Islands

World’s Largest Graffiti? Not even close.

Doing the rounds on the mainstream sites this week has been the story of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, who has created a series of canals in the coastline of his own private island that spell out…

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Friday, 22nd July 2011

Fetlar: The Garden of Shetland

One of the most remote places in all of Great Britain is the isle of Fetlar, known as the ‘Garden of Shetland’. The fourth-largest island of Shetland and surrounded by cliffs and beaches, sparsely-populated Fetlar has a population of just 70 residents.

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Thursday, 7th July 2011

Private Paradises: Celebrity-Owned Islands

Who wouldn’t want their own private island to wall themselves off from the rest of the world while enjoying the comforts of wealth and opulence? After all, celebrities do it all the time. Thanks to Google Maps, we can get a glimpse of these water-bound estates and see how the other half live.

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Friday, 3rd June 2011

North Korea Uncovered

North Korea Uncovered was a massive collaborative effort between 2007 and 2009 to map out the reclusive country using Google Earth imagery. The project reveals thousands of landmarks across North Korea – everything from military bases to amusement parks, restaurants to statues, agriculture to gulags. It’s impossible to cover everything in this post, but here’s just a sliver of what the project revealed.

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Monday, 11th April 2011

Spiral Island II: An island floating on plastic bottles

Ever dreamed of living on your own private tropical island? Rishi Sowa clearly had, as he took the rather novel approach of building his own floating paradise – Spiral Island. A keen environmentalist, Sowa wanted to make a statement about…

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Thursday, 24th February 2011

Nauru: the world’s smallest republic

At just 8.1 sq mi (22 sq km), the isolated Micronesian island nation of Nauru in the South Pacific is the world’s smallest republic. 80% of the island functions as a giant phosphate mine.

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Tuesday, 14th December 2010
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