February 2011Monthly Archives
A former Russian official has been jailed for 11 years for illegally selling four MiG-31 Foxbat fighter jets for just £3 each, in a scandal that cost the state around $55 million..
With fewer than 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain compared to 2.5 million greys, the Prince of Wales has launched a conservation project to help these native nutcrackers thrive again.
Urban Ghosts has explored dozens of abandoned cinemas, from forgotten Art Deco and Atmospheric to Classic picture palaces. But we haven’t paid much attention to surplus cinemas that have been creatively converted for other uses. Here are 25 examples.
In 2007, a P-38 Lightning Fighter that crash landed on a beach in Wales in 1942 reappeared for the first time in 65 years. Dubbed the Maid of Harlech, a race is on to recovered the abandoned aircraft. Fortunately, it is once again hidden from prying eyes by the shifting sand.
Ships and boats are ancient inventions whose rise parallels the spirit of human adventure. But the decline of shipbuilding has left waterways littered with abandoned docks, boats and even huge ships, that may not look pretty but provide a fascinating retrospective subject for photographers and maritime enthusiasts.
Modern humanoid sculptures don’t come any more mysterious than the Time Guards by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer, which have a habit of appearing abruptly in public places one day and vanishing the next.
Disused theatres and movie palaces are among the most mysterious abandoned buildings, and thanks to the advent of television and multiplexes, they exist in abundance. Matt Lambros captured these stunning former cinemas.
This stunning capture of the underground galleries at Fort de Roppe near Belfort, France, has featured as one of Wikimedia Commons’ pictures of the day. The underground galleries were built during the First World War to connect the fort to the troop shelter.
Once an elegant passenger ferry and cruise ship commanding the seas around the British Isles and North-West Europe, TSS Duke of Lancaster has spent the last 30 years rusting away by the North Wales coast.
Ghost towns appear for a variety of reasons, from war and conflict to crime and failing economies. North America delivers further fascinating abandoned places, from familiar former mining towns to a city consumed by a modern day volcano and a community usurped through localised environmental catastrophe.
On October 8, 1970 a C-121 Lockheed Constellation named “Pegasus” crashed landed at a remote airstrip in Antarctica while attempting to touch down in near-zero visibility conditions. The aircraft is still there today!