Movie Locations

Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower

This is supposedly the Hokkaidō Centennial Memorial Tower in Nopporo Forest Park, Hokkaidō, Japan. The official site claims it’s 100m tall, and was completed in 1970 to honour the 100th anniversary of Hokkaidō’s official colonisation1. Of course dear geeky-reader, you…

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Wednesday, 23rd July 2008

Roald Dahl Plass

Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff, Wales, is named after everyone’s favourite Children’s author Roald Dahl who was born here in the Capital, and the word “plass”, meaning “plaza”, is a nod to his parent’s Norwegian origins. If you’re a fan…

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Thursday, 17th July 2008

Ice Road Truckers

Driving across the frozen Amur River between Russian and China we can see a couple of trucks – driven by the fearless and legendary Ice Road Truckers! Although it seems ludicrous, building “Ice Roads” over lakes, rivers or seas, is…

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Tuesday, 8th July 2008

The Top Gear Test Track

Last night in the UK saw the start of the eleventh series of popular BBC2 car show Top Gear – so it’s time to finally visit the Top Gear studio and track! Based at Dunsfold Park in Surrey, the two…

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Monday, 23rd June 2008

1.21 Gigawatt Fire Destroys Movie History

Yesterday a large fire tore through the Universal Studios backlot, injuring 3 people and destroying numerous sets. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured, but the fire did destroy a key piece of movie history: Courthouse Square. Courthouse Square has been used…

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Monday, 2nd June 2008

Petra, an ancient city hewn from the living rock

Completely unknown to the Western world until 1812, this is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Although nobody knows for sure when people first settled here, the incredible architecture that survives is thought to be at least 2,000 years…

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Thursday, 22nd May 2008
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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