Movie Locations

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

The Winchester Mystery House

Here in San Jose, California we find the bizarre sprawling complex known as The Winchester Mystery House. It is the creation of Sarah Winchester (the widow of gun magnate William Winchester) who began expanding this country farmhouse when she moved…

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Friday, 28th March 2008

Seal Island

This small rocky outcrop off the coast of South Africa is Seal Island, which is named for the thousands of Cape Fur Seals that occupy it, and famous for the unique marine drama that unfolds here. At various times of…

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Wednesday, 13th February 2008

Teletubbyland

For those of you not familiar with cult 1990s children’s television, Teletubbies was a program primarily aimed at 1-4 year olds which followed the life of four colourful characters, notable for their camp outfits and love of Tubby custard. The…

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Thursday, 7th February 2008

Centralia, a Ghost Town on Fire Since 1962

In 1962, a landfill site in Centralia, Pennsylvania was set on fire. The rubbish was located in the pit of an abandoned strip mine, and although it was believed to have been extinguished at the time, the fire actually remained…

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Tuesday, 5th February 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.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

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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