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Doomsday Bunker Cities and Towns


The following post lists known bunker cities and towns that have been built as a way to survive a nuclear or biological holocaust and/or maintain continuity of government. Many were constructed during the Cold War era, some of which are … Continue reading

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Urban atrocities – Aleppo is the latest sad example


All of us bear responsibility for the unfolding humanitarian disaster in the city of Aleppo, Syria. It doesn’t matter whether our nation is involved in the on-going conflict or not. As  human beings we should not let such a series … Continue reading

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Searching by bike for truth and reconciliation amid the minefields of Angola


A pretty compelling blog post title, if I do say so myself. It is deliberately so, as the Kindle book I just finished is just that – compelling. Normally, when one reads a book about bike touring, it is an … Continue reading

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War and peace in one image


A rather haunting image from the Korean Peninsula of children playing in front of a tank poised near the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.

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A heartbreaking image from Ukraine


It is said that pictures can tell a 1,000 words. The photograph of this bewildered bicyclist above from Ukraine does that and much more – it depicts what should be the joy of cycling set against a backdrop of death, … Continue reading

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“Odessa” – where dreams and nightmares collide


When I purchased the Kindle e-book Odessa, Genius and Death in a City of Dreams,  I was excited to learn more about the Russian and Ukrainian history pertaining to this famous seaport founded by Catherine the Great. Never did I ever … Continue reading

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Cities in history: review of “Ten Green Bottles”


Vivian Jeanette Kaplan’s book (Ten Green Bottles) about her parent’s harrowing escape from Nazi-controlled Vienna, Austria to Japanese-controlled Shanghai, China is a captivating and disturbing true story of one family’s efforts to escape Nazi aggression. The book primarily covers from the … Continue reading

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Urbanography – “The 900 Days; The Siege of Leningrad”


This post is the second in our Urbanography series of book reviews about cities. One might ask, why I am including this authoritative book written by Harrison E. Salisbury about the destructive and lethal siege of Leningrad during World War … Continue reading

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