April 2010Monthly Archives
Iraq’s military bases are littered with plane and tank carcasses destroyed when Saddam’s regime came crashing down. But the evidence is hidden away from the public gaze.
The many ghost towns dotted about the United States are silent reminders of the country’s (often lawless) past. Adventurers came from far and wide to seek their fortunes on the frontiers, building numerous communities around mines and railroads that declined as their raw materials were often rapidly depleted.
Washington, DC is a repository of history which tells the story of a young country’s ascent to the world stage. The city boasts a plethora of world-class museums and galleries, but sometimes it’s the hidden gems that are most intriguing to the explorer, providing great locations to “surbex” – enter Matildaville!
The web is awash with articles claiming to be the “most impressive” or the “top ten (something) of all time”, and any claim is clearly subjective. But it’s just possible that these three bookshops could be among the finest in thw world.
The North Pacific Ocean is littered with abandoned airfields and other military installations. Many sit atop tiny atolls and despite being shortlived, played a critical role in history. Today, most of the infrastructure has gone, but the runways and dispersals stand as a silent reminder to the battles that once raged there.
Fans of the great outdoors love getting out and about around nature, but the ubiquitous storm clouds swirling around mountain tops can be off-putting to the less hardcore hiker. Here are some fantastic outdoor scenes photographed in HDR which, as you can see in the article, spices up the urban landscape too.
On the outside, the Glenroyal Cinema in northern England looks like a typical abandoned Art Deco picture house. But inside, above a false ceiling, the treasures of its cinema heyday hide in the shadows.
Historic places are often pulverized by the wrecking ball to make way for modern redevelopment. Not so with New York City’s historic High Line railroad on Manhattan’s West Side.
There are numerous isolated military bases around the world, but few as remote as Johnston Atoll. Located in the central Pacific and comprising little more than a vast runway, it’s not hard to imagine what sort of “under the radar” pursuits went on here over the years.
Graffiti is nothing new in the United States or indeed other parts of the world. While much of it involves senseless scribbles, some graffiti is more creative in nature, blurring the distinction between art and vandalism. Here’s one stenciled depiction in Washington, D.C. that brings to mind the work of Banksy in the UK. But who’s the culprit?
Rarely are abandoned military airfields littered with the wrecked remains of old fighter planes, but Rinkaby in Sweden, a former military shooting range, is one of those rare exceptions.