Tuesday, 14 December 2010

randomness : december - continued

  • Ukrainian officials have said that Chernobyl power plant, the site of the worst civilian nuclear accident will be opened up to tourists from January; as the Guardian quipped, for those with an interest in post-apocalyptic vistas or late-period Soviet history. Slate magazine quoted Mary Mycio, the author of a book about the 1986 nuclear disaster, who was concerned about numbers of tourists turning the area into a "nuclear Disneyland". Those more concerned about getting cancer from the still-high levels of radiation can go back to the Independent in November and read about Shaun Walker's trip to the region, including the ghost town of Pripyat, which remains as it was when the residents were evacuated in 1986.
  • A fund has been set up to reward finding whoever chopped the Holy Thorn Tree on the top of Wearyall Hill in Glastonbury. There's several Holy Thorn trees around the town, meant to have grown originally from a cutting planted by Joseph of Armiathea 2,000 years ago. The tree on top of Wearyall Hill was planted in 1951 to celebrate the Festival of Britain (there you go, ancient and modern again), and itself replaced a Holy Thorn tree chopped down during the Civil war.
  • According to the Sun, Hurricane Higgins is haunting his old flat as a poltergeist.
  • A ghost metro station, former steel works and a museum commemorating a mining accident in 1956 are among the highlights of Nicolas Buissart's tours of his home town, Charleroi, in Belgium, which is attracting visitors from across the country and abroad. "Ugly things are fascinating." he says.
  • Woodhenge could have been a Neolithic temple, or maybe it was just a fence. No one's backing down in this archeology argument.
  • The mysterious Geminid meteor showers peak tonight, but if that's not cosmic enough, there's the mythic tale of the joy-riding demi-god attached to it too.

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