of halloween

[h=2][/h][h=2]Did you know that the Jack O’ Lantern is actually thought to represent a severed human head captured in battle? And that in Mexico, some people sleep on the graves of their ancestors on the night before Halloween?[/h] Halloween has become such a part of modern tradition, that we often forget to realize it is one of the only secular holidays that actually has origins in the sacred. The childhood holiday of spooks and goblins has some macabre beginnings, and was influenced b

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Sifting through the debris...

A friend posted this to me and I thought it was a very insightful article on the tragic events of 10 years ago, and how the world has changed since. Less than a week before Osama bin Laden was killed, I visited Ground Zero. Most prosaically, it is a building site. Even with the contours of the inevitably spectacular Freedom Tower becoming more visible, it is the rougher elements that dominate: the cranes; the unpolished, uncovered concrete; the barbed wire on the fences that rim the former site

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