The answer is money….

Fans of AA Gill’s writing will enjoy this article.  A discussion of Dubai and its makeover. He pulls no punches. From Vanity Fair
Dubai is the parable of what money makes when it has no purpose but its own multiplication and grandeur. When the culture that holds it is too frail to contain it. Dubai is a place that doesn’t just [...]

teleport

This is a lovely little web page that takes you on a random trip to anywhere in the world.  Just push the Teleport button and see where you end up.

know your passport

For the international travel document buff – a comprehensive list of passport images

armless

From The New York Times
Hmmm. You think it’s a coincidence? Costa Rica is one of the very few countries to have abolished its army, and it’s also arguably the happiest nation on earth.
There are several ways of measuring happiness in countries, all inexact, but this pearl of Central America does stunningly well by whatever [...]

Meanwhile in France…

From the BBC
Patrick Balkany, the conservative mayor of Levallois-Perret, initially made the D909 one-way to reduce the amount of commuter traffic through his district.
But Gilles Catoire, the Socialist mayor of neighbouring Clichy-la-Garenne, said this increased congestion in his area.
He made his section of the road one-way in the opposite direction.
With the contradictory road-signs in place, [...]

sunlover

After the apocalypse, who ever owns one of these suckers will be king of the skies! They’ll be able to open up their own travel company, or bomb the shit out of whoever is left, but only with  waterbombs…
From Wired
Eric Raymond is flying across Europe in an aircraft powered by the sun’s rays to prove [...]

The Franz Kafka International Airport

Prague’s Franz Kafka International Named World’s Most Alienating Airport
For lovers of Mister K

Am I sitting in a Tin Can?

from the BBC
What would you be prepared to do for money? For $6,500 (£4,500) a month, to be precise?
How about the following: locking yourself inside a small metal container for three months without any communication with the outside world, with electronic monitors attached to various parts of your body and with frozen baby food and [...]

all you can eat

One of the many delicious things that NASA did in the seventies, was send the Pioneer deep space probe into deep space.  Right now its just passing out of our solar system, waving bye bye to Pluto as it guns for the deep interstellar vacuum.  In a fit of seventies style good vibes, the groovy [...]

choo choo

Here’ a very beautiful piece of film from 1908, a tram ride through the streets of Barcelona…

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